Operation Nightwatch is a non-sectarian night ministry of friendship and community
that has been serving Portland’s street population since 1981.
Whereas other agencies exist to provide services such as housing, food, and clothing to the homeless, low-income, and mentally ill, ONW’s unique vision is that these populations also suffer from simple social isolation. Our simple mission is to reach out to them, nurturing relationship.
We welcome each person who comes to us, just as they are. No one is required to conform to any particular belief or faith practice in order to receive our services.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN IS COMING
At a recent workshop on non-profit fundraising the leader was asked, “How many times should we approach people about money during the year? Her response: “Probably more than you’re doing, but less than OPB!”
Nightwatch actually runs only two major fundraising campaigns during the year. The first is in November-December as we participate in Willamette Week’s GiveGuide campaign.
The other is our annual campaign in May, as we seek to tie together financial ends as the completion of one fiscal year, and look forward to funding our outreach for another.
So you’ll be hearing from us in May. And if your habit is to make your contribution to Nightwatch at some other time of year (e.g., December), fret not. We still will welcome your donation then.
One Hundred Sixty Percent!
On March 1 we launced our crowddunding campaign in a drive to raise $2000 for our Mental Health Initiative.
The campaign concluded Saturday, April 30. The final result: $3190, 160% of our goal!
We are currently active in implementing the Initiative. We have posted a job listing for a Mental Health Specialist to serve at our Downtown Hospitality Center and hope to get the person in place within the next few weeks. Furthermore, we are sending a staff member to Seattle in August to become certified as a trainer in Mental Health First Aid, which we will then be able to offer as an option to our volunteers.
Thanks to all who made our crowdfunding effort a success!
HELP WANTED: Mental Health Specialist
Operation Nightwatch is seeeking a paid Mental Health Specialist to serve at its Downtown Hospitality Center from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the evenings it is open (Thursday/Friday/Saturday).
Compensation is $22.00/hr.
For a fuller description of the position, including qualifications and responsibilities, please click here.