PhASE also helps identify additional local philanthropic opportunities with a focus on women, children, food, and community. Following are organizations 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 for Women
Action for Women is a Zurich based non-profit organization that aims to provide safety, support and hope for women on the run. By developing long-term projects, assisting with integration and offering dynamic responses to the ever-changing situation, Action for Women equips women with the skills and confidence to forge their new lives in Europe. Although most of their work takes place in Greece, the journey for some refugees ends in Switzerland. For more information, see www.actionforwomen.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 at www.ziwa.com.
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 www.flyingcroissant.ch 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.