Mission: NEST (North East Seattle Together) is a grass-roots community bringing together individuals, families, seniors, students, business owners and community organizations to ensure that as we grow older, we can continue to live safely and confidently in our homes, in the neighborhoods we love.
NEST is a 501(c)3 non-profit grass-roots community in Northeast Seattle. By providing a strong support network through volunteers and trusted business referrals, older residents can stay in their homes, and stay engaged in the neighborhoods they love for as long as possible. NEST serves the neighborhoods north of the Montlake Ship Canal, south of Northgate Way & NE 110th Street, west of Lake Washington, and east of Interstate-5. The NEST idea is based on a national model called the “virtual village model.” Currently there are about 120 virtual villages actively serving across the United States and many more in the works.
To do this, NEST does three things:
- matches members with volunteers to assist with daily tasks like transportation, household tasks, and staying physically active.
- organizes events and activities for learning and fun
- maintains a list of pre-screened professionals and discounts at local businesses
Other Ways to Get Involved:
No matter what your interests are or what your schedule is like, you can make a difference with NEST. These fun and rewarding NEST projects will leave you feeling gratified and in tune with your community!
Member Services Volunteer - Member Service Volunteers work in the NEST office to connect NEST members with their volunteer and vendor networks, and end up connecting meaningfully with members themselves! They are seeking volunteers who are available for a three hour shift Friday mornings between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Friendly Visitor - Have flexible daytime hours? Set up a weekly visit with a NEST member, and help them out with a few chores while you’re there. Play a board game, enjoy lively conversations, and create a lasting friendship with your neighbor, all while helping them keep up with their dishes.
Men’s Group facilitator - Volunteer facilitators help conversation flow easily and evenly in the group, and work closely with NEST staff to develop topics for discussion. Their Men’s Group meets at the NEST office from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm every Friday. These guys love to laugh and are full of amazing stories!
NEST Birthday Brigade - These volunteers deliver cupcakes and good cheer to NEST members on their birthdays. Popping by for a quick and festive visit brightens everyone’s day, and usually results in a cute selfie or two!
NEST Special Event Committee- Like planning events? Join the Special Event Committee, and bring their Spring Fundraising Dinner to life! Work closely with NEST staff and committee members to make this annual event a success.
Drop in Visitor - Want to visit with NEST members, but don’t have a free hour and half every week? Be a Drop-in visitor, and stop by a member’s house a few times a month for a cup of coffee and a little catching up. Volunteer in your neighborhood, and make a close friend around the block.