Nightwatch to Be Featured in 2016 Give!Guide
We are happy to report that we have once again been chosen to be one of the 142 local non-profits to be featured in Willamette Week's annual holiday Give!Guide.
Almost 300 non-profits were considered, and Nightwatch was considered worthy enough to make the cut.
The Give!Guide campaign will begin in November and will extend through December 31.
Watch for it!
Though Nightwatch is a single organization, it sometimes feels like we have two faces: there's the Downtown Nightwatch, and there's Nightwatch in SE.
The constituents of each Nightwatch--both guests and volunteers-- may have a vague sense that the other exists, but what exactly the other is like may elude them.
Well, here's good news (at least for the Downtown folks)! We now have a professionally produced video created by Blackstone Edge Studios that shows in less than two minutes what Mobile Hospitality Center is all about. You can access it on YouTube by clicking here.
The MHC goes out every Friday night to serve folks in SE along the Springwater Corridor. If you've been a Downtown volunteer and are intrigued enough by what you see in the video to volunteer a night with the MHC, just let us know.
As for our folks in SE . . .
We'll work on getting something similar put together about what goes on Downtown so you can appreciate what goes on there.
A Big Thanks to Our Blanket Unloading Team!
Scratch "Blankets" from our Wish List! We now have 3000 of them stockpiled in a couple of shipping containers awaiting distribution.
When the blankets were on their way from Texas in a 53' semi-trailer, we were more than a little anxious. The livery company inquired whether we had a loading dock and/or a forklift to use in unloading. No, we replied, we only hope to have a group of people to manually do the task. The folks on the other end of the line were clearly not happy with that. "That could take hours," they said.
But arrival day came, and such a great crew of volunteers appeared on the scene that the entire process took only an hour. Even we were surprised at how well everything went.
So thanks to all our team who helped on that day! Because of your efforts, our guests now have blankets to last for a very long time.
The Changing of the Guard
This week Steve Hutchinson will be completing his year with us as our Downtown Program Coordinator. Stepping into the role with Steve's departure will be Christina Lefler.
Steve came to us through Jesuit Volunteer Corps, following in the footsteps of seven previous JVs who served as Program Coordinator. He will, however, be the last of a line. Christina was hired from the wider community and she comes to us with experience working with crisis lines and as a police dispatcher. She also has a background of interacting directly with those experiencing homelessness. In the fall she will be enrolled at Marylhurst University studying art therapy.
Steve has enlisted for a second year with Jesuit Volunteer Corps and has been assigned to a posting in Sitka, Alaska, to work with the developmentally disabled.
Steve's last night at the Downtown Hospitality Center will be this Saturday, July 23. Christina first night on duty will be Thursday, July 28.
Thanks, Steve, for a good year! And welcome, Christina!
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.