The following is a guest post from North East Seattle Together (NEST), a grass-roots community dedicated to ensuring that as we grow older, we can continue to live safely and confidently in our own homes, in the neighborhoods we love. For much more information on NEST, including opportunities to give through donations of time or money, check out their beautiful website!
Thanks to many Wedgwood residents, 2012 has been a breakthrough year for North East Seattle Together (NEST). As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, NEST serves residents living south of N.E. Northgate Way/110th Street, north of the ship canal, east of Interstate 5, and west of Lake Washington. NEST connects neighbors through a network of trusted volunteers and vendors, and many wellness, educational, and social activities. Many of you have supported NEST since 2009 and are now members, volunteers and business sponsors this year.
NEST’s 2012 accomplishments:
- 53 members
- 85 volunteers who provide more than 100 hours of service each month
- 30 trusted vendors who provide prompt services to our members
- 4 local business sponsors (Thank you Pacific Medical Centers, Key Bank, Kattermans Pharmacy, Homestreet Bank!) and growing …
- 2 social work interns and 1 Americorp volunteer make up our dedicated staff
- New logo and website design, www.nestseattle.org
What NEST members and volunteers are saying.
NEST Members perspectives:
Nobody else goes everywhere you need. Nobody else is so accommodating. Personally I regained a lot of my independence. ~ Irene, age 98
NEST helps provide greater possibilities for older people in our Village to be known & supported to live in our homes & that our quality of life is recognized as important. ~Penny
NEST Volunteers say:
It would be difficult to say who is helping who when it comes to being a driver for Nest. Every occasion of providing some needed transportation to a NEST member has afforded me with a delightful experience: meeting interesting new people, stimulating conversation, and definite inspiration. I realize the how limiting it is when one loses the ability to drive, it is truly my pleasure to assist. ~Sharon
It’s funny that I work in computers, and I spend 9 or 10 hours a day on them, and it’s stressful and it feels like work. But then I do 30 minutes of helping someone that needs help at NEST, and it just fills my day, and I am all energized and I feel good about what I do. ~ Wedgwood resident, Pallavi
By this time next year NEST is working toward supporting 100 NEST members and 200 volunteers. Contact NEST at 206.525.6378 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about becoming a member, business sponsor or volunteer. NEST’s monthly newsletter is an easy way to stay up to date. Sign up HERE.