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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if NEST is for me?

NEST is for everyone! We offer a network of resources for people who want to engage more deeply with the neighborhood where they live. They also may have decided to no longer drive, climb ladders, and/or navigate life on their own. Instead of being about need, NEST is about community and choice.

Rather than feeling dependent, our members tell us that as a result of being a NEST member they feel more connected, and experience more freedom, peace of mind, and confidence. Some members tap into NEST weekly at our social and learning events, others consider their NEST membership as insurance; they are glad we are there when they want us.

Bottom line? In the process of neighbors helping neighbors, whether for social and learning activities or for neighborly and professional support, we are creating the type of neighborhoods we each want to grow older in.

I have helpful adult children in the area. Do I need NEST?

We are glad that you have a support network close by. We also know that sometimes, even the most helpful friends and family are not always available. As a Full Access Member, you bring 300 people to your team. Some people find that calling NEST is quicker and less stressful than relying on family. Ultimately though, you decide if family, NEST, or someone else is the best resource for you for any request you may have.

NEST is more than the volunteer services we provide. We offer opportunities for connection, enriching and engaging activities and events, and a network of neighbors you may not have otherwise met.

What if I don’t want to be indebted to others?

You won’t be indebted to anyone; you’re paying for everything you receive through NEST. We understand that asking for a helping hand from a neighbor can be a vulnerable experience. One reason why NEST works is that we match people who want help with those who want to provide help. All of our volunteers want to engage with their communities more deeply, and we encourage them to say YES and NO with equal ease. So the people who drive you to an appointment, or climb your ladder, or fix your computer really want to be there. Rather than feeling indebted to our volunteers, both you and volunteers end up feeling a stronger sense of connection with each other. And, as one member said, “Gosh, I didn’t realize I was going to meet such nice people!”

Where do my membership dues go?

Membership dues comprise 40% of NEST’s annual income. NEST is a smart and frugal steward of your membership dues and donations. 30% of NEST’s operating budget goes to expenses such as rent and office supplies, with the remainder is for staffing two employees. Thanks to the contributions of volunteers and interns, NEST is able to keep our staffing needs at a sustainable level. For more information, read our most recent Annual Report.

Are my membership dues tax-deductible?

Yes! $200 of your membership dues are tax-deductible. We include documentation information for your records in your membership welcome letter.

Do you offer financial assistance for membership dues?

Yes. The NEST Benefits Program offers subsidized memberships to alleviate the financial strain on those who want to join NEST, but know that our membership dues could impact their ability to tend to their basic needs such as food, home, and health. Please contact the office at 206-525-6378 or for more information.