Serve The City Geneva

Dear Volunteers for the Food Packing…

( September 17, 2021 )

Dear volunteers,After supporting us for several weeks at Palexpo, we inform you that due to our move to Tourbillon, 21 Route de la Galaise, Plan-les-Ouates from October 1st, the shopping bag preparation sessions are suspended from the 17th September and will resume on October 13 at Tourbillon.You can already register on our platform without further ado.We have, in fact, been able to prepare and anticipate enough shopping bags for this interval period.Thanking you in advance for your commitment and support, best regards.The Partage Foundation  & Serve the City

Serve the City Geneva – August Newsletter

( August 6, 2021 )

Greetings Serve the City Volunteers,

Even under COVID conditions, we have been doing surprisingly well! Lots of problems and lots of volunteers stepping to help!! Thank you so much!

Here is an update on current projects:

We will continue our Food Bag packing project at PalExpo certainly through August: Thursday and Friday mornings. The city of Geneva has funded the program well into September too, and we will keep you informed. The program is designed to help those in Geneva economically hurt by the many closures and is doing its best to help.

Because of Covid restrictions the Soup Kitchen cannot open their meal service to the 200+ homeless guests each week. STC has been asking volunteers to help the Soup Kitchen at Mountbrilliant to prepare take-away meals. We are looking for more who are willing to make 70 sandwiches sometime during the week.. details on the STC webpage.

The Samedi du Partage program, designed to help the homeless, has a couple weeks of needs…such as, for example, counting and taking inventory of the non-perishables collected. We have all week day mornings available. If there are any changes we will let you know.

We have projects underway at two zoo operations nearby. The BioPark in Bellevue and parc La Garenne in the town of Le Vaud. We can even do some weekend projects there.

Carrefour Rue has some requests in September for help at their shop, La Jouetterie, near the main train station. A little French is helpful here, or bring a friend!

The Meal in September is a huge event for us, serving 1000 meals to guests at this Local Producers Fair. Sign up for more details!

For all events , do signup on our website for registration, and information. Our project leaders will keep you informed.

We are looking for a project manager to look after researching additional environmental projects. Perhaps working in Nature Reserves, e.g., Trail maintenance, Saleve walkway cleanup, or other such projects.

best regards

Serve the City Geneva

Serve the city Geneva Newsletter July No. 2

( July 27, 2021 )

Dear volunteers..

I know many are traveling this week.. but we have a couple of quick requests..
First.. many thanks to those who jumped in to serve the homeless during the closure of the soup kitchen this week.

It looks like we are able make 200 meals each day, transport them and serve them at the kitchen parking lot..

It was a great response!

Carrefour rue has a used toyshop behind the train station and is looking for a few volunteers sometime this next week.

A little French may be helpful for this event.

Effectivement, nous avons reçu beaucoup de vêtements et de jeux à la Jouetterie. J’ai donc proposé à Serve the City de nous soutenir dans le tri. Si possible : Lundi après-midi Mardi matin Mercredi la journée Jeudi matin Matin 9h-13h Après- midi 13h-17h 3 personnes par demi-journée serait idéal. Merci beaucoup !

Indicate time interest in comments. Rue des Grottes 24, 1201 Genève, behind the train-station.

And both the Food bag preparation project and the Samdi du Partage food sorting could both use some help this week.

Our trip this weekend to LaGarenne Zoo was very successful but they have some additional projects that we could easily be of great help to them. We are looking for a small team to get together on any week day in the next couple of weeks.

If you have a day that suits you..let us know and we can try to put a team around you.

Other projects are popping up so do keep in touch with the website..(we even have some September events avail.. if you like to plan ahead !!)

For any of the above events …please signup on the website..

Again we thank you.. the Serve the City team

Serve the city Geneva Newsletter July

( July 12, 2021 )

OK.. Some Saturday Projects too!…


Over the years STC has been working with La Garenne Animal Park.

The park relocated on new land and it reopened in 2016.

The new park La Garenne possess the biggest aviary in Europe, Visitors can walk among rock walls where the birds build their nests.[3][4]

Since its creation, La Garenne has been an important actor in the care and rehabilitation of wild animals found by people in the area. Its care center is still in operation, and more than 1600 animals of many species have been released to the wild after care in the center. Every year approximately 450 animals are brought to the center. Of that number, 40% will be released in the wild. Some animals will get a home in other zoos. Handicapped animals are often kept in the zoo for reproduction.

We have several projects on offer from them. We would like to suggest Saturday 24 July for the request below.

At the moment the other projects are available for any time of your choice. If you feel you would need help on the project which you cannot find let STC know and we will try to help you get a team together.  It’s a great park to visit and work in and we are greatly appreciated there and all found it very interesting. Language is not a problem and more information is found on the website

Bonjour Serve the City,

Le projet que nous voudrons faire rapidement c’est de remplacer des meubles. Il nous faudrait des mains pour sortir des meubles, nettoyer les emplacements et monter des étagères IKEA. 

Donc, des personnes qui pourront porter du poids et d’autres à l’aise pour monter les meubles IKEA. Je dirais 6 ou 7 personnes pour une journée entière, à partir de 9h00 le matin – 15.  Lunch included.

MERCI par avance et meilleures salutations,


The project we will want to do quickly is to replace furniture. We would need hands to get out furniture, clean spaces and put up IKEA shelves.

So people who can carry weight and others who are comfortable putting together IKEA furniture. I would say 6 or 7 people , starting at 9:00 am in the morning until 3. Lunch included.

THANKS in advance and best regards,

Actuellement, plusieurs projets sont en cours à La Garenne :

1.- construire un stockage de foin, mon collègue a déjà commencé cette construction avec l’aide d’un stagiaire.

2.- construire une citerne pour stocker l’eau, nous avons commandé et reçu les pièces détachées. Ce projet doit se faire assez rapidement.

3.-  remplacer les meubles de rangement de nos bureaux. Nous devrons vider les vieilles étagères de nos bureaux, nettoyer les emplacements et auront des meubles IKEA à monter et mettre en place. 

4.- refaire certains tronçons de nos chemins, délavés par les fortes pluies successives, remettre du tour-venant fin. 

5.- et bien sûr l’entretien du potager.

Pour l’un et l’autre de ces projets, les participants devront pouvoir porter certains poids, être habiles dans la construction et savoir travailler en équipe. Si j’ose dire, ces projets ne sont pas adaptés pour les bénévoles enfants ou adolescents. 

except #5

Currently, several projects are underway at La Garenne:

1.- build a hay storage, my colleague has already started this construction with the help of an intern.

2.- build a cistern to store water, we ordered and received the spare parts. This project must be done fairly quickly.

3.- replace the storage furniture in our offices. We will have to empty the old shelves in our offices, clean the spaces and have IKEA furniture to assemble and set up.

4.- redo some sections of our paths, washed out by successive heavy rains, put back the end of the turn-coming.

5.- and of course the maintenance of the vegetable garden.

For either of these projects, participants will need to be able to carry certain weights, be skilled in construction and know how to work as a team. If I may say so, these projects are not suitable for child or adolescent volunteers. Except perhaps the garden project.

La Garenne

Route du Bois-Laurent 1

CH-1261 Le Vaud

+41 22 366 11 14


Sunday  18th July 2021

The project: 4-6 helpers required to prepare & help in construction of sand pit for young visitors to Bioparc. 9h-13h

Our 3 regular projects are still in need of volunteers (check signups for more info)

Sandwich Program:

Food Packing Project:

Food Sorting from Samdi du Portage collection:

( July 4, 2021 )

Mater Foundation
Here is part of the team that produced 30,000 meals for the homeless the past year