Serve The City Geneva

( July 4, 2023 )

Dear volunteers.   a note from Partage…

We wanted to let you know that new dates are now available for the preparation of food aid bags during July and August.

Here are the dates and the number of volunteers required that are available In July :

7th July : 9 volunteers

17th July : 8 volunteers

18th July : 7 volunteers

24th July : 8 volunteers

25th July : 7 volunteers

27th July : 6 volunteers

31st July : 8 volunteers

  And most of the August month is also available (for 10 people max), excepted the following :  9th, 18th and 23rd August.

If you have volunteers interested for these dates, I’ll be happy to register the groups for the dates they will choose.

RE.. FOOD SORTING ALSO AT PARTAGE..

4 July    :  6 spots available

6 July    :  7 spots available

7 July    :  3 spots available

10 July  :  7 spots available

12 July  :  6 spots available

please sign up and bring a friend if possible.. 

Best regards   The STC team

Clair Bois Event – School Year End Party Wednesday 28th June 2023

( June 15, 2023 )

Wednesday, June 28th Fun End of School Year Event for Clair Blois children from 10h00 to 18h00 (with breaks)    

We have a big End of school Year Party planned for the Handicapped kids over at Clair Bois. This is a wonderful time to help entertain the kids (and their care givers). Parents too will be part of the festivities. STC will be hosting by serving the drinks, the food goodies, setup/clean-up. Do come and be a part of this heartwarming event. We want to give the care-givers and staff a much-deserved break!

Complete details of options will be provided to you upon signing up. If you don’t see an option that suits you or you have date conflicts you can also sign-out of the event so we can find replacements.

Event: Wednesday, June 28th 10h00 to 18h (with breaks).  If available we need help at 10h00 day before for set

We also are looking for more help sorting all the collected goods donated by the good shoppers on Samedi du partage.

If you have a few hours on the 1 or more of the 7 days we have booked to help prepare these good for distribution, again do signup on our webpage.

Many thanks..the Serve the City Team..

Serve the City Geneva – June Newsletter

( June 6, 2023 )

**Serve the City Geneva Newsletter: Thank You Volunteers and Opportunities to Serve!**

Dear Serve the City volunteers,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the 50 or more volunteers who selflessly joined us in our mission to collect donations for the needy across our 8 different locations. 

Your dedication and support have made a tremendous impact on the lives of those in need. We are truly grateful for your contribution.

Throughout our collection drive, we encountered many interesting experiences that were both encouraging and so special. 

We would like to share one particular story from Meyrin Center. 

A kind-hearted man approached us, seeking to contribute to our event. 

When we suggested getting protein, specifically canned tuna or fish, he returned with a full shopping cart, with the pink Partage bag placed on top. 

To our surprise, the cart was filled not only with 5 cans of tuna but also with items for babies, women, and other essential supplies to fill all the empty spaces in the trolley. We expressed our gratitude, but he humbly replied, “It’s all for you and your good work.” Such acts of generosity truly exemplify the spirit of community and compassion.

The collection on the day was a resounding success, and we eagerly await the final totals from Partage in the coming days. 

Your efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate, and we are incredibly proud to have such dedicated volunteers as part of our Serve the City Geneva team. 

We invite you to explore our vibrant social media channels, where we consistently share heartwarming stories that will fill you with pride.

**Sorting Days at Partage: Sign Up Now!**

Following the Sharing Saturday event, the harvested goods will be delivered to Partage for sorting. 

We have reserved one day a week for the next 2 months, during which 10 volunteers from Serve the City will assist with this program. 

We have 7 dates available for sorting, and we encourage teenagers and adults to apply. 

The sorting takes place at Plan-les-Ouates from 8:30 am to 11:45 am. 

Please list your interested dates in the comments below. More information will be provided later. 

The available sorting dates are June 29th, June 30th, July 4th, July 6th, July 7th, July 10th, and July 12th. Please note that each day can accommodate a maximum of 10 volunteers, so sign up now to secure your spot.

**Explore Other Ways to Serve the Community**

If sorting at Partage is not your cup of tea, don’t worry! We have various other programs that are eager to welcome you and provide alternative ways to serve the community.

1. **Soup Kitchen behind the Train Station:** Throughout the year, we actively work in the Soup Kitchen, located behind the train station. Your assistance in serving meals to those in need is always appreciated.

2. **BioPark in Bellevue:** Every month, we organize a service project at the BioPark in Bellevue. Join us in making a positive impact on the environment and the community.

3. **Salvation Army Projects:** The Salvation Army offers four projects for volunteers, including serving meals to Ukrainian refugees and homeless women at the Bel Experience hotel. They also have various opportunities in other locations. Get in touch with us to learn more.

4. **Food Bag Packing at Plan-les-Ouates:** We continue to pack 5,000 food bags per week at Plan-les-Ouates. Your help in this ongoing initiative is invaluable.

5. **Exciting Weekly Projects:** Stay tuned for exciting weekly projects, including a special event for handicapped kids. We are constantly finding new ways to make a difference in our community.

We look forward to seeing you soon and continuing our collective efforts to serve the city and create positive change. Remember, even the smallest act of kindness can make a world of difference in someone. 

“Empowering Volunteers, Transforming Communities!”

Serve the City Geneva 

Call for volunteers for Samedi du Partage weekend.

( May 15, 2023 )

For over 10 years Serve the City Geneva has been partners with Partage to help collect need items for those in need. We need about 100 volunteers to work about 3-4 hours in any 1 of about 30 available time slots.. 

The countdown begins ! In three weeks, Sharing Saturday will take place in Geneva. To make this day a real success, we need you! We are still looking for more than 100 volunteers to help us collect food and hygiene products for people in precarious situations.

Whether you are alone, with friends, family or colleagues, come join us for a unique moment of sharing. You can get involved for a morning, an afternoon or, let’s be crazy, during the two days of the solidarity collection on June 2 and 3.

Your participation as a volunteer is essential for the success of this collection. Without you, without them, the volume of food harvested will not be there.

We are counting on you to help families and people in precarious situations in Geneva. Then go to one of the 8 partner supermarkets!

Sign up now as a volunteer using our http://ServeTheCItyGeneva.ch  website.

Serve the City Geneva: May Newsletter

( May 1, 2023 )

Signups for the June 2023 Samedi du Partage are now open to participate in this great event

1. Serve the City Geneva is again working with Arocha

Serve the City Geneva is excited to announce that we are teaming up with Arocha again for a project on the 3rd of June in Mont-sur-Rolle. This time, we will be helping with the maintenance of meadows and dry pastures.

As many of us want to do something for nature, this project aims to mobilize groups of volunteers to help farmers maintain healthy farmlands. The dry meadows and pastures are rich in species, but unfortunately, they are also threatened. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep them healthy and thriving.

Here are the details we have so far:

Date: 3 June 2023

Time: 9.30am to 3pm

Meeting point: Please join us at https://goo.gl/maps/uJptWQ5dnCgSufJK6 where parking spaces are available. Note that participants will have to walk 2-3 minutes to get to the pasture, but a guide will be on site to instruct everyone.

What to bring: Please bring your own picnic and drink, but we will offer a small snack. Outdoor clothing with good shoes is recommended. We will lend gloves and necessary tools, so there is no need to bring any specific equipment.

Please note that all the organizational details have not been worked out yet, but we will send more information to those who have registered.

Join us for a day of fun and rewarding work while helping nature. Register now to secure your spot!

2.Samedi du partage 

It’s that time of the year again when Geneva Partage launches its annual food collection program in more than 90 grocery stores in Geneva. 

This year, Serve the City (STC) is sponsoring nine stores for this very special collection program on June 2nd and 3rd.

The food and other items collected during the drive will be distributed to about 50 social service organizations for the next six months. We will begin sign-ups in a few days, so mark your calendars!

Serve the City has registered for the last shift of Friday, June 2nd (3:30 pm-7:30 pm), and three shifts on Saturday, June 3rd, for the following shops: (To be confirmed) Signups will begin on the website next week, May 1st.

•Meyrin Center (3 stores to cover*)

• *Migros Meyrin (4 volunteers per shift)

• *Denner Meyrin (2 volunteers)

• *Coop City Meyrin (2 volunteers)

•Coop Blandonnet (3 volunteers) Friday only (3:30 pm-7:30 pm)

•Coop Grand-Saconnex (2 volunteers)

•Lidl Petit-Lancy (2 volunteers)

•Lidl Pâquis (Rue de Lausanne 45/47): (2 volunteers) near Cornavin

•ALDI Avanchets (Rue du Grand Bay 21 – 1220 Vernier) Saturday only (3 volunteers)

•Migros Versoix (3 volunteers) 3:30 pm only on Saturday

More information will be available when you register on the STC website.

If anyone would like to help as a project leader for the event, please notify info@ServeTheCityGeneva.ch. We can use your help!

Join us in making a difference and helping those in need in our community. Sign up and volunteer for this worthy cause on our website.

STC Projects Update:

1.Food Packing Project:

We are continuing our food packing project through July, packing 5,000 bags a week to help those in need.

2.Salvation Army Volunteer Opportunities:

The Salvation Army has various volunteer opportunities available. 

At Centre-Espoir, volunteers can help with the logistics of the restaurant and interact with users, especially on weekends. 

Volunteers can also help at Le Passage, an emergency shelter, and Hotel Bel’Espérance, a hotel for Ukrainian refugees and single women. 

Additionally, volunteers can help at Le Phare (The Lighthouse), a meeting point for people in precarious situations, by setting up and distributing meals, helping with washing up, and interacting with users. More details are available on the Salvation Army Projects page.

3.Bicycle Project:

We also have a bicycle project that involves transporting unsold bakery products to the Salvation Army center. Check out STC signups for more information.

4.BioPark:

Join us on May 13th for our next team meeting at the Bioparc Zoo to help with various maintenance activities.

5. Sorting of Samedi du Partage collections. We need 70 volunteers in June & July to sort the 150 tons of items collected on the weekend. We have committed to bring 10 volunteers on 7 different days to Plan du wat to separate all the goods. Signups begin next week.

 6.     Other Projects:

We still have ongoing projects at the Soup Kitchen at Cornavin, Refettorio (helping to serve dinners), and Aboudaby (providing free clothing). Keep an eye out for new project opportunities that may arise.

Many thanks for your continued interest and support. Feel free to check out and contribute to our social media sites.. Like Facebook, Instagram etc.  (Testimonies & photographs appreciated.)

The Serve the City Geneva team..