1 3 July 2022

The Big Volunteer Week is back! Come volunteer with us!

All week long, we will be organising different volunteering opportunities around Brussels in the respect of the sanitary measures in place. Whether you are coming for the whole week or just a day, this is your opportunity to make a difference in your city and to help us empower local organisations!

We offer many different ways of serving the city, such as practical projects, socialising opportunities, preparing and distributing food, or picking up trash in Brussels’ parks & streets! Together, let’s spread love, compassion and hope. Together let’s serve now!

You are unable to participate? You can still also support the Big Volunteer Week financially. We dedicate to this event a considerable amount of our budget, so any financial contribution will be put to good use!

New: For insurance reasons, to participate to the Big Volunteer Week, you must be 18 of age by the time of the project, or be accompanied by an adult (please check details in the FAQ below). Or, if you are 16-18 you can attend an info session to participate.

Register on our app ServeNow

This year, unlike previous years, the registrations will happen via our mobile app ServeNow. We will be adding projects on a regular base to it so don’t forget to check.

If you don’t have it yet, download our app and create your account.
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Projects*

You can register to participate through on our app ServeNow.

*This list is updated regularly

Practical Information

Can I be a Project Leader?

Yes! We organise trainings for project leaders a few times every year. You can check our website to look for the upcoming training session.

Do we need to wear a Serve the City shirt on projects?

We would love it if you do however, it is not essential.

How can I volunteer?

You can join our Weekly Serving Opportunities, One-on-One projects, Monthly Big Volunteer Days or the Big Volunteer Week.

For our Weekly Serving Opportunities, we invite you to come to one of our information sessions where you will get to know us better and ask us questions about projects that interest you. After the session, you will receive a list with all the projects and the contacts of the respective project leaders. You can then send an email to the project leader to ask about further details. For our Monthly Events and the Big Volunteer Week, the registration is online a few weeks before the event.

If I sign up for the Big Volunteer Week, do I have to join every day?

No, you don’t have to. You can choose the day(s) that suit(s) you best.

Is there an Age Policy regarding volunteering with Serve the City?

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to be accompanied by an adult/guardian to participate in Serve the City projects.

  • Parents/legal guardians can come with their children (but are fully responsible of their care)
  • In the case the parents/legal guardians cannot accompany their children, up to 2 teenagers of 15 of age (or more) can be accompanied by an adult of at least 21 years old with the written authorisation of the legal guardians.
What if I don’t have any volunteering experience?

Here at Serve The City, we welcome first-time volunteers, as there is no better time to start than right now.

What is the Big Volunteer Week?

Big Volunteer Week is a week of serving projects taking place all around Brussels. Hundreds of volunteers from all around the world will join us to serve people in need.

We will organise serving opportunities allowing volunteers to serve alongside local associations who are assisting the needs of:

  • Homeless
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Children in need
  • Victims of abuse

 

When is the Big Volunteer Week taking place?

The Big Volunteer Week typically takes place each year towards the end of June or the beginning of July. Exact dates are here.

Who can participate to the Big Volunteer Week?

Individuals, school groups, scout groups, churches, companies, local and visiting volunteers – everyone who is looking for an opportunity to help someone in need, meet new people and make new friends. However, please note that you may not be assigned to the same project as your colleague if you come as part of a company / group. If this is a requirement, please have a look at our Corporate Volunteering page.

What is Big Volunteer Weekend?

The Serve the City movement originated in Brussels as a single week of volunteering back in 2005. Today, we are active in more than 50 cities spread around the world!

  • Homeless
  • Asylum Seekers and migrants
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Children in need
  • Victims of abuse

The types of project we have

Social

Games, outings, walks, and any other activities that connect people, break down barriers, and facilitate friendship.

Practical

Painting, cleaning, gardening, sorting out clothes, simple construction projects, and other hands-on tasks that help our social-profit partners be at their best.

Food Outreach

Preparing and serving food to the hungry and hurting.

Sustainable Projects

Contributing to make our city greener by cleaning up our streets and parcs.

Practical Information

Schedule:

  • Saturday 29 June 13:00-20:00 (Registration starts at 13:00)
    Registration Opening Day + Party | STC Introduction | Street Kindness | Food + Drinks
  • Monday-Friday 1 July » 5 July 11:30-167:00 (Registration starts at 11:30)
    Registration + Briefing | Serving projects | Debriefing
  • Friday 5 July 16:30
    Community Party | Food + Drink | Games + Sports | Concerts
    Address to be confirmed

Meeting Points

30th June: Bozar Teraken Rooms, Rue Ravenstein 23

2-6th July: Les Salles Erreras, Rue Royale 10, 1000 Bruxelles

7th July: La Ferme du Parc Maximilien – Quai du batelage no 2 1000 Brussels
Can I be a Project Leader?

Yes! We organise trainings for project leaders a few times every year. You can check our website to look for the upcoming training session.

Do we need to wear a Serve the City shirt on projects?

We would love it if you do however, it is not essential.

How can I volunteer?

You can join our Weekly Serving Opportunities, One-on-One projects, Monthly Big Volunteer Days or the Big Volunteer Week.

For our Weekly Serving Opportunities, we invite you to come to one of our information sessions where you will get to know us better and ask us questions about projects that interest you. After the session, you will receive a list with all the projects and the contacts of the respective project leaders. You can then send an email to the project leader to ask about further details. For our Monthly Events and the Big Volunteer Week, the registration is online a few weeks before the event.

If I sign up for the Big Volunteer Week, do I have to join every day?

No, you don’t have to. You can choose the day(s) that suit(s) you best.

Is there an Age Policy regarding volunteering with Serve the City?

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to be accompanied by an adult/guardian to participate in Serve the City projects.

  • Parents/legal guardians can come with their children (but are fully responsible of their care)
  • In the case the parents/legal guardians cannot accompany their children, up to 2 teenagers of 15 of age (or more) can be accompanied by an adult of at least 21 years old with the written authorisation of the legal guardians.
What if I don’t have any volunteering experience?

Here at Serve The City, we welcome first-time volunteers, as there is no better time to start than right now.

What is the Big Volunteer Week?

Big Volunteer Week is a week of serving projects taking place all around Brussels. Hundreds of volunteers from all around the world will join us to serve people in need.

We will organise serving opportunities allowing volunteers to serve alongside local associations who are assisting the needs of:

  • Homeless
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Children in need
  • Victims of abuse

 

When is the Big Volunteer Week taking place?

The Big Volunteer Week typically takes place each year towards the end of June or the beginning of July. Exact dates are here.

Who can participate to the Big Volunteer Week?

Individuals, school groups, scout groups, churches, companies, local and visiting volunteers – everyone who is looking for an opportunity to help someone in need, meet new people and make new friends. However, please note that you may not be assigned to the same project as your colleague if you come as part of a company / group. If this is a requirement, please have a look at our Corporate Volunteering page.

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