Hopi Emergency Relief Fund

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About the Fund

**The Hopi Tribe is directing tax-deductible contributions for COVID-19 relief to The Hopi Foundation.**

*Through The Hopi Emergency Relief Fund, we are able to receive donations and grant funds to support the emergency needs of the Hopi community during the COVID-19 pandemic.* 

The effects of this coronavirus are especially drastic in the Hopi community for multiple reasons including:

  • Being enveloped on all sides by the Navajo Nation, which has one of the highest per-capita rates of  positive COVID-19 cases

  • The lack of running water electricity, and transportation for many homes/families

  • Many Hopis are artists or vendors and are reliant on tourism and face-to-face interactions to conduct business

  • The threat to the older demographic is more devastating because our culture is dependent upon the knowledge our elders hold.

Hopis are among the oldest inhabitants of North America, surviving arid climates, droughts, colonialism, and technological impacts for centuries. We have done so because of our ability to adapt, foresight & planning for the future, and our community-based values.

The Hopi Emergency Relief Fund exists because we as Hopi, know that difficult times are inevitable and that we can only get through them if we help each other. 

The Hopi Emergency Relief Fund offers aid to local villages, organizations and individuals with the intent to serve and distribute supplies and resources to a group in most critical need such as low-income, elders, single-parents, or disabled, with little or no access to transportation in areas of:


  1. Home-heating fuel shortage;

  2. Natural disaster relief for access to safe shelter, food, and clean, potable water; and

  3. Public health and safety in the event of disease outbreak, contamination, etc.

Relief/Recovery Services

Since April of 2020, The Hopi Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) has been providing services directed towards pandemic mitigation and helping to keep our Hopi people safe and healthy. The majority of our operations have been and continue to be conducted out of the Peace Academic Center gymnasium (in Kykotsmovi)during the pandemic. Early on, HERF sustained relief efforts through volunteer help but currently has a handful of full-time crew members.

Recently, HERF has moved to a Recovery mode which places our focus on helping our community safely shift back to public interactions, and also improving the health of  our individual Hopi community members.

Current Available Services

Along with our scheduled regional food distributions, the HERF also offers a range of services that are available upon request. To receive any of these services offered by HERF, a request form must be completed and submitted.


HERF crews will come set up at your business/office space to distribute PPE kits and provide education about proper PPE usage and handwashing techniques.


Programs, vendors, small businesses, community buildings, and personnel can request PPE.


Request an isolation kit for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, or request a kit for ceremonial events. Services offered with this include PPE kits, meal kits, & handwashing stations.


Request support from our HERF crew members for safety-protocol training and/or safety/logistic crew support for events, such as vaccine drives,


Submit a grant application to receive an air purifier to keep your office setting and employees safe. We can provide two different-sized air purifiers depending on building size and qualifications*.

*Qualifications provided on application

Request Forms


Previous Recipients

Donations to the Hopi Emergency Relief Fund have gone towards...

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Grants to supply wood for families in need of home-heating


Grants to provide medical supplies to

Hopi Health Care Center


Food, water, personal hygiene, and household cleaning products distributed to over 13 villages and communities 



Supporters of the Hopi Emergency Relief Fund include:

  • First Mesa Baptist Church

  • Annenberg Foundation

  • Tides Foundation

  • Ultragenyx

  • Partnership With Native Americans

  • Catena Foundation

  • The Arizona Community Foundation

  • Catena Foundation

  • S-Power Corporation

  • First Nations Development Institute

  • Dale Bellisfield (Verde Valley Archaeology Center)

  • Shamrock

  • Americares

  • Navajo County

  • First Things First-Flagstaff, AZ

  • Marble Distilling Co.- Colorado 

  • Antinanco Earth Arts School

  • StrongOnes

  • Honyoutink

  • Ancestral Lands-Hopi

  • Navajo & Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Fund

  • Hopi Wellness Center

  • Hopi Health Care Center Nutritionist

  • Dozens of individuals


To our Prospective Donors,

We are extremely grateful for the number of donations we are receiving during the COVID-19 crisis and want to provide some guidance to what we need that will be most useful to our communities. To help us prioritize and route your contribution in a purposeful way, please complete this form. Our current areas of priority in receiving in-kind donations are as follows:

a) Cash whenever possible, to allow us to purchase items needed for the duration of the emergency response period;
b) Personal protective clothing for community food distributions such as face masks, food-service latex/nitrile gloves, dishwashing gloves (for deep cleaning), food service aprons, foot coverings, food service hairnets;
c) Household cleaning items and sanitation products for families and food distribution such as Dawn dish soap, bleach, hand sanitizer, hand soap, scrubbing sponges, dry towels, 3-gal buckets, trash bags, water by 1-5 gallon jugs;
d) Non-perishable baby products and supplies such as diapers (newborn, 1-12 months), baby wipes, baby oil, baby shampoo, baby formula;
e) Non-perishable products for elderly such as adult diapers, bed pads, Pedialyte;
f) Other non-perishable foods or foods not requiring refrigeration such as dried fruit, canned meat/fruits/vegetables. Please focus on healthy foods low in sugars, fats, and preservatives.


Our goal is to serve all the households of our communities. We support families with multiple generations, varying socio-economic backgrounds, and ages to ensure we stop the spread of COVID-19. We encourage donors to select distribution to multiple or general population to help keep our members from traveling to town or crowded stores during this critical time.

*Prior to sending any delivery to our community, please complete the following steps:

  • Contact (928) 734-2380 or info'at'hopifoundation.org to review the steps for scheduling a delivery.

This alerts us of your intent to donate and helps us manage and schedule incoming shipments and distributions. It also helps us keep inventory and assess areas of need to ensure we are only receiving necessary items.​

Your form will be forwarded to our HF Hopi Emergency Relief Team leads.

**The Hopi Foundation has two separate delivery sites for large shipments and small shipments.

Please call to request for more details.**