Serve The City Geneva

February Newsletter

( February 7, 2020 )

Dear volunteers,

During the winter projects have been pretty slow, a couple of soup kitchens and small projects. The spring I’m sure will bring more activities. Here are 2, out of Geneva projects.

One of STCGs first sponsors and current supporters is GHNI Global Hope Network International. They are involved with transformation of unreached people groups, global leadership conferences on political leadership and disaster relief programs. Here is one of the programs that is of acute interest.

Dear Team,

As you know there was a devastating earthquake in Eastern Turkey. More than 40 people have been reports dead, and with many more still missing, the death toll is certain to rise. There are still flickers of hope, with an infant being rescued recently, giving families and the nation hope. More than 1,500 were injured. The quake destroyed 76 buildings and damaged more than 1,000 others, leaving tens of thousands homeless, exposed to the bitter elements, during the coldest time of the year. Rain and snow are in the forecast for the coming days. It’s not just the ground that shook, many of the buildings that were destroyed were newer building built after the tougher building code enacted following the catastrophic earthquake that killed 25-75,000 people twenty years ago near Istanbul. People don’t know where to turn. They have no place to stay and after receiving more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees in recent years, the social services of Turkey are stretched thin.

We need your help. The people of Eastern Turkey need your help. With GHNI Staff living in Turkey, working through a network of partners, they are ready & willing to alleviate the suffering. All they are waiting for is for your help. Your gift of $50, $250 or $1,000 will provide blankets, diapers, and food for people who lost everything, including the kitchen sink…

Once we said, if we have the capacity to respond to a disaster, we should get something out in quickly. Doing good disaster relief, with an eye on lt sustainable dev is one of the core things that we do. It provided resources to our project countries, and builds credibility with donors. What I am saying is that we as a field, think we should respond, but it’s up to the resource offices to determine if there is enough buzz and if the timing is right. At least we should post it on Generous Giving, as that platform provided $10,000 or more for the Syrian Kurds relief. It is more focused on relief than development.


Global Hope Network International
Le Grand-Saconnex

IBAN NO : CH38 0900 0000 1771 0390 5


Jeff Latsa – Field Strategy Coord

Giving Help & Hope to the Hidden & Hurting


Another option outside the city..

Serve the City Paris is trying to regenerate itself in this very special city. I was thinking I wouldn’t mind taking a 2-3 day trip to Paris to help them support some of their projects. Am I the only one?, or would others (given the right timing) like to participate in such an endeavour? I have set up STC Paris project signup on the STCG website, and if this is something that MAY interest you do sign in. No commitment just something that might be of interest.

Many thanks the STCG team..

Help needed for Voix Libres

( January 15, 2020 )

Dear volunteers,

We have a call from Voix Libres who could use a little help this Thursday and Friday morning to move some cartons of Quinoa.
On this Thursday we need 3 strong volunteers to move the cartons into a truck, at 3:30 (15:30h) in the afternoon.
Then Friday morning at 6:30 (yes 6:30 in the morning) to help deliver the packages to Migros! They need only 1 more for this project.
A couple hours of time is anticipated.. but a great help to the orphans and Single moms of Bolivia who benefit from the delivery.

Please sign up here if you are able to help

Rue des Grottes 32, (1201) Genève, SUISSE +41 22 733 03 03


Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It’s pronounced KEEN-wah. It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal. In other words, it is basically a seed.

Many thanks ! The STC team.

PS: We still have dates open for the sorting of the partage goods. These goods were collected last November for the needy of Geneva and need to be sorted for distribution. Do see if you could be available for this project.

( December 8, 2019 )

Christmas holidays are coming soon. This is the opportunity for you to give your time by helping people in need by preparing a dinner for 40 people during the holiday season from December 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Knowing that on December 24, 25 and 31, 2019 a special meal for the holidays is already prepared.  
Here is the address : 
Armée du Salut / Accueil de Nuit
Chemin de Galiffe 4
1201 Genève  
We would like to encourage groups of 3 people to prepare the meal at their home because the kitchen at the Night Reception is small for cooking. We will also ask you to prepare, deliver, serve, wash and clean. The reason we do not ask more than 3 people for each night is that the dining area is small.   Here is the procedure to register:
1. Register on the STC website until 18 December ( )
2. Decide on a date and call the Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator, Sergio Vintem at 077 / 459.29.01 from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm and those until December 19th, 2019 at the latest.
3. STC is willing to cover the expenses and will provide up to CHF 200 for each team registering on our website. You only need to keep your receipts   4. Enjoy the experience and feel free to register.I

Holiday Newsletter

( November 27, 2019 )

Dear volunteers,

Many thanks to all who participated in the Partage food collection this November.
The collection was under new management this year and they had their quota of problems.
STC had 3 stores who were booked to take Friday volunteers and were sent home.
We had stores where people showed up to volunteer who were not with STC.
But all in all it was a VERY productive day, and we captured a lot of products for Partage.

We still have a big Christmas 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. We are providing entertainment and a DJ for the event! STC will be hosting by serving the drinks, the food goodies. setup/clean-up, decorations etc. Do come and be a part of this Great event. We still need about 6 more helpers

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, December 11th 2019: 10h30 to 18h (with breaks). Setup on the 10th.

In the New Year we have a couple of opportunities to help sort the collected food from Partage.

We are looking for 10 volunteers Monday & Tuesday 6 & 7 Jan. from 8am to noon

and again Monday 20 Jan. & Friday 24 Jan.,

Do join the fun.. (Did we say fun!?) Oh well try it, you may like it..!

Serve The City Needs YOU

( November 15, 2019 )

Greetings volunteers,

If you haven’t signed up for the Partage food collection this coming weekend (Fri. 22 Nov. & Sat. 23 Nov.), please do so. We still need 9 helpers on Friday and 5 on Saturday. But I must say.. We have a fantastic 63 signups at the moment, who have agreed to help to collect food for the needy of Geneva!! Just a few more to fulfil our STC commitment..

However, we are very short on helpers for the Christmas party for the handicapped kids of Clair Bois.
We have a couple of entertainers for the party but need logistical help setting up, serving and cleaning.
It’s a great opportunity to not only support those unfortunate kids, but also their caregivers and parents.
The date is Wednesday 11 December, if your company allows public service time , this is a great opportunity.
We are looking for 30 volunteers.

Many thanks for a great year! We are so grateful for your interest and willingness to help those in our community.

The Serve the City Geneva team.