PhASE also helps identify additional local philanthropic opportunities with a focus on women, children, food, and community. Following are organizaitons we have researched for our members, as well as the type of involvement possible. If you know of, or are an active member of, a local organization and would like to share it with our membership, please contact our PhASE Committee.
Organizations Accepting Volunteers (German language skills NOT required)
Action from Switzerland
Action from Switzerland is a Zurich registered non-profit organization that aims to provide effective and coordinated protection to vulnerable refugees across Europe. Action from Switzerland’s priority is to ensure that extra vulnerable individuals (EVIs) are able to enjoy their rights on an equal basis, in safety and dignity. They develop long-term projects, assist with integration and offer dynamic responses to the ever-changing situation. Although most of their work takes place in Greece, the journey for some refugees ends in Switzerland. Action from Switzerland volunteers also coordinate activities such as soccer games or dinners, which support integration with the Swiss population. Other opportunities such as fundraising or clothing drives also take place in Zurich. For more information, see actionfromswitzerland.ch.
'English Around the World'
The Zurich International Women's Association organizes 'English Around the World', a week-long project offering youth from 9 - 12 years the opportunity to improve their English language skills through play-based activities including sport, cooking, games, drama, art and song. If you are interested please contact ZIWA.
Created in 2004 by the Zurich Rotary Club, today Flying Croissant is a collaborative effort between Rotaract, the Zurich International Women's Association and the AWCZ. Volunteers deliver leftover bread and other baked goods from participating bakeries in the Zurich area to local charitable organizations. Deliveries take place each Thursday evening between 18:20 and 20:00 and require a minimum of two volunteers each week. See the flying croissant website for more information.
Every district (Gemeinde) has a neighborhood help organization. Nachbarschaftshilfe organizes volunteers to help out in their neighborhoods. Sample tasks could be visiting the elderly, helping run errands, working in the garden, watering plants while the person is on vacation, helping or offering homework help to the children of refugees/newcomers. Nachbarschaftshilfe also has a Tandem Project whereby the volunteer could work with another German-speaking person who would provide an orientation with this volunteer. Please contact www.nachbarschaftshilfe.ch to see how you can help
Netz 4 in conjunction with Schweizer Tafel and Pro Juventute
This organization serves lunch to approximately 100 people every Friday at their location at Stauffacherstrasse 54. Their clientele are refugees, homeless people, people with substance abuse problems and others with mental or physical disabilities. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays they also serve a Mittagstisch to teens. The volunteers are organized in teams, such as cooking, serving, and cleaning up. The atmosphere is friendly and safe. A Bible verse is read before the meal and people can share on it, if they like. Volunteering for Netz 4 is a hands on opportunity. The hours are normally 9-2. No German or very little German is required. Their website is www.netz4.ch and the telephone number is 044 240 0539.
Room to Read
Literacy is the foundation for all future learning, yet nearly 800 million people are illiterate, and 2/3 are women and girls. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read Zurich is one of 43 volunteer chapters worldwide and is looking for volunteers to support the chapter's awareness raising and fundraising activities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Want to make a meaningful contribution to someone's life? Donate blood! Individuals may donate blood at the Blutspendezentrum located at Hirschengraben 58 near Neumarkt in Zurich. Other donation centers are located in Schlieren, Uster, Winterthur and Lachen. Download and complete the new donor questionnaire for more information. You may also consult www.blutspendezurich.ch.