Who we are

Serve the City is a global movement of volunteers showing kindness in personal ways to people in need. Our vision is the transformation of lives, cities, and neighbourhoods. Through volunteering, our dream is to involve everyone in caring for the needs of others. Everyone. Rich, poor, strong, weak, haves, have-nots, everyone. Everyone can volunteer!

Serve the City partners with homeless shelters, refugee centres, homes for the elderly, orphanages and other local associations to offer the practical help and support of volunteers. Our goal is to build local volunteering communities in cities that are thriving, sustainable, and self-replicating, providing volunteering opportunities that are easily accessible and open to all. 

Serve the City started in Brussels, Belgium with a successful Big Volunteer Week in July, 2005We had no plans for anything beyond that, but the vision spread from one city to the next and now there are Serve the City teams in cities all over the world – Amsterdam, Baltimore, Kraków, Lisbon, Kathmandu, Nairobi, Paris, Port au Prince, and many more…plus many more to come!  

The STCi Movement is led by Carlton Deal (Chief Executive Officer) in collaboration with Alfredo Abreu (Board Chair) and Dave Hahne (Chief Operating Officer). The International Leadership Team (ILT) works to support the movement. It is composed of the Board of Directors (BoD), members of the Global Executive Team (GET) and members of the Global Operations Team (GOT).

The STCi International Non-Profit Organization is the legal structure of the STCi Movement and is governed according to a constitution with the following purpose:  

To champion volunteering, introducing as many people as possible to the practice of volunteering, and to make it more effective and impactful.

To encourage and strengthen volunteer work in cities and countries throughout the world through city-wide volunteer organisations with the same vision and values as STCi.

To be a representative voice for volunteers and city-wide STC volunteering movements in world forums.

Join us! Many people doing small things together can make a big difference!  

Vision, Mission, and Values

Our vision is the transformation of lives, cities, and neighbourhoods through volunteers who show kindness in personal ways to people in need.

Our mission is to send volunteers to show kindness to people in need.

Our values are Humility, Compassion, Respect, Courage, Love and Hope.


Our vision is the transformation of lives, cities, and neighbourhoods through volunteers who show kindness in personal ways to people in need.


Our mission is to send volunteers to show kindness in personal ways to people in need.


Humility Compassion Respect Courage Love Hope

The International Leadership Team

Serve the City International Leadership Team is composed of three teams working together to fulfill the mission and to cast the vision for Serve the City Leaders across the globe.  The three teams are the Board of Directors (BoD), the Global Executive Team (GET), and the Global Operations Team (GOT).

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for governance, oversight, legal, and accountability of the STC International non -profit entity.

Global Executive Team

The Global Executive Team is responsible for vision, direction, development and care across the STC network of cities.

Global Operations Team

The Global Operations Team is responsible for resources, systems, support, and assistance to STC City leaders and teams.

We want to be your CSR partner

Our vision is to connect the resources of the city with the needs of the city, and we do this by facilitating local volunteer involvement. The private sector brings with it many resources, both human and financial and can play an important role in contributing to the well-being of communities anywhere. Serve the City can organize corporate volunteering events to make this connection.

We believe in the impact that local and global corporate volunteering events can have, particularly  when it is part of a larger ongoing commitment that ties in well with your existing Corporate Social Responsibility strategy,

Serve the City can also help you to improve or develop your Corporate Social Responsibility strategy through consultations, trainings and leadership development, and through ongoing connections to community needs.

  • For the last few years our colleagues have enjoyed deep and meaningful experiences in the community, thanks to Serve the City’s help during our month of corporate volunteering in September. We are so grateful!

    Inge Huijbrechts Carlson Rezidor
  • When we contacted Serve the City in Brussels for our team building and global community day activities, we wanted something dynamic, and that’s what we got! We dived straight into our activities: gardening at the Little Sisters of the Poor, and painting at Nativitas and CARIA. It was fun, we bonded, and it was an opportunity to give something back to the people who do so much for our community.

    Patricia Gyurko MasterCard

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