A philosophy of service is at the heart of SERVE’s work. This ethos of service is one of giving freely of one’s time, talents and effort to help others. Without that spirit of service SERVE’s volunteer programme could not possibly function.
SERVE is only one organisation or initiative among many who have benefited from the spirit of service. Indeed this ethos has played a massive role in the development and betterment of Irish society whether it is in community organisations, parents groups, the GAA, the ICA, the Special Olympics, the Scouts, the FAI and a multitude of other organisations.
SERVE invites everyone to engage in this ethos and dedicate themselves to the poor of the earth. It is through that service that volunteers are able to express their solidarity with the most marginalised and vulnerable of the world.
Throughout history key figures have advocated a philosophy of service and an approach to life that places other’s first. This ethos also contends that human beings are not only good when they serve, but that they are at their best and their most brilliant. It is in this tradition that SERVE positions itself:
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
(Martin Luther King Jr.)
“Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.”
(Mohandas K. Gandhi)
“It is only by putting on the chains of service that man is able to accomplish his destiny on earth.”
(Michael Grant Ignatieff MP, Canadian House of Commons)
“ Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
( Douglas Adams )
“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth”
(N. Eldon Tanner)
“No one is more alone than the selfish. But if you give your life out of love for others, as I [Christ] give mine for all, you will reap a great harvest.”
(Archbishop Oscar Romero)