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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Food, Food Programs

Mission: ANE supports impoverished Navajo Elder weavers living in remote areas of UT and AZ reservations. We help them sell their rugs online and at rug shows, and provide humanitarian aid to Elders who are too disabled to support themselves.  Each Spring and Fall volunteers pack and deliver food and supplies to 11 areas of reservation in community gatherings called Food Runs.  For the annual November Deer Valley Rug Show ANE brings Elder weavers and their family to Park City, provides for their lodging and food, and all of the money from the sale of their rugs goes to the weavers.  Elders in the program are 75-108 years old, many do not speak English, many heat with wood and do not have running water in their homes.  ANE has received Charity Navigator''s 4-star top rating for fiscal responsibility three years in a row. 

Target demographics: the Elders age 75 and older with basic needs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 Elders and about 3000 family members

Geographic areas served: the Navajo reservation in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona

Programs: Semi-Annual Food Runs: May and October we pack and deliver food boxes and fresh food to 500 Elders and their families. Along with food we provide simple medicines and appropriate clothing and working tools.

Rug Show and Sale: At the Elder's request we have provided a show and sale for their traditional weavings. Each November the three day event brings Weavers and their families to Park City. All proceeds go directly to the weaver. Grants and donations cover the expenses of the show.

Elder Adoption Program: In the Native tradition of adoption, we connect traditional Elders over 65 with individuals willing to adopt them. The obligation is providing food boxes twice a year and providing other needed items as the adopting individual can provide.

For the Children: During the semi-annual food runs we deliver children's boxes that contain school supplies and other needed items for young people living with the traditional Elders.

For the Forgotten: Many of our Elders are well over 90 years old and do not speak or read English. These forgotten Elders have special medical and health related needs we try to fill with donations and support of volunteers.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopt a Native Elder has been very generous and supportive of American Indian education. They have donated to Nebo Indian Education brand new backpacks filled with school supplies, coats, mittens, beanies, Christmas stockings filled with goodies and countless other donations. Nebo District American Indian students have had the opportunity to meet the Navajo elders and volunteers at the rug show. Nebo students adopted a "Grandpa" and presented him with gifts and support him with rainbow box's twice a year. Service Learning projects connecting them with Native elders helps them learn more about themselves and their responsibilities. They're contributions back to their own communities helps build positive self esteem and a strong sense of self identity. This is powerful. With the support and partnership with Adopt a Native Elder we are making positive changes for a brighter future. ANE's humanitarian support to their local schools and community is exemplary. Thank you for the opportunity to voice this! Nebo Title VII Indian Education

Margie H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We've been long-time participants/donors in this program (approx. 15 years). For the first 5 years, we only donated items for auction to raise funds for the program. Finally, after yearly requests from Linda Myers, we went to the Rug Show to actually see what takes place and how our donations were used. We were able to not only do these things but also to meet many of the grandmothers and other volunteers that make this program work. We have owned a Pendleton store in Park City for 17 years, so the American Indian heritage is very familiar to us. The Adopt-a-Native Elder Program has a direct positive effect on the lives/livelihood of these Native American people whose traditions ANE is trying to preserve. We are proud to promote this program and work with many wonderful volunteers that give so much to make this program a success.