There are many ways you may choose to volunteer your time and talents with Adopt-A-Native-Elder. It is also an opportunity for you to meet people of all ages in a supportive environment. The mission and activities of the Program are highly dependent on the hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours throughout the year. A variety of opportunities exist for volunteers and many skills are needed to accomplish the wide spectrum of work to complete the mission of the Program.

Most of the needed volunteer hours are divided between activities at the warehouse, on Foodruns, during the summer at the Park City Farmer’s Market, Sheepdog Trials, and at the Annual Rug Show & Sale each November.

Following is a list of activities available for current and new volunteers:


Regular volunteer days are held at the warehouse every Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am as well as on occasional Saturdays. You are welcome to join us on either or both days. Activities include such things as packing food boxes, filling backpacks for school children, filling Christmas stockings, packing Grandma and Grandpa boxes, and many more things.

The warehouse is centrally located just off I15 in the Salt Lake Valley.

  • Tuesday July 3: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
  • Friday July 6: No Volunteer Activities
  • Tuesday July 10: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
  • Friday July 13: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
  • Tuesday July 17: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
  • Friday July 20: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
  • Tuesday July 24: Warehouse Closed
  • Friday July 27: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
  • Tuesday July 31: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30


    Saturday July 28: Food Delivery to Warehouse 9:00 AM

    The food for the fall Food Runs will be delivered Saturday July 29th at 9:00 AM. We need lots of volunteer help to unload and organize all of the food.

    Saturday August 4th & 11th: Food Packing at the Warehouse 8:00 AM

    The fall Food Packing Days will be held on Saturday August 4th and 11th from 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM. This is a great family volunteer activity. Many volunteers are needed!

    Park City Farmers Market: Every Wednesday through August Morning & Afternoon Shifts

    We need volunteers to work morning and afternoon shifts at the Park City Farmers Market every Wednesday through August. If you would like to volunteer please contact Barbara Yamada at: barbyamada@gmail.com

    SPECIAL EVENT: The Weavers' Stories at Red Butte Garden


    Red Butte Garden ~ Orangerie

    5:30 PM-6:00 PM: Navajo Childrens Dancers

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM: Cultural Program

    Authentic Navajo Rugs & Jewelry for sale. 100% rug sale proceeds go directly to the weaver. Weaving Demonstration. Learn about the Native American healing plants found in Red Butte Garden.

    Wonderful free event for the entire family!


    One of the principal purposes of the Program is to provide food, clothing and supplies to Elders on the Navajo Reservation through the Foodruns held every spring and fall. On our spring and fall Foodruns to 12 Reservation communities, volunteers help us to deliver the Rainbow Food boxes, simple medical supplies, wheelchairs, yarn and other special giveaways to the Elders. For the volunteers, the Foodruns provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with and serve the Elders. For those who have adopted an Elder, Foodruns are an opportunity to meet with their grandmas or grandpas.

    You will be enriched by your experiences on the Reservation and with the Navajo people as much as the Elders benefit from you. It is truly a cross-cultural meeting of hearts and hands.

    Click here to download a Driver’s Application for the next available Foodrun.

    For a glimpse of what a Foodrun is like, you click here to visit the Foodrun page.



    Over the years we have provided an important economic support for the Elders in our program and their families. In addition the show has been a major source of information for the general public about the Navajo culture and people. All of these objectives were met by this year's show with overall sales for the event reaching a new record.

    The Rug Show helps Adopt-A-Native-Elder create a market for the Elders’ crafts and raise awareness about the Elders’ needs. The Elders bring rugs, jewelry, and baskets to sell. They return home with all the proceeds from their sales.

    The Elders our program serves are the last generation of traditional indigenous people in the United States. We encourage as many people as possible to come and spend time with the Elders and their families at the Rug Show before their culture and traditions are lost to time.

    This year's Rug Show will be November 9 - 11, 2018 held at the Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.


    Please join us for our 2018 volunteer Rug Show meeting. At this meeting you will hear about the Rug Show updates, see the beautiful Rug Show themed rugs and learn about how to volunteer for the Rug Show.

  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Where: Park City Community Church 4501 N Hwy 224
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Potluck: Please bring a dish to share
  • Questions? 801-474-0535

  • To see a presentation of photos from the show please click on this link. There are many photos here so the download may take a little time.


    Engage with A.N.E. through social media. Help us to spread the word to your own personal networks. Visit our Instagram and Facebook pages and like them and share them with your friends and family. This exponential exposure is a wonderful and easy way to increase awareness of a cultural treasure: Our Traditional Native Elders.

    Inspire people you know to help the Elders. Our support people have worked with their local clubs, churches and other organizations to help raise funds for our projects. For example, you might host a breakfast for friends to encourage them to learn more about the Elders and the Program.