Supporting Diversity and Inclusion of All Abilities

We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to live a healthy and full life, regardless of ability.

Over the years we’ve supported many organizations that transform the lives of millions of people with a range of special needs including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, and a range of community-based employment and job coaching organizations focused on serving people with disabilities. We fund organizations that:

  • Provide access for children to ability-specific camps
  • Help individuals receive specialty services
  • Give people employment training and help to gain employment
  • Provide people with care and treatment

We continue to fund organizations that assist our neighbors to live healthier lives and reach their full potential, regardless of ability.

Local Stories

South California - Feeding the Special Olympics Mission

Feeding the Special Olympics Mission

A relationship that started 30 years ago has blossomed into a strong partnership.

Albertsons and The Vons Foundation first worked with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) as a liaison to help get food items for SOSC’s annual Summer Games. That evolved into a dynamic year-round partnership that includes funding, volunteerism, athlete employment and board representation.

Today, Albertsons and The Vons Foundation is the Title Sponsor and “Official Food Supplier” of Summer Games – the organization’s largest annual competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Each year, 200 employees volunteer and arrive as early as 3:30 a.m. to ensure that sandwiches are prepared, packed and ready to be served as part of the 10,000 lunches provided to the athletes, coaches and volunteers on the weekend of the Games.

“We are ecstatic to work with such a strong and dedicated partner,” said Bill Shumard, SOSC President and CEO. “Albertsons and The Vons Foundation have been dedicated to enriching the lives of our athletes, their families and the greater community by engaging their leadership, employees and customers, and for that we are tremendously grateful.”

The contributions go beyond just once a year. Together, the partnership has resulted in more than $3.4 million in financial support and budget relieving donations since 1986. Each year since 2009, Albertsons and The Vons Foundation has included Special Olympics as a beneficiary in its consumer donation program at the checkout counter to help people with disabilities.

More than 19,000 athletes are the ultimate beneficiaries, and the funds help provide resources such as equipment, uniforms, year-round training in a variety of Olympic sports and travel accommodations to competitions. The continuous opportunities to train and compete not only develop the athletes’ physical fitness, but the courage to share their gifts and skills in front of friends, family and the Special Olympics community.

The partnership extends beyond the playing field, as well. Albertsons and The Vons Foundation has helped Special Olympics athletes transition into the workplace, including Lindsey Newman of Carlsbad.

“The friends I have made over the years at Vons and the support I get from co-workers is unbelievable,” Newman said.

The foundation also assists in providing leadership and guidance to SOSC. Andy Barker, senior vice president of operations for the Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions Southern California Division, sits on the SOSC board of directors.

“We strongly believe in their mission and our employees continuously are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities,” Barker said.

Portland - MDA Volunteer Lunch

MDA Volunteer Lunch

Annual MDA camp at the Macleay Retreat Center is a tradition for Safeway and Albertsons employees. Serving lunch to the over 75 camp attendees, their counselors, and over 150 people total, is something employees look forward to year after year. Serving lunch has been a long time tradition for both brands. A year does not go by in which we are not told that our lunch is the favorite of the campers all week!

Jewel - Carolines Cart

Store Raises Funds for Cart for People with Special Needs

It was a customer inquiry about a handicapped specialty cart that prompted Store Director Bill Domerchie to reach out to Grayslake #3464 associates. They in turn held several fundraisers and this month “Caroline’s Cart” arrived for customer use. “I could not be more proud of my store team for taking on this need and making it happen,” said Domerchie.   Domerchie is pictured with 11 year old Isabella, who is benefitting from the cart.

Southwest - rescue

Rescue. Shelter. Heal. Love.

It takes a lot to save just one homeless animal.  So imagine what it takes to save thousands.

In July the Arizona Humane Society again made a commitment to save the lives of thousands of more pets.  Through a special partnership, Safeway has joined forces with the Arizona Humane Society and 3TV to raise $30,000 for Arizona’s largest animal organization, the Arizona Humane Society.

In addition, to helping homeless pets, the money raised through the partnership also goes to the humane society’s pet-therapy program, that allows children and adults with disabilities to work with pets at the Arizona Humane Society.  AHS also works to place specially trained homeless dogs with individuals with disabilities.  Safeway volunteers will present a check from money raised in July on the 3TV Arizona Humane Society Telethon in late August.

A BIG THANK YOU to store managers and all checkers for getting behind the campaign again this year!

Houston - MDA Camp

Randalls Goes to Camp

Funded in part by contributions from our generous customers and employees during the Send-a-Kid-to Camp Campaign, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp provides kids with muscular diseases a camp with swimming, zip lining, fishing, canoeing, and dancing.  Randalls’ Pharmacy team arrives before the campers to get ready to check in camper’s medications and medical devices.   Additionally, Randalls Awesome Adventures in Cooking had campers and counselors making pizza roll ups, candy sushi and ocean breeze beverages.

We extend special thanks to our friends at Nestle/Dreyer’s for providing delicious cool treats for the campers and counselors to enjoy at snack time!

Eastern - MDA

Changing Lives through MDA’s Summer Camp Program

For more than 20 years, Safeway has supported MDA’s Summer Camp program not only financially but by offering Associates the chance to attend summer camp and spend the day with youngsters in local communities whose lives are being changed as a result of Safeway’s support of MDA.

Acme - MDA

ACME Vice President Dan Croce purchases the first Shamrock of the Campaign

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world leader when it comes to muscle diseases.  Established in 1950, MDA is dedicated to finding treatments or cures for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.

In March, ACME customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland had the opportunity to participate in the MDA Shamrocks campaign.

All money raised through the campaign will be used to help send children with muscular dystrophy and other muscle diseases to Summer Camp that will be hosted at Variety Camp in Worcester, PA.

The MDA Summer Camp is important for many different reasons. Some children are so dependent on their parents and siblings that they rely on them just to be turned over in the middle of the night. Never asking for a break or complaining about their lives, the families of these amazing children are given the opportunity of a brief respite as they allow themselves to place their child’s care in the hands of people they can trust.

This leads to what is arguably the most important reason for the camp; the children themselves. There are programs and groups that come together and share experiences, allowing their children to co-mingle and make friends during their normal days; however, Summer Camp takes things just a little bit further. Giving children an opportunity to spend days at a time, surrounded by children who are just like they are. They play games, attend a dance and enjoy a time when they aren’t different……..yet they are different, in so many special ways.

Supporting Special Olympics Athletes and Employees

Albertsons and Safeway are one of the largest employers of people with disabilities and it is our honor to support organizations like Special Olympics Colorado.  For the past three years, Safeway has sponsored the Summer Games in Grand Junction, Colorado.  The Summer Games feature 500 athletes from across the state, including Chris Guay, an employee at our Safeway in Glenwood Springs, who was honored by Special Olympics Colorado as Male Athlete of the Year for 2015.

Supporting MDA at Camp

Each year, Albertsons Safeway hosts a barbecue for more than 150 campers and counselors at the MDA Summer Camp in Empire, CO.   Thanks to the more than 40 employee volunteers, we are able to serve up smiles to kids battling neuromuscular diseases. Funds raised in our stores also help send dozens of kids to camp every year. Thank you!

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