There are many ways you may choose to volunteer your time and talents with Adopt-A-Native-Elder. 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.
This brochure provides a further look at what it’s like to volunteer with our 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:
VOLUNTEER AT OUR SALT LAKE CITY WAREHOUSE (328 West Gregson Ave.)
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. 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 April 10th: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
- Fridayday April 13th: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Tuesday April 17th: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Friday April 20th: Truck Loading 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Friday April 20th: Drivers Meeting 5:30 PM
- Tuesday April 24th: No Volunteer Activities
- Friday April 27th: Truck Loading 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Tuesday May 1st: No Volunteer Activities
- Friday May 4th: Truck Loading 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Tuesday May 8th: No Volunteer Activities
- Friday May 11th: No Volunteer Activities
- Tuesday May 15th: No Volunteer Activities
- Friday May 18th: Regular Volunteer Activities 9:00 AM – 11:30
ATTEND A FOODRUN: A JOURNEY OF THE HEART
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.
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.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL NAVAJO RUG SHOW & SALE IN NOVEMBER
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.
This year's Rug Show will be November 9 - 11, 2018 held at the Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. We will post more information with dates for upcoming Rug Show volunteer meetings when the dates become available.
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.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP HELP FROM A DISTANCE: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.