Community service is one of the foundations of the AIWC. In fact our constitution directs us to assist local Geneva organizations. Below are a few of the groups we help on a long term basis; as well as a list of our short-term projects.
Partage means share. The group was founded as a central warehouse to collect non-perishable foods and personal care items in order to distribute them amongst the charities in Geneva. The AIWC helps with the biannual collection of food in Geneva's grocery stores as well as sorting the pallets during the following weeks. For more information read our blogs: A Morning Sorting Food and Samedi du Partage: Coming to a grocery store near you!
Le Bateau de Genève is a warm, safe place for those living in difficult situations to sit down to breakfast, learn French, socialize and participate in various activities that help them integrate into Swiss society. Along with passengers on the boat, the AIWC cooks and serves a hot breakfast 1-2 times a week.
Au Coeur des Grottes is a center that provides living support for women with their children. Most are facing difficult situations that may include domestic violence, exploitation in the workplace, human trafficking, housing problems or returning from abroad. Over the years the AIWC has provided house-ware donations as well as volunteers who mentored, tutored English, and organized baby showers and gifts for expectant mothers. We organize Easter, Halloween and Christmas parties for the children. For a personal tale of volunteering at Au Coeur des Grottes read our blog, Baby Showers at Au Coeur des Grottes.
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 beautiful vegetable, flower and rose garden.
The AIWC has organized and participated in several events with ESCA CancerSupport. We have competed in the Paddle for Cancer fundraising event on Lac de Joux. At this same event we jointly sponsor a bake sale table with the AIC that usually raises about CHF 1,400 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.
Carrefour Rue is an organization that provides alternative solutions to people without homes, living in poverty or excluded from society. They coordinate a soup kitchen, Jardin de Montbrilliant which feeds daily over 200 people in need. AIWC is proud to aid in their mission by donating money as well as helping prepare and serve food. In 2013/2014 we also raised over CHF 6,000 to support Carrefour Rue’s Container Project. The project’s goal was to transform shipping containers into living spaces for Geneva’s homeless.