Our volunteers are the lifeblood of Serve the City Paris, and there are many ways in which to get involved. However you choose to donate your time and skills to our work, you will make a real difference to the lives of others.
We’re a friendly crowd, too, so why not join us for an initial chat and a coffee at one of our weekly food distribution sessions at la Caféothèque? We publish details of all our meetups via Meetup Paris.
Some current projects which we would love your help with include:
We meet at la Caféothèque on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9h. After coffee (and a chance to socialise!) we head off individually or in small groups to distribute surplus food – kindly donated by Prêt a Manger – to homeless people on the streets of Paris. All new volunteers are briefed before going out to distribute and are accompanied on their first day by an experienced volunteer.
You can take part in as many of these weekly sessions as you wish or, if your time is more limited, join us on an ad hoc basis. If you’re really keen, you may wish to help with the pre-distribution food collection from Prêt a Manger at 8h!
Corporate and Social Engagement
Serve the City Paris offers various events, workshops and community service activities for companies, schools and organizations who wish to demonstrate OSR (Organizational Social Responsibility) in Paris by participating in impactful and educational activities for their teams.
Activities can include participating in one of our community service activities, participating in one of our team building exercises, viewing one of our presentations, or hearing one of our guest speakers.
Serve the City Paris offers programs such preparing food, and/or delivering food to refugees and the homeless in Paris. We offer an educational program called “Journey to Paris’, which includes one of our refugee beneficiaries who explain their story of coming from another country seeking Asylum in Europe. Serve the City also offers a sports program for students and a “From Success to Significance” Program designed for executives seeking purpose in their leadership roles. Other programs can be customized and can be combined with our other non-profit local partners. Our aim is to help organizations have a memorable and educational experience, and a positive impact on Paris.
For over 10 years, Serve the City International has been providing CSR activities and programs for large and small organizations worldwide. Programs can be extended for organizations interested in providing an event, workshop or service activity on an international scale.
Help Foreigners in Need
Integrating into a new country and a new city for the first time can be a challenge. Though Paris is an international city, sometimes integrating with the French culture, finding employment, or finding community can be difficult without someone’s support who has already made this transition. The Serve the City Paris team of volunteers who have made this transition successfully can play a vital role in supporting newcomers to our great city.
In 2017, Serve the City Paris begin working with a team of select executives and senior managers from European corporations. The result is our program called “P.A.I.R.E.”, (Program to AID and Integrate Refugees & Exchange) designed to help refugees with the delicate subject of interracial and cultural integration.
The STCP team can help assign a volunteer with a new foreigner whether that foreigner is a refugee, an immigrant, or an ex-patriot. The volunteer can provide all different levels of support, whether it’s help with a language, attending a STCP event together, or participating in one of STCP’s philanthropy projects.
Teach English and French to Refugees and to the Underprivileged
Launching in 2019, this exciting project aims to assist refugees, underprivileged kids and underprivileged adults, to learn English and French. In association with the Serve the City Paris TIEO program, we aim to help these individuals learn the key languages that not only help them integrate in Paris, but also to help them find work.
If you have experience in teaching (any subjects including languages), we are currently building a team of volunteers to help roll out this language program to our beneficiaries and our NGO partners.