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 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 Bennington 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.

Second Chance Animal Shelter
Mt. Anthony High School, Fisher Elementary School
Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity
Southwest Vermont Medical Center, Grace Cottage Ho
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Love Promise Stories from Bennington Subaru

Subaru and Bennington Subaru 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

Spirit of the Summer Gala  –  Marie G

"Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Foundation canceled The Summer Gala—the organization’s signature fundraising event. Today, Vermont’s diligent efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus have allowed us to move cautiously toward a new normal and embrace all of the opportunities that come with it. We have transformed our signature charity event into a virtual experience: Spirit of the Summer Gala. Becoming a Spirit of the Summer Gala sponsor highlights your business to an important clientele. It provides your company with a marketing opportunity that includes significant impressions via web, social media and direct email marketing with reciprocal links to your website. Showing your support for SVHC at this important time enhances your reputation as a community partner." Carol Patterson, Co-Chair Summer Gala Bennington Subaru has signed up to be a lead sponsor for $1800 for this year's Gala.


Dorset Equine Rescue  –  Janet D

"Bennington Subaru has generously sponsored our fundraiser for the Dorset Equine Rescue the past 3 years and we greatly appreciate it and so do the rescue horses. Unfortunately, due to Covid we have to cancel our annual Barnyard Ball fundraiser for the Dorset Equine Rescue." Janet Dunnington, Event Chair for Dorset Equine Rescue Rather than having our $500 donation refunded, Bennington Subaru opted to have the $500 sponsorship become a donation.


Bennington Subaru supports 2nd Chance  –  Rick B

In September, Rick Budd, GM of Bennington Subaru was proud to help present the keys to a new Subaru Crosstrek to John Morrell. John was the the lucky winner of the Crosstrek Raffle provided by Bennington Subaru in support of the 2nd Chance Animal Center. The center provides compassionate shelter services to Bennington County. From adoptions to advice, their caring and trained staff have assisted the community since 1959, recently moving into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Arlington (VT). The VIP "ticket picker" was Jonathon Goldsmith, aka "The Most Interesting Man in the World". The raffle was a huge success for the Center and the proceeds will go a long way in supporting their mission of providing area animal shelter and adoption services, humane education, and spay/neuter assistance. Bennington Subaru is proud to support the Subaru Love Promise and we're doing our part to make the world a better place!


Meals on Wheels donation  –  IIsa S

The local chapter of the Meals on Wheels of Bennington County cam to us at Bennington Subaru because they where way behind their goal of raising $50,000. All of us at Bennington Subaru wanted to help support this great community service. We agreed to donate $10,000. to help feed those in need around us.


Pet adoption day  –  Matt G

On May 18th we had The Second Chance Animal Center in the showroom for a pet adoption day. They brought cats and a rabbit and were able to find new homes for several of the cats. A lot of people came to check it out and get information on other pets that they have back at the animal center. Matt Gaff Gaffney the General Manager of Bennington Subaru presented a check for $750.00 to them at the end of the event.


Hospital  –  Seth T

We at Bennington Subaru reached out to our local hospital to see what we could do for them. Southwest Vermont Medical Center wanted us to come to their annual fundraiser which we were glad to do. We donated $5000 to help their efforts to raise money.


Subaru and LLS Love Promise Story  –  Christine K

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was honored to join Bennington Subaru for the delivery of 80 beautiful blankets and 12 craft kits for kids. The delivery took place right outside of the Southern Vermont Regional Cancer Center on Thursday, July 13th. The Subaru was packed to the brim to provide patients comfort and warmth. They also delivered care cards with messages of hope! Thank you Bennington Subaru for all you do.


Local Athletes & Coaches Awarded  –  Jay M

Local Athletes & Coaches Awarded at the first annual Regional All Star Gala held at Bennington College. The 2017 male athlete of the year, Jay McCoy, stands with Gabby Douglas after receiving his award on Tuesday night at the Regional All-Stars Gala sponsored by Bennington Subaru. To start the program, Warren Dews, New England Newspapers' Vice President of Audience Development welcomed everyone to the event, which happened to be a packed house at Bennington College's Greenwell Auditorium. He had all the local gymnasts come up to the stage as he introduced Douglas, who came out to a standing ovation. Afterward, Douglas was gracious enough to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. BENNINGTON — The drama at the end of the night was palpable. Who would be the Athletes of the Year at the first-ever Regional All-Stars Gala? When all was revealed, a pair of three-sport athletes brought home the hardware. Mount Anthony senior Emily Altland was honored as the Regional All-Stars female athlete of the year, taking the title after all-star efforts this season in soccer, Nordic skiing and lacrosse. When New England Newspapers publisher Alan English announced her name, the crowd stood up and cheered as Altland made her way to the stage with some of her teammates cheering as she accepted top honor from this year's guest of honor, three-time gold medal-winning gymnast, Gabby Douglas.


An Edible School Garden in Rockland County, NY  –  Ronald and Ellen S

We began a school garden at Grandview Elementary School (1,2,3 grades) where 98% of the student's are eligible for free or reduced school breakfast and/or lunch. The needs at this school are great and the teachers and principal are the most dedicated and inclusive educators we have ever met. A team of seven volunteer gardeners trained by Cornell Cooperation Extension of Rockland, Master Gardeners and RISE Gardeners, came together to resurect the school's atrium garden. Our goal was to engage all interested students in the work of gardening and the science and joy of growing food and flowers. Our first year we invited interested students to give up a recess period to garden with us. After the first growing season we realized we could also teach about nature, ecology and stewardship of the Earth. Our Garden Club now meets twice weekly involving all students. Our garden has evolved into a true outdoor classroom now including benificial insects, a pollinator garden, native plants, water conservation, organic practices, weather recording, bird feeding, recycling and composting. Tthis summer we will be growing produce for summer harvest so our students can have fresh and healthful food that they have grown themselves. We have learned that young children love to water, weed, watch worms, taste the foods they grow, and bring fresh food home to share with their families. This garden has brought joy, learning and health to our school community and our Subarus get us there!