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.
Our charitable efforts are broken up into three categories: In-Kind, Volunteer Time, and Grants.
Dion’s frequently provides support to organizations in the form of food or gift cards. Please direct in-kind donation requests less than $100 to the General Manager of your local Dion’s. General Managers may deny or accept requests at their discretion. Larger requests may be directed to Nicole Marquez at 505-858-1010.
On a quarterly basis, Dion’s employees volunteer their time to local organizations to help with various projects. Ideal volunteer activities are a one-time event that can support a group of 15-30 volunteers. Weekend activities are preferred but not required. If interested in coordinating a group of Dion’s volunteers, please contact Nicole Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the unique nature of our volunteer program, we require at least eight weeks’ notice to coordinate volunteer activities.
On an annual basis, we award grants to a handful of organizations. This enables the selected organizations to make a larger impact on the populations they serve, while enabling Dion’s to take a stand and make a difference on youth development and hunger.
The grant selection process begins in June for the upcoming fiscal year. Dion’s has already selected the groups we will be supporting for our 2018 fiscal year and will not be accepting new grant requests for the 2018 fiscal year. To apply for a grant for our 2019 fiscal year, please fill out the following form and email the form to Nicole Marquez at email@example.com by June 30, 2018.
For the 2018 Fiscal Year, Dion’s® has supported the following organizations:
Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
The Storehouse is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1976. What started as a small collection of food, distributed from the trunk of a car, has now grown to become the state’s largest food pantry. Each year, almost 50,000 people come to the Storehouse. Set up like a grocery store, the Storehouse encourages clients to choose which food items they need in order to nourish and feed their families. The Storehouse also relies on the incredible support of over 1,400 volunteers who donate over 30,500 hours of their own personal time to the Storehouse. Last year, nearly 1.4 million healthy meals were distributed for free. The majority of clients who come to the Storehouse are families with children, and the working poor—those who make too much to qualify for benefits but not enough to cover basic needs expenses.
Seed2Need is a non-profit, volunteer organization that began in 2008 in response to the recession. They grow approximately 2 acres of vegetable gardens and 1 acre of fruit trees in Corrales, New Mexico. Everything grown is donated to either New Mexico’s state food bank ,Roadrunner Food Bank, or to five food pantries in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. The primary crops are tomatoes, green chile, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, apples, pears and peaches. For the last several years, Seed2Need has donated between 60,000 and 70,000 pounds of produce each season.
The Food Depot has a vision of healthy, hunger-free communities Northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine counties, The Food Depot provides food to over 145 nonprofit agencies including food pantries, meal programs, shelters, youth programs, shelters, and senior centers. Each month The Food Depot distributes enough food to provide more than 400,000 meals to people in need - the most vulnerable of our community - children, seniors, working families and those in ill health.
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.