The 2020 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2020 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes Subaru retailers who are making the world a better place while demonstrating an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in local communities. These efforts are focused in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

The 2020 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

Subaru Loves Pets

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Subaru Loves the Earth

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Subaru Loves Learning

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Subaru Loves to Help

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Subaru Loves to Care

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Pets

Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated close to $14 million to the ASPCA and helped support nearly 1,000 pet adoption events, resulting in more than 11,500 adoptions to date.

Environment

Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. It means working to preserve it.

Over a decade ago, Subaru became the first U.S. auto manufacturer to become zero-landfill, and now, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association, Subaru is leveraging that same environmental expertise to help the National Parks reach zero-landfill too.

Education

It’s our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.

Total donations to teachers: $92,233
Over 200 teachers adopted
More than 15,000 students impacts

Community

In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.

Subaru and Meals on Wheels America worked together to make volunteering easier, by launching a tool called the Meals on Wheels Online Volunteer Drive.

Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Subaru has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to
Make A Wish, helping to grant 610 wishes in the U.S.

How is Subaru of Puyallup dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

At Subaru of Puyallup, we take great pride in being about to serve our local community. Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.

Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue
Adopt-a-Trail
Boys and Girls Club
Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, The Wishing Well Foundation, NW Furniture Bank, Step by Step
Good Samaritan's START Unit
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Love Promise Stories from Subaru of Puyallup

Subaru and Subaru of Puyallup believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here

Replanting Paradise Meadows at Mount Rainier  –  Kelly S

Washington’s National Park Fund (WNPF) is extremely grateful for the $25,899.18 grant from Subaru of Puyallup and Subaru of America to Replant Paradise Meadows at Mount Rainier National Park, who sees over 2.2 million visitors each year. The vast majority of them visit Paradise, famous for its wildflowers and lush sub-alpine and alpine landscapes. These rare, conserved meadows of wildflowers spring alive with a diversity of blooms for a short six weeks each year, and this grant from Subaru will plant native plants and actively restore bare ground areas. National Park Service employees work with interns and volunteer groups to protect, stabilize, and replant sites with plants salvaged from trail improvements and native plants grown from local seed. Meadow plants are grown in the park’s greenhouse, and the revegetation team salvages wild plants from rerouted trails and replant and care for them in disturbed areas of the meadows that need rehabilitation. The crew dig up the roots carefully and relocate them in bare ground areas and water for the duration of the summer—either by carrying up water, transporting by helicopter, or using an adjacent creek, if available. Mount Rainier has a robust Volunteer Program, including RAVEN (Emergency Roadside Assistance Volunteers) and Meadow Rovers, among many. During the past year 2,420 volunteers and interns contributed about 70,000 hours of service, worth about $1.7 million -- plus, of course, all of the intangible support that comes with it! Reid Ozaki is a donor to WNPF as well as a long-time VIP (Volunteer-in-Parks) for the Mount Rainier National Park Greenhouse. In his words: "As a young person in Hawaii, I was involved with the Sierra Club, participating and leading Service Project trips into remote parts of the islands. Many years later, here in Washington, I began looking for volunteer programs that would fill that part of my life. In 2005, I came across a notice of a volunteer planting day at Mount Rainier. It sounded like a good idea and I drove up to Sunrise to see what it was all about. It was a great fit.Since then, I have worked with the re-vegetation and greenhouse crews on various projects. For the last several years, I have spent most of my time with the park’s horticulturist. In mid-June, the work involves transplanting seedlings sown in early spring into flats. These are carefully tended throughout the summer and are ready for transport to the restoration project sites in September. As the plants are being moved up the mountain for the re-veg crew, greenhouse duties turn to seed collection for next year’s projects. The pandemic has shifted volunteers somewhat this year, and part of our work is planting sedges, grasses, and flowers to finish the restoration of the site of the Paradise Inn Annex renovation which was completed last summer. In past years, Mount Rainier has overseen the production of as many as 70,000 plants for projects around the park." Of particular, the Meadow Rover program (the park’s most popular volunteer activity) contributes most directly to preserving the Paradise Meadows, drawing in more than 200 volunteers in 2019 who donated nearly 9,000 hours to make close to 200,000 public contacts. Meadow Rovers provide a priceless service to the park by patrolling the subalpine meadows above Paradise and Sunrise to educate visitors about the importance of staying on trails, keeping wildlife wild, and wilderness preparedness and safety. The information shared with visitors helps to minimize damage to the fragile meadow ecosystem while also reducing Search and Rescue incidences. Both metrics continue to improve each year since the inception of the program more than 20 years ago, proving the success and continued need for this program. WNPF’s popular Virtual Field Trips (https://wnpf.org/field-trips/) will feature Beth Fallon on July 22, Mount Rainier Plant Ecologist, to present a program on meadow restoration and wildflowers, which are vulnerable to climate change and their own popularity.


Making a BIG impact: The Power of Book Access  –  Kristin S

Out of the blue it seemed, in August 2019, I got a call from a long time friend, Collin Henderson. He called to tell me he wanted to introduce me to Mr. Chris Brown, who was working with our schools' football coach to meet the needs of our student athletes. He wanted to go above and beyond this by including our students in an opportunity to meet and listen to a speaker who would energize and uplift our spirits as we kick off the year. To do this, we would need to work together to bring a dynamic motivational speaker to Lincoln High School to speak life into our players and our community. In that first phone call with Mr. Brown, I was deeply touched by his passion to support our community and to pursue practical ways to meet real needs. Through his dedication and our partnership, we were able to host best-selling author and international speaker, Dr. Rick Rigsby. The impact lasted much longer than just one day, as Mr. Brown also provided Dr. Rigsby's book for each student and a set for the library available for students and teachers to read. That day, Dr. Rigsby's words created a far-reaching and deep impact, measured through overwhelmingly positive feedback from our students, coaches, teachers, parents, staff and community members. Up to that point, we had not had a speaker or influencer of that caliber come to our school. Subaru of Puyallup, under the leadership of Mr. Chris Brown made that happen. And they weren't done yet. Mr. Brown wanted to extend this partnership far beyond what I would have ever imagined a donor would or could give. This just the beginning of what has been the single most generous source of support for our school library since Lincoln High School opened in 1912. He provided pay for after-school tutors for our students to help meet their academic needs. The measure of this provision is nearly impossible to determine. Students came to their school library on a bi-weekly basis to get personalized help, thanks to Subaru of Puyallup. One of the most significant and sure-fire ways to ensure equitable access when supporting a school is to give to the school library. The school library one place in a school building that ensures every member of the school community access to free resources, books, technology, providing limitless opportunities for connections, community engagement and self-directed learning. With these facts in mind, one would expect that the library would be a well-stocked source of new materials and books. This was not the case when I took the job as Teacher Librarian at Lincoln High School. From my first day on the job, I had this thought: "How am I going to meet the needs of my students with this collection?" The library collection at the time was aged, outdated, unkempt, and down right unappealing. There were a small amount of newer books; the majority were falling apart and outdated. Since I did not have much of a budget to speak of, I started looking into ways I could get new books. I discovered Donor's Choose, which helps teachers by enabling them to list their students' needs, sets up the ability for any donor to freely and easily give toward the goal amount, then send the items directly to the school. I started creating projects and posting them. Chris Brown gave generously to these and has fulfilled many of our book purchasing projects. Then January 2020, he wanted to do more. We had a meeting at Lincoln, where he pledged to support our library by covering costs up to yet undetermined amount. I am brought to tears by the generosity our students have experienced through Subaru of Puyallup and Mr. Chris Brown. The joy and excitement I see on their faces a daily basis as students borrow the new books we now provide is a daily reminder of the incredible impact the support of local businesses can have on the lives of children. The requests for books has increased to the point that I increased the number of check out allowances. Our library circulation is up the highest it has been in the school's history; students are reading now more than ever. Teachers bring students in on a consistent basis to get new books. Our book club has grown to nearly 100 students; we meet in the library on Wednesday mornings to connect over books and discuss the ideas, themes and thoughts that they have connected to their reading experiences. Subaru of Puyallup, through the support of our school library, is providing life-shaping experiences and opportunities for our students. It is impossible to truly measure the gift of stories and human connection books provide. The support through this partnership is the thread used to sew together the fabric of lives of the next generation and is creating a stronger today and tomorrow for our students, our community, and our world for years to come. We are forever grateful to Subaru of Puyallup and to Mr. Chris Brown for giving back to so many and for including our students and community among those they are infusing with hope and much needed support.


Subaru Supports Step By Step  –  Janel T

Subaru of Puyallup is a generous dealership in our area that strives to take an active and creative approach to giving back to the community they do business. Step By Step was honored to be chosen as their February recipient for their “Like and Share” Facebook Campaign where their generous gift will be used to help support our programs. For over twenty-three years, Step By Step has been serving low income and at-risk pregnant women throughout the Pierce, King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties serving over 1,200 women each year. Our mission is to transform the lives of at-risk pregnant women so they will deliver healthy babies, embrace positive parenting, and establish safe homes and secure futures. Our vision is that every woman would see her pregnancy as a catalyst for positive change. Not only did Subaru of Puyallup help raise awareness of our organization in the community, but their financial gift will provide critical services to at-risk pregnant women in our programs. We are greatly appreciative of Subaru’s partnership and honored to be serving the community alongside them.


Blessing Lincoln Football  –  Masaki M

Subaru of Puyallup headed by Chris Brown has been a true blessing to our Lincoln football program and to the entire Lincoln High School's community. Chris reached out to me over a year ago and wanted to help our football program out. He didn't just want to help out by cutting a check, but actually wanted to make a deeper difference. So far, he has done that and even more. They have definitely helped us financially, their generous donation allowed us last year to be able to buy necessary things like safety equipment, practice apparel, and food for our players in the summer. Not only do they help provide meals for our players in the summer, the staff of Subaru come and serve the food, they want to really get to know the kids. Their donation has also allowed us to have tutors after school where all students of Lincoln receive help in any subject they need. They have also brought in guest speakers who have spoken life into our students and have inspired them to do better. They know the importance of training the mind, not only the body and it was a great experience for our kids. We are truly blessed by their kindness and their willingness to connect, serve, and help our students at Lincoln High School.


Subaru Loves Learning & Boys & Girl Clubs  –  Emma C

During the month of August, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound was chosen as the recipient of the Subaru Loves Learning program. We are so grateful that the team from Subaru of Puyallup joined us to host a book fair at the Henry T. Schatz Branch. Academic Success is one of our most important impact areas to provide support and educational experiences that prepare and inspire Club youth to reach their full potential academically. The impact of Academic Success programming is to ensure youth Graduate high school, dream about college, develop career goals,and plan for the future. Summer Boost is just one of our academic programs working in partnership with school districts to provide hundreds of low-income, undeserved 4th graders who are lagging in school with time spent reading,learning science, understanding math, getting excited about STEM, and coding during the summer. We believe this evidenced-based program will lead to more at-risk youth graduating from high school, potentially changing the trajectory of their lives and breaking the cycle of low education and poverty. Improvement in 3rd-grade reading has been linked to an increased likelihood of high school graduation (Annie E. Casey Foundation 2012). In 2018, 87% of our high school seniors graduated on time! Thank you to Subaru of Puyallup to helping us achieve our vision.


Subaru of Puyallup Supports Local Foster Children  –  Erika T

Did you know that there are over 1500 children in foster care in Pierce County? The Wishing Well is the only resource in our county to help provide not only clothing, furniture and equipment, but also the enrichment activities (camp, sports, music, etc) that every child deserves to experience. Thank you to Puyallup Subaru for supporting The Wishing Well Foundation during the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event! We are so grateful to have received an amazing donation of $34,860, which has allowed us to continue to serve and meet the need of every foster child in our community. Unfortunately, the number of children entering care continues to rise and organizations like ours are vital to the stability and healing of our foster youth. These funds have allowed us to provide monthly events for foster children and caregivers (movie night, Easter Egg hunt, Roller Skating, etc) and also purchase items for our Back to School and Holiday Gift Event. We can't thank Subaru of Puyallup and Subaru of America enough for believing in our work and selecting our Nonprofit to benefit from this amazing event. This contribution speaks volumes, showing each foster youth in our county that they matter and have the support of local business organizations and individuals. THANK YOU!


NW Furniture Bank  –  NW F

What did you sleep on last night? What are you sitting on right now? What did you set your dinner plate on last Thanksgiving? Most of us answered: a mattress, a chair and a table. This is because we have furnished homes and don’t think twice about furniture. But what if you lived your life without it? Most communities have the support of food and clothing banks, but what about furniture banks? When we discovered NW Furniture Bank and learned about the impact they’ve made in our own backyard, we knew Subaru of Puyallup needed to be a part of it. “NW Furniture Bank helps restore hope, dignity and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need. Willing furniture store partners and local donations provide a steady source of furniture which would otherwise end up in the dump or sold at a loss. We serve victims of domestic abuse, people suffering loss from fire and natural disasters, foster children and especially families coming from transitional housing who are trying to rebuild their lives” NW Furniture Bank furnishes apartments for families coming out of homelessness in Pierce and King County, providing hope and stability for over 166 families per month. Statistics show that these families with a furnished home are 50% less likely to return to homelessness. NW Furniture Bank has 32 full time employees who support the operations of the furniture bank program, Hope Furnishings retail store and the Spring Back Mattress Recycling program. With half of their staff having been formally incarcerated, their mission to restore stability within the community extends to their employees as well. Our partnership with NW Furniture bank started in February 2019 when we launched a social media campaign that raised $3,470. We had over 340 shares on this campaign on Facebook and received an outpouring of positive feedback from our community. As a store, we have committed to a partnership of giving a monthly donation to NW Furniture Bank for all of 2019. Subaru of Puyallup’s office staff has also put together internal fundraising to raise donations for household items and blankets for their cause. This partnership has been so successful and heartwarming that we decided to choose NW Furniture Bank as one of our Share the Love 2019 hometown charities


Ali’s Prom Project  –  Alison J

In May, Subaru of Puyallup selected Ali's Prom Project for their Like and Share campaign on Facebook, blessing us with the very generous donation of $3,500!!!!! Founded in 2015, Ali’s Prom Project is committed to ensuring the opportunity for every teen to attend prom and other memorable events feeling confident, empowered and beautiful regardless of financial and personal circumstances. For the first two years in operation, the project served primarily youth in foster care. For the 2018-2019 school year, the project expanded to serve all low-income and homeless youth in need of assistance, hosting 317 styling appointments!!! The Tacoma, WA based boutique is staffed by volunteers and our inventory is 100% donation based. Clients schedule an appointment ahead of time. At their appointment, clients are paired with a personal shopper who assists them in picking out the perfect gown, shoes and accessories for the event, all free of charge. Subaru's gift provides the opportunity for so many more teens to attend their dances in the dress of their dream! Thank you Subaru of Puyallup, for helping us empower the youth in our community!


Subaru of Puyallup Lends a Helping Hand  –  Katie J

Subaru of Puyallup is a very philanthropic dealership and they are champions of giving back to their community. On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Subaru of Puyallup partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to give 80 blankets and arts and crafts kits to cancer patients at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital. LLS exists to find cures for cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families and Subaru helps LLS by donating critical research dollars to save more lives. This is the fourth year of this partnership and each year MultiCare Regional Cancer Center looks forward to receiving and handing out these beautiful, warm blankets to their patients. The arts and crafts kits are wonderful for children of the caregivers and family members visiting loved ones going through cancer treatment. These gifts are treasured by the patients as they are a welcome reprieve from the tolls cancer treatment takes on the body. Monica Hurley, Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, and her staff from the cancer center greeted Camille Burley and her staff from Subaru of Puyallup and shared stories about how these blankets help cancer patients in many ways. MultiCare Regional Cancer Center is so thankful to be the recipients of these items again this year. Thank you for helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund local life-saving research to beat cancer and provide programs and services for patients in Puyallup and beyond.


Subaru Loves to Care  –  Katie J

On July 8th, Puyallup Subaru partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the fourth consecutive year. They delivered blankets and messages of hope to the patients and kids experiencing cancer at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital. Patients each receive a beautiful blanket and hand-written message of hope from customers and employees at Subaru of Puyallup. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures for cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families in Washington; and Subaru helps LLS by donating critical research dollars. As the largest nonprofit funder of cutting-edge blood cancer research to advance cures, LLS has invested nearly $1.3 billion in cancer research since we started in 1949, leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients. Thank you again for your care and compassion for the patients at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital; and for helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund local life-saving research to beat cancer and provide programs and services for patients in Puyallup and beyond.


St. Francis House Puyallup  –  Janel T

For the month of January, we partnered with St. Francis House of Puyallup, a center that offers hope and eases hardships of those in need in East Pierce County. St. Francis House offers hope for the future by providing basic necessities not provided by others. They have a clothing bank, an evening meal program, emergency assistance funds, back to school and Christmas Programs. Just in 2018, St. Francis House provided over 13,350 hot meals to our local community, helped 229 families through the emergency assistance funds program and distributed over 153,845 items through their clothing bank. Through our Facebook Campaign, we were able to raise $2,500 for St. Francis House and contributed to their evening meal program. 7,087 lives were impacted, and we are proud to be a part of helping grow that number with St. Francis House for 2019.


Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation (PTSD)  –  Camille B

Founder Leslie Mayne lost her son, Soldier Private First-Class Kyle Marshall Farr, to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury after his service in Iraq. Leslie started the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation to honor her son and bring hope and healing to our military members, veterans and their families who deal with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma. The Permission to Start Dreaming foundation offers veterans in our local community tangible help by unlocking their potential as they begin to make peace with their past, whether it be military or trauma prior to their life as a soldier. Many veterans walk into the Permission to Start Dreaming foundation feeling broken, confused about their purpose in the civilian world and disconnected from their biological family. The reconnection with their military peers and the support they get from those who have been there gives the PTSD foundation the perfect opportunity to help steer them towards healthier life practices and self-regulation instead of self-medication. With everything they do, they stand by their mission to inspire hope and action in the community and provide access to strength-based programs and real solutions for veterans affected by post-traumatic brain injury diagnoses. Since 2012, Subaru of Puyallup has been a proud sponsor of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation through two of their community events, Race for a Solider and Swing for a Soldier, providing over $30,000 in support just in 2018. Race for a Solider has been a successful run through Gig Harbor since 2011, bringing together over 1,500 people in our community to support the PTSD Foundation and their mission. As the foundation has grown, it has spawned a dynamic movement in the Pacific Northwest and has generously given nearly $300,000 to area veterans organizations. The Permission to Start Dreaming foundation was able to deliver a transformative retreat program to 6 veterans in 2017 and they are sending another 6 to the Warrior PATHH program in Arizona the end of 2018. The longest journey many of our Soldiers face is not the plane ride home from the battlefields, but the struggle they face upon returning to civilian life. To have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who defend our freedoms is so meaningful to the entire staff at Subaru of Puyallup.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound  –  Diana C

For the month of June, we partnered with the oldest and largest youth mentoring agency in the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). For over 60 years they have served our local children facing adversity. They provide professionally supported 1-to-1 mentoring services while carefully screening and matching qualified mentors with youth, then delivering ongoing support for participating volunteers, families, and children. With close to 300 kids on their wait list in Pierce County alone, the demand for growth is loud and clear. On any given day, the children that BBBS serve face challenges ranging from the loss of a parent to the difficulties of poverty or struggles in school. While every child has the potential to achieve success in life, children facing adversity have the odds stacked against them. 87% of the youth they serve in Pierce County are from low-income households, 20% have experienced homelessness in the last 12 months. Research shows that children who do well despite serious hardship have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult, acting as a buffer from developmental disruption. As the largest mentoring organization in the world, BBBS has proven the power of 1-to-1 mentoring. With the support of generous people, tens of thousands of children in the Puget Sound area have benefited from a BBBS over the past 60 years. 100% of the youth involved in BBBS has improved or maintained a desire to avoid risky behavior, we chose this foundation in support of defeating the odds against these children. We were honored to present them with a check for $1,100 as a result of our like and share social media campaign on Facebook.


Puyallup Subaru Loves To Care For Cancer Patients  –  Katie J

On July 27th, Puyallup Subaru partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the third consecutive year. They delivered blankets and arts and crafts kits to the patients and kids experiencing cancer at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital. Patients will each receive a beautiful blanket and hand-written message of hope from customers at Puyallup Subaru as well as arts and crafts kits for kids. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures for cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families in Washington; and Subaru helps LLS by donating critical research dollars. Thank you again for your care and compassion for the patients at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital; and for helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund local life-saving research to beat cancer and provide programs and services for patients in Puyallup and beyond.


The Wishing Well Foundation  –  Erika T

10% of the children in Pierce County are in foster care, rarely staying in one home with an average stay of 2 years. Short term placements often result in staying in 3-5 locations before leaving the system and finding a permanent home. Constant movement for youth increases disconnection and desensitization in sense of self. So, for the month of May, we have partnered with The Wishing Well Foundation (WA), a community-based support agency in Puyallup focused on the well-being of foster youth in Pierce County. The number of youth aging out of the system and needing transitional support is a major challenge for young adults, (18-24) causing the highest rates of poverty, substance use, depression, homelessness and unemployment when not aided through their transition into adulthood. The Wishing Well is the only foster support agency in Pierce County to assist with the thousands of placements that occur annually. They originated by providing new and gently used clothing and have expanded to events, life celebrations and learning experiences. They administer “little wishes” for foster children to participate in extra-curricular activities and extend support to foster parents in connecting them to community resources allowing them to continue fostering children. Their mission is to provide the clothing, supplies, and experiences that are often unavailable to foster children and to help retain quality foster homes in Pierce County. This mission spoke to Subaru of Puyallup and resonated with all of our employees. For the entire month of May we ran a share/like campaign on Facebook to help this cause fiscally, for every share of our pinned Wishing Well post and new like to our Facebook page we donated $10 to help our local children get the support they need. But we didn’t stop there. Towards the end of the month, we hosted a Subaru Rally Team Event at our dealership. We purchased an abundance of Subaru Swag giveaways encouraging attendees to make a small donation towards the cause. We gave out over 150 hats and other various swag items, raising over $336 in donations. Post-event we matched this donation, totaling $672, creating a grand total of $3,173 with the social media campaign. Subaru of Puyallup is proud to partner with The Wishing Well with a common goal; to help foster children experience the stability, safety and empowerment needed to overcome early life trauma.


KidCo  –  Lonnetta C

For the month of April, we partnered with KidCo, KidCo supports local schools, individuals and families throughout the 253 in hope to build a future by meeting real needs. They are partnered with 19 schools within the “Tacoma Public Schools” (TPS), TPS has a total of 29,091 students, with a poverty average of 76%, some schools reaching as high as 91%. KidCo’s mission is to fill local school pantries with healthy snacks and take-home food that children can prepare for themselves. They also provide South Sound kids with vital necessities, tools, and skills to help them navigate and thrive in their world, while developing relationships and providing resources to build and support family health and growth on every level. Subaru of Puyallup is proud to partner with KidCo with a common goal; to make sure no child goes hungry and is supported while building their future. To help support this goal, we ran a social media campaign throughout the entire month of April. For every new like to our Facebook page and share of our pinned KidCo post, we donated $10. After one month our social media campaign was able to produce $1020, and we contributed an additional $3,500 to help support the extreme need in our area. TPS states that 1 in 5 children in their schools are homeless, and for many kids, a school lunch is the only meal they will have. Subaru of Puyallup’s total involvement of $4,520 will help provide some of our local children with the needed and necessary tools for success.


JP's Wish  –  Caroline R

Subaru of Puyallup wanted to use the month of April to do something extremely personal, local and hands on, and there was no better partner for this than Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. Make-A-Wish blessed us with JP, a fun-loving 12-year-old boy with a neurological condition. We had the opportunity to not only grant his wish to Disneyland and the Universal Studios Hollywood, but to also host a “Welcome Home” party at our dealership for him. JP wanted nothing more than to meet all of his favorite characters and spend time with his mom. One of his favorite highlights was getting to meet his favorite character: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy! He ended up meeting and getting autographs from almost every character. While he couldn’t ride many of the rides due to his condition, he enjoyed getting to go to the dance parties and take in all the park had to offer. “For my child to have a dream and for it to be granted it is life-changing,” said JP’s mom, Nancy. “It’s a memory he will remember for the rest of his life.” Having the capability to grant a child a life changing experience was monumental for all of our staff. Once he returned, we hosted his sports-themed “Welcome Home” pizza party. After playing some games and taking a cruise in the limited edition BRZ we got to hear all of their fun filled stories from the wish. Having the opportunity to interact with this amazing family was an experience we will all cherish forever. Every day, at least one child in Alaska and Washington is diagnosed with a critical illness, and our local chapter has granted over 6,700 children’s wishes in our communities. Subaru of Puyallup is beyond honored to partake in one life-changing wish for a phenomenal child with a critical illness.


Obstetric (OB) Addiction Unit  –  Christina T

For the month of March we partnered with the Obstetric (OB) Addiction Unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco) and the number of women who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction while pregnant is growing exponentially, especially amid a national pain pill and heroin abuse epidemic. On average, Good Sam provides intensive care for 3 newborn babies a day who suffer from the painful effects of drug withdrawal. Totaling over 1,000 infants every year that battle an addiction from birth, all of this happening in 1 hospital. There are only four hospitals in Washington, all with very long waiting lists, providing specialty care for pregnant moms with a chemical dependency — and none located in Pierce County. We can and we must reduce the number of babies who are born suffering the painful withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. With the help of our donation they plan to offer these mothers hope, recovery and the chance for a healthier pregnancy by creating an 18-bed unit for pregnant mothers with substance abuse issues. This programs new unit intends to reduce harm to the mother and her baby, provide immediate access to prenatal and medical care, medical detoxification/stabilization and chemical dependency treatment.


The Smile Factory - Share the Love  –  Christina T

The Smile Factory at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital was selected as one of two local charities for our 2017 Share the Love Event (November 16 – January 2nd). Through customer purchases and subsequent donations, we were able to donate $36,408 to the oldest and largest assistive technology program in the state of Washington. The program provides evaluation, consultation and continuing professional training in the use of adaptive equipment and devices to increase a child's independence in daily activities. The goal of the program is to help kids with special needs live as independently as possible by providing toys and modified tools that are customized to meet each child’s individual challenges. Children are often referred to the CTU because of developmental concerns or for treatment of conditions like cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders or muscular dystrophy. The Smile Factory is not covered by insurance and is completely funded through philanthropy and generous donors.


PTSD Foundation - Share the Love  –  Leslie M

The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation was selected as one of two local charities for our 2017 Share the Love Event (November 16th – January 2nd). Through customer purchases and subsequent donations, we were able to donate $25,511 to a Foundation that brings hope and healing to our Military Veterans and their families who deal with Post-Traumatic Stress and Combat Trauma. We believe in this cause so dearly we donated an additional $15,000 bringing the total donation amount to $40,511. As the Foundation has grown, it has spawned a dynamic movement in the Pacific Northwest, offering Veterans real and tangible help that is strength based and solution focused. We’re honored to partner with this local charity for our Heroes because the longest journey many of our Soldiers face is not the plane ride home from the battle fields, but rather the struggle they face upon returning home. 20% of our nations suicides are committed by Veterans, along with many other staggering statistics regarding the numbers of service men and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, many of whom are unable to access the resources and support they need. The PTSD Foundation has given nearly $300,000 to local alternative Veteran Organizations, as well funding and developing its own programs. They will use the $40,511 donation to help build a retreat here in the Pacific Northwest to help create effective, long-term solutions to transform Post-Traumatic Stress into Post-Traumatic Growth.


Children's Therapy Unity - "Smile Factory"  –  Christina T

We dedicated June to giving children the chance to live a healthy and happy life. We partnered with the “Smile Factory” at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. This program is the oldest and largest assistive technology program in Washington. The program provides evaluation, consultation and continuing/professional training in the use of adaptive equipment and devices to increase a child's independence in daily activities. The goal of the program is to help kids with special needs live as independently as possible by providing toys and modified tools that are customized to meet each child’s individual challenges. Children are often referred to the CTU because of developmental concerns or for treatment of conditions like cerebral palsy, autism disorders or muscular dystrophy. The skills patients develop when using these customized tools expand into other areas of therapy such as language skills and range of motion. The Smile Factory is not covered by insurance and is completely funded by philanthropy and generous donors. We turned to social media and created an informational campaign to spread awareness. This platform has the ability to reach more than one billion people instantaneously. For every share of our post and new like to our Facebook page we donated $10 to the Smile Factory. Without donations thousands of parents wouldn’t be able to afford to help their disabled children receive the support they need, we were honored to donate $2,500 to this impactful program.


Subaru Shares the Love with Local Cancer Patients  –  Anne G

On Thursday, July 27th, Aubrey Rodgers and Lizzy Slenning from Subaru of Puyallup pulled up to the main entrance of Good Samaritan Hospital in a vehicle bursting with large boxes of patient blankets and craft kits for kids visiting family members with cancer. They were enthusiastically met by Monica Hurley, Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Foundation and Duke Paulson also of the foundation. Monica and Duke noted that Subaru of Puyallup and the Harnish Family have been longtime supporters of Good Samaritan Hospital and that they were grateful for this additional support in the form of material goods that will be distributed to cancer patients right away. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Washington/Alaska Chapter Executive Director Anne Gillingham expressed thanks to both parties for supporting blood cancer patients in our local community and reminded the group of the impactful services and support LLS provides to patients and families in hopes that Subaru of Puyallup and Good Samaritan Hospital will refer any newly patients they encounter to LLS. Monica thanked everyone for attending the delivery and thanked Subaru on behalf of their patients.


Hope For Teens Affected by Human Trafficking  –  Brenda B

300,000 children are at risk of being victimized by human trafficking in the United States alone, and the Seattle/Tacoma area is one of the most at risk areas in the entire U.S for trafficking. For the month of May, we wanted to help provide a safe place for teens affected by human trafficking. We turned to social media, a platform that has the ability to reach more than one billion people instantaneously. We created an informational campaign to spread awareness, and for every share of our post, and new like to our Facebook page we donated $10 to Tacoma YFC’s support program “A – New” for the victims of these crimes. We also raised donations, and spread awareness vigorously at our Subaru of America Rally Team Event, reaching another 400 people. Throughout this campaign we were able to raise over $2,600 to help provide a new beginning for those affected near us. Sex trafficking does not happen overnight. It is a systemic problem that is complicated and complex. For her, she is trying to find safety and in some ways, she’s found it. A- News goal for 2017 is to provide a safe place for teens affected by sex trafficking, to provide an opportunity for a new life offering care and support through loving relationships. Raising awareness and funding the fight for this injustice in the Seattle/Tacoma area gets these victims one step closer to a safe life. And Subaru of Puyallup is honored to be a part of something so prevalent in our community.


Washington National Park Fund  –  Ashley S

April was Subaru Loves the Earth month, and loving our environment means more than just enjoying the beautiful outdoors. It means working to preserve it, as a community. For the entire month of April, we partnered with Washington's National Park Fund (WNPF) to strengthen Washington’s three largest National Parks. For every share of the post, and new like to our Facebook page, we donated $10 to WNPF to help preserve our iconic and underfunded National Parks. We were able to contribute $2,500 to their Spring fundraiser initiatives that totaled over $300,000. WNPF is the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to supporting our National Parks through charitable contributions. Without charitable contributions, their various programs would be non-existent. These programs encourage young people and their families to experience our national parks, enhance the visitor experience through trail and interpretive signage improvements, and expand the scientific knowledge to both share with the public and to incorporate into improved cultural and resource management decisions. From July 1, 2007 – December 3 2016, more than 200 projects totaling over $3 million have been funded by donors to WNPF, and Subaru of Puyallup is honored to contribute to keeping our three national parks strong, vibrant, and everlasting.


South County Cats  –  Sally H

It was Catober fest here at Subaru of Puyallup! In honor of October being Subaru Loves Pets Month, we immediately got involved with a local nonprofit, South County Cats. Their mission is to reduce homelessness, overpopulation, and euthanasia for all the felines in the area! Over 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year, 1.4 million of them being cats. Decreasing these devastating statistics begins with spay and neuter services for all animals. South County Cats has spayed over 10,000 cats, and fosters 100’s of cats per year! Two of many reasons why we are honored to donate $1,500 to an organization consisting of only volunteers with a passion for change. Whether they live in our homes, or on the streets, every animal is important at Subaru of Puyallup. Pets are not only our forever friend; they are a part of our family.


Fill the Forester - Back to School Drive - 2016  –  Lonnetta C

2016 --- For the months of July and August we ran a social media campaign, collected cash donations from employees and customers, and “Filled the Forester” with various school supplies to donate to Life Center’s “Back to School Backpack Giveaway.” Over the last six years, they have served 16,800 young people in the South Puget Sound by providing them with backpacks loaded with school supplies! We joined the cause for the 3rd year in a row, and were able to donate 802 items, and over $1,500 in cash, totaling over $2,500 in donations! At this year’s event 3,500 families were served and backpacks full of school supplies were given out to children in need across the Tacoma, and Bethel public school districts. But the event didn’t stop there, hundreds of free dental checkups were given, free haircuts, free Chick-Fill-A, and over 1,000 free family photos! We strive to build a community where our children are educated, and providing them adequate supplies are the building blocks for success. We are extremely thankful for our partnership with Life Center of Tacoma, helping children in our community one back pack at a time.


Relay For Life - Puyallup  –  Rhonda K

During the month of June, Subaru of Puyallup partnered with Relay For Life Puyallup. We had a Pancake Feed, $5 Jean Fridays and we also placed coin jars around the dealership to help collect spare change. Through our Facebook campaign we raised $1,570, bringing the total donation from Harnish Auto Family up to $3,700!


West Sound YFC  –  Josh H

During the month of May, Subaru of Puyallup partnered with West Sound YFC. West Sound YFC is a nonprofit serving high-risk youth on the Kitsap Peninsula. Our programs strive to mentor and provide guidance to youth through holistic and relational outreach. Through Subaru of Puyallup's Facebook campaign, they were able to donate $2,500!


Late Night at Life Center  –  Brandon P

During the month of March, Subaru of Puyallup partnered with Life Center Tacoma to help donate to the Late Night program. Late Night at Life Center is a safe alternative to help keep youth off the streets. On the first Friday of every month, grades 6 through 12 can come to Life Center Church Tacoma for food, games, and karaoke. We also provide free haircuts, a clothing closet, and mentorship. Through Subaru of Puyallup's Facebook page, they were able to donate $1,390 to Late Night!


Zeiger Elementary Butterfly Heroes  –  Angelo M

For the month of April, Subaru of Puyallup partnered with the National Wildlife Foundation for the Butterfly heroes Program. Butterfly Heroes seeks to bring awareness to the declining population of monarch butterflies, and encourages our community to do their part in helping sustain the monarchs habitat. During April, we displayed a butterfly habitat at our dealership. We provided informational packets and seed kits for our customers to grow their own butterfly habitat at home! At the end of the month, Subaru of Puyallup donated the butterfly habitat to Zeiger Elementary School, where they will display and use the habitat to teach students about the importance of being a Butterfly Hero!


Subaru is Community Driven  –  Jaki G

Subaru of Puyallup took a stand against family homelessness when they presented Helping Hand House with a $25,000 donation. This $25,000 donation will increase our ability to serve even more families in East Pierce County commented Interim Executive Director Kevin Bates. Subaru demonstrated the care they have for the community with this generous gift. This donation helps provide families with a home, children with stability, and reignites hope in all. Everyone at Helping Hand House and the families we serve are sincerely grateful for Subaru of Puyallup's continuous generosity. Subaru is truly community driven.


Empowering Families  –  Joe O

July 17, 2015 Kaitlyn Grosse, Marketing Coordinator for Harnish Automotive Family Subaru of Puyallup contacted me and asked if Exodus Housing would be interested in participating as a local non-profit for the 2015 Share the Love event. She explained how the program worked and said the sales representatives and staff of Subaru of Puyallup would do all of the work and Exodus Housing would receive funding based on the number of customers choosing Exodus when buying a new car. Subaru of Puyallup has a wonderful reputation for supporting local causes, so naturally I agreed to participate. Based on what Kaitlyn told me, I estimated we would receive from $10,000 to $15,000 and we were so excited. We actually received $29,000, and the board and staff members who attended the check presentation could not stop smiling and laughing in knowing how much this funding would help the families we serve. Client Story: Having help through my saddest and hardest time after losing my housing because of domestic violence. I felt like I didn’t have anyone or anywhere to turn to because of fear. Exodus Housing not only helped me and the kids get a home, they also helped us get back on our feet. Exodus helped us gain back our happiness and hopes for a better future. My kids and I are truly happy. My case manager is one of the sweetest, fun, enthusiastic and knowledgeable people I have ever met. She is always on point and knows what to say to help me through my hard times. Thank You!


Puyallup Adopt-A-Trail  –  Chris B

Every month, the office staff at Subaru of Puyallup walk a section of the Puyallup River Walk. They keep the trail clean of trash and debris and inform the Adopt-A-Trail Program of any vandalism. The Puyallup River is an important part of the Puyallup community. Many residents use the river for swimming and fishing. The trails attract runners, families, and pets all throughout the year. Currently, the Puyallup River is home to a large homeless population, making clean-up a larger priority. Our office staff has taken it upon themselves to clean-up the trails by adopting a section, and make this community gathering place safe and clean for residents to enjoy.


Village Keepers Tacoma  –  Cinnamon R

Subaru of Puyallup partnered with the Village Keepers of Tacoma to raise money for their mission to feed young people of our community. Village Keepers is a non-profit organization that believes in collective responsibility, nurturing, providing, protecting, teaching, and loving each other. They demonstrate this through meal programs, along with other community based programs aimed at assisting at risk youth and young adults experiencing homelessness with basic needs. For the month of January, Subaru of Puyallup created a Facebook campaign to raise money for this organization. For each share of our Village Keepers post, and for each new "like" to our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account, we would donate $10 towards the organization. We were absolutely blown away by the support we received from followers. Our post received 387 shares and we received 204 new social media followers. We were able to present the organization with a check for $5,710! Village Keepers told us that this donation would fund their entire summer program! Subaru of Puyallup is also setting up volunteering opportunities for our employees to help feed these teens and young adults with the Village Keepers. Our dealership encourages our staff members to volunteer their time to give back to the community. We pay our employees while they volunteer their time so that they do not lose their income or their time. Subaru of Puyallup proudly supports the efforts and mission of the Village Keepers of Tacoma!


"Fill the Forester" Food Drive  –  Shanna P

For the month of December, Subaru of Puyallup hosted a food drive to benefit the Puyallup Food Bank. Our mission was to collect as many items as possible so we could help feed the community. We offered $10 off of service appointments if customers brought in items and we also MATCHED each donation! We received 160 items from customers and with the donation from Subaru of Puyallup, we were able to donate a grand total of 260 lbs. of food! We also made a post on our Facebook account; for each share of our post about the food drive, and for each new "like" to our page, we would donate $10 towards the food bank! We raised a total of $540 and donated 260lbs. of food for the Puyallup Food Bank. We couldn't have done it without the help of our customers, staff, and the community. Thank you for helping us give back.


Metro Animal Services  –  Nikki S

For the month of October, Subaru of Puyallup partnered with the Metro Animal Services to raise money for their shelter. Through our Facebook account, we asked our customers to "share" our post, and for each share, we would donate $10 to the Metro Animal Services. By the end of the month, we received 74 shares for a total of $740 to be donated! Each day, we posted information about the shelter, adoptable pets, videos, and events the MAS was hosting to raise awareness for their services.


Fill the Forester- Back to School Supply Drive!  –  Colin M

For the months of July and August, we hosted a back to school supply drive that we called "Fill the Forester." We put a Subaru Forester in our show room and asked customers and employees to help us fill it with school supplies that will go to children in our community. We made a Facebook post that for each share of the Fill the Forester post, we will donate $10 towards purchasing more supplies! We received 77 shares- $770 for more school supplies! With the help of our community, we were able to Fill our Forester. We donated all the supplies to the Life Center Church of Tacoma. Where they hosted a backpack drive the following weekend. Life Center stuffs 5,000 back packs to be given away at four different locations. They also provide haircuts, mini-physicals, and a fun day for children. Subaru of Puyallup is grateful to have partnered with Life Center of Tacoma to help children in our community.


Relay for Life Fundraiser  –  Rhonda K

Subaru of Puyallup raised money for American Cancer Society and Relay for Life over the past 3 months. We had Pancakes Feeds, $5 jean Fridays and placed piggy banks around the dealership to collect spare change. Our employees and customers raised $1,067 which Subaru of Puyallup and the Harnish Auto Family matched for a grand total of $2,134! We presented our check at a Thank You BBQ while wearing our Harnish Heroes shirts!


Urban Forest Preservation on Our Community  –  Sydney M

Subaru of Puyallup Partnered with Forterra for the month of April to donate a portion of car sales to the preservation and maintenance of Urban Forests and Green Spaces in our community! In our showroom we had a display set up with brochures about Forterra and their mission as well as an email sign up sheet for more information on the First Annual Green Puyallup Day scheduled for later this fall. Subaru of Puyallup plans on being an active participant and sponsor for this event. We were able to donate $1000 to aid in the conservation of wild lands, working land and open spaces in our local community!


Share the Love Donation  –  Ashley S

Washington's National Park Fund was selected as a local charity for Subaru of Puyallup during the Share the Love Event. Through customer purchases and subsequent donations, $17,223 were donated to WNPF. This donation will help to fund and maintain recreational areas including roads, trails, and parks, as well as improving the visitor experience.Together we are strengthening and improving our parks for all.


True Love Food Drive  –  Shanna P

For the month of February 2015, Subaru of Puyallup held a food drive benefiting Puyallup Food Bank. We encouraged customers and staff to make food and monetary donations during the month. We also donated $10 of every new Subaru purchased to the Food Bank. Cash and check donations contributed $250 to the bank while Subaru of Puyallup donated $1,830.00 to benefit our local community.


Race for a Soldier  –  Leslie M

In March of 2009, Leslie Mayne lost her son, Soldier Private First Class Kyle Marshall Farr, to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury after his service in Iraq. To deal with the grief of her loss, Leslie began running. It helped, if only for a little while at first, but it gave her an idea. What if she were to start a charity in her hometown, with the proceeds to benefit returning soldiers suffering from PTSD and TBI to help those soldiers reclaim their lives? In September of 2011, the first annual "Race for a Soldier" in Gig Harbor, Washington, created a new meaning for PTSD: "Permission to Start Dreaming." A message designed to lift and encourage Soldiers who struggle after they shed their warrior clothes. The mission is to raise awareness of the effects of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury on our soldiers, and to raise funds to support organizations that provide alternative therapies that enrich the lives of soldiers and their families in a tangible way. Since 2012, Subaru of Puyallup has been proud to sponsor this amazing event. In the first three years, the Permission to Start Dreaming events have contributed more than $97,000 to regional alternative therapy programs. Subaru of Puyallup is once again proud to support this great cause and encourage you to be a participant or volunteer to help give our soldiers Permission to Start Dreaming!


Subaru of Puyallup works to end bullying  –  Colin M

If you've watched the news in the past few years, we are sure you've heard about bullying being a problem in our schools. This goes for everywhere in America, not just locally. During the months of September and October, Subaru of Puyallup sponsors with including Colin Magnuson, Communications Coordinator at Life Center, and his team of staff members for an bullying prevention program. With every car purchase, a portion of the purchase goes to put an end to bullying. We sponsor several groups that will go to different schools in the area and host rallies to explain the impact of bullying. We want to put an end to suffering from bullying in our community. Help us put an end to bullying in our local schools! If your child is being bullied, please speak up!


Subaru of Puyallup donates school supplies to local children  –  Colin M

If you're wondering why children's backpacks hung on the backs of sales consultants chairs during July and August of 2014, it was not because we make them bring text books to work. During these two months, Subaru of Puyallup donates a portion from every new and used car sale to school supplies for local children. We wanted to be able to bring awareness to our cause, while also serving a purpose. We strive to build a community where our children are educated, and they need supplies to do this. In 2014 his event will partner with Convoy of Hope and several local organizations to provide 3000 backpacks and supplies to the Tacoma Public Schools. Right before school begins; several people come together at 3 locations in our community to pass out the school supplies, give dental checkups, give haircuts and pass out other necessities such as groceries. Subaru of Puyallup partners with Colin Magnuson and his team of dedicated staff members from Life Center of Tacoma to help make this happen.


Life Center of Tacoma  –  Colin M

Every month, Subaru of Puyallup partners with Life Center of Tacoma to donate a portion of the sale from new and used car purchases to a local charity. During the months of May and June we supported sending kids from middle school, junior high, and high school to attend a local summer camp. Our customers who purchased a vehicle during these months helped send these children from our community to enjoy a camping experience of a lifetime. It costs $350 for a week-long camping trip, and this past summer (2014) we were able to send every child who wanted to go to camp. The mission of these youth camps is for children to meet great friends, learn to love and serve the people in our community. Also, this may be the only camping excursion some children will be able to go on and we are overjoyed to make their dreams come true.