My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Operation Nightwatch Portland, Portland, OR, USA
I have been volunteering with Nightwatch in some capacity since I was in the 4th grade, then as a Girl Scout, involved in making the stockings that have become a staple of the annual Holiday Party, and now as a volunteer at the center.
Over the past 17 years I have come to truly love and appreciate the work that is being done at Nightwatch. Although recently, I have not been as regular a volunteer as I would have liked I still feel as though my time and input are valued when I do make it down to the center. I have also come to understand how much hard work and dedication it takes to make Nightwatch happen, from organizing and encouraging volunteer attendance to moving sites, to caring for each and every guest.
When people ask me about Nigthwatch it's always a challenge to explain to them what exactly "it" is, we're so much more than just a hospitality center. Beyond offering coffee and sandwiches to our guests Nightwatch serves as a solid and consistent part of many of our guests' lives, something many of them would not otherwise have. This consistency comes in the form of caring volunteers and regular staff members that are always there to lend an ear, share a story or just play a game of Pictionary.
And, although we have always been affiliated with a church, most recently St. Stephen's, I have really appreciated the fact that we are not a religious organization, nor do we attempt to "preach" to our guests.
I believe that Nightwatch, as an organization, has become a pillar of downtown Portland; giving guests the opportunity to get a warm cup of coffee, get out of the weather and volunteers the opportunity to meet members of a community that are too often dismissed as less than worthy of our attention.
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