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

How NEST Works
With one phone call, NEST members access:


Family members feel less stressed and isolated.
Neighbors of all ages become more deeply engaged in their communities.
Neighborhoods feel safer and more friendly.
Businesses see more customers and become more closely linked with their neighborhood.
NEST Members receive dignified assistance when and if they want it, connections with their community, and can stay in the houses and neighborhoods they love.

Why NEST Works
NE Seattle residents value community and inter-generational relationships.NEST Casa Latina Group

NEST works because we make it easier for people to connect in the ways that they want to connect. Whether for social activities or a hand around the house, NEST connects neighbors.

Within NEST each person has something to give, and everyone benefits.

North East Seattle Together builds a sustainable, inter-generational community that supports neighbors in growing older together with confidence, joy and peace of mind.

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.

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED: NEST volunteers have the chance to provide the extra helping hand and neighborly support that makes it easier and safer for our Northeast Seattle neighbors to stay in their homes as they age.

Volunteers can:

Provide transportation to doctors visits, grocery stores, hair appointments, and much more
Assist with computer and internet use
Help in the garden
Facilitate a member group
Climb a ladder
Work in the NEST office
Take a walk
Extend a friendly visit
Plan events
NEST volunteers have the freedom and flexibility to say yes or no to any volunteering opportunity. Depending on your interests and availability, volunteering can be something you do regularly each week, a one time gig, or something in between. NEST volunteers get to do whatever feels comfortable to them.