Serve The City Geneva

March Newsletter


Dear volunteers,

Serve the City welcomes you to come and help your local community this spring!

Montbrillant soup kitchen

STCG needs additional volunteers for the soup kitchen at the Jardin de Montbrillant (behind Gare Cornavin). We need more volunteers to commit to alternate Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm. Additionally, it would be great to have a couple of standby volunteers on board to step up when needed.

Please sign up today! When you sign up, let us know in the “Comments” section whether you wish to be a regular volunteer or a standby volunteer.

The next soup kitchen is on Tuesday 26 March.

Le ​5ème Jour

Saturdays from April to June

Le 5ème Jour (“The 5th Day”) restaurant opened in Eaux-Vives in 2018, combining innovative cuisine, healthy and sustainable food and humanitarian principles. From Tuesday to Friday, it functions as a regular restaurant. On Saturdays (i.e. the fifth day), the chef provides a free gastronomic meal exclusively for those in need: refugees, the homeless and the disadvantaged.

We are looking for 10 volunteers to join our team of Serve the City helpers for April, May and June. Each week, two volunteers will help to serve the meal and interact with guests, making them feel welcome and giving them a chance to tell their stories. One of the two volunteers needs to speak French, and other languages are also useful.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to serve on 3 or 4 Saturdays during the 3-month period. If interested, please sign up on the Serve The City website.

– A Project Liaison Manager is being sought for this project, to be the contact point with the charity organisations who invite the guests who participate each week. French and English required. If this could be you, please mention your interest in the comments section of the event’s sign-up page.

Bellevue Zoo project

The zoo in Bellevue needs our help! This facility was established with the goal of introducing school children to a wide variety of animals and rehabilitating injured animals. We have two projects coming up during which we will help to set up appropriate natural enclosures for the animals.

Saturday 13 April, 9am – 1pm (5-8 people), lemur enclosure:

  • We need people with plenty of energy and basic woodworking skills (tools will be provided but extra saws would be appreciated).
  • Please bring your own lunch, but drinks and snacks will be provided.

Saturday 25 May, 9am – 1pm (6-8 people), parrot enclosure:

  • Deconstruction of branches and positioning of new ones.
  • Please bring your own lunch, but drinks and snacks will be provided.

La Garenne zoo

Wednesday 17 April, 9.30am to 3.30pm,

La Garenne is another wildlife rescue park in the mountains over Nyon. This project makes a great place for a family outing, contributing to the park’s development and maintenance in various ways. A variety of tasks are on offer, including planting, cleaning, installing drainage pipes and more. We are looking for about 10 volunteers. Lunch will be provided, and anyone who can only make a half-day will also be welcome.

Stay tuned more springtime events…

Special Newsletter


Dear STC volunteers,

Hospice General, the largest caregiver for Geneva refugees, is looking for volunteers on Wednesday afternoons to give new refugees a tour of Geneva. To get on the list we are looking for volunteers speaking some of the languages below. If you know any of the languages listed OR know of someone who may be interested in such an event, sign-up under the Hospice General on the website with languages supported. If you or your applicant can make a introduction/information meeting on 27.02.2019 at 13h address is : Rue Jean-Charles Amat 28, 1202 Genève 3rd floor, This would also be an option/opportunity.

Let us know before Tuesday if it’s possible. But signups can be taken anytime..

Ethiopian languages
Guinean languages
Kurdish / Kurmanji

The STC/HG team

January Newsletter


Happy New Year from STCG!!

We hope you are ready to help in the community.

We have a number of new and different options available to help the disadvantaged of Geneva. If you just want to serve, need the service hours for school, or have some special gifts that you are willing to share.. Please take a look at what is on offer, at the moment.

Sorting Clothes to be given away.

“Carrefour-Rue has a clothes shop called Aboudaby that gives away donated clothes to disadvantaged people in Geneva. They are looking for volunteers (8 to 10 people) to help sort out clothes on Sat. 2 February 2019 from 9.00 to 16.00 at Aboudaby, 154 Rte. de Malagnou. Coffee and tea plus lunch will be provided for. For more information

A second opportunity for sorting is  Sat. 16 February 2019 from 9.00 to 16.00. 

So we are talking about two events in total. Please sign-up for 1 or both events on the STC website

Project leader:… (looking for someone to look after these 2 events) basically reminders answering questions,  and passing out T-shirts. Please apply in comments when signing up.


New Montbrillant Evening Soup kitchen  (Wednesday nights)

Server the City Geneva has a new opportunity to serve the local community.

Carrefour-Rue is trying out a new project at the Jardin de Montbrillant Soup Kitchen. – Free Meals in the evening.

Cold meals will be offered to the less fortunate to take away. So no cooking involved.

STCG will be able to volunteer to distribute every other Wednesdays from 18:00 – 20:00 hrs. at the soup kitchen on

Rue de Montbrillant 3, 1201 Geneve

We will need a minimum of 5 volunteers who will committed to serve on the dates provided.  Please sign up on the Serve the City Website –   And confirm what date options you would like signup for. In comment section please sign-up for; “3 months”, “6 months:, or “On Call”   (the first 5 have priority)


Feb  6 & 20

March  6 & 20

April 3 & 17

May  8 & 22

June  5 & 19

July  3, 17 & 31

Thank you all for your volunteering spirit and commitment to the community

Project leader;    Looking for a volunteer to look after scheduling of these events, reminders, notes of changes. contact with Service provider and looking after t-shirts.. Please apply with email to or in comments when signing up.. Note: Serving is not a requirement, it’s just coordination of volunteers.


Mt.Brilliant Soup Kitchen at lunch 

For the regular Tuesday morning sessions at the Soup Kitchen, the dates are as follows:


January   15 & 29 (location for the 29 is a Rue des Grottes 24)

Feb  12 & (26)? Need to reconfirm the 26

March  12 & 26

April 9 & 23

May  14 & (28)? Need to reconfirm the 28

June  11 & 25

July  9 & 23

We will keep the team posted with any any data change..

Project leader:  Rohini


Refugee Projects soon to be scheduled.

We now meeting with Hospice Général looking at various ways to work with refugees in Geneva.

HG would like assistance from STCG in two areas:

  1.     Volunteers who can house refugees for short periods.
  2.     Volunteers to help with the integration of the refugees through translation from French to English, Arabic, Farsi and Dari, etc.

Specific projects where STC Volunteer translators are needed;

  •      Life in Switzerland – Tuesdays and Thursdays
  •      Sightseeing tours – Wednesday afternoons. – 3 hours.

We are trying to assess how many of our STC volunteers might be interested in working in any of these areas with the HG.  If this is something that might be if interest to you. Please sign up on our website and we will communicate our responses during our next meeting with HG.

This is best suited for French speakers or listed languages above, but there may be opportunities for English only speakers as well, so don’t be bashful.

Project leader:  Position is available but should be able to speak French and co-odinate activities.. with the various HG groups…


A Saturday Evening Cleanup project. Wednesday 13 Feb.

For several years we have been working with the volunteer ESCA CancerSupport, helping them get attention and financial support thru their Paddle for Cancer Event.  Now they are putting on a dance in the Chateau de Coppet , Wednesday 13 February.   Now of course all are welcome to attend the dance but they could use a couple of strong men/women to help clean up after the dance.(about midnight). So the request is; if you are an insomniac, just crazy to help any time any place, just love what ESCA is doing, or you are coming to the dance and don’t mind staying on.    THIS IS FOR YOU.  Sign up on STC website..

Volunteering with the Salvation Army this week!

Chers collaborateurs bénévoles,

Je vous informe qu’il reste encore des places de disponibles pour les activités de bénévolat  pour les marmites dans les rues basses. Le poste Verdaine aurait besoin encore de personne qui pourrait éventuellement participer le mercredi, jeudi et samedi prochain. J’espère que quelques uns d’entre vous aurai du temps de disponibles à nous consacrer pour participer. Je suis tout à fait conscience que je vous sollicite tout de même beaucoup, mais il est vrai que c’est grâce à vos participations que nous pouvons continuer à faire perdurer certaines de nos activités et je vous en remercie.
Pour les personnes intéressées merci de contacter directement le Poste Verdaine :
Fondation Armée du Salut Suisse
Chemin Galiffe 4, 1201 Genève
“Ensemble, multiplions l’espoir”