Serve The City Geneva

Serve the City May Newsletter

( May 5, 2021 )

Preparing meals and sandwiches for Montbrillant

STC and Mater Foundation have been making take-away meals for over a year. We have managed to prepare over 30,000 meals for the homeless, with the help of volunteer chefs, kitchen staff and drivers. The project ends now. The out of work chefs are heading back to their restaurant kitchens, the big kitchens we have been using are no longer available. The Montbrillant soup kitchen by the train station tries to feed over 200 people every week day and would be very happy about help! The homeless are the ones most affected at present.

At the beginning of the pandemic we were submitting at times over 600 sandwiches per week. When we started the meal program, we no longer continued the Sandwich Program but we would like to start it again! Covid restrictions for May only allow take-away meals.

Here is our proposal: If you would like to make 70 sandwiches once a week in May to be delivered to the soup kitchen by 10:30 in the morning on the day of your choosing, we – and the beneficiaries – would be very happy. This would require 4 volunteers each day. Please sign up on the STC website indicating the day you prefer to deliver your contribution, knowing that you can choose to prepare these sandwiches once in a while or every week for a longer period, that’s up to you and your availability. STC contributes to the expenses with 70 CHF for each delivery per month.

Food packages at Palexpo

The Partage Food Packing program continues for AT LEAST the next few months at the PALEXPO Hall 7. STC has been helping out creating over 5,000 food packages per week for those impacted economically by the Covid restrictions. STC has committed to helping Thursday and Friday mornings 9a.m. to noon. When you signup on our website, do list the days you wish to volunteer in the “Comments” section.

Samedi du Partage

Coming up 4 & 5 June – save some time to help collect food for the homeless and less fortunate through the “Samedi du Partage” (the traditional Saturday of sharing happens normally twice a year). Serve the City has committed to staff 6 stores this year with 3 shifts on the Saturday… and the afternoon shift of 3p.m. – 6p.m. on Friday. The stores will be listed later this week. Last year over 70 of the Geneva Stores participated in the food collection and we hope for a big turnout! Then later we will be asking for help to sort the collected goods.

Signups for Samedi (and Vendredi) du Partage start Thursday 6 May.

Crafting for a cause – the renovation projects

We have two demands for renovation projects.

Carrefour Rue headquarters: Some plaster repair, painting, perhaps new flooring, and even gardening, for the Carrefour Rue headquarters near the main train station.

La Maison de Tara (Hospice general): This is a new partner and project. The Hospice general is the social service of the Canton of Geneva. The “Maison de Tara” in Chêne-Bougeries is a house for palliative care for people who cannot live independently any more (https://www.hospicegeneral.ch/fr/fondation-la-maison-de-tara). They had an unexpected visitor. Wait for it… a fox got into their hen house and killed their 4 chickens! They asked if we could do a security renovation to protect their chickens! STC figures somewhere in our 2,500 volunteers we might find someone with such knowledge or interest. Please sign up, we will send you more information.

A project for (future) bookworms

The Maison de Tunisie en Suisse has collected over 300,000 books with the cooperation of Swiss schools to support Tunisian schools with books of all languages. They are looking for help to sort and pack about ½ of the remaining books. The location is Palexpo porte (door) 25 from now up to Saturday 8 May any time from 8h to 18h. Informations: www.facebook.com/groups/ATTSmail/permalink/4192428917487578/

Sign up on the STC website, where you can ask any questions.

Do stay tuned to our website and newsletter as we will hopefully be looking at some outdoor projects at our local game reserves and two local zoos.

Lastly, let us know if you would like to work with STC by being a Project Leader and looking after our volunteers for the May sandwich event or the June Samedi du Partage event.

Many thanks for your continued support!!

The STC Geneva team