American Women's Club of Zurich

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

      – Margaret Mead

AWCZ's PhASE (Philanthropy and Social Engagement) committee seeks to provide volunteer engagement opportunities for members in the greater Zurich region and throughout Switzerland, through engaging with our club-sponsored charity, as well as providing information on other local volunteer opportunities and charitable organizations. 


A club-sponsored charity is chosen by the AWCZ to receive club-wide support for a chosen period of time. PhASE, working as the liaison, organizes awareness and educational activities, fundraising events, and hands-on volunteering opportunities aimed at creating a close working relationship between the charity and our members. This serves as a meaningful way for members to engage with their local community.

Tischlein deck dich (TDD) 2014 - Present

Did you know that there are approximately 800,000 people living at or below the poverty level in Switzerland? Tischlein deck dich (TDD), founded in 1999, is a food distribution service that annually distributes nearly 3.4 million kilograms of edible food and other groceries that would otherwise be thrown away to those living at or below the poverty level. Approximately 15,800 people are supported on a weekly basis. They operate in over 100 sites, many of which are located in and around Zurich. The AWCZ supports TDD by encouraging members to volunteer at their local distribution sites and by organizing specific fundraising events. Contact to see how you can get involved and/or take a closer look at TDD at

Former AWCZ Club-Sponsored Charities:

Schweizer Berghilfe - 2011 - 2013

Biovision Foundation - A future for all, naturally - 2010 - 2011



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