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"
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN STRIVES TO RAISE $5000 FOR BACKPACK BEDS
Over the past two months we distributed a total of 92 Backpack Beds to our guests downtown, in SE, and in North Portland.
Backpack Beds are the unique waterproof, fire-resistant, mildew-resistant combination bedrolls/personal shelters handy to protect folks when sleeping on the streets. Operation Nightwatch is the first distributor of Backpack Beds on the West Coast.
What became clear in our distribution was that our supply was woefully short of the demand. We are therefore staging a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5000 for 50 more Backpack Beds by March 31. Go to http://www.razoo.com/story/Backpack-Beds-For-PortlandS-Homeless?referral_code=share to learn more.
And share this information! The way crowdfunding works is that friends tell their friends, and their friends tell their friends . . .
$5000 by 3/31/14! We can do it!
An Intern's Experience at Nightwatch
We are inviting those who would like to intern with us for the next academic year to be in contact with us. Here are some thoughts from our current intern, Juliana DePietro, about her own experience:
Students: Interested in Interning at Nightwatch?
Would you like some valuable social service/nonprofit experience to add to your resume? Consider interning with Nightwatch for 8-10 hours/week for the next academic year.
What can we provide? In addition to that experience, we make you part of the team, valuing your input and creativity. If we ask you to do scut work, it's only the same scut work that the rest of the staff also does. (Note that our Assistant Director, Mikaila Smith, first came to us as an intern, and that our entire crowdfunding campaign outlined above was developed by our current intern, Juliana DePietro.)