The 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

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

We're honored to receive the 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

The 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

What is the Subaru Love Promise?




At Evergreen Subaru, "going the extra mile" is a mission that reaches far beyond working with customers. We also believe in contributing to a strong community around us. We are fortunate to be in a community with so many worthy organizations doing such important work. And it's important to us to support them in their critical efforts. 

The Subaru Love Promise is just that. A promise. It is a promise to do right by our community by partnering with nonprofit education, health, community, environment, and animal organizations - to set Subaru apart through our deeds and the deeds of our partners. To be unlike any other car company by doing what is right and good, just for the sake of doing it. 

The Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment

We believe in being a positive force in something bigger. And it all starts right here in our community. Not just by our donations, but by our actions.

That's why we stay true to our Love Promise Community Commitment by partnering with a wide variety of community nonprofits and charities.

Every year, we join hands with our owners in the "Share the Love" event, giving back to our community-a community that's given so much to us.

So, every day, we strive to ensure our love is felt not just by our customers, but by all in our community. We do this because we feel it is the right thing to do.

We are proud to participate in the Love Promise Community Commitment. We're grateful, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve and support the causes and passions that are closest to our hearts, right here in our neighborhood.

All of the organizations we support have one thing in common: the unwavering dedication to improve the world and the lives of ­its people.

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 Evergreen Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

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.

Greater Androscoggin Humane So, Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills
Androscoggin Land Trust
United Way of Androscoggin C, Auburn Middle School
Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine, The Public Theatre
Move Me Forward Foundation, Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center, Lisbon Emergency, Safe Voices

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Love Promise Stories from Evergreen Subaru

Evergreen and Wending Maps & Wayfinding  –  Wendy C

 Evergreen and Wending Maps & Wayfinding

It was while I was buying my Outback from Evergreen Subaru that it occurred to me to ask for support of the not-for-profit mountain-biking maps project I was working on—after all, Subarus are great cars for outdoor adventures, including mountain biking. I talked to Lynn about it and she has been a wonderful supporter ever since. We worked together on a sponsorship package that has helped make the production of the maps possible. But not only that, Lynn has promoted the project through Evergreen's online and traditional media channels (I found about the radio channel when friends said “I heard about your maps on public radio!”) and has recently produced a fun video of a group of us on a regular Tuesday-night ride. Evergreen Subaru has not only helped make the maps possible, but also helped promote them and make them available to people for being active in the outdoors. Truly a benefit to our community. I am grateful for Evergreen's support in making this happen.


SeniorsPlus Meals on Wheels Delivery in Maine  –  Sarah C

SeniorsPlus Meals on Wheels Delivery in Maine

SeniorsPlus: A Day in the Life of a Meals on Wheels Driver Christopher Randall is a Meals on Wheels driver and assessor in rural Western Maine. In this program, he describes his work, travels, and the people he meets. (SeniorsPlus is grateful to Subaru of America for the donation of the 2018 Subaru Outback delivery car.)


Sharing the love down the road  –  Shelley K

Sharing the love down the road

The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) was happy to be at a recent event for community members and customers, hosted by Evergreen Subaru, and to witness the big reveal of the amount they raised for this years Share the Love Hometown Charity Trinity Jubilee Center! It was such a testament to the type of relationships Evergreen Subaru builds with their Hometown Charities, and their local community, to see that representatives from all 5 of the past locally based recipients attended this reveal event. The staff clearly embraced the Share the Love campaign and really connected with their hometown charities. ALT is grateful to have been last years recipient, to have a continuing relationship with Evergreen Subaru and we are excited to celebrate with the next recipient!


Kindness and pies  –  Erin R

Kindness and pies

The Trinity Jubilee Center was honored to be selected as Evergreen Subaru's Share the Love Hometown Charity. Trinity is a community center offering a soup kitchen, food pantry, day shelter, medical clinic, and help with basic necessities and employment and housing searches. The Evergreen Subaru team truly went above and beyond in their support of our work. They visited the Center several times, meeting guests and serving meals in the soup kitchen. Our Executive Director met with Evergreen staff eager to learn more about the Center's mission and programs. Evergreen invited the Center to install a display in their showroom to raise awareness about community needs and the Center's programs. When Evergreen learned that the soup kitchen didn't have enough pies for the Thanksgiving meal, they arrived with stacks of pumpkin pies! Evergreen Subaru really took to heart this commitment to their hometown and their neighbors. Working with them has been an overwhelmingly positive experience and they have been so open to opportunities to learn, share, and make a difference. This Share the Love partnership culminated with a community celebration that brought together staff, customers, and community leaders to honor the Center's work, the dedication of the Evergreen team, and incredible donation Share the Love was able to give to the Center. We are so grateful for their enthusiastic support. It has made a significant impact on our small organization and we will be forever grateful.


Evergreen Subaru steps up to help families in need  –  Erin R

Evergreen Subaru steps up to help families in need

Evergreen Subaru has been a wonderful supporter of the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston over the years. Trinity Jubilee offers a soup kitchen, food pantry, day shelter, medical clinic, and assistance with employment, housing, and basic needs. As we rely heavily on donated items to serve our clients most basic needs, Evergreen Subaru has been a willing and generous partner in hosting a number of collection drives over the years. They have donated and collected diapers several times (which are always in such high demand for our clients) and even collected sports balls for kids to make their summers a little more fun! This winter, they created a brand new collection event to meet a critical, basic need for our clients. Evergreen Subaru's "Share the Love Collection Drive" collected winter gloves and hats for our clients during this brutally cold winter. We give out gloves based on what we have donated at that time. There have been times when we haven't had sufficient quantities or appropriate sizes for people who needed gloves. And to increase awareness and donations, Evergreen Subaru even partnered with a radio station to raffle off Taylor Swift tickets to help this collection drive be its most successful. We are grateful to have such a generous and responsive business partner in our community!


Grateful for Our Outback and Meals  –  Sarah C

Grateful for Our Outback and Meals

Chris Randall, Meals on Wheels at SeniorsPlus driver and assessor, gave a PowerPoint presentation at the annual Fill the Plate Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels at SeniorsPlus. The benefit event attracted more than 200 people. Guests were shuttled from the parking area to the event in the Subaru Outback that SeniorsPlus received through the 50 Cars for 50 Years program of Subuaru of America and Meals on Wheels America – giving the car a break from the long rides it’s made since we received it and were hit with record-breaking snowfall. The breakfast event is part of the March for Meals initiative of Meals on Wheels America. Chris handles many deliveries in the more remote areas of Western Maine. He opened his talk with: “My day to day journey brings me to some of the most rural areas that I’ve ever seen in my life. Small old towns. Country roads. Year to date, thousands of miles will be driven. I will meet up with Mother Nature along the way and will conquer snowfall, rainfall, extremely muddy roads and driveways, and when lucky a beautiful summer day, I’m really looking forward to some of these. I say this very confidently because all this happens in our new 2018 Subaru Outback.“ Featured in his talk was Meals on Wheels consumer Sherry, who said “I can’t stand for long, so Meals on Wheels helps me because I can’t stand and cook.” Here’s the Subaru parked in front of Sherry’s building with Chris unloading Sherry's food.


Collaborating on food drive  –  Sarah C

Collaborating on food drive

SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated agency on aging, will collaborate with Evergreen Subaru of Auburn on a food drive as part of the national Subaru Share the Love program. The two organizations will partner together to hold a “Stuff the Subaru - Share the Love Food Drive” for seniors in need from January 22 through February 14 at Evergreen Subaru at 774 Center Street in Auburn.Foods gathered at the food drive will be used by SeniorsPlus to create emergency food packs of non-perishable foods for distribution to people suffering from hunger. SeniorsPlus serves through its Meals on Wheels program more than 100,000 meals annually to almost 800 individuals."These Emergency Food Packs enable us to divert a crisis hunger situation while longer-term solutions are found. No one should go hungry,” said Betsy Sawyer-Manter, President and CEO of SeniorsPlus. More than 200,000 Mainers struggle against hunger.


Working together. Saving lives.  –  Donna K

Working together.  Saving lives.

As a non-profit animal shelter, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society relies on the support of many local business and business owners who share our love for pets. And our local Subaru dealership, Evergreen Subaru, does not fall short. Their investment in our work and their commitment to animal welfare in our community enables us to provide essential serves for the more that 4,500 animals we welcome annually. The encouragement Doug and Lynn Weisz (and their amazing team of animal lovers) have provided us over the last 5 years has helped to save thousands of lives. Lives, not only within the Shelter but within our community. In addition to having had the honor of being chosen as Evergreen Subaru’s “hometown charity” for the 2013 Share the Love Event and most recently, last month’s Subaru Loves Pets Campaign; they share our vision for improving lives of the animals both within and beyond our Shelter’s walls. Over the years, they have graciously opened up their dealership for many fundraising events, adoption events and even a vaccination clinic in a combined effort to make our communities pets healthy. We are grateful for Evergreen Subaru’s commitment to our mission, our work and our community – because their investment at this level tells us we are on the right track. We look forward to the next 5 years; working together and continuing to provide essential programs and services for the animals we welcome and the community we serve.


Picking up our 2018 Subaru Outback  –  Sarah C

Picking up our 2018 Subaru Outback

Our award of the 2018 Subaru Outback for deliveries of Meals on Wheels at SeniorsPlus, began with the car pick-up at Evergreen Subaru in Auburn, Maine. The trusty Evergreen team joined Holly Zielinski, Nutrition and Community Services Director at SeniorsPlus, and Betsy Sawyer-Manter, President and CEO of SeniorsPlus, for a photo op. The team at Evergreen continues to wow us with their generous engagement with SeniorsPlus as well as other nonprofits in the community. Our 2018 Subaru Outback is now making the meal-delivery rounds. Watch for it! It’s a sky-blue beauty!


Ribbon cutting with friends for our new Subaru  –  Sarah C

Ribbon cutting with friends for our new Subaru

Our Subaru family convened on a crisp Maine morning today as we unveiled our sky-blue Subaru Outback. SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated Agency on Aging, was lucky enough to be one of fifty Meals on Wheels organizations nationwide to be awarded a 2018 Subaru Outback. Attendees at the unveiling included Holly Zielinski, Nutrition and Community Services Director at SeniorsPlus, Bill Bergeon, Subaru Of New England District Sales Manager, Doug Weisz of Evergreen Subaru in Auburn, and representatives from the offices of Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King, and Congressman Bruce Polliquin. Doug Weisz and Lynn Weisz of Evergreen Subaru in Auburn were, as always, a great help and lent us the car bow of car bows. Plans are now underway for us to collaborate on a food drive in January. In case you missed it, in celebration of its 50th anniversary and in partnership with Meals on Wheels America, Subaru of America, Inc. has donated 50 Subaru Outbacks nationally to 50 Meals on Wheels delivery organizations. On average each month, SeniorsPlus drivers cover 3250 miles to deliver meals, and the donated 2018 Subaru Outback will enable staff and volunteers of SeniorsPlus to reach 75 more older people and serve 1500 more meals each month. Thank you Subaru!


Spreading Love and Warmth to Cancer Patients  –  Amy H

Spreading Love and Warmth to Cancer Patients

On July 5th, Evergreen Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society MA Chapter started their day by making a delivery to the Dempsey Center in Lewiston Maine. This was done as part of the "Subaru Loves to Care" project - a partnership between Subaru of America, Inc. and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The goal of this campaign was to share some hope, warmth and comfort with adults and children receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis. They delivered cozy blankets and kids craft kits to distribute to individuals and families who utilize the Dempsey Center.


Evergreen Subaru: Caring for their community  –  Jennifer M

Evergreen Subaru: Caring for their community

I remember when word first got out that there was going to be a Subaru dealer in town. That was VERY exciting news to me. Working in Lewiston/Auburn, having a Subaru dealer in town meant I could get my car serviced while I was at work instead of making a special trip to Bath or South Portland. I actually called them to make an appointment before they were even open. I drove that first car 172,000 miles and the great folks at Evergreen Subaru made it possible. Now I am over 50,000 miles into my second Subaru Forester and I know that I am in good hands at Evergreen Subaru. I feel “taken care of”: that secure feeling you have when there is a great team behind you and you know they won’t let you down. Evergreen Subaru doesn’t take care of just their customers, they also take care of their community. I work at The Public Theatre in Lewiston. For 26 years, we have produced Broadway-quality theatre, with professional actors who come up here from New York City. Two years ago, Evergreen Subaru became a Corporate Sponsor. Along with our other sponsors, Evergreen Subaru is enriching the arts and culture of Lewiston Auburn, and making it an even more wonderful place to live. On behalf of the 300,000 theatregoers and 100,000 children who have attended our shows (lowest price tickets anywhere!), I thank Evergreen Subaru for being there for me, AND my community.


Evergreen, Land Conservation & Outdoor Recreation  –  Shelley K

Evergreen, Land Conservation & Outdoor Recreation

Androscoggin Land Trust(ALT) is truly grateful to have been selected by Evergreen Subaru as the 2016 Share the Love Hometown Charity. The partnership was a perfect fit. Subarus reliably transport ALT’s outdoors-loving members into the natural places we work to conserve! Joining forces with the terrific employees at Evergreen has been a pleasure, and will continue to have a significant impact on our mission. In preparation for the campaign, Evergreen staff took time to hike an ALT trail (across the river from their business) to learn more about ALT. We walked and talked about our shared commitment to the places and people that help our community thrive. Evergreen then created an exciting promotional video. Owners Lynn and Doug Weisz are wonderful, collaborative supporters of ALT. Doug thoughtfully described our work by saying: “We can't take our community's natural resources for granted. It takes volunteers, materials, time and funds to protect and maintain them." Lynn spoke at our annual meeting, sharing words about Evergreen’s commitment to ALT’s work, which contributed greatly to the event. Whenever we stopped in to replenish supplies, the energy and engagement of the sales staff was evident. Evergreen “shared the love” with ALT not only through invaluable funding, but by sharing our mission with its customers. Our appreciation for the support of this wonderful local business cannot be overstated. A heartfelt thank you to Evergreen, and to Subaru’s Share the Love campaign!


Partnering Against Hunger  –  Sarah C

Partnering Against Hunger

On what was the coldest day of the year to date, SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated agency on aging, collaborated with nearby Evergreen Subaru as part of the national Subaru Share the Love program. The two organizations held the “Share the Love Food Drive” on Friday, December 16 from 9 am to 3 pm at Evergreen Subaru at 774 Center Street in Auburn, Maine. Almost 300 pounds of food was collected on what turned out to be one of the coldest days to date this fall/winter. Foods gathered at the food drive are being used by Meals on Wheels at SeniorsPlus to create emergency food packs of non-perishable foods for distribution to individuals in need. People who wished to contribute food to the campaign dropped off non-perishable items at Evergreen Subaru. To catch the eyes of passersby during the food drive, a SeniorsPlus banner was placed in front of the Subaru dealership, as was a Meals on Wheels van decorated with a large red bow. Emergency Food Packs enable SeniorsPlus to divert a crisis hunger situation while longer-term solutions are found. Evergreen Subaru helped to get the word out about the food drive, including hyping the event on social media. Evergreen employees assisted mightily with food collection that chilly day. Through its Meals on Wheels program, SeniorsPlus serves more than 100,000 meals annually to 800 individuals, many of whom live in remote, rural areas. Maine being the “oldest state in the country” so keeping up with MOW demand is challenging.


Evergreen Subaru Supports Boys & Girls Clubs!  –  Ann M

Evergreen Subaru Supports Boys & Girls Clubs!

Evergreen Subaru in Auburn, Maine has been very generous to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, particularly its Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse! The Clubs were named Evergreen Subaru's 2015 Share the Love hometown charity and received $25,000 in Spring 2016 to support the purchase of a second 12-passenger van at the Clubhouse. In addition, Evergreen Subaru hosted job-shadowing days for our Club members to get a sense of all the departments at Evergreen. Since then, Evergreen Subaru continues to be very charitable to its local Boys & Girls Club! Evergreen helped furnish the Teen Center with gently used couches and love seats, and is helping to find the perfect van for the Clubhouse's transportation program. Overall, Evergreen Subaru has helped transform BGCSM's Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse to serve more members, more often, with greater impact in the Lewiston/Auburn community.


Helping Us Help Children  –  Amy M

Helping Us Help Children

Evergreen Subaru in Auburn, Maine has made a very generous donation to our service. Lisbon Emergency is a non-profit organization providing emergency medical care to the residents of Lisbon, Maine and surrounding communities. Evergreen Subaru has made is possible for our service to purchase a new pediatric jump kit. This jump kit will save us valuable time when treating children in an emergency setting. Everyone at Lisbon Emergency thanks Evergreen Subaru for all they do and for giving back to the community.


"No ordinary school supply drive"  –  Sarah D

When you think of a school supply drive, your mind automatically thinks about pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, binders, etc. I bet you didn't consider deodorant, toothbrushes, snacks, and gently used sneakers. Well, Lynn Weisz and the staff at Evergreen Subaru were willing to think outside of the box this fall for their "Adopt a Classroom" campaign. Our school is made up of more than 50% of free and reduced lunch students, which means that more than half of our student population lives in poverty. Of course pencils and paper help children learn, but how can we expect them to learn when their basic needs have not been met? Our school has the "Green Closet". We stock this space with hygiene products, food, gently used clothing and footwear, and winter attire so we can meet the needs of our students and their families. There are SO many students who access these items, whether they come hungry to school, arrive wet from the rain, have hygiene needs, have holes in their sneakers, or so many other reasons. The Evergreen Subaru staff and their customers helped us stock our shelves to prepare for the year ahead. We are SO fortunate to have a business in our community who will work with us and support us to meet our children's needs. We can't thank them enough!


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