As our company grows and thrives, we are committed to positively impacting our communities and providing support to help them flourish. To uphold this commitment our charitable efforts focus solely on two areas – youth development and hunger.
The majority of our employees are under the age of 18 and we would like to better their lives before and during their employment. As such, we support organizations that are working to teach the following skills: literacy, leadership, communication, responsibility, and resourcefulness.
We believe magic happens when people and food come together. We also believe everyone should enjoy this simple pleasure, so we will support organizations who aim to create this opportunity whenever and wherever possible. More specifically, we give to groups that provide food for those affected by hunger.
On an annual basis we offer substantial contributions to a handful of organizations. This enables the selected organizations to make larger impacts on the populations they serve, while enabling Dion’s to take a stand and make a difference on youth development and hunger. To date, Dion’s has supported the following organizations:
Horizons is a non-profit organization offering enrichment programs to transform the lives of students caught in the achievement gap – giving them the tools and support to become successful and confident college-bound students.
Growing Recruits for Urban Business, or GRUB, is a youth outreach program through the South Plains Food Bank. Young adults are recruited into the GRUB program and given responsibilities on a five-acre farm to grow food for distribution to families in need. Additionally, the program is focused on developing leadership skills by having youth participate in leadership training, team building activities and learning the rudiments of horticulture and sustainable farming.
The APS (Albuquerque Public Schools) Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established for promoting private support of the district and its students. In partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, it promotes and garners financial and in-kind resources to provide students with the opportunity to succeed. It also mobilizes resources and develops community partnerships to support excellence in APS. The program serves 142 schools and 89,000 students in the APS community. Specifically, Dion’s has provided funds to support A is for Art and STEM programs.
New Mexico Appleseed is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is dedicated to ending poverty in New Mexico through creating and implementing legislative policy changes. They focus on impacting the poor and underserved, executing programs that aim to prevent hunger, homelessness, and child abuse.
Discover Goodwill's Possibilities encourages independence for individuals with disabilities through skill-building and everyday living experiences. Participants set and achieve goals based on skills learned in the classroom and practiced in the Possibilities “town” and the Colorado Springs Community. Possibilities also helps participants to develop work experience and employment readiness by placing them in supported employment positions.
Dion’s has already selected the groups we will be supporting this year and will not be accepting any new community support requests. As we consider organizations for future giving opportunities, we will reach out to those organizations personally.
We are grateful to all organizations that do great work in a wide range of need-based areas in the communities we serve.