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Nevada Golden Connection

(Formerly known as NEST)

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History

 

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020, Nevadans were urged to adhere to a 'stay-at-home' order. Amidst uncertainty, a collective of aging services professionals recognized a critical need: safeguarding Nevadans from the perils of social isolation. Thus, the NEST Collaborative was established—a volunteer-led initiative dedicated to mitigating loneliness among elders, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

In 2024, the NEST Collaborative transitioned its name to Nevada Golden Connection.

Since its inception, Nevada Golden Connection (formerly NEST Collaborative) has supported 350 Nevadans, amassing a total of 6,498.5 volunteer hours. We extend heartfelt gratitude for your invaluable contributions in fostering stronger, more connected communities. Thank you for positively impacting the lives of those you serve.

 

Nevada Golden Connection Program Aims:
  • Offer social support during periods of loneliness and social isolation.

  • Provide a virtual platform for participants and volunteers to engage.

  • Emphasize the significance of reciprocal relationships.

  • Clarify that volunteers offer informal social support rather than case management.

  • Provide support to volunteers throughout their service.

 

Three ways Nevada Golden Connection can help:

Nevada Golden Connection Call

  • Participants receive friendly calls up to twice a week from RSVP volunteers.

  •  Participants and volunteers engage in reciprocal conversations, discussing activities, hobbies, and life stories.

  •  Volunteers offer informal social support and receive ongoing assistance.

 

Nevada Golden Connection Groups

  • Participants convene in small videoconference groups to establish mutual support networks.

  • Groups, led by dedicated volunteers, meet online once a week in an informal setting with 6-8 participants.

Nevada Golden Connection Tech

  • Participants seeking technology assistance can connect with Tech Volunteers for one-to-one support via telephone.

  • Utilize platforms such as Zoom, email, and social media for seamless communication and connection.​​

See our other programs.

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