Blanket Bonanza Benefits Many
The 3000 blankets we received from the government this summer are receiving a wider distribution than merely through our Nightwatch outlets.
The blankets are designated "disaster blankets," and as homelessness is an ongoing disaster, we've been sharing them with other agencies addressing the need. The Clackamas Service Center, which hosts our SE Hospitality Center, has been given rights to access the shipping containers where the blankets are stored. We have also passed blankets along to Right 2 Dream Too. Finally, we have committed 200 blankets to the proposed new shelter that is to open at the Terminal 1 complex later this year.
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.
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.