Operation Nightwatch
Serving Portland's Street Population Since 1981




Donation Item Wishlist:

  • Blankets / sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Backpacks
  • Tarps / Rain gear
  • Books
  • Playing cards
  • Razors
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons
  • Puma athletic socks (Costco) for foot clinic special needs (Men's Crew 6-12)
  • Winter appropriate shoes/boots (male 10-13 / female 7-9)

If you would like to donate any of the listed items above, please contact us to organize the delivery.

As a small organization, every dollar that we bring in makes an impact.

Make an Online Donation

The easiest way to make a donation is by clicking the “Donate” button.


Become a Nightwatch Lamplighter

A Nightwatch Lamplighter is someone who commits to making a regularly recurring donation, either on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis. These donations help us in our work by providing us with a reliable stream of income throughout the year.

Any size of monthly gift is welcome. However, you may want to determine the amount by the good it can accomplish:

  •  $8 a month will buy us one blanket for distribtuion
  • $12 a month will provide us with enough pairs of socks for one night
  • $118 will pay for an entire weekend’s expenses for the Hospitality Center
  • $227 will meet the publication expenses of one bi-monthly newsletter
  • $500 will satisfy two week’s rent at St. Stephen's

Lamplighters not only receive exclusive updates from the Executive Director but are also invited to special "behind the scenes" events throughout the year.         

You can commit to a regularly recurring donation by clicking the "Donate" button and indicating such on our donation page. Monthly gifts can also be made regularly by automatic funds transfer from your bank account, or by directly giving by means of cash, check, or credit card.

Become a Lamplighter, and help us to keep the light shining!

Donate to a Dedicated Fund

Operation Nightwatch has several funds set aside for special purposes:

  • Blankets/Socks Fund

Of the items we distribute to our guests, blankets and socks are those in greatest demand. Even in summer, sleeping outside without a blanket can be miserable; in the winter, it can be fatal. Through a direct arrangement with the factory, we can purchase new blankets for $8 apiece.

To those who are on their feet for most of the day, clean, dry socks also not only contribute to comfort, but also to health. Again, through an arrangement with the manufacturer, we can purchase 180 pairs of socks for under $100.

  • Endowment Fund

The Operation Nightwatch Endowment Fund is about the future. By building an endowment, we seek to guarantee that the ministry of Nightwatch will continue for a long time to come.

Contributions to any of these funds can be made by clicking the "Donate" button.

Donation Tools for a Tight Budget

We know it can be tough to donate when you don’t have a lot to give. That’s why we’ve partnered with a handful of online tools that let you donate while doing what you already do!

  • Goodsearch donates $.01 to cause of your choice every time you use its search engine (powered by Yahoo!). All you need to do is make a free account, and choose us as your charity when you search. 
  • Goodshop donates a percentage of your purchase to us when you shop at several online venues (including Expedia, Jet Blue, Virgin Atlantic, Best Buy, REI, Target and more!)
  • Amazon Smile donates .05% of eligible product purchases to the charity of your choice, at no cost to you.

Believe it or not, simply becoming a Twitter follower or a Facebook friend of Operation Nightwatch can also help us out financially. That's because when we apply for foundation grants, the number of our followers and friends is often considered a telling metric for how much support Nightwatch has in the wider community. So become a Twitter follower and a Facebook friend of ours today!