Serve The City Geneva

August Newsletter


Dear STC volunteers,

Quick decision time… This coming weekend !! Saturday 24 August, 9 to 1! Come join us !! on a major cleanup project in Versoix sponsored by Parc Challandes, the Zoo in Bellevue. bring your own lunch.. A quick introduction to the Zoo, some new things that are happening, and introduction of current major concerns of endangered species in Switzerland, a quick look at ProWildlife@home then off to the Versoix river to do a cleanup campaign.

The park has suggested we share the following web sites to all the Serve the City volunteers to help with what we all may do to help the environment.




***1 Sept. Sunday

Once again the Dragon Boat Festival , Lac de Joux, Sunday 1 September 2019; 08h30 – 16h00
An event not to be missed.. and YES, you can also volunteer to help. Go to our signup page for checking in.
ASAP if you would.

***7 Sept. Saturday

Carrefour Rue, who runs the Mt. Brilliant soup kitchen , also has a clothes distribution facility called Aboudaby, they need a few hours of your help to sort donated clothing.. 9 to 1pm and can use 10 volunteers.
Hope you are able to signup for this event.

***14 Sept. Saturday (date not yet firm)

Voix Libres, who is support institution for Orphans and single moms in Bolivia. has a container of quinoa and hand made goods sent to Geneva for distribution. We have been getting a team of 10-12 volunteers to help in the movement of product into the warehouse. Do signup now if if container gets delayed or change you will be notified.

Check website for other opportunities to serve.. Thank you very much the STC team.

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Dear volunteers,

For several year STC has been supporting the Dragon Boat festival in various ways, from parking management , kid control, mini boat races, library sales.. etc Now is your chance to be supportive of a great program at a wonderful location at Lac de Joux above Gland.

For assignments contact Chris Swan as she it responsible for volunteers.

STC has been given a special list of various areas to see where we could best use some help.

They are as follows:

Set Up

  • Saturday 31 August 2019; 10h00 – 17h00
  • helping put the various tents, signs, toilets etc., etc. in place on the day before the festival
  • some heavy lifting is required
  • four volunteers or more

Clear Away

  • Sunday 1 September 2019; end Festival (around 16h00) – till it’s done
  • closing down the Festival, ensuring the area is litter free, packing up the tents, taking down signs etc., etc…
  • some heavy lifting is required
  • four or more volunteers

Boat Marshall

  • Sunday 1 September; 08h30 – 16h00 – can be half a day or the full day
  • helping to load and disembark the teams fro the Dragon Boats
  • comfortable with water and masses of humans are probably the key skills required
  • four volunteers

Helping out at the Serve the City Stand passing out brochures and giving info.

Guarding the Walkway round KiddieLand

  • Sunday 1 September 2019; 10h00 – 16h00; one hour shifts in pairs
  • stopping the kids at KiddieLand escaping onto public land
  • up to six volunteers – if fewer than six then the pairs will be rotated to cover the day

Many thanks!

The Serve the City Geneva Team

Jardin de Montbrillant soup kitchen needs help in August


Dear volunteers,

August has taken its toll with folks on holiday.  But the hungry are still there…

We need a number of volunteers for the Mt. Brilliant soup kitchen  (20 service days on offer)

A couple of spots are still open for the Saturday lunch and even one more opening for THIS Saturday to help with some handicapped kids.. Please do take a look and see if you can be of service to the community this Nelson Mandela week of service!

Many thanks!

The Serve the City Geneva Team

Nelson Mandela Day


Blessings to those who wish to serve the marginalized people of the community!

As you may know, in July STC attempts to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela who was born on the 18th July. To support his legacy we want to contribute to the World Wide Nelson Mandela International Day of Service. STC wants to support this international event for an entire week from today to Sunday 21 July. We would like to suggest that sometime during this week you all look around your neighbourhood, community, friends, your street; And find some project to serve others. If you would like to participate, and agree to try to find a project to help someone, we have a non-binding signup on our website to encourage your support. If your project could use some help, mention your needs in the comment section, and we will share it with the STC community.

If you mange to complete a service project of interest, feel free to mention a bit about it on our facebook page.


“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done.

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

There is so much to learn about this very special man and what he stands for: Here is a slight insight. Nelson Mandela info

Dear volunteers,
Many thanks for signing up for the Salvation Army Lunch Service. Please note that July is already full but would you be also interested and available for themonth of August and beyond? Same hours as announced, from 10h to 14h30 (or even from 11h, if this works better) every Wed, Thurs and Fri; and from 14h30 to 17h on Thursdays. 
Besides, we are also looking for 3 volunteers for Salvation Army Saturday Breakfast for August and beyond. It’s every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month and runs from 8h to 11h: prepping from 8h to 9h (volunteers are offered breakfast from 8h30 to 9h); serving from 9h to 10h30; and cleaning up from 10h30 to 11h. The venue is Le Phare, located on Rue Jean-Jacques de Sellon 3 1201 Genève. 
Thank you again and we look forward to meeting and serving with you!