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.
VIDEO: "Introducing Operation Nightwatch"
Elevator Speeches 1 & 2
They say that if you're pitching an idea for a movie in Hollywood, you'd better be able to summarize it in two or three sentences or a busy producer is not going to have any time for you. In other contexts, these are known as "elevator speeches," because they are conceived to be short enough to relate to somebody as you travel between floors in an elevator.
If you'd like to have a couple of convenient "elevator speeches" to explain to your friends what Operation Nightwatch is all about, we've done the work for you. We've posted the speeches--each of which is less than 25 seconds--on YouTube, and if you've got a minute to watch, you can access them by clicking the links below.
"Nightwatch Free University" to Begin in Fall
So you volunteer at Nightwatch because of your social conscience and your desire to help those in need. But all the while you're volunteering here you're gaining knowledge and experience. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a way to gain some certification acknowledging that? Such acknowledgement would certainly look good if you're building a resume, especially if your desired career-path is in the area of non-profit management, social work, or psychology.
Starting this fall, Operation Nightwatch will offer such certification through the Mozilla Foundation's Open Badge Project. The Open Badge Project was initiated by Mozilla out of the recognition that "learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But [because] it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school[, the Open Badge Project seeks] to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web through a shared technical infrastructure."
Naturally, badges would be of little value if they weren't earned. Certain defined standards would need to be met. At Nightwatch, we will be offering several different "modules" through which one can gain a badge. The proposed modules and the requirements for each will look something like this:
∞ HOSPITALITY MODULE
∞ STREET TEAM MODULE
∞ NONVIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING MODULE
∞ HEALTH CARE MODULE
∞ LEADERSHIP TRAINING MODULE (this module is designed for those who would like to establish and run a Nightwatch-like hospitality outreach in their own neighborhood/community--involves extensive training, supervision, and follow-up)