Serve The City Geneva

Bike / Velo rider needed

( February 23, 2023 )

BIKE DELIVERY 1X per week  

The Salvation Army is looking for several volunteers to deliver unsold bakery items to a place that welcomes homeless people.  

Days (your choice): MONDAY TO FRIDAY  
Hours: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  
Le Passage (rue du Valais 10),
then Boulangerie Jenny & Cie, Avenue de Châtelaine 80, 1219 Vernier.  
– Return to the Passage to deposit the goods and then (2nd travel) go to:
Jenny & Cie bakery, Bd Helvétique 29 or,
Rue Pierre Fatio 15-17, 1207 Geneva  
Return to Passage drop off the bike.  

An electric bike and a trailer are available. You have to be comfortable on a bike for this activity.  
If this activity interests you signup for more information on the STC website.   

January Newsletter – Serve the City Geneva

( January 20, 2023 )

Dear Volunteers, Happy New Year to all !!

     We have had a fantastic year of being able to help those in need!!

Feeding the homeless from the soup kitchen, we have offered 5,000 hours of volunteer time! Hundreds of hours collecting, sorting, packing food for the marginalised of the community.  We continue to help Ukrainian Refugees through the Salvation Army by contributing meal service help 7 days a week at Belle Experiance hotel in the old town, and a party for old and young refugees during the holidays. 

     We are going to continue for the next few months (rain or shine!) to help the BioParc take care of their very special animals in Bellevue, along with supporting the Reffetorio, a very special evening meal restaurant that is free for the homeless.

Signups for all events can be found on our website now. 

   With snow on the ground, it is a very difficult time for those who are homeless or without work.   Please think about finding time to help them survive and thrive.  

We are still packing food bags for the needy and are nearly finished sorting and preparing all the very generous donations from Samedi du Partage. In addition, we have helped gather much needed clothing which is especially apprecated in the winter months.

I hope this email finds you well and experiencing a super start to 2023!

Bioparc has given us some Saturday dates (9am-1pm) for the next 3 months as follows:

21 January

18 February

18 March

Sincere best thanks and best wishes for the new year ahead to you all for what you do to help the animals at Bioparc, Bellevue and in turn our Geneva community.  

Angela Project leader. 

If you are no longer able to help us. Please do signout of STC Geneva Team. We currently have about 3,400 members but about 1,000 have never signed up for a project, and we would prefer to have a list of 2000 active members!

(So please do sign up, so we can publish 3,400 active members…with T shirts!)

Just a little side story while I’m thinking of t-shirts… We are truly a secular organization here in Geneva, but I wanted to confess last Saturday I went to a Christian men’s breakfast. What did I see working in the kitchen but someone in a  red STC t-shirt helping prepare our meal! I had thought about wearing my t-shirt for advertising reasons, perhaps hoping someone would ask me what that was all about.. but decided not to do so.  Four others there, like me, had left their shirts at home. I am very sad for my decision, as what is better than reminding the whole community to think about serving others!

Please.. wear your shirt anytime you can.. I know I will never forget it again as I was so proud of seeing the red splash at a community meeting! 

Again, wishing all of you a very, very special 2023!!

Happy Holidays to all (Serve the City Geneva Newsletter)

( December 28, 2022 )

We have a team planning a Christmas/New Years party for the Ukrainians staying in the nursing home.
29th December 2 pm – 4pm
Maison de retraite de Petit Saconnex
Bâtiment Les Érables,
Avenue de Trembley 12, 1209 Genève 
We have already a team of 5 Serve The City‘s volunteers working hard on this project. We found a group of people from the local church for singing and entertaining, some sponsors of chocolate as a part of Christmas presents. I have picked up three little presents for kids from the donation of the US mission. We found the decorations for the venue.
What we still need :
3-4  people on the 29th December from 1 pm to 5 pm to set up the room (decorations/ tables/ food), to serve the food  and to clean up the venue at the end. Russian/Ukranian speakers welcomed but not necessary. We look forward to seeing you there.
We also are still taking signups for Partage.. We have needs in January for volunteer to SORT donated goods,  and we are still providing food packages for 2,000 recipients each week..  
Happy New Year to all!!!     .. and if you are in the Vaud area, consider helping us find volunteer projects for STC close to home..   There is a signup on the website..  
Hello All
Hope you all had a great Christmas!
The Jardin is planning a New Year Eve meal for regulars and other less fortunate or marginalised people in Geneva. 
Like the Christmas Eve meal, the NY Eve meal will be sit down one. 
Volunteers are expected to arrive on the 31st at 09:00 am at the Jardin for preparation of the meal and the tables.  This could be done by 11:30 am. 
Then we will come back at 7:00 p.m. to finish the installation and be ready around 8:30 p.m.  We will from 8:30 p.m. the public and serve them at the table.
Have a good week and see you Saturday!
A big thank you to all !
Ridwan Siddiqui
STC volunteer


December Newsletter

( December 1, 2022 )

Just a quick note of thanks to the 90 odd volunteers we had last weekend to collect food and care items for the needy of the area !.. The total results have not been published yet but we suspect it was quite fantastic !! And we thank you all.. Now we have to sort all the donations. Serve the City has currently booked 5 week days at Plan-les-Ouates for sorting. Times are 8h to 11:45h

Wednesday 14 December
Monday 19 December
Tuesday 27 December
Wednesday 4 January
Tuesday 24 January

So we think we can do the sorting in 5 weeks.. Do signup on our website :
We are still packing bags, supporting the Mt.Brilliant Soup Kitchen, We are looking after Ukrainian ladies & kids with the Salvation Army, who also has other places to help. And perhaps some other Christmas/New Years events will be available.
Don’t forget !! If you have participated in any STC event, you are invited to our Serve the Servers dinner this Friday, 2 December. Signup on our website and come with your red Shirt for entry.
Happy Holidays to all. The Serve the City team.


Newsletter and new event..

( November 10, 2022 )

HOT NEWs  Please read it all..  


Serve the City would like to invite you to a “Serve The Servers dinner” with the team. Even though you have only served one time or you haven’t served for several years we still consider you part of STC and would like to share this time with you.  Covid has stopped many people from stepping out but hopefully that is at an end. Please join us. Come enjoy a free aperitif dinner, meet other volunteers and find out more about our future Serve The City projects. 

Friday 2 December from 7.30 pm 
Refettorio Geneva – Rue de Lyon 120 – 1203 Geneva
Parking found just across the street at Charmilles.
Please sign up early as we only have room for 60. First come, first served.

Gary Vannatter, the STC team and chef Walter el Nagar hope you can join this special event! P.S. We need 4 volunteers, who have never served at any of our events, to help serving the food that evening and earn a red shirt – sign up here


Wednesday, December 21st  Fun Christmas Event for Clair Blois children from 9h00 to 18h:00 (with breaks)    

We 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.  If any of you sing (Christmas songs), dance, juggle or play an instrument do consider participating in the animation part of the program. STC will be hosting by serving the drinks, the food goodies, setup/clean-up, decorations etc. Do come and be a part of this heartwarming event!

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 21st 9h00 to 18h (with breaks). Or signup for setup or party program. Signup now on the website.

Samedi du Partage

We are desperately needing you help to help with food collection for the marginalised of the community.Partage supplies over 100 institutions with needed food and materials which we can be a part of.Do find one of our stores on Friday afternoon an/or Saturday (3 time slots) the 25th and 26 of Nov. See the last Newsletter for more information.