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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – celebrates anniversary with Nancy Pearl public event

February 24th, 2013 by Support Staff

The year-old senior “village” that supports seniors in their own homes  is celebrating its anniversary next month with an evening with librarian Nancy Pearl.

In its first year providing services, 55 people between the ages of 60-98 have become members of North East Seattle Together (NEST) .

Esther, a 77-year-old Ravenna resident said, “I feel so relieved since joining NEST. Over the past year, I have gained confidence in asking for help. Now I am developing a list of things that I am not going to do on my own. I feel confident in calling and asking NEST for help.”

Transportation, social connections, technology assistance and household maintenance are members’ top requests. To date, more than 100 volunteers have been trained to support NEST members with errands, household tasks, and rides to medical appointments, the hairdresser, or the grocery store.

Volunteer Sharon Greenberg says, “NEST members do not sit around watching TV all day.”

NEST, a 501(c)3 non-profit, serves seniors in the area roughly from Northgate Way south to the ship canal, and from Interstate 5 east to Lake Washington.

NEST is celebrating its first anniversary with “An Evening with Nancy Pearl” held on Sunday, March 24th.  For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – launches with office, executive director

January 10th, 2012 by Support Staff

Update Jan. 14: Channel 13,, has covered NEST’s launch. Click here for the video.


Watch video to see what NEST will do

North East Seattle Together  – the new “virtual village for seniors” – has hired an executive director and opened its office in the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood.

It is now recruiting Founding Members who will be the first to benefit from the community and support services that NEST will provide to keep seniors safe in their own homes. Founding Members can begin enjoying NEST’s services on February 14, 2012, with the full public launch occurring on May 1.

Many neighbors have followed NEST’s progress for more than a year, watching as it organized, became a 501(c)3 and begin significant fundraising. It was  featured in the Seattle Times and by KUOW Public Radio.  More than 650 people asked to be added to its mailing lists, and over 150 volunteered to help NEST help seniors when as it prepared to launch.

NEST is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization which will be supported primarily by membership dues.  It will serve 14 neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood, View Ridge and the University District – with a wide assortment of services, including transportation, simple household tasks, shopping and many, many more activities that are described on its website.

NEST’s new executive director, Judy Kinney, has worked for decades as a community builder, social services leader, business owner and life coach. She is deeply committed to NEST’s mission.  Earlier this month Judy opened the first NEST office, at 5751 33rd Ave. N.E., inside Ravenna United Methodist Church.

For more information email NEST or call Judy at 206-525-6378.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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