Serve The City Geneva

Nelson Mandela Day Activities (16th of July)

Ok, For those who have been patiently waiting to see all the options for this weekend (16th of July).

First up in hill above Gland there is a bird sanctuary and now a zoo especially for injured or dying species.  They could use up to 6-8 volunteers to help with various tasks around the zoo.   Some cleaning, organizing, directing traffic or more at ecological center in the canton of Vaud.   A newly expand facility especially used for youth education and a wildlife hospital a great day out I’m sure you will enjoy and staff will be very appreciative !.. Bring your friends..

The Salvation Army has a hostel with 40 beds but no kitchen. Normally the guests get coffee, tea, bread and jam in the mornings and hot soup and yogurt in the evening.. STC is giving the guests breakfast at 6am.. and dinner at 7pm.. One of the STC volunteers is preparing the meal.. we just need servers to help set up, and clean-up.. A great project to serve those in need..

Another group to which we give great praise and recognition is Carrefour Rue, for all they do for the community. They have many projects for the homeless, the hungry, offer a free shower facility, used toys for the kids and many other things..  STC wants to have some gardeners for 1/2 day to help beautify their offices property.. A great gift from us (the community) to those who work 7 days a week for the marginalized of the community.

We also have a forest team project.   La Roche, an international and Swiss ecological group can use 5-10 people to help clean up a reserve park for nesting animals.. Do get your friends to help honor Nelson Mandela’s call for service of any kind on this anniversary of his life.

We hope you are motivated to help in some sort of public service this Saturday.. Please sign up quickly so we can confirm the participation with each Service partner. More details will be sent out Thursday with all details.        Do get on the Get Involved page, log in with your e-mail address and password, and sign up for our event..

Many thanks again for your quick reply

Serve the City Geneva


Nelson Mandela Day

“Every person in the world can make a difference, no matter how big or small their contribution” – Nelson Mandela

Like in the previous years, STCG will be teaming up with a number of our partners on Saturday, July 16th to celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day. We’re still working out the details but expect to need volunteers for a range of activities from preparing and serving up breakfasts and dinners to building maintenance and gardening, and spending some time with marginalized groups.

To read more on what Mandela Day is all about and how it is making a difference throughout the world, you can visit the Mandela Day website at, and if you would like to see what projects STCG was involved in last year for Mandela Day you can visit our page on last year’s Mandela Day volunteer effort, at

So please save this date and keep an eye out for more details and the opening of signups on the website next week. More information will be in our newsletter that will be sent out during the coming days.

Partage Saturday

Partage Saturday is history, and we had all kinds of stories,  We had some sickness, we had some oversleeping, some had to leave early, we had some stores not ready for us and some could not be kinder.  Some people after paying for their groceries , found out what we were doing and went back in and bought us a big bag of groceries..  Another who took another solution and gave us 100chf  and we took the money and bought a collection of products. One customer gave us a bag of meat & vegetables while her husband was waiting at the check out stand (which we replaced). One store would not take back 2 bags of perishable goods, and told us to donate it to Caritas.  Some times we had 1 red shirt doing everything and once we had 10 STC reds all busy.. Next week we should get the final tallies but all in all it was a fantastic day. I from what I hear ALL had a very good time and what we did does MAKE A DIFFERENCE !  and we thank you!
For those who brought friends or family to help please also give them our thanks and regards.

The next project will be to sort the goods over at the Partage Warehouse in Carouge, which takes several weeks.  Its a 8-12 am job weekdays only and may not work for all but yesterday you did your part.  We will send out information on sorting in next few day.. Also we hope to see you out and about on Nelson Mandela’s International Day of Service with STC or any other service project.

What we do

Serve the City Geneva organizes 4 or 5 events a year, focussing on the people in our midst who most need a helping hand. Each event comprises a number of different activities, such as building maintenance and cleaning, garden maintenance, preparing and serving meals, spending time with handicapped kids, weed-clearing in nearby forests, and so on.

These events are undertaken together with our service providers – organizations which provide help to various members of the community throughout the year.

We do NOT organize regular daily or weekly activities. The local clearing-house for regular volunteer work is the Centre Genevois de Volontariat (only in French!).