Serve The City Geneva

STC can use your help

(15.10.2018)

Many thanks to all those who participated events the last couple of weeks!
and all those who signup to help do some renovation to the Zoo in Bellevue this Saturday.

We have a change:
The VOIX LIBRES container has been delayed. Now project on Wednesday morning, 7 November. We will move goods into storage facility just behind train station.  We are taking signups now as we could use about 20 helpers on this Wednesday morning.

We would very much appreciate a French speaker to help us this Saturday, 20 Oct at the special meal prepared by restaurant 5th day.
 We will be serving 12 for lunch.

 

 

 

October Newsletter

(01.10.2018)

Dear volunteers

Here are some of the upcoming events for which you can sign up on the STC website

7 OCTOBER

This year, the 20KM de Genève running race is a fundraiser during international Breast Cancer Awareness month. They are in need of 10-20 volunteers from 7:30 – 11:00 in Pregny Chambesy.

Here is the text from the race organisers:

We are seeking Race Marshalls for the 20km of Geneva by Genève Aéroport on Sunday 7th October.

The Race Marshall must secure key points of the course by ensuring good cohabitation between runners, spectators and motorists.

On the 20km of Geneva, we would like humanitarian / social associations to help us on this specific mission.

We therefore offer you to take over the Pregny-Chambésy sector from 7.30am to 11am for which we are looking for up to 10-20 volunteers.

Equipped with the T-shirt of the organization, you will also receive a pack lunch and you will be supervised by a manager of the Pregny-Chambésy sector on the day of the event. This person will give you the necessary material as well as useful information on the day of the race.

Merci pour votre aide et très bon weekend à vous,

Antoine Ollivier
Responsable bénévoles – 20km de Genève by Genève Aéroport

M: +41 78 684 81 21

antoine.ollivier@ocsport.com

13 OCTOBER

A Rocha is committed to the conservation and restoration of the natural world through both scientific research and practical conservation projects. The specific event location will be posted soon.

20 OCTOBER

For several years we have been assembling teams to help unload a container of Bolivan products from trucks to a basement storage room with a line of volunteers. Other ways of helping this special organization are listed below.

Voix Libres is a shop near the main train station that is an international humanitarian association, which operates in Bolivia to offer alternatives to child labour in the mines, fields, garbage dumps and streets. http://www.VoixLibres.org STC is proud to have been working with their team for past 6 years. Some of their upcoming events are listed should you be interested in volunteering with them.

VoixLibreEvents:

  • Volunteers for events: VL needs a lot of volunteers for selling their products and also for promoting the NGO
    • 5 – 18 November: Selling exhibition at Manor Vevey
    • 3 November- Orvin près de Bienne
    • 20 October (approx) container de Bolivie – they need 20 volunteers and it will be helpful if someone of them will have some vans/ trucks
  • 3 October- 19h – they will have a “soirée portes ouvertes” regarding information about VL. They said that it will be beneficial for the interested volunteers to come because it will be a good opportunity to more about their activities, mission and vision (a highly recommended training based on my own experience)
  • Shop:during the week and on Saturday (flexible hours)- they said that they need more a woman who likes to sell and understands the importance of their work and the impact of each article sold on the women’s life who became entrepreneurs in Bolivia (after they went through slavery in the mines or victims of domestic violence).
  • Traslations: VL need always volunteers for translations either for their financial statements, projects, donors, etc. The priority is their site, who is currently under construction. The french version will be created by their own team and then they need the translation.

The translations are mostly required are from:

  1. French- English/ English- French
  2. Spanish- French/ French- Spanish
  3. Spanish- English/ English- French

20/21 OCTOBER

Bellevue Parc Challendes Zoo

The project aims to support Parc Challendes in Bellevue, Switzerland. Parc Challendes is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and shelters animals who are either abandoned, lost or hurt. We need your help and energy to complete this project, which includes refurbishing an enclosure and updating the grounds for visitors. This project is lead by a long time STC volunteer who is combining this service project with a leadership assignment for a Scouting Eagle Award.

The work is scheduled over the weekend of October 20th and 21st, from 9am-5pm (rain or shine!). Any time you can give would be appreciated! Please confirm your time slot (why not both days😉?). Help us to help these animals, THANK YOU!

P.S. Please bring gloves and/or a shovel (if you have one) and lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided to all.

4 NOVEMBER

Expat Expo Help at the STC information stand.

Starling Hotel & Conference Center

next to Palexpo November 4th, 2018 9h to 17h

23/24 NOVEMBER

Samdi du PARTAGE food collection program at markets in Geneva (also on Friday)

pick a shift; 8-12, 12-15,or 15-18

 

Your STC team

September Newsletter

(13.9.2018)

TheMeal

This Saturday we are still a few hands short for setup and serving 1000 people at the TheMeal at PlainPalais. Do signup for the event, your help will be welcome.

22 September Invite for The-Meal

It’s that time of the year again when we honor the local farmers and consider the environment.!

A great number of people gathering on the same day in many different places on our planet, to share a meal in support of farmers here and everywhere, in defense of food sovereignty and the right for local populations to access natural resources, soil, water, forests and seed.

The Meal – Un Repas Pour Notre Avenir will take place on September 22 at Plainpalais grounds.

The event would be supported by Serve the City Geneva with at least 30 volunteers, who will help with the setting of the area with Tables and benches, serving the food, helping with the clear up at the end of the day.

The day starts at 7:30 am and will go on until 5:00 pm. Volunteers can stay throughout the day or choose specific tasks or time frames..

07:30 – 10:00 – Setting up

10:00 – 11:30 – Cocktails

11:30 – 14:30 – Lunch Servers provided by Serve the City

16:00 – 17:30 – Clear up other activities are run by event organisers

So, volunteers come along and help support this wonderful event. We could use some more French speakers for the event as well.

More information at The-Meal.net

Looking forward to early sign ups on Serve the City Geneva website.

Every other Tuesday from 25 September Soup Kitchen Mt.Brilliant

We have a couple more spots open for servers from 9 to 1 to serve those in need.

22 September we start a new Saturday lunch program for the less fortunate

Serve the City is proposing a 2 team approach of 3 persons offering service every other Saturday until mid December. We also will develope a team of standby servers to run backup participation as required. When you sign up don’t forget to mention is you are signing up for every other Saturday or as a “as needed” volunteer

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The idea of the «Fifth Day» is brought by chef Walter el Nagar, distinguished by the Gault & Millau 2017. With other talented chefs from around the world, he founded the Société anonyme cuisiniers, a collective that prides itself on a real social and culinary bias.

The members of the collective are far from painting cooks as artists or geniuses of sort, but instead they encourage their members to be creative, avant-garde, radical and provocative, aiming to stimulate the critical minds and senses of their guests, making them an integral part of their work. They believe that the classic restaurant model needs to be updated.

Open four days to the public, the restaurant proposes a bistronomic, local, healthy and organic food offer, from a perspective of sustainability. On the fifth day, the same menu will be served to less fortunate people sent by partner associations. For free!

Our needs: every Saturday from 22/09 included we need at least 3 volunteers to help the chef at the kitchen (cooking, serving and cleaning), from 11am to 3pm. With your commitment, you will contribute to this social project which offers the opportunity to marginalized, homeless or refugee people to escape from their day-to-day for the time of a meal and to discover a fantastic cuisine. 25 rue des Eauxvive, 1207 Geneva

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L’idée du « Cinquième jour » est portée par le chef Walter el Nagar, distingué par le Gault & Millau 2017. Avec d’autres chefs talentueux du monde entier, il a fondé en 2017 la Société anonyme cuisiniers, un collectif qui se targue d’un vrai parti-pris social et culinaire.

Artisans modernes, plutôt qu’« artistes de génies », les membres du collectif cherchent à bousculer les certitudes et à faire réagir leurs hôtes par leur créativité. Ces cuisiniers anonymes sont déterminés à modifier la perception de la cuisine gastronomique, ainsi qu’à révolutionner le modèle actuel, mais dépassé, de la restauration et de l’hospitalité.

Ouvert quatre jours au public, le restaurant propose une cuisine bistronomique, local, saine et à base de produits issus de l’agriculture durable. Le cinquième jour, le même menu sera servi à des convives en situation précaire, pris en charge par une organisation sociale partenaire. Et cela gratuitement !

Nos besoins : tous les samedis à partir du 22/09 inclus, nous avons besoin d’au moins 3 bénévoles afin d’assister le chef en cuisine (cuisine, service, nettoyage), de 11h à 15h. Grâce à votre engagement, vous contribuerez à ce projet social qui offre l’opportunité à des personnes marginalisées, sans-abri ou réfugiées de s’évader de leur quotidien le temps d’un repas et d’avoir accès à une cuisine exceptionnelle.

25 rue des Eauxvive, 1207 Geneva

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Voix Libres is a shop near the main train station that is an international humanitarian association, which operates in Bolivia to offer alternatives to child labour in the mines, fields, garbage dumps and streets. http://www.VoixLibres.org STC is proud to have been working with their team for past 6 years. Some of their upcoming events are listed should you be interested in volunteering with them.
 
VoixLibreEvents:
  • Volunteers for events: VL needs a lot of volunteers for selling their products and also for promoting the NGO
    • 22 September: The Meal – Dimitri Javorski (dimitri.javorski@voixlibres.org) is in charge with the event
    • 5 – 18 November: Selling exhibition at Manor Vevey
    • 3 November- Orvin près de Bienne
    • 20 October (approx) container de Bolivie – they need 20 volunteers and it will be helpful if someone of them will have some vans/ trucks
  • 3 October- 19h – they will have a soirée portes ouvertes” regarding information about VL. They said that it will be beneficial for the interested volunteers to come because it will be a good opportunity to more about their activities, mission and vision (a highly recommended training based on my own experience)
  • Shop: during the week and on Saturday (flexible hours)- they said that they need more a woman who likes to sell and understands the importance of their work and the impact of each article sold on the women’s life who became entrepreneurs in Bolivia (after they went through slavery in the mines or victims of domestic violence).
  • Traslations: VL need always volunteers for translations either for their financial statements, projects, donors, etc. The priority is their site, who is currently under construction. The french version will be created by their own team and then they need the translation.
The translations are mostly required are from:
1. French- English/ English- French
2. Spanish- French/ French- Spanish
3. Spanish- English/ English- French
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Don’t forget:
 
Expat-Expo GmbH

www.expat-expo.com


Starling Hotel & Conference Center
next to Palexpo November 4th, 2018
 

July Newsletter update

(10.7.2018)

Dear volunteers,

An update on the Nelson Mandela Week of Service

Saturday 14 July: Parc Challandes Zoo in Bellevue
could use 3-4 more helpers..

Saturday 14 July: La Garenne Zoo in Le Vaud
The zoo is looking for 4 to 8 volunteers (or more groups of 3 to 4 during the week) to help out with various maintenance projects. We have a special need for a carpenter type if you have that gift.

Tuesday 17 July: A Rocha event at Laconnex nature reserve in Laconnex, (Near Bernex)

Wednesday 18 July: FULL Ronald McDonald House garden party no more spots. many thanks for support..

Sunday 22 July: La Maison de Tara in Chêne Bougeries
start at 10am on the Sunday , Clearing basement for painting..

keep an eye out for further information: (sign ups coming up soon)

– Sunday 2 September: Paddle for Cancer at the Lac de Joux (5-10 volunteers)

– Saturday 22 September: TheMeal at the Plaine de Plainpalais (40 volunteers)

– Date TBC: LaArch Centre for those with Down syndrome (5-10 volunteers)

July Newsletter

(01.07.2018)

Dear volunteers,

Read on for information about our Partage activities in June and July and about a number of upcoming volunteering opportunities that we hope you can be part of.

Partage

Thank you all again for signing up to help with the sorting of all the donations collected during the Samedi du Partage. This year, nearly 150 tonnes of food and toiletries were donated.  

In spite of the collection being so large, the many volunteer teams, including those from STCG, have done such a great job of sorting that it’s been completed in record time! In fact, there’s not enough work left to fill the rest of STCG’s Partage sorting dates so we have had to cancel some unfortunately.

The following dates are still going ahead: Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 July. Sorting will then be finished!

Sorry to those whose sorting dates have been cancelled – look out for the next chance to take part after the November collection!

More than 1000 people benefit from the Partage programme every day. We are truly glad to be a part of it and we thank all the volunteers who have contribute to the collection and sorting.

Nelson Mandela International Day of Service

Every year on 18 July – Nelson Mandela’s birthday – people all over the world are encouraged to give some of their time to voluntary activities in memory of his decades of service to humanity. We at STCG have put together a number of events in July, details of which are given below. Of course, you can also participate your own way by helping out your neighbours or members of your community – let us know by email or on Facebook how you took part!

10-14 July (and beyond): soup kitchen at Jardin de Montbrillant (Cornavin)

From 10 July, we are looking to recruit an additional 3 or 4 volunteers to back up our existing team during the summer to ensure that STC can continue to feed up to 200 hungry and needy people in Geneva every Tuesday. Sign up on the Current Activities page if you’re interested!

Saturday 14 July: Parc Challandes Zoo in Bellevue

The zoo needs some redecorating – we will be replenishing the insides of the enclosures with fresh branches, leaves and special treats for the animal guests. If you’d like to help, sign up on the Current Activities page.

Saturday 14 July: La Garenne Zoo in Le Vaud

(or smaller groups during the week if the volunteers prefer)

This large animal park concentrates of taking in and treating wild animals in difficulty, safeguarding and reintroducing threatened species, supporting environmental education and promoting Swiss wildlife. The zoo is looking for 4 to 8 volunteers (or more groups of 3 to 4 during the week) to help out with various maintenance projects.

Tuesday 17 July: A Rocha event at Laconnex nature reserve

Join us and conservation charity A Rocha as we mark International Nelson Mandela Day of Service with a rewarding outdoor activity. We will be clearing invasive plants from the nature reserve in Laconnex (see location here) in order to promote the growth of indigenous flora and fauna. The meeting time is at 10am and we will finish sometime in the afternoon, depending on progress and motivation. Our work with A Rocha has always been appreciated by volunteers, and it’s a great way to serve while enjoying the great outdoors! 

Sign up on the Current Activities page, and, since the nature reserve is not easily accessible by public transport, please let us know in the comments if you are driving and could pick up other volunteers (and where from) or if you don’t have transport and would like a lift.

Wednesday 18 July: Ronald McDonald House garden party 

We are looking for 3 to 4 volunteers to lend a hand at the garden party of the two Ronald McDonald Houses near the HUG. These houses are used free of charge by parents of children undergoing treatment at the hospital, allowing them to be nearby. Sign up online!

Sunday 22 July: La Maison de Tara in Chêne Bougeries

This is another wonderful opportunity to help those who help others: La Maison de Tara (79 Ch. de la Montagne, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries) is a small hospice that provides home-from-home care for people nearing the end of their life when staying at home is not possible but they don’t wish to be in hospital. This charity exists thanks to the support of its kind and generous donors, the unending support of the commune of Chêne-Bougeries and the support of over 100 trained volunteers.

The charity needs a few extra volunteers to help clear the basement so that it can be painted. This will involve emptying cupboards, wardrobes, drawers and storage boxes and then moving the empty items to another part of the basement while the painting is carried out over 3 to 4 days. The clearing job will start at 10am on the Sunday and is expected to take around 3 hours, but may continue into the afternoon. If you’d like to help, sign up here.

Once the painting is complete, more volunteers will be needed to help put everything back – date to be confirmed.

Looking ahead

We are not done! We have a few events planned for September – keep an eye out for further information:

– Sunday 2 September: Paddle for Cancer at the Lac de Joux (5-10 volunteers)

– Saturday 22 September: TheMeal at the Plaine de Plainpalais (40 volunteers)  

– Date TBC: LaArch Centre for those with Down syndrome (5-10 volunteers)

STCG Committee

STC is always looking for project managers, and right now we are especially keen to find someone who might have or find contacts in the Red Cross to see how STC might be of help to them.

Thanks for your continued service and we hope to see you at some of our upcoming activities!

The Serve the City Geneva team