Serve The City Geneva

January Newsletter – Serve the City Geneva

( January 20, 2023 )

Dear Volunteers, Happy New Year to all !!

     We have had a fantastic year of being able to help those in need!!

Feeding the homeless from the soup kitchen, we have offered 5,000 hours of volunteer time! Hundreds of hours collecting, sorting, packing food for the marginalised of the community.  We continue to help Ukrainian Refugees through the Salvation Army by contributing meal service help 7 days a week at Belle Experiance hotel in the old town, and a party for old and young refugees during the holidays. 

     We are going to continue for the next few months (rain or shine!) to help the BioParc take care of their very special animals in Bellevue, along with supporting the Reffetorio, a very special evening meal restaurant that is free for the homeless.

Signups for all events can be found on our website now. 

   With snow on the ground, it is a very difficult time for those who are homeless or without work.   Please think about finding time to help them survive and thrive.  

We are still packing food bags for the needy and are nearly finished sorting and preparing all the very generous donations from Samedi du Partage. In addition, we have helped gather much needed clothing which is especially apprecated in the winter months.

I hope this email finds you well and experiencing a super start to 2023!

Bioparc has given us some Saturday dates (9am-1pm) for the next 3 months as follows:

21 January

18 February

18 March

Sincere best thanks and best wishes for the new year ahead to you all for what you do to help the animals at Bioparc, Bellevue and in turn our Geneva community.  

Angela Project leader. 

If you are no longer able to help us. Please do signout of STC Geneva Team. We currently have about 3,400 members but about 1,000 have never signed up for a project, and we would prefer to have a list of 2000 active members!

(So please do sign up, so we can publish 3,400 active members…with T shirts!)

Just a little side story while I’m thinking of t-shirts… We are truly a secular organization here in Geneva, but I wanted to confess last Saturday I went to a Christian men’s breakfast. What did I see working in the kitchen but someone in a  red STC t-shirt helping prepare our meal! I had thought about wearing my t-shirt for advertising reasons, perhaps hoping someone would ask me what that was all about.. but decided not to do so.  Four others there, like me, had left their shirts at home. I am very sad for my decision, as what is better than reminding the whole community to think about serving others!

Please.. wear your shirt anytime you can.. I know I will never forget it again as I was so proud of seeing the red splash at a community meeting! 

Again, wishing all of you a very, very special 2023!!

Happy Holidays to all (Serve the City Geneva Newsletter)

( December 28, 2022 )

We have a team planning a Christmas/New Years party for the Ukrainians staying in the nursing home.
 
29th December 2 pm – 4pm
Maison de retraite de Petit Saconnex
Bâtiment Les Érables,
Avenue de Trembley 12, 1209 Genève 
 
We have already a team of 5 Serve The City‘s volunteers working hard on this project. We found a group of people from the local church for singing and entertaining, some sponsors of chocolate as a part of Christmas presents. I have picked up three little presents for kids from the donation of the US mission. We found the decorations for the venue.
 
What we still need :
3-4  people on the 29th December from 1 pm to 5 pm to set up the room (decorations/ tables/ food), to serve the food  and to clean up the venue at the end. Russian/Ukranian speakers welcomed but not necessary. We look forward to seeing you there.
 
 
We also are still taking signups for Partage.. We have needs in January for volunteer to SORT donated goods,  and we are still providing food packages for 2,000 recipients each week..  
 
Happy New Year to all!!!     .. and if you are in the Vaud area, consider helping us find volunteer projects for STC close to home..   There is a signup on the website..  
 
Hello All
Hope you all had a great Christmas!
The Jardin is planning a New Year Eve meal for regulars and other less fortunate or marginalised people in Geneva. 
Like the Christmas Eve meal, the NY Eve meal will be sit down one. 
Volunteers are expected to arrive on the 31st at 09:00 am at the Jardin for preparation of the meal and the tables.  This could be done by 11:30 am. 
Then we will come back at 7:00 p.m. to finish the installation and be ready around 8:30 p.m.  We will from 8:30 p.m. the public and serve them at the table.
Have a good week and see you Saturday!
A big thank you to all !
 
Ridwan Siddiqui
STC volunteer

 

December Newsletter

( December 1, 2022 )

Just a quick note of thanks to the 90 odd volunteers we had last weekend to collect food and care items for the needy of the area !.. The total results have not been published yet but we suspect it was quite fantastic !! And we thank you all.. Now we have to sort all the donations. Serve the City has currently booked 5 week days at Plan-les-Ouates for sorting. Times are 8h to 11:45h

Wednesday 14 December
Monday 19 December
Tuesday 27 December
Wednesday 4 January
Tuesday 24 January

So we think we can do the sorting in 5 weeks.. Do signup on our website : http://ServeTheCityGeneva.ch
We are still packing bags, supporting the Mt.Brilliant Soup Kitchen, We are looking after Ukrainian ladies & kids with the Salvation Army, who also has other places to help. And perhaps some other Christmas/New Years events will be available.
Don’t forget !! If you have participated in any STC event, you are invited to our Serve the Servers dinner this Friday, 2 December. Signup on our website and come with your red Shirt for entry.
Happy Holidays to all. The Serve the City team.

 

Newsletter and new event..

( November 10, 2022 )

HOT NEWs  Please read it all..  

INVITATION

Serve the City would like to invite you to a “Serve The Servers dinner” with the team. Even though you have only served one time or you haven’t served for several years we still consider you part of STC and would like to share this time with you.  Covid has stopped many people from stepping out but hopefully that is at an end. Please join us. Come enjoy a free aperitif dinner, meet other volunteers and find out more about our future Serve The City projects. 

Friday 2 December from 7.30 pm 
Refettorio Geneva – Rue de Lyon 120 – 1203 Geneva
Parking found just across the street at Charmilles.
Please sign up early as we only have room for 60. First come, first served.

Gary Vannatter, the STC team and chef Walter el Nagar hope you can join this special event! P.S. We need 4 volunteers, who have never served at any of our events, to help serving the food that evening and earn a red shirt – sign up here

NEXT EVENT

Wednesday, December 21st  Fun Christmas Event for Clair Blois children from 9h00 to 18h:00 (with breaks)    

We have a big Christmas Party planned for the Handicapped kids over at Clair Bois. This is a wonderful time to help entertain the kids (and their care givers). Parents too will be part of the festivities.  If any of you sing (Christmas songs), dance, juggle or play an instrument do consider participating in the animation part of the program. STC will be hosting by serving the drinks, the food goodies, setup/clean-up, decorations etc. Do come and be a part of this heartwarming event!

Complete details of options will be provided to you upon signing up. If you don’t see an option that suits you or you have date conflicts you can also sign-out of the event so we can find replacements.

Event: Wednesday, December 21st 9h00 to 18h (with breaks). Or signup for setup or party program. Signup now on the website.

Samedi du Partage

We are desperately needing you help to help with food collection for the marginalised of the community.Partage supplies over 100 institutions with needed food and materials which we can be a part of.Do find one of our stores on Friday afternoon an/or Saturday (3 time slots) the 25th and 26 of Nov. See the last Newsletter for more information. 

Serve the City Geneva – November Newsletter (corrected version)

( November 4, 2022 )

Dear volunteers,

here is our (final edited version) November newsletter for you. We hope you are fine and enjoying the beautiful autumn. There are a lot of projects going on, you can choose between a regular service and more occasional events.

Great classics are awaiting you: soup kitchens, the Refettorio, Bioparc and:

Who says November, says samedi du partage!

Here we go again

For the past 17 years, Partage Foundation has been hosting a collection program to collect food and necessities for those in need twice a year. An amazing program with over 70 stores participating: Serve the City has 8 stores reserved for its volunteers. Do come and join us for a few hours on at least 1 of the 2 days of collection. Bring friends and/or family to this very special event.

1,500 volunteers (associations, companies, individuals, service clubs, students…) come every 6 months on these Fridays and Saturdays to collect over 200 tons of items.

Each day, more than 55 associations and social services redistribute the unsold (daily collected) and the collected items through Partage.

Please note in your agenda: Friday 25 November and Saturday 26 November, various time slots. Come join us for a good cause!!(In the meantime, creating food bags is continuing on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 8:30h to 12h at Partage Espace Tourbillon, route de la Galaise 19A, 1228 Plan-les-Ouates. Sign up on our webpage! There is always a nice coffee break included…)

Fantastic beasts and where to access them

The private educational zoo “Bioparc” needs our help in developing a wheelchair access throughout the park. The day scheduled for the construction is Saturday 19 November 9h -13h, Route de Valavran 33, 1293 Bellevue. Sign up and bring your tools!

Sorting hats

Carrefour Rue is an essential organisation for marginalised people. They hold, among other places, a free distribution centre for clothes in Conches, route de Malagnou 154, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries. It is called Aboudaby Friperie généreuse (generous thrift shop).

Open Wednesdays and Fridays 14h-17h.

STCG sends 2 or 3 times a year a group of volunteers on Saturday morning to sort the donated clothes and clear out for the new season.

They have a permanent need for clothes donations adapted to the current season. Warm clothing and bedding items are now especially welcome. You can drop them off at Carrefour Rue, Rue Baulacre 10, 1202 Genève (leave it on their front porch, if nobody is there) or directly at Aboudaby.

Would you like to help out from time to time in the afternoons open to the public? Sign up and project manager Vera Detmer will get in touch with you.

Same procedure as every month

Take a look at our website regularly to keep up with new projects. We continue the old ones with renewed enthusiasm, tackle new ones; and if you have knowledge of a project that would correspond to our purpose, don’t hesitate to let us know and we might be able to develop it.

Looking forward to seeing you again or meeting you, contact us when you have questions or comments.Cheers, the STCG team