Social Support Volunteer - Peer Social Groups
Through the COVID-19 crisis, several Nevadans were socially isolated and experiencing loneliness. The NEST Collaborative first considered homebound elders needing community resources. The NEST Collaborative now aims to continue to support any elders and adults living with disabilities across Nevada through several programs. The Peer Social Group opportunity connects Volunteers and Participants with a virtual social group held by Zoom or teleconference. For one hour per week, the volunteer hosts a group of up to five Participants with a goal of creating an interdepedent system of mutual social support. If a Participant expresses a need during their group, the Volunteer will follow up afterwards to refer any need to the Nevada aging- and social- services network to connect the Participant with local resources. Volunteers serve under a Guide mentor to assist them with their Participants and answer questions. Volunteers are expected to attend a 30-minute virtual cohort huddle with their Guide and other Volunteers once per week.
Training is conducted entirely virtually through a set of online, self-paced webinars (approximately 2 hours) followed by two days aof live sessions with a trainer (3.5 hours by Zoom videoconference per day).
About The NEST Collaborative
1664 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 0274, Reno, NV 89557, US
The NEST Collaborative (NEST = Nevada Ensures Support Together) fosters relationships and community by harnessing the power of a statewide coalition to provide virtual, volunteer-hosted social support and technology assistance with a special focus on connecting and engaging older adults, veterans, and adults living with disabilities.
The NEST Collaborative launched on April 1st, 2020 with Nevada CAN (COVID-19 Aging Network) as the program initiative of their Social Support Action Team. The program first served homebound elders across Nevada through virtual, volunteer-hosted, social support and assistance meeting essential needs during COVID. Since then, we have expanded to support not only elders, but also adults living with disabilities and veterans. We promote friendly conversation amongst our Volunteers and Participants as an opportunity for mutual support and connection to local resources when essential needs are not met.
This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.
August 18, 2021
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 1-2 hours a week
- Weekly 30-minute meeting attendance