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"
Many Open Volunteer Slots In October
Crossing the threshold into October, we have many empty spaces on our Volunteer Calendar. Quite a few dates don't have any volunteers signed up at all!
Need for Socks and Blankets
You've felt the chill in the night air. The seasons are changing.
Imagine sleeping outside. Imagine how difficult that would be especially without a blanket. Yet we are without blankets to give.
What's more, our supply of socks has dwindled so that we'll likely hand out our last pair this weekend. (We hand out about 50 pairs each week.)
We'd appreciate any donations made in this direction. You can donate blankets and socks directly to us. Or you can contribute to our "Blankets/Socks Fund" so we can order them in bulk. (We can order blankets for about $10/each and socks for $0.60/pair.)
Only a little investment can make someone else's life so much better.
Who Is Sir Dapper Dog?
Sir Dapper Dog is the handsome individual inviting everyone to this year's NightFest! on Monday, November 10. (He believes in keeping Portland weird.)
You'll want to put on your calendar. We'll be honoring the Volunteers of the Year. Furthermore, besides great food and live music, we'll have giveways, a raffle for an I-Pad, and a silent auction featuring some spectacular items.
In fact, some lucky person will have the opportunity to take Sir Dapper Dog hope with them! The poster comes from an original painting that will be auctioned off at NightFest!
That's something you won't want to miss.