"Nightwatch Free University" to Begin in Fall
So you volunteer at Nightwatch because of your social conscience and your desire to help those in need. But all the while you're volunteering here you're gaining knowledge and experience. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a way to gain some certification acknowledging that? Such acknowledgement would certainly look good if you're building a resume, especially if your desired career-path is in the area of non-profit management, social work, or psychology.
Starting this fall, Operation Nightwatch will offer such certification through the Mozilla Foundation's Open Badge Project. The Open Badge Project was initiated by Mozilla out of the recognition that "learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But [because] it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school[, the Open Badge Project seeks] to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web through a shared technical infrastructure."
Naturally, badges would be of little value if they weren't earned. Certain defined standards would need to be met. At Nightwatch, we will be offering several different "modules" through which one can gain a badge. The proposed modules and the requirements for each will look something like this:
∞ HOSPITALITY MODULE
∞ STREET TEAM MODULE
∞ NONVIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING MODULE
∞ HEALTH CARE MODULE
∞ LEADERSHIP TRAINING MODULE (this module is designed for those who would like to establish and run a Nightwatch-like hospitality outreach in their own neighborhood/community--involves extensive training, supervision, and follow-up)
CALLING ALL COOKS!
Have you been trying to find a way to volunteer with Nightwatch that allows you to use your cooking talents? If so, the time has come.
The crew that cooks for our Mobile Hospitality Center on 4th Fridays has decided to retire after over two years of dedicated service. (For which we cannot show enough gratitude- a hundred times, thank you!)
This means that we are looking for a new crew to take over 4th Fridays. The MHC is open from 7-9 pm at the Flavel Max stop. On 4th Fridays, we feed anywhere from 60-90 people so we’re talking about cooking for a crowd. You need not bear the expense of purchasing the food—we can cover that. We can also offer the use of a commercial-grade kitchen. All we need are those who can do the prep/serving.