The 2022 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 2022 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.

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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.

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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.

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Environment

Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.

Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.

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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 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 in gift cards and school supplies.

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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.

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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.

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How is Uftring 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.

Love Promise Stories from Uftring Subaru

Subaru and Uftring 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.

An Important Partnership

We are very grateful for our partnership with the wonderful people at Uftring Subaru. When we were asked to be their hometown charity for this event we were just starting out and having a well respected business like Uftring help us made such a difference in helping us to grow. We have received over $65,000 through the Share the Love Event since the first year. Uftring is very respected in our community and known for their generosity. They helped us to get recognized in our area and that has allowed us to grow and get through some very challenging times. We are an all volunteer organization that trains service dogs for individuals with disabilities and facility dogs for schools, centers and recently to work with law enforcement. We gift the dogs to our recipients so they don't have to fundraise, which means we have to cover the costs of the dogs in training each year. COVID-19 has challenged us like every small business, with vet costs almost doubled this year. We also had to take over the costs of the dogs in our prison program at the Logan Correctional Center due to budget cuts with the state. If we didn't take on those costs the program would have closed at Logan. I am not sure we could have gotten through the last three years without Uftring. I'd like to tell you about a few of the dogs placed this year thanks to the money from Uftring and Subaru of America. One of the dogs placed this year is named Ru, named after Subaru. He is placed with a young man for seizure response. Ru helps Chase when he has a seizure and alerts people that a seizure is happening. Chase graduated from high school in June. Since Ru came to live with Chase his seizures have decreased due to the calming affect of the dog and he has been able to go out alone with friends for the first time since his family knows Ru is there if a seizure happens. Ru and Chase even went to prom. His family tells us he's finally able to have some independence and excited about the future. Another dog was placed for mobility with a St. Jude patient who lost her leg due to cancer. She is a local high school student and she wrote: For most people, taking their first steps happened when they were much younger. However, that isn't the case for me. I've used crutches all my life due to medical problems with my leg. Crutches are unreliable and dangerous. I never felt safe with them and there is no way I can walk without them. That is what I thought until I got my mobility dog Ginger. I have been able to get rid of one crutch and am working to get rid of the other one. She not only helps me to walk, but she encourages me to get out and walk. Ginger makes my life complete in ways I can't describe. Before Ginger I never thought I'd be independent and safe and now I am applying for college and looking to leave the nest. We also place facility dogs for schools and centers and have placed two with law enforcement this year. One of our handlers wrote this from Kiwi's point of view: My name is Kiwi. I work at the Peoria County State's Attorney Office. I have two offices, one at the courthouse another at the Peoria County Child Advocacy Center. I have the best job in the world because I get to hang out with kids. Sometimes, kids have to come to court to talk to my police friends or courthouse friends about something bad that happened to them. I try to shut my ears so I don't hear what a bad person did to my new friend, but my only job is to make my friends feel safe and loved. I just lay next to them so they can reach out and scruff my ears or pat my head when they feel scared. I can even go to court with them when they testify. When we are done if they let me I give them a kiss or do a trick for them to show my friends how proud I am of their courage. Sometimes, my friends even make me a picture I hang on the wall in my office. Even my big people friends sometimes need my company because they have very hard jobs too. Our latest facility dog placed is Olive who is working with the Normal Illinois Police Department. She is doing community outreach to help children have positive interactions with the police. She will also be used to help reduce stress for victims and witnesses giving statements and she will be available to first responders who have come from traumatic situations. Our service dogs help individuals with a variety of disabilities and our facility dogs help groups of individuals. We are proud of the work we do and grateful to the people at Uftring and Subaru of America who help us throughout the year and especially with the Subaru Share the Love® Event. Uftring is an amazing business that truly cares about their community. They help so many nonprofits because they care. They don't just hand out checks they want to know what we do and how they can help. They are like family to us and definitely an important part of the Paws Giving Independence team.

Dream Center Peoria and Uftring Subaru helps end homelessness one family at a time!

Thank you to Uftring Subaru for partnering with Dream Center Peoria (DCP) as we strive to “impact families living in poverty, starting with kids and youth.” Dream Center Peoria impacts thousands of people each year. DCP has many divisions but one of them is The Shelter, a shelter for women and children. Each night over 125 woman and children make their way to DCP to find shelter. With the average age of 9, we see a young crowd. Ramona and her eight children came to Dream Center Peoria after the house they were living in was deemed unsafe. To ensure some stability in their lives, DCP Shelter got to work to getting her older children in school and the younger ones in preschool. Case managers worked with Ramona to ensure she was assessed for the correct housing that would allow her to remain self sustaining. She was placed on the community wait list for housing to meet her families needs.  In the meantime, she was taken to the Hope store to make sure that all her immediate needs were met as far as clothing, and children's items. She has stayed in the shelter where she was provided meals, hygiene items, diapers and any other daily needs.  Ramona Is in the process of being housed in an income-based property that she will be able to afford and will be safe for her and her children.  She is also looking at options as far as schooling to help ensure her future. DCP with Uftring Subaru helped turn Ramona's dreams into reality. Thank you!

Tootsie - a face for radio

Uftring Subaru 500 Fairlane Dr. East Peoria, IL Peoria Humane Society on behalf of PCAPS Animals. Peoria County Animal Protection Services 2600 NE. Perry Ave. Peoria, IL 61603 The adoption event was held at Uftring Subaru on Friday, October 21st and was well advertised, shared thousands of times on social media. Four dogs/puppies and two litters of kittens were available for adoption. Three adoptions happened at the event and several more were inspired at the shelter, the Saturday following the event. Our favorite story from the event was the story of Tootsie. Tootsie was a tiny chocolate colored 37 pound Pit Bull/Lab mix that was found stray on a very busy two-lane highway in Peoria County. A Good Samaritan brought her to the shelter and saved her life from that highway! Tootsie is a special girl with a face for radio. You see, when Tootsie is excited, or obedient or worried, her ears fold up behind her head and almost disappear. This leaves her looking like a goofy earless dog or even a seal! Having been at the shelter for several weeks before the Subaru adoption event, the shelter staff knew that it was going to take someone special to adopt Tootsie. Enter Michael Andersen. Michael works at Uftring Subaru and met all of the dogs at the Subaru adoption event but took a special liking to Tootsie. Having adopted his current dog from a shelter, Michael knew how special the love of a shelter pet could be. Tootsie never made it back to the shelter after the adoption event. Michael took her right home, and she has been there ever since! Photo’s below: 1. Tootsie, prior to adoption. 2. Michael and Tootsie. 3. Subaru employee Thomas Kweram also adopted two kittens from the Subaru adoption event! Gemini and Libra have now found a new home!

Uftring Subaru Brings Love and Hope to Cancer Patients

This summer, the Illinois CancerCare Peoria Clinic received 80 blankets for their patients provided by the Uftring Subaru team and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Illinois Region Chapter. These comforting gifts were also accompanied by personalized messages of hope cards written by customers and staff of Uftring. We hope these blankets warm the bodies and hearts of Illinois CancerCare’s patients and provide hope for a brighter future. Many thanks to everyone at Uftring Subaru for your continued support of LLS and our mission and to the cancer support team at Illinois CancerCare for all that you do for your patients.

Make a Dogs Day Event

Thank you to Uftring Subaru for supporting the adoption of dogs during the 2021 Make A Dogs Day Event. The Peoria Humane Society received a $3,170 donation and an additional $1.000 in pet food donations for a grand total of $4,170 in support. This generous gift allowed us to feed dogs and cats who would otherwise go hungry and adopt dogs into loving families who would otherwise be homeless in our community. One special little dog named Tater Tot found his forever home, thanks in part to the support of our friends at Uftring Subaru. Abandoned and injured, Tater Tot came into our local animal shelter with a shattered leg and broken tail. Struggling to walk and in pain, he needed surgery. Thanks to the generousity of community partners like Urtring Subaru, we are happy to say Tater Tot, now know as Doctor Bones, is enjoying running and playing with his family's 3 dogs and 2 cats. THANK YOU Uftring Subaru - couldn’t do what we do without you!

Paws Giving Independence thanks Uftring Subaru

Paws Giving Independence is an all volunteer organization located in Peoria, Il. We train service dogs for children and adults at a variety of ability levels. We train dogs mainly for wheelchair/mobility and medical response as well as facility dogs for local schools and centers. We know our families have medical bills and expenses related to their disabilities so we place our dogs free of charge. Since we are all volunteers we don't have to pay salaries, but we do need to cover the expenses of the dogs in training, vet costs, special bracing harnesses, flea and heartworm medication, leashes, training collars, vests, food, and other equipment needed for training and placement. Uftring Subaru came to us at a time when it was difficult to cover those costs. We were a small organization, just starting out and not sure if we could move forward. They have donated almost $60,000 to our organization over the years which has allowed us to train and place more dogs knowing we had those funds available. We have been able to help recipients who have Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson Disease, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, spinal chord injuries and those with other mobility issues. Recently we have placed dogs with two young women who lost a leg due to their cancer and their dogs are helping them gain their independence back. We are working with families whose children have seizures and their dogs are being trained to help them during a seizure and to alert the parents when a seizure is happening giving them a sense of comfort that the dog is there to help. One of our Subaru named dogs, Ru, started working with his recipient last night, a high school student who needs help with medical response. They will train together for several months before placement. We have placed facility dogs with counselors and special education teachers in many local schools and they work throughout the schools to help their students in many ways. Facility dogs can be used as a calming factor when anxiety arises, they are used in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to make it more enjoyable and they can help motivate the hesitant child. They have helped students who have gone through trauma. We are also currently working to place our first courthouse dog to help victims and witnesses to crimes feel more comfortable both when giving their statements and while testifying in court. Mr. Uftring and the entire staff has gone out of their way to not only help us monetarily, but they have welcomed us to the Uftring family and they help to spread the word about our mission enabling us to find new recipients and volunteers. Our dogs were even in an Uftring commercial a few years ago. If Uftring had not reached out to help us 8 years ago I don't if we would have been able to get things going and keep things going. Even as an all volunteer organization there are a lot of expenses related to training these dogs. Knowing we would get this donation helped us to bring in more dogs to train so we could help more people. Fundraising has been difficult during the pandemic and they even sent us additional funds last year just because they knew non profits were struggling. They do so much not only to help PGI, but they help so many charities throughout our area. They are known for their generosity. They truly care about our community. We are so grateful to Uftring Subaru for their continued support. Thank you Uftring Subaru!!!

Subaru Loves Pets - Peoria County An Prot Svces

On 9/21/21 a good Samaritan called PCAPS Animal Control to pick up an adorable, injured puppy. Animal Control Officer Mallow responded and picked up the happiest most wiggly puppy that later came to be known as Tater Tot. Despite the fact that Tater Tot was full of life, he was clearly injured. His right rear leg just barely touched the ground with one toe as he walked, and his tail was clearly broken. Who knows what Tater Tot had endured before Officer Mallow arrived? He never let it slow him down; Tater Tot was full of life! Officer Mallow scooped up the puppy and quickly brought him to the shelter where he sought medical attention for a shattered hip and broken tail. The Peoria Humane Society helped PCAPS with the expenses of Tater Tot’s care, and after some x-rays and some pain medication, it wasn't long before Tater Tot was recovering from surgery (to remove the head of the femur) and ready for a new home. Tater Tot's personality was so exceptional that a Technician from the Veterinarian's office where Tater Tot was treated, just couldn't resist adopting him. On 10/30/21 Tater Tot was adopted! His new family couldn't be happier. Tater Tot, now known as "Doctor Bones", is doing well and enjoys running and playing with his family's 3 dogs and 2 cats. Thanks to the support of our community partners, like Subaru, the Peoria Humane Society and PCAPS are able to make a difference for animals in need.

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Paws Giving Independence

Paws Giving Independence rescues dogs from local shelters and trains them to be service dogs to assist people in need while providing support to encourage independence. Paws Giving Independence is run completely on public donations. We are unique because our service dogs are placed free of charge and we currently have no paid staff. Paws Giving Independence was chosen as the local charity during the Subaru Share the Love event. The $6500 donated to PGI by Uftring Automall and Subaru of America, Inc., Uftring Ambassador Initiative and their customers will help us save more dogs and get more dogs placed with their wonderful recipients. When we go to the dealership we always feel like we are visiting family. The entire team is so welcoming and it is fun to be with them. You can hear everyone laughing in the background, it is like visiting old friends. They don't just give us a check, they also care about what we do and want to meet our dogs and recipients. Thank you to all of you for choosing us again this year!

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