TRADITIONAL ELDERS LIVING ON THE NAVAJO RESERVATION FACE FOOD INSECURITY EVERYDAY
Presently, approximately 700 Navajo Elders are enrolled as "adopted" Elders in Adopt-A-Native-Elder. Additionally, several hundred more people who live in poverty in remote locations on the Reservation receive some form of assistance from our program in the form of food and/or vouchers for firewood.
Although families help their Elders, conditions exist that make our assistance essential. As Elders age, their ability to work diminishes while basic requirements for food, firewood for cooking and heating, mobility equipment and simple medical supplies increase.
For over 30 years, Adopt-A-Native-Elder (A.N.E.) has used an integrated approach to go beyond charity to assist indigent Elders on the Navajo Reservation in Utah and Arizona.
Adopt-A-Native-Elder serves to help reduce extreme poverty and hardship facing traditional Elders living on the Navajo Reservation. A.N.E. is a trusted humanitarian organization focused on delivering food, medical supplies, firewood and other forms of Elder support. Respecting the tradition and dignity of Navajo Elders, we create relationships and honor and serve the Elders.
Adopt-A-Native-Elder founder and CNN Hero, Linda Myers has served as an inspiration and guiding light to countless people. Through her love of the Elders, she has created an organization and a mission for thousands of individuals to join hands, open their pocketbooks, and roll up their sleeves to make life a little more secure for our indigenous grandmas and grandpas. To learn more, please click on the CNN Heroes video.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
$250 yearly Adoption of an Elder provides an Elder with food, delivered twice a year at our Food Runs.
$100 Firewood Voucher helps an Elder to heat their home and to cook their meals.
$25 Food Certificates may be purchased to supplement the Elders throughout the year.
$50 Yarn Bundles may be ordered for a weaver to make a small rug to sell. You may also purchase a weaver’s rug from our website. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the weaver.
Throughout the over three decades of A.N.E.’s existence, the vital cog that makes our program work is all of you, our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and support people. Without you, we would not be able to provide food, medical supplies, yarn, and firewood for the Elders.
We ask for your help. Please take some time to engage your friends, families, and neighbors. Tell them about the plight of the Elders and how they can help. Thank you!
VOLUNTEER AT OUR SALT LAKE CITY OFFICE (328 West Gregson Ave.)
Your volunteerism greatly helps us to support Elders on the Navajo Reservation. When we work together, we have the power to create a better world.
The Adopt-A-Native-Elder warehouse is centrally located just off I15 in Salt Lake City at 328 W. Gregson Ave (3100 South & 300 West).
Tuesday: Mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am or afternoons from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
Wednesday: Mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Fridays: Mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am or afternoons from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
Activities include such things as packing food boxes, packing medical boxes, filling backpacks for school children, filling Christmas stockings, packing Grandma and Grandpa boxes, and many more activities.