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.
Hearty congratulations to Mikaila Smith, who has been serving as Nightwatch's Assistant Director since 2013. Mikaila graduates in June
from Portland State University with her Bachelors of Social Work degree.
Furthermore, she has been accepted into PSU's Masters of Social Work program in its honors track which will allow her to earn her MSW in one year instead of two.
In her capacity as Assistant Director, Mikaila coordinates and supervises all our programs outside downtown. She will continue to balance her AD responsibilities with her academic and internships through her coming Master's year.
We are blessed to have her.
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.)