Serve The City Geneva

July Newsletter update


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


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.


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


We can use Project Leaders to look after our coming events.. and would appreciate your help? please let us know if you can contribute in this way.  Find more events listed under Current Activities.   Merci


 Paddle for Cancer Project    2 September
Hi Serve the City
I hope all is well with you.  It is that time of year again and I am in the process of filling all our volunteer slots for the Paddle for Cancer dragonboat festival.  I thought it would be useful to touch base with you at this stage to see if you would be able to help us find volunteers again, as you so kindly did last year.
We have a few positions that I currently know are free which are:
Litter/Recycling team – Sunday all day from 8am (must be able to stay until the very end, around 7pm)
Toilets – Sunday – Continual monitoring of toilets, emptying of each toilet rubbish bin, wipe-up around toilet-bowl area. Spray freshener on each cleanup.  If a toilet becomes particularly nasty, lock-up and leave it!  At end of Sunday no big cleanup necessary, as toilets can be left as they are.
Festival Set-up – 12.00-15.00 on the Saturday.  Involves moving tables, benches, fridges, boats and general set-up duties
Festival Clear-up – 16.00-19.00 on the Sunday.  Involves the reverse of set-up.
Photographers – 8/9am – 5pm.  To be part of this team to capture the races, ambience, volunteers at work, mini regatta, winners and festival in general.
Mini-Regatta – we always have general positions to help with the children’s races

Boat-loading – helping on the main race event to ensure participants are instructed and safe getting in the dragon boats

We always get ad hoc positions elsewhere also so anyone who is flexible, hardworking and just wants to help out at a great event, we would love to hear from.

I look forward to hearing from you as to whether you feel you may be able to find some volunteers for any of these positions.




Many many thanks for all the Support for Collecting for the needy of Geneva..

Serve the City is sponsoring 7 projects (of the 75 on offer)
Serve the City has a need for 2 volunteers on Friday 1 May, and 2 spots on Saturday at 8am.
When booked they will no longer be seen on the signups page.
Many thanks to our 67 volunteers !!!!
There is more on offer …
We now have to sort those items so they can get to those in need. See the last newsletter on our webpage. Signups are now open as we will be sorting in June and July and ??
plus Other opportunities for helping are on offer..
9 June we return to the Zoo in Bellevue to assist in their beautification projects. We continue to try to assist in their work for the community.
We have been introduced to Maison de Tara is a hospice in Geneva who could use some support, and we have some ways be of service on 7 and 14 June. And more opportunities in a few weeks time.
On Saturday the 2nd of September we are planning for Paddle For Cancer – and event up on the lake of … up in the Jura.
Many different areas of need. Do sign up to see a list of the various options available.

Also from
We are looking for 10 to 15 volunteers for the weekend of June 15th to 17th, for the Family Day on Saturday the 16th at L’Association Cerebral in Onex. ( The association supports kids with cerebral palsy and this year it is the 60th anniversary of the center. Volunteers are needed for set up and break down on the Friday and the Sunday, although the main event starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Please let STC know if and when you are available. Thank you for your help!
Again.. Thanks from the STC Team..