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.
Would You Like to Come Work for Nightwatch?
You're already served as a volunteer--and maybe even enjoyed it.
Here's an element to add to the enjoyment: to also get paid for it!
At the end of July we will be losing Steve Hutchinson, our downtown Program Coordinator, who is heading to Alaska. We're looking for someone to take Steve's place, working 5 1/2 hours each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the rate of $15/hour.
Are you interested (or know someone else who might be)? You can learned more details, along with info as to how to apply by going to www.operationnightwatch.org/downtownprogramcoordinator2016.pdf.
And if you have more specialized skills, we are also engaged in a search for a mental health specialist to serve at our Downtown Hospitality Center. The job is for 9 hours/week at $22/hr. An MSW is required. For more info about this position, go to www.operationnightwatch.org/mhspecialist2016.pdf.
We are a great team to work for!
Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program Benefits Nightwatch
You can now help out Nightwatch every time you make a purchase at Fred Meyer. All you have to do is sign up for Freddie's Community Rewards program and link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Operation Nightwatch Portland at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. On the site you can either search for Operation Nightwatch by name or by our non-profit number: 84650
Once you've done that, you don't have to bother with anything else. Every time you shop at Freddie's and use your Rewards Card, a donation will automatically be sent to Nightwatch!
You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
Annual Fundraising Campaign is Underway!
Our Annual Fundraising Campaign is out of the starting gate, and we seek your support.
This upcoming year is one in which we have undertaken a new pilot project to bring mental health care too our downtown guests. Indeed, we are currently in the process of interviewing candidates to come on duty as a mental health specialist--someone we hope to have in place by the beginning of June.
But for the program to continue--as well as to continue to bring all the services we offer to our guests--we rely on the generosity of our donors.
Most donors give modest amounts. But we succeed because we have so many of them.
We invite you to join their ranks. If you value the work of Operation Nightwatch, please give today.