Serve The City Geneva

Our team have done a fantastic job..

(19.01.2018)

So good in fact that we have nothing to do next week?!   Sorry to those who were looking for an opportunity to serve but let it be known that the Partage staff is overjoyed with our contribution this year. And me too!!    what a great time we have had and a great service to the community we have done.. The staff at Partage are amazing, they work so hard to feed 1,000 of the folks down on their luck every day.. and they do such a great job of it..    Now to research our next target of assistance..

Gary,  part of the STC volunteer team..

Opportunity knocks !!!

(11.01.2017)

A special message of Happy New Year to all of you who have a special heart for all those less fortunate or have come on hard times.  We are so encouraged by the 1600 volunteers who are ready to take time out of their busy schedules to help those in need.
And theySTC team is privileged to be part of putting those who want to contribute, with those who have needs !
 The Partage food collection was very large this year and they have ask STC if we could provide more help to assist their current helpers the last two weeks of Jan.   They have requested 5 people a day for 15, 17, & 19 Jan (Mon,Wed & Fri)  and the following week and 23 & 25 (Tues & Wed).   Signups are registered thru the Get Involved option on the http://ServeTheCityGeneva.ch website.
Sign in and signup for open events..  When we reach 5 entries the event will be closed and you will not see it on the event list.
The sorting takes place at the Partage warehouse in Carouge from 8am to Noon, and we often are invited for lunch.   It would be wonderful to fill the openings quickly.
    Another weekday offer of service is our soup kitchen project.  On Tuesdays , twice a month, STC provides 7 volunteers to help prepare, serve and clean up for about 200 hot meals offered to those in need.  We have a very special group of current volunteers but could periodically use additional support.  Signup again on the website while spots last..
   Serve the City is looking for a very special year of finding and helping those service organizations who do such a great job for others  24/7. We consider it a very honored position to help those who help others.
Serve the City Team wishes you volunteers all the very best for the coming year, either with STC or just helping your community.

Food sorting @ partage

(30.12.2017)
 
Dear volunteers..   
We have been given a couple more days of food sorting if you missed the first signups..  if you are interested.. do get on the website and signup.   There are some spots avail of 4 and 5 Jan , should that work into your schedule.
 
We also have 1 team trying to find a date to prepare, deliver, serve and clean up a dinner for 40 at the Salvation Army shelter..
If you signup online you can mention if you want to help or want to organize a meal. 
 
Have a great New Years Eve and even a better 2018.   
 
The STC team.

Seasons Greetings

(24.12.2017)

Dear volunteers,

Serve the City Geneva is in its 7th year and we must thank the community so very much for stepping out to help others less fortunate or to working on environmental projects in our community!  It is so wonderful to work with a team of volunteers who are so willing to do just about anything including gardening, pulling weeds out of swamp areas, setting up parties for handicapped kids, painting, laying carpet, and just taking time out of their busy lives to lend a hand!  We thank you so much for your gifts of personal time and your compassion for the needs of others, as do our service providers!

At the moment we have 1,658 registered volunteers, and we’d like to know what is going on and available.  About 920 of them are already active and wearing red shirts! We are not sure how many of the 1658 are still in town as the our Geneva community tends to involve many comings and goings! And we all know that typing REMOVE is a hard thing to do…!

Here are some things you didn’t want to know;
Of the 1658; 609 are English-only speakers, 14 are French-only, 829 prefer English, 206 prefer French!
1247 are living in Geneva, 223 in France and 188 on the West bank.. perhaps 2 or 3 as far as Lausanne.
This year we have had 50 new registrations. And in the past 6 months, when asked how you heard about STC here are your replys:
Google  16
Friend    4
STC projects 3
Facebook 3
School 11
Radio 74 1
Hello Switzerland 1
… and we thank you, for upping the Friend total !!

We hope you realize that you are making a difference, and how important you are to those fortunate people that you might support in some way!. We also hope that opportunities will continue to arise for you to help others. (And when the opportunity opens, to get to know those without a name.!  )

STC is currently running with a staff of 7 but we really need more help to keep in touch with Service Providers for our 1658 volunteers! Do you have skills in this area?
Do sign up, and pressure us, to give you a chance to lend a hand!
Zou might also help us thru your organizations or on Facebook.

Seasons greetings to each and every one of you,….you are so appreciated!  
The Serve the City Geneva committe

December Newsletter

(04.12.2017)

Dear volunteers,

First,  many many thanks for the 60+ volunteers we had for Partage collections. A new high of 167 tons of donations.. (to be sorted)

On to next projects..:

– Call for MEN !! We need 4 men on Saturday 9 Dec. to work at Eureka, a housing project for the needy. We need to rotate a tent in order to improve its covering, to be more effective over the winter months. 9:30 to noon with nice BBQ lunch prepared for us.. 

– We have a new opening for Partage sorting for 5 helpers on Wednesday 27 Dec. The sorting is the normal 8am to noon. Lunch is included. 

– Ronald McDonald Houses could use 3-4 volunteers to prepare their two gardens for winter and put a small edging for one of the gardens. Its a morning job 9:30 to noon including lunch.  (the houses are near the HUG hospital in Geneva)

– We have a project in Bellevue doing some gardening and cage cleaning at the Zoo this Saturday at 9:30.  If you are interested, please sign up and we will send more on the project.

– For those in the Christmas or New Years spirit, Carrfour Rue has a homeless shelter by the bridge and a soup kitchen by the train stations in which they want to present the residents or the hungry with special meals at the holidays.. 

We need :

  • 14 people from 7 pm at la Coulou on 24.12. to help prepare a meal, decorate shelter, serve the meal and clean up  
  • 12 people from 10 am to 12 & from 7 pm at Jardin de Montbrillant on 31.12  to decorate and set up tables, and deliver for sit-down meals
  • 15 people from 7 pm at la Coulou on 31.12.      Same as Coulou above only New Years Eve.

People interested can send an email to carrefour-rue@carrefour-rue.ch for information  and sign up on the STC website More details will be sent closer to date to all volunteer signups.

We are pleased to announce that GEDS has nominated Serve the City as the recipient  of the charity theatre event on Dec 8 and 9 in Geneva. It’s titled Too Close for Comfort, more information available on their website 

http://www.geds.ch/events/too-close

STC will be using the funds to fund holiday meals for those in the shelter of the Salvation Army.   Those wishing to participate in creation of these meals  should send a message  to Info@ServeTheCityGeneva.ch and let us know of your interest..

Thank you !    The STC Team.