Northern Diné COVID-19 Relief Effort


The Northern Diné COVID-19 Relief Effort (NDCVRE) is a community coalition that has brought together community members, leaders, and stakeholders to provide community food and essential supply relief for the community in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. NDCVRE is not an established voluntary or nonprofit organization trained for specific hazard, emergency, or disaster responses, and did not pre-exist the COVID-19 crisis. NDCVRE primarily serves the Shiprock Chapter area and neighboring communities in the Northern Navajo region upon request. Shiprock Chapter is by far the largest chapter. 

Relief efforts should be a shared responsibility of local chapters, the tribal government, and nonprofits with support from the federal and state levels. However, the Shiprock Chapter is closed and not providing relief. To comply with the March 30, 2020 Navajo Nation Public Health Emergency Order, NDCVRE immediately initiated coordination with the Navajo Department of Health Command Center.

NDCVRE as an ever-expanding coalition of community groups manages resources needed to support our community’s most vulnerable members during this crisis. Providing necessities with relief services not given by any other sources during this crisis is our burden and responsibility. We have successfully brought together Shiprock community stakeholders and grassroots groups in affiliation with the Central Consolidated School District, the Northern Navajo Medical Center, the local ministerial alliance, NM Indian Affairs Department, NM First, NW NM Firstborn, Indian Resources Development/NMSU, NM Department of Health, Navajo Nation CHR program, Parents Reaching Out and the Shiprock Food Access Coalition. Our fiscal sponsors are Indian Country Grassroots and NW NM First Born.

We have a combined listing of homebound families in need, including elders, disabled, and those directly implicated in COVID-19 quarantines. We have been generating food, household necessities donations and other items such as firewood and alfalfa hay. NDCVRE is actively seeking cash donations and grant opportunities. We have a dry goods food pantry and refrigerated storage facilities. We have an active list of 5-10 volunteers (many trained in safety protocols), available volunteer transportation, a distribution system and we have established liaison relationships with our hospital, our public safety/first responder operations to provide appropriate and needed support. 

With your donation to NDCVRE, will provide care packages to families like food, water, firewood, livestock and domestic animal feed, baby essentials, educational materials for children, PPEs (gloves, facemask, and other equipment designed to protect from the spread of infection or illness), and assistance to local farmers and ranchers.

We are fully cognizant that COVID-19 will be in our midst for a prolonged time to come, for long range planning purposes we are generally thinking August at minimum. We are greatly concerned with the need to regularly and adequately keep our vulnerable community members supplied with food and household necessities for that length of time. We realize that this tremendous task will require a sustained effort of will, courage, resources, a cohesiveness of effort, commitment, and a family togetherness for the duration of our ordeal. We believe the Northern Diné COVID-19 Relief Effort has those attributes to provide this service to our community and people. We welcome all manner of needed support.

Ahéheè (Thank you)

For questions or concerns please email:

English 505-226-3073 or Navajo 505-427-0084


By mail:                 Please send checks to

                                NDCVRE c/o Indian Country Grassroots Support

                                913 N Orchard Ave, Farmington, NM 87401

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Northern Diné 
Shiprock, NM
Indian Country Grassroots Support 
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