The 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Subaru Love Promise Customer and 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.

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.
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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 over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country. 

Environment

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

Since 2018, Subaru has partnered with TerraCycle.  Participating Subaru retailers collect hard-to-recycle trash that was headed to local landfills. We collect approximately 2 tons of this hard-to-recycle trash monthly, which will be converted to furnishings and other usable items and donated locally.

Education

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

Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 277,600 award-winning science books.  In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of S400,000 in gift cards and school supplies. 

Community

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

In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. 

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.

Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide. 

How is Subaru Concord 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.

Cabarrus County Animal Shelter, Catering to Cats and Dogs
Just Water 4 Haiti, TerraCycle
Classroom Central, Winecoff Elementary School, Bethel Elementary, R Brown McAllister STEM Elementary
Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Concord Downtown Development Corp
Partners 4 New Hope, Inc, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, NC Chapter, Community Blood Centers of the Carolinas
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Love Promise Stories from Subaru Concord

Subaru and Subaru Concord 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

Teacher of the Year Gift Presentation  –  Whitney M

Each year our local new car dealers' association provides a generous gift to the Teacher of the Year for every school system that operates in an area served by member dealers. Dealers are invited to establish or build on an existing relationship with the school in their community that produced the Teacher of the Year. Kannapolis City School's honoree for the 2020-2021 school year is Ms. Hogan of Shady Brook Elementary. On May 21st, with a lot of help from the school's Principal, Ms. Doehle, we were able to surprise Ms. Hogan in front of a group of her peers! Told she would be attending a planning meeting with other staff, Ms. Hogan's surprise is evident in the attached video! In addition to receiving a large gift certificate from the Association, Ms. Hogan received a gift card to enjoy the town's new baseball stadium with a guest and a Subaru Klean Kanteen thermos from Subaru Concord. Additionally, both Ms. Hogan and Ms. Doehle received flowers in appreciation for their time and dedication to their students.


Food is Love!  –  Donna R

Subaru Concord is honored to help feed our neighbors in need through support of Feeding America! In April 2020, near the start of the pandemic, Subaru of America announced a 50 million meal donation to Feeding America as part of the Subaru Loves to Help pillar, the community-focused initiative of the Subaru Love Promise. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is a member of the Feeding America network and provides food to families in 24 counties throughout North and South Carolina. In the Fall of 2020, Subaru Concord partnered with sister store, Subaru South Blvd, to donate just over 50,000 lbs. of food directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina through a combination of non-perishable food items, online donations and in-person donations from team members and Subaru owners. Knowing that the purchasing power of the Food Bank exceeds our own and to avoid donations that were not the best fit for nutritious, balanced meals, we focused on providing funds rather than canned goods. We received both funds and food from our community and delivered all on November 10th to the Charlotte facility. Subaru of America announced in January 2021 that they would double the donation made in 2020 and donate 100 million meals to Feeding America. “Once again, Subaru is working with Feeding America to help the millions of families struggling with hunger across the U.S.,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. “As we continue to weather these unprecedented times together, we hope our contribution to Feeding America ensures the most vulnerable members of our communities are fed and cared for.” Together, the Charlotte-area Subaru retailers helped to provide over 761,000 meals in our communities. To increase the impact locally, both Subaru Concord and Subaru South Blvd elected to donate additional meals: 50,000 each! Nationwide, additional donations from the network of 633 Subaru retailers brought the total of meals donated to over 105 million*. “The pandemic has posed unique challenges for food banks and the people we serve,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “We are tremendously grateful to Subaru of America, along with Subaru retailers and distributors, for their generous support and commitment to fighting against hunger in communities across the country.” This is the Subaru Love Promise at work! *$1 helps provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.


The Gift of Blood IS the Gift of Life  –  Julie K

Subaru Concord consistently comes through! We appreciate Subaru Concord hosting blood drives at their highly visible location. Their drives always have a high rate of engagement and we believe that local Subaru owners and Subaru Concord team members have big hearts and understand how important a robust blood supply is to our community. The drive coordinator, Whitney Marti, goes above and beyond by creating displays and signage for the Subaru retail facility, as well as creating handouts, emails, social media posts and more. In our third year of partnership with consecutive quarterly blood drives, together we continue to increase participants as we work toward our 2021 goal. To assist with achieving our shared goal, the owners of Subaru Concord increased the Thank You Gift for donors to a generous $35 gift certificate offered to every successful donor. This drive resulted in 25 units of life-saving blood with participants ranging from Subaru owners, Subaru Concord retail team members and Concord-area residents who saw the bloodmobile and stopped by to give. There are 5 drives scheduled for 2021. OneBlood knows that if the need increases, Subaru Concord will host us without hesitation any time we ask! Our successful Subaru drives are due in no small part to the dedication and investment of time and money into the success of the drives. We cannot do what we do without partners like Subaru Concord and their commitment to our mission. Thank you for your continued support!


Sunshine and a Smile for Seniors  –  Kimberly S

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels has been the Subaru Concord Hometown Charity partner during the Subaru Share the Love Event for the past seven years. Subaru Concord team members have been delivering meals for longer than that: over 10 years! This past year has meant placing food in a bag and hanging it on the doorknob and then backing away to a safe distance – to ensure a safe, contactless delivery - but removing any chance of conversation. This deprives meal recipients of the human interaction that is so important. Subaru Concord wanted to introduce some cheerfulness to these seniors who may be experiencing a greater degree of isolation during the pandemic. Subaru Concord delivered 450 notes of encouragement when they arrived to deliver meals on March 19th – enough for each of our clients. The colorful notes, created by members of the Subaru team in between serving guests and delivering vehicles, will be delivered this week to bring some sunshine and a smile to Cabarrus County seniors.


The Gift of Blood is the Gift of Life  –  Julie K

Non-profit Blood Banks face many challenges in our country right now and every unit counts and can potentially save up to three lives. Business and school closures reduce viable drive locations; people isolating at home reduces the number of donors. We appreciate Subaru Concord’s continued willingness to consistently host drives at their highly visible location. We cannot do what we do without partners like Subaru Concord and their commitment to our mission. Entering our third year of consecutive quarterly blood drives, we are steadily increasing the number of life-saving donations per year. Our goal this year is 150 units to exceed the 98 units collected in 2020. We have 5 drives scheduled for 2021, knowing that if the need increases, Subaru Concord will host us without hesitation any time we ask! Our successful Subaru drives are due in no small part to the generous gift of an Oil and Filter change coupon offered to every donor, whether or not they are Subaru owners. Thank you for your continued support!


Home Town Boys and Business  –  Tamie Y

Steve and Earl are an unbelievable team! They will work with you and give you the best car for your money and your family. I love Subaru! I am now buying my 2nd Subaru. My first Subaru was the Outback, and now I have the Ascent Model Touring. The service is over and beyond as well as the customer service they give to ALL their customers. I am writing this review because it just feels good driving a Subaru and the cars are first and foremost safe and reliable, as well as sporty and classic. Also, the cars are excellent to transport your animals to the vet or to travel with. We now have seven puppies from our Border Collie and working with us to buy a car to also include our animals is priceless. This dealership is your home town dealership and it feels good dealing with a local business and giving back to them what they give to our community! If you need a car, they have one for you! Buy local and you will be satisfied! Tamie Young


Quarterly Blood Drive  –  Whitney M

Our November blood drive was held on the day after Veterans Day during the remnants of Hurricane Eta making her way through the Carolinas. Even with local flooding and street closures, the drive still surpassed the day's unit goal. The need is increasing for blood donors: The number of COVID-19 cases are climbing along with hospitalizations. Medical supply chains may be disrupted, including life-saving blood and platelets. 21 units of blood were collected from members of the community, Subaru owners and Subaru Concord team members. Each unit collected can potentially save up to 3 lives. Each donor received a 50% off oil and filter change coupon, a $10 eGift card and a warm fleece blanket as thank yous for donating blood. The total number of units collected so far in 2020 has reached 98 units, potentially saving up to 294 lives.


Subaru Concord Loves Catering to Cats and Dogs!  –  Whitney M

Our partnership with local foster-based rescue group, Catering to Cats and Dogs, looked a lot different in 2020 than in 2019, but the partnership continued to grow. In person events were cancelled due to the pandemic, so we teamed up virtually for the month of October. Every day a pet was featured on our social media channels, encouraging the community to visit C2CND.org and get to know the featured pet in need of a forever home, or one of the other pets waiting for their forever family. In addition to social postings, a display was made in store beginning with a calendar and adding the featured pet of the day each day until the display showed the results for the month and all 31 adoptable cats and dogs. In honor of the 2nd annual Make a Dog’s Day, several special needs pets were featured, including Christopher who is diabetic and visually impaired and Lady Frankie, who suffered numerous health problems caused by neglect prior to being taken in to rescue/foster - including hearing impairment. During Subaru Loves Pets month, Catering to Cats and Dogs would earn $100 for each pet adopted throughout the month of October, up to $3,100 from Subaru of America and Subaru Concord. Overall 45 pets were adopted in October. Many more await their forever homes – you can meet them on C2CND.org! Thank you to all who shared the posts and followed the links to visit and support Catering to Cats and Dogs!


Delivering Warmth and Gratitude on Veterans Day  –  Joe L

The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Concord serves members of our community who find themselves without shelter. With winter arriving and more people in need due to the pandemic, we are grateful to Subaru of America for coordinating the donation of 50,000 warm blankets nationwide! The warm blanket delivery was scheduled for Veterans Day – so cupcakes were presented in appreciation to the hard-working staff - ‘Thank You to those who serve those who served’. Many veterans and their families who find themselves in need of shelter services are served with dignity by the Center of Hope staff and we are honored to show our appreciation for their efforts! Delivering a thank you to the shelter staff and warm blankets for the men and women they serve are Whitney Marti and Adam Hinson of Subaru Concord. Accepting donations on behalf of the Concord Salvation Army Center of Hope is Joe Lasalle.


50,000 lbs of Food to Local Food Bank  –  Celia F

Recognizing that the pandemic has negatively impacted many members of our community, many of whom already lived at or near the poverty line, Subaru Concord and Subaru South Blvd teamed up to donate 50,000 lbs. of food to our local food bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. From September 15th through October 31st, canned good donations and cash donations were accepted in store and online from our team members and Subaru owners. The leadership team designated a portion of every vehicle sale, service repair or maintenance, and parts or accessory purchase toward the goal of 50,000 lbs. of food. On November 10th, a check and 131 pounds of food combined to equal 50,005 lbs. were delivered to the staff of Second Harvest by Executive General Manager, Gary Porter and Community Liaison, Whitney Marti. Receiving the donation on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is Celia Farmer.


Saving lives with OneBlood  –  Julie K

Whitney, I want to thank you so much for hosting another blood drive and sharing your power to save lives!!! We value our partnership with Subaru Concord and greatly appreciate your dedication and commitment and everything you did to help make the blood drive a huge success!! We are pleased to share with you that your blood drive resulted in 25 units of blood! Remember, each blood donation can save up to three lives so that means 75 patients could benefit from the lifesaving efforts of blood donors at SubaruConcord, which is a record for you!!! Every one of your drive keeps going up and up! We encourage you to share the drive results with the rest of your team and customers and please pass along our gratitude for their lifesaving efforts. The blood donated at your blood drive was likely transfused into patients within 48 to 72 hours. The turnaround is that fast and is that constant. An enthusiastic, dependable blood drive chairperson is one of the keys to a blood drives success and we want to take this opportunity to thank you again for helping with coordinating the drive and saving lives in our community. We truly value your dedication and commitment and look forward to the opportunity to work together again in the future. We have your next drive scheduled for Thursday, November 12th from 12-6. With the way things have been going for you, we will keep a close watch on your appointments and as we approach your drive if it is filling up like they have been doing, we will talk about adding a second bus to accommodate everyone!! Thank you again for your dedication and commitment in helping us on our lifesaving mission!!! Julie Kominek Account Representative OneBlood, Inc Julie.shelton@Oneblood.org 704-617-0846


Hosting Additional Blood Drives to Meet Demand  –  Whitney M

Our partnership with OneBlood, our community blood blank, provides for quarterly blood drives at our facility. The need for blood donations is ongoing and has not diminished during the pandemic and in fact, has grown due to a shrinking donor pool: With businesses and schools closed or operating with reduced hours and staff, many drives have had to be canceled. Finding places to hold successful blood drives is essential to our community. From our partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we know that many blood cancer patients need blood products daily to stay alive and this need has not changed during the pandemic. Additionally, convalescent plasma may save the lives of those suffering from COVID-19 – OneBlood is offering COVID-19 antibody testing to all donors to identify those who can make a difference in this way. We were humbled by the response from our Subaru community to our June drive and immediately added a July drive to accommodate the potential donors who could not get appointments in June. Our next drive is already scheduled for September 16th so that participants from both the June and July drives will be eligible to donate again. Our donor pool continues to grow with each drive and we are grateful for each and every one of these life-saving heroes! We are especially thankful for the 24 people who presented to donate at this drive. 20 units were collected with the potential to save up to 60 lives.


Giving the Gift of Life During the Pandemic  –  Julie S

We are Grateful for the Brave Who Give the Gift of Life! Reasons for hosting regular blood drives are many. As part of our commitment to making a positive difference in our community and fulfilling our Subaru Love Promise, we are committed to partnering with organizations who have like-minded goals. One partner is Oneblood, who recently merged with Community Blood Centers of the Carolinas. From our partnerships with Oneblood, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, NC and our local chapter of The National Marrow Donor Program we have met many wonderful members of our community, many of whom need blood products every single day just to stay alive as they fight cancer. Members of our community being treated for heart disease or suffering from trauma also need blood products, whether whole blood, platelets or plasma. The need for blood products daily during the pandemic continues but the blood banks have had to cancel many drives: businesses and schools where drives are regularly held are closed or working with reduced staff to maintain distance. Potential donors are heeding the advice that they are ‘Safer at Home” and not participating in community drives at levels seen before Stay at Home orders were announced. There is call for donors with COVID-19 antibodies to donate plasma to help patients receiving treatment: Studies have shown that by transfusing the plasma from a person who has recovered from the coronavirus, into a patient still fighting the virus, it can help boost the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. Local Subaru owners and team members heeded the call to help and enthusiastically responded in such numbers that we immediately added another drive as soon as the blood bank could come back to handle the overflow of potential donors. When that drive is full, we are ready to add yet another with our blood bank partner, OneBlood. All donors receive an oil change coupon, a free t-shirt and a COVID-19 Antibody test. We are grateful for the support of hospitals, doctors and patients in our community and look forward to our continued partnership with Oneblood. We are thankful for the donors who braved stormy weather, 90 degree heat and in some cases, extended wait times to provide the gift of life. 25 potential donors presented and 16 units of blood were collected. Each unit can potentially save up to 3 lives. Blood drives on July 14th and September 16th are already scheduled and donors can reserve their time now by visiting Oneblood.org and searching for blood drives at Subaru Concord.


Thank you, Subaru Concord!  –  Kimberly S

Thank you to Subaru Concord for supporting Cabarrus Meals on Wheels for the 96h consecutive year during the 2019 Subaru Share the Love Event. Cabarrus Meals of Wheels received a $19,621 donation which allowed us to provide over #6,300 meals this year to seniors in need across our community. That makes a grand total of over #40,000 meals provided these past 6 years by Subaru Concord through the Share the Love Event. Subaru Concord also hosted food and pet food drives and regularly delivers meals. Thank you Subaru Concord for your support!


Community Shows Love by Giving the Gift of Life  –  Lori H

On Tuesday, February 11th, Subaru Concord hosted a Winter Blood Drive. Our partner, OneBlood, sent out a plea for donors due to shortages caused by the previous Thursday’s tornadic activity that resulted in many area drives being cancelled. Our community responded! More donors presented and more units were collected than any previous Subaru Concord-hosted drive. Subaru Concord offered 50% off oil change certificates to their customer base to encourage participation and OneBlood offered a red, long-sleeved T-shirt to all donors. A Valentine’s Day theme was chosen for this drive because Subaru Concord believes there is no better way to show love than by ‘Giving the Gift of Life’! Our local GameStop, managed by a Subaru owner, brought a gaming system and plenty of giveaways for donors to enjoy: the goal being to encourage younger donors.


Celebrating Subaru Loves Pets  –  Whitney M

On November 8th, Subaru Concord hosted the non-profit animal rescue group Catering 2 Cats and Dogs at the facility as part of Subaru Loves Pets month activities. The rescue group is 100% foster-based and we are delighted that they could come together at our facility and showcase some of dogs in their care awaiting forever homes. At the end of the evening we loaded them up with donations from our teammates and customers who generously brought in food, treats and supplies throughout the month of October. We are thankful for the hard work of this rescue community and for the generosity of those who brought in supplies.


Subaru Loves Learning with Bethel Elementary Schoo  –  Ronnye B

In an effort to make a positive impact on education in its local community, Subaru Concord donated award-winning science books to Bethel Elementary School as part of a larger Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) initiative called Subaru Loves Learning. Throughout the month of August, Subaru Concord asked customers to inspire students to learn more about science by writing a note of encouragement on bookmarks donated to Bethel Elementary. Over 150 award-winning science books, 150 bookmarks, as well as a $1000 Staples gift card were delivered to Bethel Elementary School Principal Julie Barbee and staff on October 10th by Subaru Concord team members Earl Broadway, Sales Manager and Whitney Marti, Customer Liaison. The donated books are selected from the winners and finalists of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, an award that emphasizes the importance of science books for both information and enjoyment. This year's selection of books exemplifies outstanding and engaging science writing and illustration for young readers. More than 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and only 36% of high school students are ready for college-level science. With the inclusion of outstanding K-12 science trade books in the classroom, teachers can help bridge the gap.


Make a Dog’s Day  –  Andy A

Subaru is proud to establish the first-ever National Make A Dog’s Day October 22nd. As part of Subaru Loves Pets month, we’re inviting all dog lovers to do something extra special for their furry best friends. Plus, Subaru will be focusing our efforts on helping the hardest-to-adopt shelter Dogs –those with special needs-find homes. Get ready to fall in love withThe Underdogs. #MakeADogsDay Meet Gabi! Gabi has been at the Humane Society of NWGA (Northwest Georgia) for seven years. If you asked the volunteers to pick their favorite animal at the shelter, Gabi would win hands down. She does not do well with dogs or cats so must be the only animal in an adult only family. She loves people and will bond very quickly to you. Gabi would make someone a great companion. She is waiting patiently for her forever home. If you have room in your heart and your home for this sweet girl then please fill out an adoption application, highlight and right click this link: https://hsnwga.org/adoption/application-for-adoption/?fbclid=IwAR2Ie18p6U3ryKi-niIuIZFTd-waD98xrySl7IJmiRBXE239WP7dpODubiU #MakeADogsDay #SubaruLovesPets #TheUnderdogs


#DonateLife  –  Lori H

On August 8th, Subaru Concord once again hosted a blood drive in partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas - One Blood (CBCC). CBCC generously offered coolers to presenting donors. Subaru added a money-saving coupon to encourage and thank donors.We are grateful to our repeat donors who ensure we exceed our goals every quarter: drives are scheduled through 2020 and we hope you will consider giving the gift of life! Visitors and donors were able to enjoy refreshments in the showroom while learning more about life-saving blood donations. Our partners, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC, Charlotte Chapter and Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program) provided information on their missions and visitors could begin the registration process to join the National Marrow Donor Registry - yet another opportunity to save lives!


Kicking Cancer to the Curb Together  –  Cathy B

Back in May of 2016, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) North Carolina and Subaru Concord were working together as partners for the first time on the Subaru Loves to Care national initiative. Staff from both entities were looking forward to delivering warm blankets to patients at Charlotte’s Levine Cancer Institute along with messages of hope and strength filled out by Subaru customers during the month of June. Cancer patients receiving their life-saving chemotherapy treatments are often cold during infusion time, so the idea of providing warm blankets to those that need them most became the foundation of the new partnership. Something much scarier was also happening in May of 2016 to the Furrer family, and especially to 8 year-old Mia. On May 26, 2016 their nightmare began. Parents David & Marianna took Mia to the doctor for an ear ache and a minutely swollen lymph node at the base of her collar bone. Her pediatrician confirmed she had an ear infection but she was also concerned about the swollen lymph and asked them to return if the swelling hadn’t gone down by the time the course of antibiotics was complete. As a Mommy, Marianna knew in her heart that something was wrong with her baby girl but they had to wait. Two days later, David & Marianna received a phone call directly from the pediatrician that they were being referred to Pediatric Oncology at Levine Children’s Hospital because there was obvious concern with Mia’s white cell count and the lymph seemed to be growing larger daily. Marianna says, “I cannot describe the anguish and pain I felt as a Mama hearing that my 8 year-old baby needed to see Oncology. My worst fears were a reality. Cancer. My baby.” On July 1 the family visited Oncology and a biopsy was scheduled right away. In two days’ time it was confirmed their little girl had cancer. Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Mia would need to be admitted to the hospital to begin treatment right away. Marianna says, “Mia’s life has been shaped by this journey and so has ours. She’s convinced she has a calling to help children like herself who are suffering with cancer because she can relate to them one on one through her experience so that they know they are not alone”. Thankfully, 11 year-old Mia has been in remission for 2 years and 9 months. “We thank God daily for the health of our beautiful little girl but we know that the fight isn’t over for so many other families”, says Marianna. Also in May of 2016, Scott Peterson was about to accept his nomination as a candidate for LLS’s Man of the Year fundraising campaign in Charlotte. Then, as a 10-year survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Scott always knew he wanted to pay it forward and help fund the cures so no one else would have to go through what he and his family did when he was in his late 20’s. He aligned with LLS, the largest agency dedicated to finding the cures for blood cancer, and set out to not only win Charlotte’s Man of the Year title, but the LLS National Man of the Year title as well. Obviously, when Scott puts his mind to something, he makes it happen. He won both titles by raising the most money of any man in Charlotte and across the country during the 10-week campaign! In May of 2016, Scott and Mia were at opposite ends of the cancer spectrum- Mia, a newly diagnosed patient and Scott, a survivor and advocate for LLS. Neither Mia nor Scott had any inkling that just 4 years later, they would meet at Subaru Concord, both wanting to give back to those who are on their own cancer journey as they had been 4 and 12 years earlier, respectively. Fast forward to July 2019. Subaru Concord partners, Gary Porter and his son Steve are present for the blanket and Subaru Customer Care Card delivery to Levine Cancer Institute (LCI), Concord, as they have been every year since 2016, the inaugural year of the partnership with LLS. You could see how happy they were that both Mia and Scott were present and continuing to do well, and that they, too, wanted to be a part of the blanket delivery to LCI. The Porters, as well as the rest of the staff of Subaru Concord, are proud of this partnership, and very invested in bettering the lives of people with cancer right in their own community. This is very personal for both Gary and Steve, as Gary’s wife, who is also Steve’s mother, is a lung cancer survivor. On behalf of the Furrers, the Petersons and LLS North Carolina, thank you to the Porters and the entire team at Subaru Concord for believing in the mission of LLS to create a world without blood cancer and improve the lives of patients and their families. It takes a village to kick cancer to the curb, and LLS is proud to be in the fight with Subaru Concord.


Spring Blood Drive - Meet Julian  –  Lori H

On May 14th, Subaru Concord, in partnership with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), The National Marrow Donor Program (BeTheMatch.org) and OneBlood (formerly Community Blood Center of the Carolinas), hosted their second blood drive of 2019. Julian, who has become a spokesperson for LLS of NC, shared his battle with lymphoma to educate the community on the need for blood donors to help others fighting similar battles with blood cancers.We are grateful for Julian, who is graduating from AL Brown High School in Kannapolis this year, for sharing his story and encouraging others to provide the gift of life. During the Spring Blood Drive we offered visitors the opportunity to join the National Marrow Donor Registry and learn more about the outstanding efforts of LLS in our community.


Sharing the Love With Cabarrus Meals on Wheels  –  Whitney M

On April 11th, Cabarrus Meals on Wheels invited Subaru Concord to present the Subaru Share the Love Event proceeds during their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Eric Swanson, District Sales Manager, Subaru of America, Gary Porter, Steve Porter, and Whitney Marti, from Subaru Concord, presented the $19,371 check to Kimberly Strong, Executive Director during a lively event that included a catered dinner, gift baskets and door prize baskets for the volunteers. Volunteers were recognized for the length of service and for taking on extra routes when needed. The team from Subaru Concord enjoyed many positive interactions with the volunteers as they offered thanks for the support provided to CMOW by Subaru of America and Subaru Concord.


Recurring Hometown Charity  –  Kimberly S

Thank you to Subaru Concord for supporting Cabarrus Meals on Wheels for the 7th year during the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event. Cabarrus Meals on Wheels was designated as the local Hometown Charity. Cabarrus Meals on Wheels received a donation of over $19,000 this year to help us continue to serve hot meals to our homebound adult neighbors. This donation will allow us to serve over 6,000 hot meals! Over the past 7 years, the Share the Love Event donations have allowed us to serve over 26,000 meals! Subaru Concord also delivers meals each month. During 2018, Subaru Concord team members delivered approximately 200 meals in our community. Thank you Subaru Concord, we could not do what we do without you! We are honored to be your partner!


Subaru Concord Loves to Care - Winter Blood Drive  –  n a

Subaru Concord hosted our first blood drive of 2019 on January 29th. The weather was typical for winter: cold and rainy. Still, members of the community came out to donate and potentially save up to 3 lives. Our team stepped up and members from every department presented to donate during this afternoon drive. Our Spring drive is scheduled for May 3rd. Please join us and donate life!


Subaru Concord Loves Learning at Winecoff Elem.  –  Trish C

Subaru Concord recently donated 150 books to Winecoff Elementary School in Kannapolis, NC. Customers and employees participated in the Subaru Love Learning book drive during the months of August and September. The book donation event was designed to provide outstanding, prize-winning books to schools with the goal of engaging young learners in the world of science and inspire them to want to learn more. The books will supplement the existing curriculum by supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, while also helping to build reading and literacy skills. In addition to the 150 books, they also donated STEM lesson plans and school supplies for students. Subaru Concord ~ your visit and donations were a great way to kick off the holiday season! Thanks again!


Wake the World, Lake Tillery  –  Whitney M

We were pleased to offer support to “Wake the World” in our area through one of our Subaru Ambassadors who brought this great event to our attention last year. We jumped on the chance to provide a small measure of support to ensure the kids had a great day and the volunteers had some thank you gifts for donating their time and fuel expenses.Thank you to Chris Wilder for introducing us to this great organization and the difference they make. Chris, in our opinion, is the perfect Subaru Ambassador: Love for the brand and its products and possessing a community-minded spirit. Wake the World is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are a group of boat owners providing water sports opportunities to abandoned, abused and neglected children, as well as for the handicapped and our wounded warriors. WTW began in 2008 with 8 families providing a day on the lake for some residents of a local children's home. WTW is the largest all volunteer organization of its kind, with over 500 volunteered boats world-wide!


Bark in the Park to Benefit Cabarrus Shelter Pets  –  Juli V

The Kannapolis Intimidators, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox baseball team, contacted Subaru Concord in March to gauge interest in an advertising partnership for the 2018 season. After consideration of their offer, Subaru Concord requested a different approach – one that would benefit homeless pets in the community through the donation of much needed supplies. The team generously agreed to this program and went above and beyond the request to “Pack an Outback” during the three “Bark in the Park” branded events in April, June,and August by offering a free game ticket to all supply donors! The ability to offer this incentive to potential donors helped to make the supply drive successful. Awareness for the campaign was conducted through word of mouth, social media efforts and providing the first and second game attendees with a Subaru dog toy and/or bandanna to remind them to bring donations to the next “Bark in the Park”. All of the donated items were delivered to the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter by Subaru Concord employees within days of each event.


Goodness Starts At The Top  –  Cathy B

With a verbal commitment of "doing it again" already for next year, it's crystal clear that Steve and Gary Porter, owners of Subaru Concord in North Carolina, love their partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Levine Cancer Institute (LCI), Concord. It's more than their personal connections to cancer that drive the Porters to give back time and again to this effort. And hand delivering blankets and Subaru customer care cards with messages of hope and love to cancer patients at LCI was as meaningful to them today as it was the first time they took part it in 2016. LLS is grateful for civic-minded families like the Porters, and the message their philanthropy sends to each and every one of the team at their retail operation in Concord. Giving back is important to Gary and Steve, and that message trickles down to all that work there. Thank you, Subaru Concord!


Good Deeds Are Important to Subaru Employees  –  Cathy B

For the 2nd year, Concord Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina chapter (LLS NC) partnered to deliver warm blankets, kid’s craft kits and Subaru customer care cards filled with words of encouragement and hope to patients at Levine Cancer Institute in Concord. It may be summer outside, but inside patients often get chilled when undergoing chemotherapy. Joining LLS NC was owner, Steve Porter, Customer Liaison, Whitney Marti and Sales Manager, Shawn Sigler. We were given the opportunity to hand- deliver the gifts to patients, and they were touched by the idea that there are people they have never met that care about their cancer battle. It was a wonderful experience for all involved and it wasn’t until we were just about to leave that Shawn became very emotional. She shared the story about losing her very close childhood friend to multiple myeloma just two weeks prior, at 54 years old. Her friend valiantly fought the disease for 14 years, and being a part of the day’s activities naturally brought raw emotions to the surface for her. We all know someone that has been touched by cancer, and the support of organizations, like Subaru, is making a huge difference in the lives of patients all over the country. LLS NC could not be more proud to team up with a company whose message from the top is that giving back to those in need in the communities it serves is vital, and that has owners and employees who want to do what they can in their commitment to others.


Subaru's Love Promise Partnership  –  Whitney M

Subaru Concord is delighted to support R Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School through multiple facets of the Love Promise initiative created by Subaru of America. Beginning in Fall 2015, the Subaru Concord team delivered books from Subaru Loves Learning in support of the STEM program. The books were initially delivered to the school system's district office and the partnership was born. In the Spring of 2016, the delivery of a butterfly habitat for the school's garden was completed. The habitat, also pictured in Fall 2016, is thriving in the school's garden. Fall of 2016 brought a second delivery of science-themed books. We are looking forward to future activities in support of R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary!


Subaru Concord Loves Pets!  –  Whitney M

Subaru Concord enthusiastically jumped on the opportunity to participate in Subaru Loves Pets activities in 2016. We reached out to a new community partner, Cabarrus County Animal Shelter, as our beneficiary of puppy adoption kits, thoughtfully put together by Subaru of America, and pet food donations from our team members and customers. In addition to the pet food drive and adoption kits, we attended Dogs Day Out for the fourth consecutive year and invited the Shelter to share our space and highlight adoptable pets. The wind howled the day of the event, which is an annual fundraiser produced by Concord Parks and Recreation. In spite of unusually cold weather and tent-damaging winds, everyone persevered to raise funds and collect donations. Our favorite activity during this event is the pet costume competition. Several Subaru owners stopped by with their costumed canines to say hello and tell us how much they and their pets love their Subarus!


Subaru Concord Delivers Warmth and Hope  –  Whitney M

Subaru Concord visited the Levine Cancer Center in Concord to deliver warm blankets and messages of hope to members of our community undergoing chemotherapy. The blankets and messages are a part of the Subaru Loves to Care activation. Visitors to our facility were encouraged to write messages of support and hope to those fighting cancer. One member of our team is a cancer survivor and was overjoyed to participate in delivering the blankets directly to those receiving treatment. We are grateful to Subaru of America for creating this nationwide event and providing us with the opportunity to connect with and positively impact the lives of everyone involved.


Subaru Concord Delivering Warmth and Hope  –  Whitney M

This year's Subaru Loves to Care initiative allowed us to provide warmth, through blanket donations, along with messages of hope to members of our community who are undergoing cancer treatments at our local hospital.Sixty warm blankets were delivered on July 25, 2016 to the Rejuvenation Center that is part of Northeast Medical Center's Levine Cancer Institute in Concord. Many handwritten messages of hope were delivered at the same time. These messages were written by our staff, our customers, vendors and other visitors throughout the month of June.We are pleased that Brenda Porter, part of our Subaru Concord family and a cancer survivor, was able to participate in the blanket delivery and offer warmth, caring and her very own personal message of hope to the patients that were in the infusion center the day of our delivery.We would like to thank Levine Cancer Institute-Concord for allowing us to visit and personally make the donations. We also wish to thank Cathy Bloomberg of the North Carolina Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for coordinating the deliveries and providing the necessary support and connections to successfully complete the deliveries.


2015 Dogs Day Out  –  Taylor M

This year marks the third year that Subaru Concord has been a sponsor of Dogs Day Out. The weather was perfect for the contests, including our favorite: the costume contest! We are pleased to support our community through such a fun event. Ace, Service Dog, from Swiftdogz had the best seat in the house for the contests! Many participants went home with a new flying disc to play with. Congratulations to all of the contest winners.


Subaru Loves Learning  –  Ronnye B

Subaru Concord donated 100 books to Cabarrus County Schools. Customers and employees participated in the Subaru Loves Learning book drive during the month of August. The book donation event was designed to provide outstanding, prize-winning books to schools with the goal of engaging young learners in the world of science and inspire them to want to learn more. The books are will supplement existing curriculum by supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, while also helping to build reading and literacy skills. Pictured: Dr. Chris Lowder, Cabarrus Co. Superintendent, Whitney Marti, Subaru Concord, Paulie McNaught, Subaru Concord Sales and Steve Porter, General Manager, Subaru Concord.


Give a Pint, Get 2 Quarts - Blood Drive  –  Laurie W

Subaru Concord hosted a bloodmobile from the American Red Cross on Monday, August 24, 2015 as part of an effort by Subaru of America and Subaru dealers nationwide. 24 donors successfully provided a life-saving donation and also had the opportunity to join the National Marrow Donor Registry and learn about the importance of becoming an organ donor. In addition to the Red Cross, Be The Match and Lifeshare of the Carolinas participated in the event and provided materials for our guests. Pictured is our first donor of the day, Chuck Ende, and the Red Cross volunteer. Donors were offered a discount of 50% off of their next oil and filter change as a thank you for participating.


Subaru Loves Learning Book Drive August 1 - 31  –  Danielle S

Join us in our Subaru Loves Learning initiative during the month of August! We are partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in donating science books to Cabarrus County Schools. All of the books that will be donated have been recognized by AAAS as some of the best science books in their field. Contact us to learn more information.


Subaru Loves the Earth - E-Waste Event  –  Danielle S

We would like to thank our customers for participating in our E Waste Recycling event during the month of April. With your help, we were able to prevent 2,090 lbs of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere. This is equivalent to saving 81 trees, 356 gallons of gasoline, 3,030 plastic bottles, and 13,936 aluminum cans. Thank you for helping strengthen the Subaru Love Promise!


Share the Love Hometown Charity Partner  –  Kimberly S

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels will use the Share the Love Donation to pay for nutritious meals for home bound seniors who are unable to pay for their own meals. These are clients that live on a fixed income of $800 or less per month. The funds will provide 2,300 meals to our clients. We are extremely grateful for the partnership with Subaru. "Share the Love" is a great program that allows our local community members to give to local agencies in a unique way. -Kimberly Strong, Executive Director


April 1-30, 2015 E-Waste Recycling Event  –  Molly M

Throughout the month of April, we are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Event in our store to collect unwanted electronics. We've arranged to work with a company who will responsibly collect, re-purpose, and recycle your electronic waste. Help us protect our environment. Just show up with your E-Waste and we'll do the rest! The first 50 customers who contribute will receive a complementary environmental badge of ownership. We will accept: LCD Monitors, Cell Phones, Laptops, Tablets, CRTs up to 40", Video Games/Consoles, Fax Machines, DVD/VCR Players, Printers, Computer Peripherals, Switches/Routers, Cords and Wires.


Classroom Central in Cabarru County  –  Lauren J

Since 2008 we have supported Classroom Central, a free store for teachers located in Charlotte, NC. Teachers spend an average of $500 out of their own pocket every year to provide supplies to their students and to create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Classroom Central receives donations from the community so that teachers in need can go shopping for the items they need. From book drives and competing to collect the most schools supplies during the annual "School Tools" collection, to becoming the only drop off location in Cabarru's County for community donations, we stand behind the idea of making a difference and equipping at-risk students with the proper tools to help them complete their education and break the cycle of poverty.


Subaru Concord Supports Cabarrus Meals on Wheels  –  Bonnie J

Subaru's "Share the Love" event has helped raise money for charities both locally and nationally. Wilson from WCCB Charlotte was at Subaru Concord where Cabarrus Meals on Wheels was chosen as our local charity. Concord's Mayor Scott Padgett even joined Wilson holding a can of Beenie Weenie's. Wilson can get people to do some of the strangest things. Mayor Padgett talked with Wilson about the program, local charities and the importance of volunteering with local charities. See the link below for a recap of the Rising Show kicking off Share the Love and our food drive to support CMOW. http://www.wccbcharlotte.com/rising/wilsons-world/Sharing-the-Love-with-Wilson-and-Subaru-Concord-284507241.html