Serve The City Geneva

Help needed in June

( May 30, 2020 )

Dear Volunteers,

We hope you are all safe and well. We have several needs and offers to help those who are homeless and hungry, for the month of June.

Volunteers are needed to make sandwiches once a week

Our first need is to find 6 sandwich makers for the Soup Kitchen at Montbrillant. The job is making 70 sandwiches once a week either for the Tuesday or Wednesday delivery. You and your team will help feeding the 200 people per day needing a meal. The soup kitchen itself cannot yet open due to distancing problems, so we help prepare take-away meals. Each week you drop the wrapped sandwiches at the side entrance about 10am for distribution. Thanks very much for helping those who are suffering even more during these special times.

Volunteers to help prepare take-away boxes:

Serve the City needs helpers to prepare 200 take-away meals, Tue thru Sat in June. The volunteers are needed as of 11:00. The location is the kitchen of Salvation Army at 1, Rue de la Vallée, Geneva” in the old town. Please sign up and we will send more information and confirmation as things progress.

Volunteers with cars to deliver take-away boxes:

Serve the City needs people with cars to deliver lunch-boxes from the kitchen of Salvation Army to their 3 to 4 other locations, all within 15 minute driving distance from the kitchen at 1, Rue de la Vallée, Geneva. Drivers need to arrive at about 10:30 am to the kitchen, take the crates and deliver to the indicated locations. Depending on availabilities and size of cars, one driver can do all 3 deliveries in one day or multiple drivers can share the daily task. Please sign up if you are able to help on one or more days and perhaps thru June.

Do sign up soon at ServeTheCityGeneva.ch and project leaders can provide needed information.

Geneva Kindness Quotient

( May 16, 2020 )

Although we had ONLY 12 contributions to our KQ indicator (Geneva Kindness Quotient) the average score was 6.5  i.e. slightly better than normal. Some of the comments were;

-Geneva is not an obviously warm city but there is kindness out there. 

-I see a high KQ in Geneva because people in general are conscious about following hygienic and social distancing rules. In addition, they are showing solidarity everyday towards medical workers by celebrating their work through clapping. Furthermore, Geneva has volunteering groups in action such as STC to try and help others. If I took out some points is because at the beginning, panic buying was so selfish towards others.  

-People are very nice, but don’t necessarily go out of their way to help out 

Now 6.5 was in the lowest 25% of the 100 STC’s worldwide but hopefully STCG can help raise this level! 😊

About Serve the City:

( May 12, 2020 )

Serve The City Geneva is an organization that aims to mobilize volunteers by partnering with existing organizations that are already serving the poor and the marginalized. By doing this, we believe we can impact individual lives and the communities we serve. We partner with homeless shelters, refugee centers, orphanages, and other associations, listen to their needs and then generate resources to show kindness through practical help and support. The vision of Serve the City is a city in which individuals and communities experience personal, social, environmental, and economic well-being by means of the commitment of volunteers who want to serve their community. Our strategy is therefore to: a) facilitate volunteer recruitment, b) serve the population through empowerment, c) support our affiliates with volunteers and financial aid,  d) foster mutual transformation: our own and those we serve.

Our relationship with Salvation Army:

Salvation Army, is one of the organizations in Geneva with which we have been partnering for many years. Serve the City most commonly provides volunteers to help serve breakfast at the Salvation Army’s night shelter. Our volunteers help set up and clear away the breakfast buffet and trays. The shelter has a small kitchen and some basic provisions so any additional supplies that Serve the City volunteers provide are welcome. Given the minimal preparation required for breakfasts, this is an ideal opportunity to meet and connect with some of the people using the services. We also provide volunteers to help prepare the evening meals or lunches during the winter.

About “Re-inventing the Kitchen” during Covid19 Project:

After Covid19 spread started in Geneva, the kitchens of Salvation Army in all 5 of their locations closed down and the hot meals served, had to be replaced by cold sandwiches distributed for take-away. Upon connecting with our partners at the organization, we learned that they would welcome nutritious meals which can be served in the form of lunch-boxes to be later reheated by the people benefitting from their organization. Serve the City took this challenge on and organized the making of 200 lunch-boxes per day for a period of 2 weeks. We first found chefs who would volunteer to cook for 200 people per day for free. We contributed by paying for all the food ingredients and we made sure only products from local producers would be bought. During the shutdown period of restaurants, many chefs has to stay home and many local producers who were providing food for the restaurants, had no place to sell their products. By organizing this activity, we enabled some practice for several young chefs who kindly came forth to cook voluntarily at one of the kitchens of Salvation Army. We supported several of the local food producers. And, first and foremost, we provided quality food for the people in need of Geneva. Some of our volunteers helped the chefs in the kitchen as lot of vegetables needed to be cleaned, cut, cooked and lots of dishes needed to be washed afterwards. Some other volunteers came by their cars and transported the lunch-boxes prepared in one kitchen to other 4 locations of Salvation Army in town. Overall, we provided over 1000 lunch-boxes for the Salvation Army. The activity started last week and will continue this week upon receipt of very good feedback from the organization.