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Operation Nightwatch Portland
October 18, 2012

I used to pass homeless people on the street and walk faster, turn the other cheek and pretend not to notice, I now realize how wrong I was in doing so. Operation Nightwatch is a beautiful organization that works to fight social isolation among Portland's homeless population. We offer basic services for health, nutrition and hygiene, but most of all we offer our time. A majority of people living on the street have no one to talk to, no one to listen to problems and stories, and no one to just carry a decent conversation with. Nightwatch offers a safe and hospitable environment for those in need. I have been a volunteer for about six months and in this time I have learned so much about the power of kindness, hospitality, and a simple smile.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience opened my eyes to how dehumanized the homeless have become to society. I never really thought about the homeless as people with a past, present, and future as we all are. I feel that we often people just label a person homeless with no other thoughts or consideration. Coming here has made me happy. Happy to make others happy, but also the enjoyment I gain from coming here is invaluable to me. I have made friends here and among them I feel I can be truly myself just as they are with me. Its a beautiful thing to share with someone.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer