Got Goodies? Share Them With the Christmas Partiers in SE!
The holiday season is approaching, which for many of us is a season of surrounding ourselves with loved ones, sharing meals and traditions, and enjoying the comforts of home and family. For many other people, including those who don’t have housing or connections with loved ones, the holidays can be a tough and lonely time. Here at Nightwatch, we try to provide a place for people to call home and a community for people to call family year round, but especially so around the holidays.
Imagine this: Our guests file through the door of the Clackamas Service Center, wet from the rain, fingers numb from the cold. As they walk in, they are greeted with the bright warmth of holiday decorations and Christmas music playing in the background. As the night progresses, they have their portrait taken, are given a Christmas Stocking filled with goodies like hats and toiletries, and enjoy a warm meal. Then, as the Karaoke Machine gets fired up, our volunteers usher out an array of home-made desserts. There are homemade pumpkin and apple pies, decorated Christmas cookies, homemade cinnamon rolls, just like Grandma used to make them! For a moment, our guests can forget the circumstances that brought them to us, and enjoy the comfort and warmth of the holiday season.
This year, we are throwing our Christmas Party at the Southeast Hospitality Center on December 14th. We will be taking pictures for our guests to share with their family and friends, singing karaoke, and playing Christmas Bingo. But, one thing still seems missing… Where is the personal touch?
We understand that the Christmas Season is a busy time for all of us. Volunteering around this time of year may not be practical, as we are attending to the hustle of bustle of the season. Instead, why don’t you consider sharing a family recipe with your neighbors by dropping off a dessert to the Service Center on the 14th? It is a simple yet powerful way to share the love this holiday season, and it would really help make our Christmas Party a memorable experience this year.
Thank you for your help, we can’t wait to see what you all cook up!
Give!Guide's Schedule of Incentive Days Includes Many Great Premiums
To boost participation in Willamette Week's Give!Guide campaign between now and Christmas, we have put together a great schedule of Incentive Days--at least two a week!
Just contribute $10 or more to Operation Nightwatch on an Incentive Day and be entered into a drawing for that day's prize. Enter on as many days as you like!
Here's the full schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 19: $100 New Seasons gift certificate + bottle of premium Oregon wine
*Thursday, Nov. 21: Ice Cream party for 200 of your friends courtesy of Salt & Straw
Tuesday, Nov. 26: $25 gift certificate for Otto’s Sausage Kitchen + two bags of whole been coffee from First Cup Coffee
*Tuesday, Dec. 3: Trek Allant 7 bike courtesy of Bike Gallery
Thursday, Dec. 5: $25 gift certificate from Sizzle Pie & $25 gift certificate for True Brew Coffee
Tuesday, Dec. 10: $100 makeover at Anastasia Salon
*Thursday, Dec. 12: A case of distilled spirits courtesy of Rogue Distillery
Tuesday, Dec. 17: $100 New Seasons gift certificate + bottle of premium Oregon wine
Thursday, Dec. 19: Weekend cabin on Puget Sound (sleeps 16)
* Give!Guide-wide drawing. Remaining drawings are limited to those to donate thru Give!Guide to Operation Nightwatch
(For Our Volunteers:)
What Our Guests Really Think of You
Our Program Coordinator Jackie held a meeting of our Advisory Council this week. The AC is comprised of a representative group of our guests and the agenda always comes around to what we could do better. When the conversation got around to what feedback they had for our volunteers, things got really interesting.
First of all, it’s clear that our guests really like you. Honestly. That means they’d like to see more of you. That means if you can volunteer, please do. And when you do volunteer, do your best to integrate with them and talk with them. When our Advisory Council members objected to anything, it was to the fact that too often, volunteers spend too much time socializing with each other rather than socializing with them. Don’t just play games with the other volunteers you came with. Mix! Mingle! Our guests really do welcome your company.
At the same time, what those on the Advisory Council said was that they wished that our volunteers would act more professionally. What they seemed to mean by that is that they felt some volunteers seem to get so comfortable with being at Nightwatch that they come to act as if they, too, are a guest. Rather than truly mixing and mingling, they attach to group of guests exclusively, ignoring all the others. That’s not professional because it ignores the needs of the many while playing favorites with a few. Furthermore, when something happens to disrupt camaraderie, our guests expect the volunteers to act, not sit back and expect someone else to handle it. Our guests come to Nightwatch with the expectation that they may relax from their usual routine of getting involved because they can count on the Nightwatch volunteers taking care of them.
It’s good to listen to what our guests have to say. For with Nightwatch being about building relationships, no relationship can ever remain healthy unless we listen and heed.