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 continual basis; as well as a list of our short-term projects.
With a mission to provide support to any woman, with or without children, who is temporarily in difficulty, Foyer Arabelle is the only association in Geneva that provides both shelter and a crèche, allowing mothers and children to stay together. In 2020, the Foyer hosted 28 women and 40 children representing 20 nationalities. The majority of women were fleeing domestic violence.
In addition, the Foyer Arabelle’s support services (educational, social) need to be expanded to support the increasing need in Geneva. The American International Women's Club of Geneva, in partnership with the American International Club (AIC), has committed to raise funds this year to contribute to this important project.
Watch the AIWC Calendar and Community Volunteering announcements for further updates. For more details about Foyer Arabelle click here.
Partage means share. The group was founded as a central warehouse to collect non-perishable foods and personal care items to distribute among 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. Alongside the passengers on the boat, the AIWC cooks and serves a hot breakfast once 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 houseware 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 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 garden for the residents and their families to enjoy together during this challenging time.
The AIWC assists with several ESCA CancerSupport fundraising events. In 2021, four virtual AIWC teams walked 15 million steps (equivilant to walking to Kuala Lampur) in lieu of the annual Paddle for Cancer fundraising event on Lac de Joux.