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 Briggs Subaru of Topeka 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. We donate 10% of every oil change to the Helping Hands Humane Society. Our customers help us help those who can't help themselves.

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Love Promise Stories from Briggs Subaru of Topeka

Subaru and Briggs Subaru of Topeka 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

Helping Hands Humane Society's Gratitude  –  Grace C

Each year, Helping Hands Humane Society Inc. admits more than 6,000 animals. In 2019, we took in and cared for just over 6,700 pets. The numbers can be staggering at times, and the work is never done. We believe in our life-saving mission and we believe that our community will support us. We are so grateful to have had the support of Subaru of America and Briggs Subaru of Topeka aid us in impacting the lives of these animals. The warmer months of this last winter (2019-2020) didn’t slow what we in the shelter world refer to as “kitten season” as much as we would have hoped, so litters of kittens continued arriving until as late as November 2019 and as early as March of 2020. These baby animals need additional care, such as bottle feeding and specialized monitoring, in order to increase their chance of survival. This work would not have been possible without the generosity of Subaru of America. We are so grateful to have been selected as a charity partner for this event. This generous funding not only sustains the work that we do here at the local animal shelter in Topeka, KS, but this year turned out to be an unpredictable and uncertain time for us. The generous donation from the Share the Love event came in right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was blessing and salvation for our work. The animals didn’t have the option of staying home, and our staff didn’t either. Mr. Rubbo with Briggs Subaru of Topeka is dedicated to this cause and contacted us to ensure that we had the support that was needed to continue, despite this unprecedented situation. We were able to provide care for more than 300 new animals that arrived during the pandemic, thanks to the donation from the Share the Love event!


Subaru Loves Pets Donation Drop Off  –  Grace C

THANK YOU to Briggs Subaru of Topeka for some fabulous donations from Subaru Loves Pets month (October) and for their ongoing Share the Love campaign (through January 2nd). https://www.briggssubarutopeka.com/share-the-love.htm With every new vehicle purchased/leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the charity of your choice. In addition to that, Briggs Subaru of Topeka is donating $50 to HHHS for EVERY sold/leased vehicle from 11/14/19-1/2/20. We are so lucky to have support from community organizations who believe in our mission. #hhhstopeka #giveback


More than a meal.  –  Diane Y

Our volunteers bring smiles to many faces every day! #MORETHANAMEAL Meals on Wheels America Subaru of America, Inc.


Subaru Loves to Care Blanket Delivery  –  Megan C

On Friday, June 7th Leukemia & Lymphoma Staff member Megan Clemens met Bryan Schuster and two of his local sales team members at The Cotton O'Neil Cancer Center at Stormont Vail. Abby, Stormont Vail Pediatric Nurse and AJ Patterson, Stormont Vail Community Relations, helped us unload two Subaru Outbacks filled with boxes of blankets and craft kits to share with patients. Megan shared with the group more about Subaru's support nationally of LLS through not only the Subaru Loves to Care deliveries but Subaru CEO Tom Doll's commitment to raise more than $1M for LLS this summer. While we were unable to hand deliver the blankets and kits this year, we know that local patients will feel the love from Subaru & LLS in the moment they need it most.


Volunteers are the heart of our program  –  Diane Y

We are so thankful to all of our volunteers who deliver Meals On Wheels for us everyday. Whether 100 degree temps, rain or snow they are there for us! These two featured here are Jim Henry and Rita Olberding both of Seneca. Rita has been delivering meals for our center for over 25 years. She enjoys getting to see all the patrons on a regular basis. Within those years of helping us she endured some pretty brutal cancer treatment. On her bad days when she couldn’t fend for herself she had MOW brought to her home. It was then she realized just how important this program is to our community. Jim Henry has been with us for over 5 years. He drives our food over to the Sabetha Nutrition Site a couple days a week and also delivers MOW’s as well. He is one of those volunteers who will do anything you need whenever we need it. We are so lucky to have them on our team!Thanks again to our wonderful and dedicated volunteers and our friends at Subaru for making this all possible! — at Meals on Wheels Nemaha County.


Meals on Wheels Nemaha County Celebrates 35 years  –  Diane Y

Every day for over 35 years Nemaha County Public Transit and Meals on Wheels has been serving local residents. Employees and volunteers ensure senior residents get to medical appointments, have a warm healthy meal and enjoy social activities. Nemaha County Transit and Meals on Wheels takes great pride in helping to keep our seniors healthy and happy. Last year alone, Nemaha County Public Transit and Meals on Wheels served over 180 residents. Without the support of dedicated staff and volunteers many essential needs would simply go unmet.Since joining the Nemaha County Public Transit and Meals on Wheels team in 2013, Executive Director Diane Yunghans has played an important role in helping the organization expand services for our residents. As Executive Director, Diane has helped increase ridership and revenue by streamlining technology and cutting costs. Diane and her agency were awarded the Transit Service of the Year in 2016 for creating an iPad system for reporting that has since been implemented across the state of Kansas. In 2017 Diane wrote a grant allowing Meals on Wheels to receive a 2018 Subaru Outback free of charge as part of the Subaru of America’s 50 Cars for Fifty Years. Most recently, Diane received $390,000 through the 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Grant program from the Kansas Department of Transportation. These funds will be used to help fund a new building to help support the expansion of Nemaha County Public Transit and Meals on Wheels throughout Nemaha County.Diane says “These are exciting times for Nemaha County Public Transit and Meals on Wheels. These funds will allow us to expand services from the Seneca and Sabetha areas to rural communities throughout Nemaha County. We know the need is great, now we will have the facility and funding to make it happen.”Alane Bloom, Dietary Manager at the Senior Center for the past 20 years says “Diane has done a tremendous job in helping grow the number of program participants in our program. In a short time, she has helped us grow the Meals on Wheels Seneca and the Sabetha congregate meal site to 180 participants. She has written more grants than anyone in the past 20 years, allowing us to help more people than ever before. She has been a wonderful addition to the entire community.” Alane expressed continued excitement for the future. She sees continued growth for the future as Diane and the team help expand services countywide.


Vehicle Unveiling and first rides  –  Diane Y

On October 16th and 17th 2017 Meals on Wheels Nemaha County celebrated receiving a brand new 2018 Outback as part of Subaru’s 50 Cars for 50 Years donation! We look forward to reaching even more seniors in Nemaha County, Kansas with our new set of wheels. We had a wonderful unveiling with the help of Rick Wright from our local dealership. We wanted to share our Vehicle Key Exchange with Rick from Subaru Topeka Briggs Auto. We would also like to share that we had our first Champion Ride Along with Seneca Mayor Joe Mitchell delivering meals to one of our Meals on Wheels participants', Eleanor Connell in our new 2018 Subaru Outback. Since the donation, the staff and volunteers have really come to love how easy it is to load our meal carriers and trays in this vehicle. Plus, our volunteer, Bob Bartkowski is excited to see how well it drives in the snow on our country roads. Even this last week with below zero temperatures here in Kansas our Subaru started right up! Thank you Subaru.


Briggs Subaru supports the Topeka Civitan Club  –  Rick W

Briggs Subaru of Topeka teams up with the Topeka Civitan Club to raise money at their 4th annual car show. The Civitan club was chartered June 29, 1957 and its mission is to provide networking, fellowship, community involvement, personal development and community service, emphasizing assistance to persons with developmental disabilities. Some of The Civitan projects / activates include Special Olympics, Civitan park at Gage Park, Sheltered Living Festival of Trees, Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Briggs Subaru brought out five of 2018 Crosstrek and donated money for every test drive.


Subaru Loves to Care & LLS  –  Danielle S

On Wednesday, June 28th at 10:30am, LLS staff member Danielle Schaefer met with Rick Wright from Briggs Subaru of Topeka at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Topeka Sheriff Jones, Topeka Police Officers Sloan and Bledsoe as well as Fire Chief Smith also joined in on the fun! Together we delivered 80 blankets, 10 care kits and 30 care cards to patients going through treatment at the hospital that morning. We met amazing patients like Dennis who was undergoing his final treatment and little Josiah (Jojo) who is finally in remission with acute lymphocytic leukemia. The police officers were so moved by seeing Jojo with his blanket and care kit that they allowed him to sit on one of their police motorcycles. He even got to ring the siren! In passing, LLS staff member, Danielle, said to Officer Bledsoe, “You just made Josiah’s day.” Officer Bledsoe responded, “No, Jojo made my day.” Thank you to Subaru, the Topeka Sheriff’s office, the Topeka Police Department and the Topeka Fire Department for making the day of so many patients at Stormont Vail. LLS is thrilled that Stormont Vail Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Northeast Kansas walk. We are looking forward to shining a light into the darkness of cancer with walk teams like Jojo’s on September 16th, 2017.