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"
Nightwatch Could Use Some Daytime Help
Nightwatch has no support staff. All of our personnel positions is defined by important organizational and supervisory responsibilities, and up to now, each staffer has had to assume his/her own correlative administrative duties.
This arrangement worked fine while Nightwatch remained small-scale. But with 5 sites now in operation, a budget that has grown substantially, and more clamoring for our services, our staff, while trying to be responsive, is being increasingly bogged down in mundane tasks, blunting its effectiveness. It's hard to write grant proposals when time is spent waiting in line at the post office!
So while "volunteer" in the past has typically meant someone who works in the evening at our Hospitality Centers, we could certainly use some daytime volunteers to help in some support tasks.
Do you have some daytime availability? What we could particularly use now are volunteers who can help us with clerical tasks (data entry, errand-running, correspondence, etc.), and handyman work (to fix little things that break, particularly on the Mobile Hospitality Center).
Find Your Way to "Find Your Way"
Back in August, our Downtown Hospitality Center was a venue for the Portland Film Festival, where our guests were treated to a special screening of a “Find Your Way,” a documentary on street musicians.
“Find Your Way,” by Brian Nunes, is now available to the public. It can be rented or purchased on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Stalking Stocking Support
Our Christmas Party at the Downtown Hospitality Center is set for Friday, December 19. It will be held at our SE Hospitality Center the following day, Saturday, December 20.
At both parties, Christmas stockings are distributed to our guests. The stockings are stuffed with practical things: soaps, shampoos, razors, lotions, sewing kits, lip balm, a knit cap, and gloves. And just for fun (because Christmas should be fun, too), each set of stockings carries a deck of playing cards. Even the stockings are practical--rather than being the decorative types you might hang over a fireplace, they are honest-to-goodness socks, so that once they are emptied, they can be worn.
This past week, in order to have enough items to stuff 200 stockings, we ordered $1000 worth of materials. It was $1000 we don't have.
But we have faith in others who want our guests to have a good Christmas. Do the math, and you'll know that each set of stuffed stockings costs $5. For $5, you could be a provider of Christmas stockings to one of our guests.
How many sets would you like to donate?