The American International Women’s Club (AIWC) has a history of continuous community involvement.
Many folk pitch up in Geneva, looking for ways to keep themselves busy when partners are at work, kids are at school, when on a career break or after retirement. Sometimes the lack of fluency in French can limit the potential volunteering options open to them. However, the AIWC has worked with many organizations and has reached out to the Geneva community in exciting and meaningful ways—from planting trees and gardens, to financing the purchase of a mini bus for the elderly, to donating two dinosaur skeletons to the Museum of Natural History. Currently our members donate goods and time to various organizations in Geneva. Here are a few of them along with links (the underlined text) to our previous blogs that provide more information.
Au Coeur des Grottes is a shelter providing support for women and children facing difficult situations, including domestic violence, exploitation in the workplace and housing problems. Our members organize donations of needed household goods as well being there on the job—providing mentoring, tutoring in English, planning baby showers for expectant mothers and holiday parties for the children.
La Maison de Tara offers an alternative to hospitalization for people in palliative care. Residents of this hospice 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 garden enjoyed by residents and their families.
All Special Kids provides support to Anglophone children with special needs and their families. Volunteers from the AIWC help at weekly afterschool support groups, summer camps and providing admin support in the office. We also offered bursaries for kids attending camp last year.
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/