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If we’re ever tempted to give in to despair due to a growing feeling that the bad are getting worse, Serve the City Brussels is here to remind us all that there is another truth alive in the world today: the good are getting better.
Started in 2005 as a week-long Christian mission by The Well to serve the underprivileged, Save the City Brussels has become a lifeline for the homeless, disabled, children in need, asylum seekers, abuse victims, and the elderly. Their dream is to have everyone serving one day, including asking those whom they have helped to pay it forward in whatever ways they can. They are rebels against greed in a new type of revolution: The Serving Revolution.
Save the City Brussels volunteer efforts include serving food and cleaning dishes for those who need a warm meal, providing a sympathetic ear to people who need to share their hardships with a fellow human being, teaching Dutch to new members of Belgium society, homework help for kids who find themselves in a shelter, and enjoying social activities like board games and musical socials with residents of crisis centers. They also organize fundraising events like the upcoming 20K run and bigger events, like the Spring Cleaning on May 28th. During their annual Big Volunteer Week from June 25 – July 2nd they work alongside other social organizations to take care of people’s maintenance projects, teach arts and crafts skills, provide some much needed pampering, and serve food citywide to those who go hungry.
Since the attacks on their city that took place on Tuesday, Serve the City Brussels has temporarily shifted their focus and put a call out via their Facebook page for ways they can help. They have also asked their followers for their stories on lending support. They are living examples of Maya Angelou’s call to “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
If you’d like to donate to Serve the City Brussels, you can contribute here.