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.
Students: Interested in Interning at Nightwatch?
Would you like some valuable social service/nonprofit experience to add to your resume? Consider interning with internshipNightwatch 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 the Portland Panty Project was brought to birth by our current intern, Ashley Garber.)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Executive Director, But Were Afraid to Ask
OK, so maybe on your "need to know" scale, this doesn't register toward the top.
But you've may have seen him around and may be curious about his backstory. What brought him to Nightwatch? What motivates him to keep going? And especially, what's his opinion of the volunteers?
The online zine, "Pregame," published an interview last week with Nightwatch's Executive Director, and the full text is available for the reading. You can read it by clicking here.
(There won't be a quiz at the end.)
Walk for NAMI
Help our partner NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) make a statement that mental health matters! No one should be discriminated against because of a mental illness, or be afraid to ask for help. Funds raised help support NAMI programs, which are offered at no costs to participants.
Join NAMI on its 14th Annual NAMIWalks Northwest event! It will be held on Sunday, May 15 on the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland, with registration beginning at noon and the walk itself starting at 1 p.m. The goal: $250,000!