Serve The City Geneva

Serve the City Geneva September Newsletter

( September 20, 2022 )

**Re this coming weekend. We could use your help.
The BioParc in Bellevue is having its open house from 9h to 17:30h
They are looking for some more cooking helpers:
2 volunteers to help with preparing sausages
2 volunteers to help with preparing raclette
for each of 2 shifts Bioparc 9:30-13:30 or Shift-2 13:30-17:30 ?
and Anyone who might have access to a Crêpe machine?
In the online signups do mention your preferences in the comments.
We are still making food bags for those in need in Geneva..
**Signups are not yet open for the Samedi du partage food collection project but dates are set for getting your teams together for 25 & 26 November.

**Si vous parlez français :

Bonjour,
Nous avons reçu une nouvelle demande de l’Armée du Salut qui soutient les personnes précarisées et sans-abris et qui a plusieurs lieux d’accueil d’urgence.
STC collabore avec l’Armée du Salut depuis de nombreuses années, en vue de soutenir les professionnels grâce à des bénévoles, dans leurs tâches d’aide au repas, service et accueil.
Ils cherchent plusieurs bénévoles actuellement pour une activité RÉGULIÈRE 1X par semaine, dans 3 lieux différents :
1) Le Phare (Grottes) : lieu où ils préparent un repas pour les sans abris
— Préparation et distributions de repas aux personnes les plus démunies,1 x par semaine
Lundi, mercredi ou vendredi (à choix), horaire : 10h-14h
Samedi matin, horaire : 7h30-12h
2) Centre Espoir (quartier gare Cornavin): résidence ouverte 24h/24h accueillant des personnes à fragilité psychique.
— Aide en logistique au restaurant du Centre-Espoir, 1 x par semaine
Lundi au dimanche (jour à choix), horaire : 11h-13h30 ou 17h-19h30
3) Le Passage (rue Verdaine) : hébergement d’urgence ouvert 24h/24h accueillant 44 adultes hommes et 16 mineurs (sexe masculin) sans abris.
— Aide à la mise en place du repas + logistique + distribution du repas, 1 x par semaine
Lundi au dimanche (jour à choix), horaire : 18h-21h30
List preferences in Comments section of signup.

Serve the City Geneva: New call for volunteers

( June 27, 2022 )

New call for volunteers: my old friend Chef Walter needs your help! As you may already know, Chef Walter el Nagar, along with the participation of many STC volunteers, made over 30,000 take away meals during the first months of the Covid epidemic. He has now opened a new restaurant – The Refettorio – which serves about 50 free meals 5 evenings a week for the most vulnerable. He is now looking for dining room & kitchen helpersMonday to Friday from 17:00 to 20:00.  Sign up here for your dates of interest – More info on Refettorio Geneva Location: Refettorio Geneva, 120 rue de Lyon, 1203 Geneva.  In addition, we still have an active need for Partage food sorters and… believe if or not, we will be creating 5,000 food bags until the end of the year!    Not to mention Partage sorting is now desperate for help. 

Serve the City Newsletter – Partage sorting

( June 24, 2022 )

Dear volunteers,

Now we have done it! STC volunteers did a fantastic job, thank you so much! Samedi du Partage collected many pallets of products to be consolidated so it can be distributed where needed.

To help us with this, if only for 1 morning, please do come along and bring a friend or two! For safety reasons, due to the heavy containers and bins, they ask for only those 16 yrs or over. (We suppose if you look 16 that would work too!) They were not checking IDs last year…!

Samedi du Partage collected 2,000 tons of contributions, so now it needs to be sorted so folks in need can access it.!!

Starting in July, STC will need 10 volunteers each Monday and Wednesday morning from 8 to 11:45. Route de la Galaise 19A, 1228 Plan-Les-Ouates, 2nd floor.

Please indicate your Monday and or Wednesday dates, listed here; Mon. July 11,18,25 Tues. July 6,13,20,27.

Use COMMENTS to indicate your Help/s day.

If you would rather not do the walking around, we do need someone to look after sign-ups from their home computer!

On the 3rd floor, we are still creating 5,000 food bags per week for the marginalized of the community who have been affected by the economic effects of Covid. Signups there are also very much appreciated!

The dates for sorting after Samedi du partage for 10 pepole.

ThankYou.

Juillet
06.07.2022
08:00-11:45
Juillet
11.07.2022
08:00-11:45
Juillet
13.07.2022
08:00-11:45
Juillet
18.07.2022
08:00-11:45
Juillet
20.07.2022
08:00-11:45
Juillet
25.07.2022
08:00-11:45
Juillet
27.07.2022
08:00-11:45

THE RED SHIRT.!

What is under a Red Shirt? One would expect a heart that enjoys helping others. One who wants to make a difference, Someone who want to pay back to the community. Someone who has a servants heart. Someone who needs to earn service hours to complete a project. There are many reasons and all of them are respected and appreciated. Serve the City Geneva has over 3,000 registered volunteers and many have registered and participated in at least one of our many projects. It came to my attention a couple of times in the past few weeks something that I wanted to share.

The first was a party at Carrefour Rue to honor a couple of ladies retiring after many years of service. All the staff of CR were in attendance and many invited guests. The event had CR staff , photographers and CR supporters. There were over a half a dozen STC volunteers and I was the only one in a red shirt. It was also a publicity event for CR brochures, new releases and appreciation to all. I feel why does one not feel proud to be a benevol and show it? Next other events when people arrive at the project, put on their shirt, then take it off to ride to bus home. One would think that if you were happy to share your servants heart, you would make use of the shirt whenever possible. Perhaps you would be the one who someone might be asked “Who is Serve the City” and they may be one of our next volunteers. We have over 3,000 registered volunteers and most of them have found a project to help with. If you have worked on one of our events but have not yet received a red shirt do communicate with us at INFO. But don’t think we will not be asking you to wear it.. We at Serve the City are so proud of you! Willing to be registered to our organization looking for the right time and place to be of service. This is one amazing team and group of people. Blessing to all.

( June 19, 2022 )

Sharing Saturday collects 200 tonnes in the Lake Geneva region

The solidarity and traditional collection of Sharing Saturday was held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June, in 95 shops in the canton.

In Geneva, more than 1,000 volunteers were present to offer customers one or more basic necessities for people in need.

Serve the City Geneva had 88 volunteers working in 7 stores, and we are thrilled with the results!

While the two successive crises impact inflation, the purchasing power of the population and the supplies of food aid structures, the organizers want to salute the generosity of the people of Geneva.

Indeed, once again, the population responded to the call for solidarity, offering 155 tonnes of foodstuffs and hygiene products in Geneva, as well as 45 tonnes in the canton of Vaud.

Partage would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts the volunteers who gave a few hours of their time for this operation: it is also thanks to their participation that we are able to provide food aid to those who need it most. 💚

Our congratulations also go to the donors and all the people who make this solidarity operation possible.

All of these products are currently stored at Partage, and will be sorted by teams of volunteers with a view to their redistribution to partner institutions, over the next two months.

La collecte solidaire et traditionnelle du Samedi du partage s’est tenue le vendredi 10 et le samedi 11 juin, dans 95 commerces du canton.

Le Samedi du partage engrange 200 tonnes dans l’Arc lémanique

La collecte solidaire et traditionnelle du Samedi du partage s’est tenue le vendredi 10 et le samedi 11 juin, dans 95 commerces du canton.

A Genève, ce sont plus de 1’000 bénévoles qui étaient présent.e.s pour proposer à la clientèle d’offrir un ou plusieurs produits de première nécessité, en faveur des personnes dans le besoin.

Alors que les deux crises successives impactent l’inflation, le pouvoir d’achat de la population et les approvisionnements des structures d’aide alimentaire, les organisateurs et organisatrices tiennent à saluer la générosité des Genevois.e.s.

En effet, une fois encore, la population a répondu à l’appel de solidarité, offrant 155 tonnes de denrées alimentaires et produits d’hygiène à Genève, ainsi que 45 tonnes dans le canton de Vaud.

Partage tient à remercier du fond du cœur les bénévoles qui ont donné quelques heures de leur temps pour cette opération : c’est aussi grâce à leur participation que nous sommes en mesure de fournir une aide alimentaire à celles et ceux qui en ont le plus besoin 💚

Nos félicitations vont aussi aux donatrices et donateurs ainsi qu’à toutes les personnes rendant possible cette opération solidaire.

L’ensemble de ces produits sont actuellement stockés à Partage, et seront triés par des équipes de bénévoles en vue de leur redistribution aux institutions partenaires, au long des prochains deux mois.

Le Samedi du partage engrange 200 tonnes dans l’Arc lémanique

A Genève, ce sont plus de 1’000 bénévoles qui étaient présent.e.s pour proposer à la clientèle d’offrir un ou plusieurs produits de première nécessité, en faveur des personnes dans le besoin.

Alors que les deux crises successives impactent l’inflation, le pouvoir d’achat de la population et les approvisionnements des structures d’aide alimentaire, les organisateurs et organisatrices tiennent à saluer la générosité des Genevois.e.s.

En effet, une fois encore, la population a répondu à l’appel de solidarité, offrant 155 tonnes de denrées alimentaires et produits d’hygiène à Genève, ainsi que 45 tonnes dans le canton de Vaud.

Partage tient à remercier du fond du cœur les bénévoles qui ont donné quelques heures de leur temps pour cette opération : c’est aussi grâce à leur participation que nous sommes en mesure de fournir une aide alimentaire à celles et ceux qui en ont le plus besoin 💚

Nos félicitations vont aussi aux donatrices et donateurs ainsi qu’à toutes les personnes rendant possible cette opération solidaire.

L’ensemble de ces produits sont actuellement stockés à Partage, et seront triés par des équipes de bénévoles en vue de leur redistribution aux institutions partenaires, au long des prochains deux mois.

Sometimes things just really go well. (Serve the City Geneva Newsletter)

( June 4, 2022 )

..but First, if you could possibly help us on the Samedi Du Partage project as we still could use another 20 volunteers on the 10th and 11th of June.  If you are not sure what that is,  contact info@ServeTheCityGeneva.ch or sign-up on our website. 

One of our Serve the City Geneva volunteers is to be honoured this weekend in Bern at the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.   You can see the invitation for Ridwan Siddiqui to attend a very special occasion.

Camilla Chalmers from Bern writes:

The British Embassy Berne is a huge supporter of the Volunteering Movement in Switzerland and wants to help recognise the amazing works they are doing as widely as possible 

Dear Mr. Siddiqui, 

I am pleased to inform you that you have won one of our Platinum Champion Awards for volunteering.  The judging panel were very impressed by the commitment you’ve shown to others. 

We would like to invite you to our Big Jubilee Picnic on Sunday 5th June (details below) to celebrate, which we hope you’ll be able to attend.    

If for any reason you can’t attend, please let us know.  We’d like to recognise your service through the presentation of a certificate, so we’d like to ensure you receive this. 

Thank you for everything you do!