Had a great experience today and thought I'd share............ volunteered with Tischlein Deck Dich today.
Wasn't sure if fluent German was a requirement but I wrote them anyways and they answered that they were happy to have me come by for hands-on training.
I am at an A2 level in German-- the first part of A2 and so although I can understand most conversation, speaking is difficult.
The wonderful ladies in Bern at Pauluskirche put me at ease and explained everything to me in high German and together, 5 of us unloaded food delivery and organized it on tables and met with the recipients and distributed the food.
Each recipient who comes to this organization, has already pre-registered with a card and it's good for a year. They can come weekly to collect free groceries donated by organizations who have extras to give away or goods close to the expiry date.
Every week, the delivery load is different and the volunteers distribute according to the number of people in in the household which is written on the card.
Today, I helped to sort and distribute, bottles of Pepsi, Juice, gingerbread cookies, butter cookies, muesli, yoghurt, chocolate ice-cream, cakes, Lindt chocolates, salad dressing, canned corn, vacuum pack red beets, bread, cream cheese,Beck Bakery products fresh produce such as carrots, potatoes, lettuce and cauliflower donated by farmers in the Seefeld region.
Total volunteer time was about 2 1/2 hours.
Great experience giving back to Switzerland and there are many locations throughout the country.
Bern is in great need of volunteers at the moment - the more volunteers the faster the set-up and clean-up.
Please consider Tischlein Deck Dich if you have a couple hours to spare -- great service and great people!