Community Support

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.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

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.

HUNGER

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.

In-Kind

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.

Volunteers

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 nmarquez@dions.com or Grant Condon at gcondon@dions.com. Due to the unique nature of our volunteer program, we require at least eight weeks’ notice to coordinate volunteer activities.

Grants

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 2019 fiscal year and will not be accepting new grant requests for the 2019 fiscal year. To apply for a grant for our 2020 fiscal year, please fill out the following form and email the form to Nicole Marquez at nmarquez@dions.com or Grant Condon at gcondon@dions.com by June 30, 2019.

For the 2019 Fiscal Year, Dion’s® has supported the following organizations:

Rio Grande Food Project is the largest food pantry on Albuquerque’s Westside and has been providing residents with emergency food for 29 years. Along with food, RGFP connects people with community partners that can assist with utility bills, job training, and other resources that address the causes and effects of food insecurity. Their Hunger Relief Community Garden supports education and training around healthy eating choices because RGFP believes everyone should have enough quality food to live a healthy life.

NMCAN partners with young people to build community, promote equity, and lead change.Since 1990, we have been leveraging community partnerships and volunteerism to improve children and youth’s experiences in foster care. Today, we have grown to authentically engage young people impacted by the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems to improve their transition to adulthood.

BBBS-CNM serves at-risk youth in New Mexico with its nationally acclaimed one-to-one mentoring programs. They carefully vet and thoughtfully match caring adults with vulnerable youth, forming and supporting important relationships that change the lives of these children for the better, forever. Mentor2.0 pairs every student at an Albuquerque high school with a responsible adult mentor. This program has an in-class component with instruction on high school success and college preparation, and it works to develop important non-cognitive skills like grit and perseverance. Mentees then discuss the curriculum with their mentors, who can provide guidance and support, helping them navigate the path to post-secondary success. BBBS-CNM is proud to serve New Mexican youth and give all children the opportunity to succeed in life.

The mission of Casa de Peregrinos is to alleviate hunger in our community through the acquisition and distribution of nutritious food. As part of that mission, we also commit ourselves to promoting public awareness of hunger in Doña Ana County and to securing broad-based support for hunger prevention and relief in the county

Rosie’s Ranch opened its stall doors in April of 2010 in Parker, CO as a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity and a charitable organization. After 40 years of teaching children with varying levels of deafness, Mary and Kirk Stathes, purchased the ranch and began to pursue Mary’s dream –impacting the lives of children with and without special needs through the very unique equine connection. These programs enrich the lives of over 500 children annually by teaching acceptance of diversity through Equine Assisted Therapy (riding) and Equine Learning Activities (Horseman ship) along with emphasizing the character traits of respect, self-responsibility and kindness. Rosie’s Ranch offers day camps, riding lessons and horsemanship skills class all year long. Mary not only provides a riding program that correlates with the state standards but she also cleverly weaves practical learning experiences in all aspects of ranch life. Because Rosie’s Ranch is a loving environment for ALL children, an “inclusive” environment that nurtures friendship is abundant.

The Children’s Grief Center (CGC) of New Mexico provides special support services for children, teens, young adults (ages 5-25) and their caregivers after the death of a loved one. During the school year, we offer peer support groups at our main location in Albuquerque and our satellite location in Rio Rancho. During the summer and holiday months, we offer a variety of short-term services in various locations, including our Camp Corazon. Families are never charged for our services and we are the only service of this kind in Central New Mexico.

There are thousands of children in Adams County who receive little to nothing to eat when they are not at school. Food for Hope is here to provide these children with nutritious meals on the weekends so they can grow, learn, and thrive along with their peers.

In addition to the backpack program, we would like to expand to establish food banks in local high schools so that older students can acquire the food they need in a discreet and comprehensive way. Our goal is to one day serve every school district in Adams County and meet the nutritional needs of the thousands of students who don’t receive adequate food at home.

Respecting the dignity of every human being, no matter their need or physical condition, Lubbock Meals on Wheels will provide nutritious, home delivered meals to those who are homebound, elderly or disabled. We shall seek to break the social isolation experienced by the homebound by providing warm, caring, friendly contact through our volunteers.

Explora is an innovative experiential learning center with a mission of creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Explora addresses its mission with hands-on exhibit activities and programs that illuminate basic concepts and engage people of all ages and backgrounds with science-rich materials in personal spaces. Explora’s “inquiry-based” pedagogy, involving shared questioning and experimentation, allows youth to develop their identities as capable science learners with valuable ideas to contribute. Like Dion’s, Explora is committed to improving youth development across the state of New Mexico. Explora’s Youth Intern Program invests in low-income, culturally diverse Albuquerque youth through meaningful employment—facilitating hands-on exhibit activities and science programs for younger students. At the same time, Explora’s interns receive the workforce training, academic support, career exploration opportunities, and mentorships they need to succeed in college and beyond.

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 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

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

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.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch

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 Albuquerque

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.

APS Education Foundation

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.