Serve The City Geneva

Serve the City Geneva – January Newsletter

Happy New Year to all Serve the City Geneva volunteers.

We hope you had a chance to serve the community this past year. If not, 2024 should be a great year to be of service to all those marginalized in need of help or a loving arm. 

Just a brief recap of 2023 for those wondering what we have been able to accomplish last year. As we know: Many people doing small things together can make a big difference!

            Starting with Samedi du Partage: Serve the City Geneva provided over 150 volunteers, contributing 600 hours of service for sorting and packing of the donated food and other goods.

            75 STC volunteers (47 of them first-time-volunteers) contributed just under 5.000 hours of service for the Carrefour Rue soup kitchen at Montbrillant

            For environmental projects the Bioparc in Bellevue was a very popular weekend service opportunity. STC provided 150 volunteers (almost 20 volunteers were 1st timers) for another 600 hours of service.

            20 STC volunteers (assisted by many other helpers) helped Aboudaby in distributing free clothing on 88 days in 2023 (44 weeks) for 3 hours every day. 

           Other projects included:

– serving meals 7 days a week to refugees with the Salvation Army,

– evening meal service at Refettorio,

– Christmas projects with Carrefour Rue,

 – Party for handicapped children at Clair Bois, and several other events…  

So, in total, in 2023 over 300 Serve the City Geneva volunteers contributed over 1200 hours of service to the community..

A GREAT YEAR! Many thanks to all who participated and supported STC in many ways.

Current needs:  We urgently need to collect a large quantity of men’s and women’s clothing (mostly winter clothes) for refugees and other people in need in Geneva.

Do you have any clothes to donate? Do you have any friends, neighbors or colleagues who have clothes to donate? Please check the Aboudaby projects on our website for delivery information.

Another current need is from Partage. They are just finishing up sorting and inventory of all the goods received on the Samedi du Partage.

They are short of help this week on Wednesday and Thursday.  I have booked STC for 5 persons on Thursday morning, but if you are free to drop in on Wednesday, we are sure they would be happy to see you.

The need for getting at least some minimal amount of groceries to those in need has not diminished. Partage has been given the funding to continue the food packing project at least until the end of April.  Currently 5,000 food bags are being distributed per week to various centers throughout the city. They tell me that the number is increasing and may be jumping up to 6,000 bags. Three days a week we are helping to prepare these grocery bags.  Do consider lending a hand. If you want to bring a group of volunteers, sign up at to select a date.

Do keep an eye on our webpage for available activities.

Thanks to all   The Serve the City Geneva team

December Newsletter

Clothes Needed! Your action is urgently required!

Aboudaby: They have run out of men clothes, can you help? Speak to your friends, family, neighbours, share the task, let`s mobilise our networks and make sure we can make a difference!   You can donate men and women winter clothes.

Collection points:  Aboudaby, Rte de Malagnou 154, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries (preferably on Wednesday and Friday 2-5pm)  OR

Villa Baulacre, Rue Elisabeth-Baulacre 10, 1202 Genève.  If locked just leave clothes on front porch.  For questions use the Aboudaby project signup link.

Sharing Saturday: What a great success! Last weekend our volunteers mobilised around Geneva and Vaud, we had 8% more products than in June 2023! In Geneva we were able to collect 197.5 tons of food and hygiene products and 70 tons in Vaud! Thank you to all of you that participated.

Partage Sorting: With the great results from last weekend, we need 10 volunteers to help sorting everything. The sorting will take place on 22-23 January and 8 February, if you can, please sign up on the website www,

Sorting will take place at Fondation Partage (Espace Tourbillon, Route de la Galaise 19A – 1228 Plan-les-Ouates (Bâtiment D). A Map is found on the STC homepage.

Point d’Eau / Carrefour Rue: They need your help!

Point d’Eau is a free shower and laundry service, another service provided by Carrefour Rue.   They are  looking for volunteers to replace normal staff for a couple of weeks.  The job is to welcome visitors, general maintenance (clean showers, disinfect places, helping with the laundry, etc) and talk to the visitors, informing people of places to eat, sleep and find help.

             Dates: December 18 – 29 (weekends and Mondays not included). 

Times: 12:45 to 16:30h

Sign up on the website for more information and any questions you may have.

L’Escalade 2023: We hope you can or have enjoyed the Geneva Escalade on Saturday.. 

Welcome Serve the City Volunteers

Several activities are now open for your participation. There are some wonderful projects currently available in need of your help.

Coming up very quickly is a need at the BioParc to prepare for winter.

Signups are not available for Saturday 11 November – Bioparc animal sanctuary, Bellevue, Geneva needs further help to prepare the animal enclosures for winter. 9-1pm. Further information will be shared once you register.

Many thanks..

You may be aware that Samedi du Partage is coming up the 24th and 25 of November. We are looking for many helpers to collect food and needed supplies for the needy of Geneva at 100 stores throughout the city.

Serve the City has 8 stores that can use your help. You can find the available stores and time slots on the sign-up option.

  •   The Course de l’Escalade:

A blend of fun and seriousness. This event, held every December, attracts over 40,000 runners, making it Switzerland’s largest running event.

This time, on the 2nd and 3rd of December.

It aims to promote regular physical activity for the community and offers a competitive platform for elite athletes, setting an example for young people.

This unique combination unites various stakeholders in a collective effort to promote values like fun, respect, solidarity, integration, and excellence in the enchanting Geneva winter.

It is a tremendous honor to be part of this event and contribute to our city.

We kindly request you to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

For any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at

Serve the City Geneva

#ourcitygeneva #servethecitygeneva

French below

La Course de l’Escalade :

Un mariage harmonieux entre joie et sérieux. Cet événement, traditionnellement organisé chaque décembre, attire une impressionnante participation de plus de 40 000 coureurs, ce qui en fait la plus grande course en Suisse.

Cette année, nous vous donnons rendez-vous les 2 et 3 décembre.

L’objectif de cet événement est de promouvoir l’activité physique régulière au sein de notre communauté et de fournir une plateforme compétitive aux athlètes d’élite, tout en servant d’exemple inspirant pour la jeunesse.

Cette alliance unique rassemble divers acteurs dans un effort collectif visant à promouvoir des valeurs telles que le plaisir, le respect, la solidarité, l’intégration et l’excellence, le tout dans la magie de l’hiver genevois.

C’est pour nous un immense honneur de participer à cet événement et de contribuer à notre ville.

Nous vous serions extrêmement reconnaissants de bien vouloir vous inscrire dès que possible afin de garantir votre participation.

Pour toute question, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter à l’adresse

Serve the City Geneva

  •  Are you proficient in the French language?

Serve The City Geneva is embarking on a new project in collaboration with ‘Le Petit Escabeau,’ an organization devoted to addressing a significant social issue in Geneva.

It’s noteworthy that 45% of school-going children, along with their parents, lack proficiency in French.

This language barrier poses a hindrance to these children’s pursuit of education and dreams. ‘Le Petit Escabeau’ boasts 120 dedicated volunteers who offer educational support to 150 children, who represent the future of Geneva’s society.

Providing them with education can empower them to realize their dreams and integrate effectively.

Let’s join hands with ‘Le Petit Escabeau’ and together, we can shape a brighter future for these children, fostering a harmonious and prosperous society.

If you’re interested in joining this incredible journey,

please reach out to us at or through our social media channels (Instagram/Facebook).

One of our team members will guide you through the volunteering process.

French below

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Maîtrisez-vous le français ?

Serve The City Genève s’associe à ‘Le Petit Escabeau’ pour s’attaquer à un problème social majeur.

45 % des enfants scolarisés et leurs parents ont des difficultés avec le français, ce qui entrave leur éducation et leurs rêves.

‘Le Petit Escabeau’ compte 120 bénévoles soutenant 150 enfants, façonnant ainsi l’avenir de Genève.

Donnez à ces enfants les moyens de s’émanciper par l’éducation pour construire une société plus lumineuse et harmonieuse.

Rejoignez-nous, contactez-nous à ou via les réseaux sociaux (Instagram/Facebook).

Notre équipe vous guidera tout au long du processus de bénévolat.

Serve The City Geneva & Samedi du Partage Newsletter

Dear Serve the City volunteers,

now is the time for one of our biggest events of the year.. We are looking for 110 volunteers to help with one of Geneva’s best services to the community and those in need.

Samedi du Partage which will take place November 24th and 25th. The Partage Foundation collects and distributes food to people of need in Geneva thru over 60 different service organizations. We need volunteers to collect food items outside several supermarkets in and around the Canton of Geneva. This year we have 3 locations in Vaud for those in this area and several more in Geneva.

As a special event for all the volunteers we are going to have a ServeTheCity Samedi du Partage Apero meeting on Saturday evening 18 November, 6pm. This will be a thank you for all our volunteers, meet members of our team, information about what will happen on the 2 days, and T-shirt distribution to all the new volunteers. The Apero meeting location will be announced soon.

Please check in early to save the spot and time of your preference. If you possibly might be able help us out on Friday evenings.. to consider it as these have been our most difficult time slots to fill.. And families are more than welcome join in..

Regards to all, The Serve the City Geneva Team….

Serve the City Geneva – October Newsletter

Hello to all our Serve the City volunteers.
We hope you have been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather. We have been very fortunate…but, as you know, there are always people in Geneva who are less fortunate and in need of our help.
One of our biggest events of the fall will be the Samedi du Partage which will take place November 24th and 25th. The Partage Foundation collects and distributes food to people of need in Geneva.
We need volunteers to collect food items outside several supermarkets in and around the Canton of Geneva. Samedi du Partage is always a successful event, thanks to our selfless volunteers. Sign up as group and help our community while spending time with friends.
Once all the food items have been collected, they will be delivered to Partage warehouse in Plans-les-Ouates for sorting. Serve the City will be asking for volunteers to help with this process. Dates will be announced on our website and social media once the food has been collected. The sorting takes place over the course of a few weeks at the warehouse from 8:30 am to 11:45 am. Please check back more information!
OTHER WAYS to Serve the City:
Bioparc Genève
Calling all animal lovers!
We need your help. On October 28th  from 9h to 13h, Bioparc needs volunteers to prepare the animal enclosure for the winter season. More information will be sent once you have registered.
For those of you who don’t know of Bioparc (formerly Parc Challandes), it is an
animal sanctuary in Bellvue, Genève. Bioparc “is the only place in the canton where you can closely observe more than 250 animals of around 85 different species, European and exotic, and participate in taking action for their preservation. The Geneva Bioparc works for biodiversity through 4 key missions: conservation, research, environmental awareness and education and animal therapy.”
Jardin de Montbrilliant
This Soup Kitchen located behind Gare Cornavin serves almost 300 meals per day to people in need. The Soup Kitchen is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Serve the City Volunteers help prepare and serve the meals and are generally working from 8h30 to 13h.
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army offers four projects for volunteers, including serving meals to Ukrainian refugees and homeless women at the Bel Experience hotel. They also have various opportunities in other locations. Get in touch with us to learn more.
We are always seeking more ways in which we can help our community. Please check back regularly to see what’s new! Come and join us at Serve the City and remember….
“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” – Bernard Meltzer