All members are welcome to join us supporting Geneva charities by lending a helping hand on our special projects. Listed below are the organizations with which the Volunteer Service Team is currently working, and we are always on the look-out for new ways to help.
Au Coeur des Grottes
Au Coeur des Grottes is a center that provides support for single women with their children. Most are facing difficult situations that may include family problems, domestic violence, exploitation in the workplace, human trafficking, housing problems or returning from abroad. In past years the AIWC has provided clothing and house-ware donations as well as volunteers who mentored, tutored English, and organized baby showers and gifts for expectant mothers. Since 2013 we have been organizing Easter, Halloweeen and Christmas parties for the children. For a personal tales of volunteering at Au Coeur des Grottes read our blogs, Baby Showers at Au Coeur des Grottes and Halloween Party at Au Coeur des Grottes.
La Maison de Tara
La Maison de Tara offers an alternative to hospitalization for people in palliative care. Residents are unable to stay at home but wish to spend their final days in a non-medical atmosphere surrounded by warmth, care and tenderness. Volunteers from the AIWC have designed, planted and continue to maintain a vegetable, flower and rose garden.
ESCA (English Speaking Cancer Association)
The AIWC has organized and participated in several events with ESCA. In August, the AIWC donated over CHF 2,000 in order to compete in the Paddle for Cancer fundraising event on Lac de Joux. Furthermore, we jointly sponsored a bake sale table with the AIC and raised another CHF 1,200 from our home-baked goodies and McDonald’s generous donation of 500 donuts. For more information you can read our blog Dragonboat racing : The Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival.
In October 2014, we organized a Breast Cancer Symposium open to the public with Breast Cancer specialists and a Health Psychologist and Counselor from ESCA. More information can be found on our blog Breast Cancer Symposium at the AIWC.
Carrefour Rue is an organization that provides alternative solutions to people without homes, living in poverty or excluded from society.
During 2013 and 2014, the AIWC raised over CHF 6,000 to support Carrefour Rue’s Container Project. The project’s goal is to transform shipping containers into living spaces for Geneva’s homeless. Each container will be able to accommodate two people.
For more information about the container project, you can read our blog The AIWC’s Volunteer Services Presents: Old Town Walking Tour and Red Cross Lecture & Luncheon.