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The NEST Collaborative

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Through the COVID-19 crisis, several Nevadans were socially isolated and experiencing loneliness. The NEST Collaborative partnered with Nevada Department of Veterans to offer a special opportunity called Heroes for Heroes: https://veterans.nv.gov/heroes/

Heroes for Heroes volunteers provide virtual social support to residents of the Northern and Southern Nevada Veterans Homes, along with homebound veterans or those a part of military families across the State.

One-to-One Calls: Volunteers call a list of up to five veterans up to twice weekly for a friendly conversation and check-in. Volunteers refer any additional needs of veterans in the community to appropriate local veteran resources.

Peer Social Groups: Volunteer host virtual social groups via Zoom or teleconference of up to five veterans. Groups have yet to be launched, but would aim to create an interdependent system of mutual social support amongst veterans. The Volunteer facilitates conversation and helps builds those connections.

Volunteers serve under a Guide who is themselves an employee or volunteer of the Nevada Department of Veteran Services. Volunteers are expected to a attend a cohort huddle with their Guide and other Volunteers in their cohort for 30 minutes once per week.

Training is conducted entirely virtually through a set of online, self-paced webinars (approximately 2 hours) followed by two days of live sessions with a trainer (3.5 hours by Zoom videoconference per day). Volunteers receive an in-depth training with an emphasis on veteran culture and communication. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of one year of volunteer service.

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About The NEST Collaborative

Location:

1664 N Virginia St, Mail Stop 0274, Reno, NV 89557, US

Mission Statement

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.

Description

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.

Community
People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-5 hours a week
  • Weekly 30-minute meeting attendance

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