COVID-19 Update

NEST has always been concerned for the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and the community we serve- but most especially during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the NEST Office via email or at (206) 525-6378.

If you are…

… a member concerned for your safety and trying to practice social distancing:
As the recent outbreak of Coronavirus continues to spread, we want you to know that NEST has your back. We are here to support you in any way that we can as we navigate this time together. NEST is working on creating programming during this unprecedented event that will help keep you engaged in your community with appropriate social distancing measures and other strategies to keep you healthy and safe. We will be making phone calls and sending out emails to keep you informed about upcoming virtual events. We encourage you to read through our page on social distancing and COVID-19 to learn more about what that means for you and your loved ones. You might also want look at our Resources page for information on how restaurants and grocery stores are here to help during this time.

… a community member who wants to know how they can volunteer:
Thank you so much for thinking of us. We cannot express enough how important the support of our community is; most especially in this unprecedented time. Please visit our volunteer page to learn more about opportunities to help our more vulnerable members. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to our Director of Operations at

… a community or family member who wants to help from afar:
Your financial support has never been more critical. Please consider donating to support NEST as we try and create innovative solutions to keep our members active, engaged, and independent without sacrificing their health or safety. This crisis is taking a toll on the aging population across the world and NEST is just at the beginning of what could turn into a long uphill battle. We understand that this is a tough time for a lot of people for a lot of reasons and we only ask this of you if it is within your means at this time. If you have any questions or would like to make sure your donation supports a certain program or service offered by NEST, feel free to contact our Communications and Development Manager at

… a senior in the area who would like to learn more about NEST and how we may be able to support you:
Visit our membership page to learn more about the kinds of services we offer or contact the NEST Office at (206) 535-6378 or to speak to our staff directly. We understand the concerns you may have about your health and we want to help. Please visit our social distancing and COVID-19 pages to learn more about the virus and how it may affect you.

Class and Event Cancellations

With the state-wide Stay at Home order in effect until at least April 30, 2020, NEST will be transitioning to online models for as many events and classes as possible. Make sure you are on our newsletter mailing list to get the most up-to-date information about these changes.

Visit our Virtual Events page to learn how to access virtual NEST events that are free and open to the public from your own home.

This page will be updated with any further closures or cancellations.

For More Information

Check these websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information:
King County Public Health
Washington State Department of Health
Snohomish Health District

Stay Healthy!

To prevent yourself and others from getting sick:

-Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Stay home when you’re sick.
-If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
-Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
-Getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress can help you prevent getting COVID-19 and recover from it if you do.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-If you or a loved one are ill or suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes, chronic heart disease, respiratory conditions or illnesses that weaken the immune system, consider restricting your out of home activities since you are more susceptible to illness.
-Make sure your vaccinations are up to date and be sure to get a flu shot if you have not.
-CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
-Avoid travel to countries with sustained spread of COVID-19. Information about travel to specific countries can be found here through the CDC.
-Ensure your home emergency preparedness kits are up to date.
-Do not show prejudice to people of Asian descent because of fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19.
-Rely on trusted sources like the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be wary of false information that may spread through social media.

North East Seattle Together (NEST)

NEST is a “virtual village” located in Northeast Seattle that also serves as the area’s senior center. We serve the 13 neighborhoods east of I-5, north of the Montlake Ship Canal and south of NE Northgate Way/NE 110th St. Villages are vibrant, intergenerational communities building connections between neighbors. With 180 members, 170 volunteers, over 400 member gatherings, and 200 events open to the public each year, NEST is one of the nation’s most active villages. Learn more.

Our Vision

To live in a community where no one has to grow older alone

Our Mission

To give our neighbors choices for staying independent, active and connected