Serve The City Geneva

August Newsletter

( July 29, 2020 )

Dear volunteers

First a big thank you to all those who have stepped out this past month to serve others.
First we had 15 volunteers making 70 sandwiches at home for the closed soup kitchens!
We had just over 200 volunteers packing food packages for those financially hurt in Geneva.
We had over 40 volunteers helping out the BioPark Zoo in Bellevue the past 3 weeks
and other events where people were stepping out to help others who they may not even know; not just thru Partage, but Carrefour Rue, Salvation Army, the Bateau and others. Last but not least thanks to the volunteers who are selflessly leaving the comfort and safety of their home to go to the Soup Kitchen JdM each day, Mondays through to Thursdays, to help put together the food packages to be delivered to the 200+ needy of Geneva.

Now, the August known events..

The sandwich program will still move on in August since the Soup kitchens is still not able to open and take-away meals are a blessing to around 200 people a day. The shelter has its staff back cooking takeaway meals 3 days a week and STC is providing sandwiches for two days a week.

Partage Food packets are still in full distribution for the month running at 5,ooo meal packages a week. Serve the city is providing help Thursday & Friday mornings working from PalExpo.

As other needs and project appear we will be posting them. Project leaders and Account managers are always appreciated.. We have been improving our Social Media exposure and appreciate contributions.. Thanks for all your support and helping others at this special time, with or without STC presence.

Newsletter News

( July 16, 2020 )

The Mont Brilliant soup kitchen could use some regular help preparing food parcels and clean up, time 8:45 to 12.

STC provides 2 volunteers from Monday through Thursdays. Currently we are in need of 3 more helpers, and we thank our project leader, Ridwan who can help answer any questions you may have.

When you sign up on the website, please indicate your days of availability.

The Partage project at the Palexpo is going quite well.. We are helping to provide food packets to 4,500 persons per week.!

There are currently 8 separate distribution centers used to get the goods out to those in need.

We have a few spots available this Friday morning 17 July, but could use a lot more help putting teams together on our Thursday and Friday mornings the following two weeks. We work 9 to 1 at the Palexpo gate 44. More info will be sent to the volunteers just prior to each event. Coco is project leader on the Partage project and can keep you informed as you signup.

Our Biopark Zoo in Bellevue projects over the past few weeks have been fantastic. And we thank Angela and her teams for do such a great job for Parc! perhaps spot or two may be open for Saturday.. but we are sure they will be other opportunities later in the summer.

As you may know, we have 15 volunteers making 70 sandwiches for the homeless/marginalised each week !!! Which is more Fantastic news. Serve the City Geneva is proud to be able to participate with so many Service Organisations in such special ways during these special times. Again, many thanks! to the hundreds of you who are stepping out to help others ! It’s a honour to be able to serve with you, to serve the community.

It’s not over yet. Stay safe ! And we hope we find a date/time that allows your continued participation.

The Serve the City team.

Partage food packages

( July 5, 2020 )

The Partage food packages program is in great swing. Thousands of shopping bags are being filled and distributed each week and Serve the City is proud to be part of this program.

Partage has ask us to fill up some missing volunteer spots on Friday 10 July. (in addition to the Monday / Thursday teams we already have) Signups are available on the website.

Do keep an eye on the STC webpage as we are adding new events as they come in. We are also announcing projects on Facebook and Instagram. STC continues to thank the many of you who are stepping out to help the community !

The STC team.

Newsletter of Events

( June 12, 2020 )

Many, many thanks to our meal and sandwich teams who are doing such a great job for those 2,000 people a week, that we have been able to help feed. It has been fantastic.!.

Now some other projects are available and in need of our help.

The BioParc in Bellevue (formerly Parc Challandes) has been hurt drastically by the Covid-19 lockdown, and needs our help to clean, repair, enhance… Or even walk the camels! We have a number of days available and we hope to see you there.

There is now even a program to allow you to adopt an animal to help feed them! You and your family can adopt any animal from a bee hive to a wallaby! The Lemur is also quite special.

Check out the list on their website BioPark Geneva

Project dates:

Monday 15 and 22 June (1 – 4pm)
Friday 26 June (1 – 4pm)
Saturday 27 June, 11 – 18 – 25 July (9am – 1pm)

Projects include: cage renovation, using power tools, building natural hedges, reviving the wallaby enclosure, and more. Sign up on the STC website

Route de Valavran, 33
1293 – BELLEVUE (GE)

Carrefour Rue needs help to get it’s free clothing store ready for distribution of donated goods. On Saturday 20 June we need a few volunteers to help move out the winter clothes and move in summer goods.. We could use a French speaking Project Leader to help with the organisation.

Event will be from 9h00 to 13h00 at: 154 route de Malagnou, Chene Bougeries.

Do bring masks & gloves are provided.

Re Social Media–

We are trying to liven up our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and perhaps you can help us..
Please follow our Instagram account @servethecity.geneva. If you post your volunteering experiences on Instagram, please use #servethecitygeneva hashtag.
Please like our Facebook page, Serve the City Geneva. If you post your volunteering experiences on Facebook, please share to our page.
You can also send your photos, videos from volunteering events to Info@ServeTheCityGeneva or through whatsapp (0795945203) so we can post on our social media pages.

If you want to practice your Spanish.. click below. looks like fun.

compliments of: Debora Malca and the • Alkimia Agency • team

Serve the City wants to extend a Huge Thank you

( June 10, 2020 )

to all those who helped feed 1000 hungry a week thru the past several weeks.  Fantastic work from all those who have participated and supported us. We have lost the use of our kitchen but are looking for alternatives since physical distancing is still in effect.  Soup kitchens are still forced to provide take-away meals as they cannot open their seating areas.

Serve the City/Geneva partnered with Armée du Salut and chef Walter el Nagar, to develop an important food providing project during Covid19 confinement period. As you may know or anticipate, the soup kitchens serving hot meals before Covid19  crisis were closed during the confinement. They shifted their efforts to providing sandwiches for take-away. The project we developed was to continue serving the people in need but offering something more wholesome and balanced in nutrition than a sandwich alone over an extended period of time. Sponsors, such as Lunden Energy have be very critical in making this and other STC programs possible. 
Chef Walter el Nagar stepped up to mobilize his network of chefs working in Geneva area. As all restaurants were closed, we were able to receive volunteering support from many chefs and chef helpers. Our project started with making 200 meals each day for up to 5 days a week. We started at the beginning of May and will continue until mid-June. Each day a different chef and helping staff is coming to the kitchen of Armee du Salut, the meals are being prepared and refrigerated to be delivered to four soup-kitchen locations, the next day. For delivery of the meals, we again receive support from our precious volunteers. Delivery volunteers arrive with their cars and distribute the food timely everyday. As we are heading into the final week of the project, we would like to recognize and thank all our volunteers taking part in the project whether small or big. Overall, it was a huge effort and we would like to say a special thank you to Walter el Nagar for being the backbone of the project. Also thanks to Alain Meuwly, the Director of Armée Du Salut at Hotel Bel’Esperance, for facilitating the use of the SA kitchen to serve food for beyond their specific centers. 

Volunteers preparing lunches
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