My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Operation Nightwatch Portland, Portland, OR, USA
I began volunteering with ONW about twelve years ago. I have to say that it has been the most satisfying and fulfilling volunteer work I have ever done. Recently I have started and art class on Thursday nights where we do various projects and just generally have a good time together. ONW is a place that gives a sense of community, not just to the people we serve, but to us as volunteers as well. I consider the men and women there more than people I am serving, they are my friends. Living on the fringes of society can be extremely isolating, and what ONW does is to give folks a hand out of that isolation, a place to come and feel like family. I should mention that I am also a board member at ONW, but I count it my greatest privelidge to spend time at the center volunteering and offering my friendship to those who most need a friend. We hand out sanwhiches and provide coffee, do some light set-up and clean-up, but it is the conversations, discussion, card games, and scrabble that are the heart of what we do. I go on Thursdays to offer my friendship, and receive the same.