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:
St. Martin’s first opened our doors in 1985 to welcome the hungry and homeless men and women with a warm, freshly prepared meal. Driven by client need, in March of 2015 we merged with local, non-profit Project Share to expand our meal service program by adding an evening meal, served six days a week. On average, we serve 400 unduplicated clients a day and nearly 5,000 unduplicated clients a year. This collaboration ensures an alleviation in human suffering and starvation amongst our community’s homeless and near homeless population. Today, St. Martin’s is New Mexico’s largest multi-service agency to the homeless and near homeless population in Albuquerque, NM.
Project Angel Heart is a 501c3 nonprofit that delivers nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illnesses. The people that receive our meals are mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends and children that are living with cancer, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. In 2016 we plan to deliver over 64,000 meals, free of charge, to 565 critically ill Colorado Springs residents.
New Day Youth & Family Services provides provides safety, skills, and support to youth in our community. Thousands of youth (ages 13-22) in Albuquerque are homeless and countless more are disconnected from family and community supports. Their services help youth gain stability and create a pathway to a future without homelessness. New Day’s services include a youth homeless shelter, a transitional living program, and a Life Skills Academy. The Life Skills Academy is open to all youth ages 16-22 who are interested in learning skills that include job interviewing, creating healthy relationships, and financial literacy.
Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque helps people live happy, healthy, independent lives by delivering food and friendship straight to our clients’ doors. Founded in 1972, what began with 20 clients today serves over 500 clients each day. They serve any one, of any age, for any reason. Meals on Wheels is the only home delivered meal program with the ability to prepare and deliver eight different diets for issues including diabetes, renal failure, heart issues, chewing and swallowing problems, and more. Beyond that, their delivery volunteers provide a friendly face and a wellness check to their clients who are homebound and alone.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch focuses on bringing PURE JOY to children through learning about agriculture. This non-profit organization has programs for children of all ages to assist in raising animals, growing crops, exploring outdoors and enriching the community. Their vision is to “cultivate healthy children today so they will harvest a healthy society tomorrow.”
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.
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.
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.