Serve The City Geneva

June Newsletter

3.6.2019

Dear volunteers,

The Partage collection is done – now it’s time to sort it! This year we will we helping on two days, for which we need 10 volunteers each:

Wednesday 12 June 8am to 12 noon, Carouge

Friday 21 June 8am to 12 noon, Carouge

Signup at: ServeTheCityGeneva.ch (more details will be sent prior to the event).

As for the collection itself, here is a message from the organizers:

We wish to express our deep gratitude for the support by all our volunteers offered on the 24 and 25 May.

Thanks to your tremendous commitment to the 80 stores and supermarkets participating in this action and to the solidarity of the people of Geneva, between 3pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday 18h a total of 148,425 tonnes of goods were collected! This food helps to feed over 1000 people a day.

We were once again able to count on a magnificent level of participation: more than 800 volunteers, representing various companies, clubs, associations and the general population of Geneva, took part in supermarkets across the city on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.

Everyone at the Partage Association thanks you warmly for your precious commitment and loyalty, without which this action would not be possible.

THANK YOU!

Next collection: November 23, 2019

Isabelle Chatelain

Coordinatrice des bénévoles

From Serve the City’s perspective, this weekend was a strange one. We had 66 volunteers, but a record 13 cancellations and no-shows, two people got sick (one on the job, while the other had to leave to attend to a sickness at home), and one volunteer got injured on the way home after their shift… But what this means is that the rest of you stepped up and made it work with reduced staff!! So hats off to everyone, many thanks from all of us here at Serve the City. It was a great day for those in need and of course we appreciate the generosity of all those shoppers who pitched in. Geneva should be proud!!

My [Gary’s] wife took a fall heading home and I missed the last few hours of the day in the medical centre getting her stitched up, so again thanks everyone for stepping up and closing down with few instructions.

For those who didn’t show up, please bear in mind that this causes huge problems for us, the other volunteers, our partners and ultimately the beneficiaries. If you still want to be on the mailing, let us know.

Again thanks to all and we hope to see you all again sometime.

Gary and the STC team.

Early PARTAGE signups requested!

(16.4.2019 )

Dear volunteers

Samedi du Partage

As you may know, twice a year in Geneva over 70 supermarkets participate in a very special event called Samedi du Partage during which over 350 tonnes of food is collected to feed the hungry of the community. Serve the City normally provides about 50 volunteers across the Friday afternoon and the Saturday to serve in five different stores. This year’s first collection is happening on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May.

We would like to gauge the interest of STC volunteers for this project in late May, so if there is a good chance you might help out on one of the two days, please sign up now. If we reach 50 volunteers quickly, we will then offer to help in more stores. Each store will disappear from the sign-up list as it fills up, but you can always sign up for the “Use me where needed” option. When signing up for a Saturday shift, please indicate your time preference (8am-12pm, 12-3pm, or 3-6pm).

This year we will be participating on Friday 24 May at Migros Meyrin (6 people, from 3-7.30pm) and

on Saturday 25 May at Aldi Chêne-Bourg (2 per shift), Aldi Petit-Lancy (4), Coop Grand-Saconnex (2) and Migros Meyrin (8).

Sorting clothes to be given away

Carrefour-Rue runs a clothes shop called Aboudaby that gives donated clothes to disadvantaged people in Geneva. They are looking for six volunteers to help sort clothes on Saturday 4 May from 9am to 12pm at Aboudaby, 154 Rte. de Malagnou. Coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, see https://www.carrefour-rue.ch/cr.php?p=acti&s=aboudaby”. Sign up on the Current Activities page.

Serve the City thanks you for your service to the community!!

Special request to serve the homeless people of Geneva.

(08.04.2019)

The Salvation Army has many projects each year to help the marginalized of the city. Now is a chance to step up and participate in a new special project.

On Easter Sunday , 21 April :

From 11h until 15h we will offer brunch to all those who wish to: “Place des Grottes”. On site there will be tables, benches for people to sit down to eat. There will be music groups, children’s entertainment and a buffet that volunteers will offer to people. For food we thought, cold pasta salad or cold rice, fruit, cakes, cold cuts, etc. Ideally, if it would be convenient for you to bring what is possible around 11am. Also, people who come can also participate in brunch and come with their family and children. Basically it’s a great moment of conviviality with all the people who want it.

Do sign up on the STC website and let us know what you would like to bring. English speakers are welcome, but a little French will also be helpful.

Cher(ès) bénévoles,

Tout d’abord j’espère que vous allez bien et que vos activités de bénévolats se passent pour le mieux pour ceux qui sont encore actuellement actifs au sein de l’Armée du Salut.

Le 21 avril, dimanche de Pâques, nous organisons un brunch sur la Place des Grottes de 11h à 15h.
En effet, nous aimerions offrir aux personnes passantes : une soupe et autres diversités de nourritures selon les moyens que nous aurons.

Pendant cette journée nous pensons recevoir entre 400 et 600 personnes. Vos amis, parents et enfants sont aussi les bienvenus. Une animation pour les enfants aura également lieu.

Enfin, pour une question d’organisation pouvez-vous me dire qui serait intéressé de participer à l’activité et sur quel créneau horaire vous aimeriez faire votre bénévolat.

Dans l’espoir d’avoir beaucoup de réponse de votre part, je vous souhaite à toutes et à tous une excellente fin de journée et une bonne fin de semaine

ENSEMBLE MULTIPLIONS L’ESPOIR!!!


Sergio Vintem
Coordinateur Bénévoles Genève
Accueil de Nuit

Also this Saturday the 14th April, we could use a few more hands at the Zoo in Bellevue, 9h-13h.

More details are given after you sign up