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 youth development.

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.

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 Grant Condon 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 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 May for the upcoming fiscal year. To apply for a grant for our 2021 fiscal year, please fill out this form and email the form to Grant Condon at gcondon@dions.com by June 30, 2020.

For the 2020 Fiscal Year, Dion’s® has supported the following organizations:

NDI NEW MEXICO is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. Dance is the vehicle, excellence is the message!

Horses have unique ways of helping people find health and healing. At StableStrides we harness the power of the horse to help children, adults, seniors, service members, and veterans address autism, post-traumatic stress, cerebral palsy, depression, and much, much more. Children make up approximately 40% of the 750+ people who turn to StableStrides for help each year. Through increasing the level of independence and protective factors for each child served, StableStrides is helping tomorrow’s leaders gain the skills and abilities needed to thrive.

The mission of Junior Achievement of NM is to inspire and prepare young people to own their economic success. JA of NM students practice the principles of financial management, along with developing the 21st century skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. In addition to learning how to make and manage money, and how to become career- and work-ready, K-12 students are empowered to explore their potential to become successful entrepreneurs.

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.

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.

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.