Serve The City Geneva

December newsletter

( December 9, 2020 )

Dear volunteers,

A few new projects to consider coming up to a very unique Christmas..

A few things Serve the City is trying to support, coming up to the holidays..

Our meal program, which has managed to do about 10,600 meals since March is on hold. We have lost our use of a kitchen to make the meal.

As soon as we get access to new facilities, we will be back in business but you can sign up for standby when we go live again.

Our filling of food bags is now open to volunteers a and we need 20 volunteers each Thursday and Friday mornings, until school holidays then other dates are listed.. A great opportunity for Service Hours or CAS credit as we are putting together 5,000 bags of needed food each week. Don’t forget to include the days you are able to volunteer.

The Samedi du Partage food collection was successful and needs help in January to sort all the collected food.. It’s done in a large PalExpo warehouse Hall 7 for Covid protection and can take up to 10 persons each day.. STC has 11,13 and 15 January for sorting collected good.

We have a team making Christmas boxes for the Homeless of Geneva. Carrefour Rue will be collecting wrapped gift boxes 15th-18th December.

We will drop them off at their offices.. ….. Details below

The Salvation Army has some holiday projects which could use some help. So we will be posting them on our web site as they become available.

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE HOMLESS

I am the organiser for the Christmas gift boxes/ presents for the less fortunate. Many thanks for your willingness to be part of this project. We are aiming for 120 boxes in total from all our volunteers so we welcome your contribution.

The gifts should be dropped off at Villa Baulacre, Rue Baulacre 10, 1202 Genève from 15th-18th December. (9am-4pm)

  1. Please prepare a gift and wrap it up.
  2. Put a tag/sticker on the gift to say what gender it is for and if it is for an adult or child.
  3. Put a message inside the gift.

Suggested items are listed below however there is no criteria.

Des produits alimentaires

  • Gâteaux secs (sucrés ou salés)
  • Chocolats
  • Fruits secs, confiture, miel, thé, café
  • sardines, thon

Des articles d’hygiène

  • Shampoings, savons, gel douche
  • Crème pour le visage, crème pour les mains, crème pour les pieds
  • Déodorants, parfums
  • Dentifrices, brosses à dents, mousse à raser
  • Mouchoirs en papier, lingettes
  • Peignes, brosses à cheveux

Des vêtements d’hiver

  • Bonnets, gants, écharpes
  • Chaussettes et sous-vêtements neufs

Please email me or text should you have any other questions.

Jil Robinson– 0767973992

A big thankyou in advance.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

( November 26, 2020 )

Thank you to everyone who baked a pie for the needy.
We received over 40 pies that were served to less-fortunate families and 200 homeless people. It was very heartwarming.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
Ed Schneider & Ron Banks      
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American International Club CP 5734
1211 Genève 11 T: 078 958 9115   W:www.amclub.ch

Serve the City Geneva needs you

( November 25, 2020 )

Dear Volunteers,  WE NEED YOU !

   In this COVID time, we know how difficult it is to stay safe and keep in touch with the current safety directions.

But also there are many in the community that are suffering from the economic effects of the “pandemic”

This Friday afternoon and Saturday in many stores across Geneva will be having a food drive to collect food for those in need.  Serve the City has selected 5 stores to support this collection program and could really use your help.

This year we want everyone to pay special attention to physical distancing. So we can put our bags out to be picked up by shoppers.. and shoppers can just put their donations in the receiving bins (we will sort out things later)  

.. so basically the job is “Please” and “Thank-you” and take breaks as necessary.

    Do sign up for one of our stores this weekend on www.ServeTheCityGeneva.ch  and stay safe.

Many Many Thanks.. from STC and the Community.

and PS.. thanks to all those who are making pies for the homeless.. !

AIC Thanksgiving Pie Bake-off for the Needy

( November 20, 2020 )

AIC and STC Logo

We are organizing a PIE BAKE-OFF for those in need.

We encourage all Serve the City volunteers and AIC members to bake a pie for our less-fortunate neighbors.

Please drop-off your pies between 8:30am – 10:00am on Wednesday, November 25 at the Jardin de Montbrillant, Rue de Montbrillant 3, 1201 Genève (behind Cornavin train station).

Map for Thanksgiving Pie Bake

Please join us in celebrating Thanksgiving by giving back to our neighbors that are suffering during these difficult COVID times. It would help us to signup on our website so we try to anticipate our Pie count..

Many thanks..and stay safe.. www.ServeTheCityGeneva.ch

Gary Vannatter Ed Schneider

Serve the City American International Club

October Newsletter

( October 11, 2020 )

Due to Covid 19 we have many people in need and helpers are dwindling do see if you can find a way to make a difference and Serve others. Many thanks to all those who have served thanklessly. Its a long list, but look it over carefully.

ABOUDABY CLOTHING SORTING

Aboudaby, the Carrefour Rue Charitycentre for redistributed clothing, is calling for a sorting team. We will continue to swap out summer clothes and move in winter ones. The location is 154 route de Malagnou, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries. on Saturday 17 Oct. 9h-13h, Lunch provided.

SALVATION ARMY BROCANTE (FOR FRENCH SPEAKERS)

Nous avons reçu une demande de l’Armée du Salut, pour les soutenir sur leur stand Brocante durant les prochaines Automnales à Palexpo.

Dates : 12-22 NOVEMBRE 2020

Lieu : Palexpo

Horaire : 10h -15h et/ou 15h – 20h

Tâches :

–Aide à la mise en place et au réapprovisionnement du stand de la Brocante de l’Armée du Salut

–Vente des objets de seconde main

–Contact avec les clients

Fréquence : selon les disponibilités des bénévoles

Collation offerte à chaque bénévole (sandwichs, boissons, café)

Si cette activité vous intéresse, n’hésitez pas à nous informer, en précisant pour quel horaire vous souhaitez être présent. Ensuite Register & Signup http://ServeTheCityGeneva.ch avec comments.

BIO PARC BELLEVUE

We thank all the volunteers who have done a great job for the park this year. Do stop by, and enjoy the work the Parc is doing for animal preservation, ecological projects and education. Look for future projects..do google the Parc.

SAMEDI DU PARTAGE

We are back to Samedi du Partage (on Fridays too), 27 & 28 November. A bi-annual food collection program at local supermarkets. STC is going to try to staff 5 stores with this wonderful program of collection of food for the needy of Geneva. During this Covid time. we will be asked to wear masks, gloves, wash up and stay safe during our shift. We will need to be reminded of physical distancing and remain risk free. It will be helpful to sign up early to ensure we have enough help to oversee this bi-annual project. See the website for a list of stores.

PARTAGE FOOD PACKAGES

The city of Geneva has allocated funds to help support those who have been hit the worst from the Covid pandemic.

Serve the City has offered to help in this fantastic project to help those suffering by providing a food package to over 5,000 families each week thru Christmas. We have committed to offer STC help each Thursday and Friday mornings 9 to 12.

We hope you are able to slot out a few hours to help us on this project.. Do signup now..

MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS

We are now looking for more volunteers to help prepare meals for the homeless. Our aim is to create 300 nutritious takeaway meals per day, which will be dispatched to different homeless shelters across the city. Overseeing the food preparation will be Walter El Nager, a renown international chef who will work alongside our volunteers in leading this project.. This project will last 3 months starting Tuesday 20th October.

We have very recently secured a large kitchen at the Ferme du Bude in Petit-Saconnex. The Ferme du Bude is a well known organic farm which will also be supplying us with key ingredients for our meals. The kitchen is Covid compliant, very large and well ventilated.

We have 2 needs on this project:

1) KItchen Assistants for Meal Prep:

Four people to help each day in the kitchen working alongside the chef, The main roles will be meal prep, cutting and washing of produce. Also preparing the take-aways and cleanup. The hours of work will be 0900-1400 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2) Drivers

We are looking for drivers who can use their own vehicles to transport meals from our kitchen in Grand Saconnex to the different homeless shelters in Geneva. The hours of work are from 0900-1030 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Starting Tuesday October 20.

With the weather turning colder and the devastating impact of Covid 19 the number of homeless people is increasing dramatically in the city. We hope that you may be able to help with any role and for any duration.

If this is of interest please kindly sign up on our website.

For any questions feel free to use the comments section during your sign up on http://ServeTheCityGeneva.ch

JARDIN DE MONTBRILLANT SOUP KITCHEN

Thank you to all the regular volunteers who have been supporting the local Carrefour-Rue Charity Soup Kitchen.

STC supports the soup Kitchen with volunteers to help with simple chores to distribute food packets each midday, from Monday to Friday.

Carrefour Rue has asked STC for 5 volunteers each day. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough volunteers every day. Would you be able to join the STC team at JdM soup kitchen? Look for the signup option on our website.