Adopt-A-Native-Elder (A.N.E.) 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.
The Program is organized in the Native American Spirit of the Giveaway Circle. The Giveaway Circle has a tradition of giving the best that we have. That may be a gift of time, talents or skills, or actual gifts of food and donations. When asked what the boxes of food meant to her, Ruth Benally explained that they were like "miracles from the sky." The miracle is the letters and gifts that arrive from people that they don't know and may never meet.
For over 30 years, Adopt-A-Native-Elder has used an integrated approach to go beyond charity to assist indigent Elders on the Navajo Reservation in Utah and Arizona.
HOW YOU CAN HELP$300 Adoption & Yearly Support matches you with an Elder and provides your Elder with food that Adopt-A-Native-Elder delivers on our twice annual Food Run delivery.
$200 Firewood Voucher helps an Elder to heat their home and to cook their meals.
$25 Food Certificates may be purchased to supplement an 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.
One hundred percent of your donation to any of these assistance programs goes directly to an Elder.
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).
TUESDAYS: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
FRIDAYS: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Activities include such things as packing food boxes and other necessities that the Elders need for the spring and fall Food Runs, filling backpacks and Christmas stockings for school children, and packing Grandma and Grandpa boxes. Your volunteer time with us will be rewarding for you and provide much needed assistance for the Elders.
Please click the link below to join us!
FALL FOOD RUN SCHEDULEAUGUST 28-31: Navajo Mountain, Kayenta, Oljato
Truck Loading: Friday, August 25
SEPTEMBER 27-30: Many Farms, Forest Lake, Tsaile
Truck Loading: Monday, September 25
OCTOBER 2-5: Big Mountain, Sanders, Teesto
Truck Loading: Friday, September 29
OCTOBER 9-13: Leupp, Dilkon, Birdsprings, Tolani Lake
Truck Loading: Friday, October 6
Please click on the Food Runs tab above to learn more.
SAVE THE DATES!ONLINE RUG SHOW: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2023 6:00pm MST
2023 THEME: THE NATURALS
SCOTTSDALE RUG SHOW: FEBRUARY 16, 17 & 18, 2024