What is the Subaru Love Promise?

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

The Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subaru Loves Pets

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Subaru Loves the Earth

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Subaru Loves Learning

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Subaru Loves to Help

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Subaru Loves to Care

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Pets

Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated close to $14 million to the ASPCA and helped support nearly 1,000 pet adoption events, resulting in more than 11,500 adoptions to date.

Environment

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

Over a decade ago, Subaru became the first U.S. auto manufacturer to become zero-landfill, and now, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association, Subaru is leveraging that same environmental expertise to help the National Parks reach zero-landfill too.

Education

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

Total donations to teachers: $92,233
Over 200 teachers adopted
More than 15,000 students impacts

Community

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

Subaru and Meals on Wheels America worked together to make volunteering easier, by launching a tool called the Meals on Wheels Online Volunteer Drive.

Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Subaru has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to
Make A Wish, helping to grant 610 wishes in the U.S.

How is Subaru of Wichita 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 operate our dealership by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Our goal is to operate a fun, successful dealership that makes a difference in the lives of our co-workers, customers and community.

Kansas Humane Society, Sedgwick County Zoo
Arbor Day Foundation, Plant With Purpose
WITR School (Balan, Haiti), Walking in the Reign, USD 259 (Anti Bullying), Various School Sponsorships, Various Community Events
Ladybugg House (our 501c3), Ronald McDonald House, Ember Hope (Youthville), Wichita Childrens Home, Tallgrass Film Association
Genesis Foundation (GFFT), GoRun Wichita, Various Local Sponsorships

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Love Promise Stories from Subaru of Wichita

Balloons and Donuts: Best Way to Start Your Day  –  Michelle E

Balloons and Donuts: Best Way to Start Your Day

Children unanimously love two things in life: balloons and donuts. Put these two together and you have a recipe for a great time. That’s exactly what happened September 28th when the Subaru of Wichita was invited to make some kids smile. A local college had a Disney themed event. Rather than let the balloons go to waste, Subaru of Wichita grabbed them and a ton of donuts and headed to Rainbow United to share with the kids. They went room to room surprising the young children with balloons and donuts to start their morning. Not only did they make the mornings of the children better, but the teachers of the classes also got to partake in the donuts. A surprise breakfast is always appreciated, and this was loved. Thank you to Subaru of Wichita for not only recycling the Disney balloons, but also showing such love and compassion for a group of children who could really use it. They constantly show their desire to just love on the community with acts like this.


Clear the Shelters!  –  Sam S

Clear the Shelters!

A pet is more than just a pet; it’s a part of the family. It’s loved and cherished, and often times treated just like a child. Subaru of Wichita has always shown a love for animals. With dog treats in their showroom and their constant support of local animal shelters, Wichita knows it’s always safe to bring their furry friends on the Subaru lot. With that love for pets, Subaru of Wichita helped spread joy across the community by helping to provide free animals at the Kansas Humane Shelter. On August 19th, as part of the Clear the Shelters Campaign, Subaru of Wichita paid down the price of animals so that hundreds of our furry friends could find a home. That morning people began lining up at 4 am to make sure they got the pet of their choice. Subaru of Wichita showed up with donuts for everyone, and other goodies too. As people got their free pet, Subaru of Wichita took a new family portrait for them and gave them a goodie bag full of useful new items to help with their new pet. All day long Subaru of Wichita was there to be the first to congratulate everyone on his or her new family member. Every animal was adopted that day. Thank you to Subaru of Wichita for helping with this event, and helping to find loving homes for all those animals.


Food for Thought!  –  Justin S

Food for Thought!

On Thursday August 10, 2017 the New Teacher Orientation was happening for USD 259. 450 new teachers were going to be welcomed to the district and begin getting vital information to their upcoming school year. Subaru of Wichita, for the second year in a row, wanted to make sure they were taken care of properly. Arriving early, they set up the food to welcome the teachers. As the teachers began to fill into the school, Subaru of Wichita employees were there to greet them and welcome them to the event. As the teachers sat down, they were given a note from Subaru of Wichita detailing how each teacher was an “Everyday Hero” and thanked them beautifully for the work they do. Not only did Subaru of Wichita make sure the teachers were well fed for their important day of information, they extended the invitation to all the workers and “school” vendors there to help the teachers. Over 500 people were fed. It didn’t stop there however. Subaru of Wichita packed up and headed over to the local Police Station to make sure everybody on shift also received a delicious breakfast. When asked why they did all this, Noah Taylor (Marketing Director) said, “It’s about doing good because it’s the right thing to do, not because you expect something back. We ask this: if we made you smile today, do random acts of kindness to someone else. Keep sharing the love.” Thank you to Subaru of Wichita for caring so much about our public schools!


Boot Scoot'n Boogie!  –  Sam S

Boot Scoot'n Boogie!

Music builds bridges. The rhythms resonate through our bodies and join us together. Music festivals bring people together. From all walks of life, people come together to share their passion and love for bands. Wichita has never had a music festival. There have been concerts, but nothing dedicated to the love of music. Wichita Festivals Inc. reached out to Subaru of Wichita to help make this much-needed experience finally happen. With an amazing line up and an iconic location, together they set out to make a new tradition in Wichita. Located in the heart of Wichita, the concert encouraged people to create an urban campground. The venue was packed as the music played long into the night and into the next day. Already people are calling for another one next year. Music is important, and celebrating our shared love for the art is just as important. It was amazing to see the people of Wichita come together to bring life into this dream. Promoting music is an important part of growing a community. Plus we got to see some of Subaru of Wichita’s dance moves, and they were killer! Next years concert series will be even better!


Subaru of Wichita Beats the Heat  –  Betai A

Subaru of Wichita Beats the Heat

There’s nothing like a cool treat on a hot summer day, and this July 16th Subaru of Wichita provided that much needed relief to the city of Wichita. July 16th was National Ice Cream Day, and it was also an extremely hot day in Wichita. Subaru of Wichita felt the city needed an escape, so they contacted a local ice cream shop named Churn and Burn. Subaru of Wichita employees, along with Subaru Ambassadors, loaded up ice cream into coolers and went to different locations in the city. All across Wichita, they set up shop and began to hand out free ice cream. Word quickly spread across town. Soon hundreds of individuals were crowded around each location. Subaru owners showed up to support the event, and share their love for the brand. With a smile, the Subaru employees and brand ambassadors distributed ice cream to close to 400 people. “It’s great to be able to make someone’s day a little brighter,” said Noah Taylor, Marketing Director. “Having the Subaru Ambassadors help and Subaru Owners come out and show their support means a lot. Really highlights the love we have in this community.” After all the ice cream was gone, people stayed around relaxing and enjoying the day. Thank you to Subaru of Wichita for provided an escape to the heat, and for displaying true love for this community.


Brightening Up A Birthday  –  Kayla G

Brightening Up A Birthday

Turning 16 is a big deal. The world begins to open up as you can start to learn to drive. It’s an age you look forward to, a milestone in your life. But when that birthday is spent in the hospital battling cancer, it can ruin the memory forever. Recently Wesley Medical Center reached out to Subaru of Wichita to share the story of a special girl. This 15 year old had been in and out of the hospital fighting cancer, and was going to spend her 16th birthday undergoing treatment. What should have been a day full of fun and laughter was going to be taken away from her. Wesley Medical Center reached out the day before her birthday asking for any help in brightening her day, and so the employees at Subaru of Wichita jumped into action. They found out the girl-loved dirt bikes, so they made her a customized dirt bike themed cake complete with ramps and mud. Then they made sure she looked the part by finding her favorite type of gear in her favorite color. They surprised her on her birthday, giving her gifts and words of encouragement. This truly shows the heart of this organization. To rally around a girl so quickly and with such love, that’s what the Subaru Love Promise is about. Thank you, Subaru of Wichita, for truly caring about the people in our community.


More Than a Meal  –  Dawne T

More Than a Meal

Meals on Wheels helps hundreds of thousands of people remain independent as they age. These people are often homebound. While the meal each day is often needed, so is the human interaction. Nothing spreads joy faster than a hot meal and a warm smile. This month for Subaru Loves to Care, Subaru of Wichita decided to take it a step further after the donation of blankets. The people at Subaru of Wichita delivered meals for the last week in June. Each day their employees would go out and deliver meals and speak to the recipients. “The intention is to show our employees that we do good just to bring joy to others,” said Noah Taylor, Marketing Director. “We wanted them to see first hand how a small act like that can light up someone’s day.” To the employees of Subaru of Wichita, it’s not just about selling a car. It’s about helping the people in our community, no matter what their circumstance is. They have taken the Love Promise and turned it into a commitment.


See Joe/Jane Tri!  –  Heidi C

See Joe/Jane Tri!

Participating in a Triathlon is a daunting task. Someone who has never done one can often feel as though they have no idea where to start. T3 Triathlon reached out to Subaru of Wichita to help them find people who wanted to change their lives for the better, but were either afraid to try alone or had no idea where to start. Subaru of Wichita held a contest to pay for two winners (a guy and a girl) to train with T3 Triathlon and achieve their dream of participating in a Triathlon. However, Subaru of Wichita didn't just hand over a check. Early in the morning, while the participants trained hard, Subaru of Wichita was right there along side to support them. Then on race day, Subaru of Wichita was there to show support. They cheered as the contestants ran into the freeing waters; they ran up to the biking area to cheer them on as they transitioned to the long bike ride. Then on the 6-mile run they walked the route cheering and high-fiving runners along the way. thank you to Subaru of Wichita for supporting such an active sport, and for helping two people accomplish their dreams!


Subaru Loves to Care & LLS  –  Danielle S

Subaru Loves to Care & LLS

On June 20th at 2:00pm LLS Staff member Jessie Rainey met with Noah Taylor from Subaru of Wichita, Jenna Sauls from Wesley Hospital and lymphoma survivor Nikki Robinson of Martin Pringle. They delivered 80 blankets, 20 care kits and over 100 care cards to Wesley Hospital. A local news station in Wichita reached out to the hospital after hearing this drop off would happen and met up with the drop off team that afternoon. The KSN news coverage was shown on local channels that evening and a small piece was written up for their website. When asked why Subaru was involved in this partnership, Noah Taylor, Subaru representative, said it best, “Subaru is all about love, loving our customers, loving our co-workers, but most importantly, loving our community, that means everybody. We want to be there and hopefully provide hope for these people as they’re going through their treatment.”


Planting the ideas of a brighter tomorrow.  –  Jeanie Y

Planting the ideas of a brighter tomorrow.

Subaru of Wichita set out to start an avalanche of change to their local environment. Hoping to teach the next generation the importance of protecting the environment, Subaru of Wichita reached out to Gammon Elementary to do something amazing. These children would get the opportunity to change the world. They began by speaking to the children about the importance of keeping our environment clean and loving the earth. Then each child in the school was given a tree sapling so they could take it home and plant it with their family. "We wanted to give the kids a visual representation of their choice to help change the world," said Tom White Jr., General Manager of Subaru of Wichita. "As the family comes together to plant the tree, it becomes almost symbolic. It's their mark on the Earth. They changed the planet, as a family. To me, that's powerful." Subaru of Wichita also donated 300 trees to support the reforestation of Haiti, as the country is in dire need of trees. The children were excited to know that a thousand miles away children like them would be planting trees as well and together changing the world for the better. Some of the trees were also donated to the school so that the children could watch them grow each day.


Flash Dine!  –  Noah T

Flash Dine!

One third of American’s have never met their neighbors. That’s a sad statistic. Something needs to be done about that. So Subaru of Wichita and Yellow Brick Street Team decided to bring the people of Wichita together for an intimate experience. The first ever Flash Dine was held recently and the turn out was amazing. Attendees were invited to bring tables, chairs, food, drinks, and even games to a huge picnic together. Here’s the catch, the location was unknown up until the day of the event. Through some awesome social media marketing, an email list of over 600 was amassed within a few weeks. The day of the event everyone gathered under an iconic Wichita location. Laughter, music, and fun was shared amongst everyone there. Strangers enjoyed dinner together. New friends were made. That’s not all though, after the sun went down. Subaru of Wichita deployed a mobile movie theater for the people to watch an iconic Kansas movie. With over 300 people showing up and enjoying the event, it was a massive success. The next event is already getting bigger. Thanks to Subaru of Wichita and Yellow Brick Street Team for building bridges between neighbors, and creating an exciting event to promote loving your city and the people who reside within.


Dispelling the fears of car buying.  –  Brian D

Dispelling the fears of car buying.

First time car buying can be a scary experience. You don’t understand all the words that are being thrown around, and you have no idea if you are getting a good deal or not. Subaru of Wichita is dedicated to helping dispel those fears in students one class at a time. Trinity Academy once again reached out to Subaru of Wichita to help teach students about the process of buying a car and what to watch out for. As these students are on their way to purchasing their first vehicle before college, Subaru of Wichita understands it’s important their first car be one that can last. While the sale may not be from Subaru of Wichita, they believe that the students getting the right jumpstart to their life is far more important. They set aside their morning on two different days to help the students shop around with created scenarios so they can understand how credit and money down plays into car buying. Then after searching for the car to match their scenario, the students spent time asking questions about the process as a whole. The people at Subaru of Wichita walked them through everything, and even gave them some tips to make sure they got the very best car for their situation. It’s refreshing to see a dealership that has a heart for helping, not just selling. Thank you Subaru of Wichita!


Night to Shine  –  Noah T

Night to Shine

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On the night of February 10, 2017, 375 churches from around the world hosted Night to Shine for 75,000 honored guests through the support of 150,000 volunteers! The accounting office from Subaru of Wichita partnered with Aviator Church to host this event in Derby, Kansas. This is the second year that Aviator has hosted this special event and the amazing thing is that we doubled the number of guests that attended. One of the touching stories that came out of the night was about an Uncle of one of the guests that drove from Kansas City to see his niece walk down the red carpet. This is something that he never thought he would see. It was very emotional for the family as well as the volunteers especially after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We helped out first by checking in the guests and volunteers and matching them up with their buddies for the night. As the evening went on the time came for us to pass out the crowns and tiaras so all of the guests could be crowned Kings and Queens. Lastly, as the evening came to an end we handed out “SWAG BAGS” to the guests as they were leaving. The bags contained, among other mementos, a picture frame for their prom photo to remember their “Night to Shine.”


Night Under the Stars: Helping the Homeless  –  Noah T

Night Under the Stars: Helping the Homeless

Subaru’s love promise is about doing right by the communities in which we live and work. One of those communities that often get overlooked is the homeless. The Student Organization of Social Workers dedicates much of their free time to handing out food and clothing donations to the homeless. Often times, these items are paid for by the students themselves. Last year they held “A Night Under the Stars” where the students spent 24 hours with the homeless. They feed them; give them haircuts, and cold weather gear. Then at the end of the day they spend the night on the streets in order to raise awareness and teach the students just how difficult it is to be homeless in the freezing winters of Kansas. Subaru of Wichita came alongside this year and really helped step it up. Subaru of Wichita secured an indoor venue for the students to cook hot meals for the homeless, and even got a local salon to bring their stylists to cut even more hair! The biggest impact was all the donations Subaru of Wichita raised. With over 75 pairs of shoes, 200 jackets/long sleeved shirts, 300 toothbrushes, and 75 pairs of pants, Subaru of Wichita helped really bring warmth to the homeless. They stayed out all night with the students and helped distribute clothing until the wee hours of the morning. Their dedication to really bringing impactful change to the community is evident in not just their words, but also in their actions.


12 Days of Christmas  –  Chelsea T

12 Days of Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving, and nobody understands that better than Subaru of Wichita with their Christmas project, 12 Days of Christmas. On December 7th, they allowed anyone to nominate families in need of a Christmas blessing. Taking the nominations, they picked the 12 they felt really needed the blessing the most. The chosen recipients included families who had children with special needs, a father who recently lost his wife, and a crisis center that housed nine families on the run from abusers. Then, starting on December 13th, they would surprise the individual with gifts. These gifts included a car, a refrigerator for a sick child’s medicine, and food for needy families. Each gift brought with it words of encouragement and compassion from the dealership. They highlighted the individuals on Facebook, and encouraged others to encourage the recipients in the comments. The workers at Subaru of Wichita personally donated over and over to bring even more help to the families. Many recipients couldn’t afford food for their family, and without Subaru of Wichita’s help many kids would have been hungry for Christmas. For 12 days straight Subaru of Wichita focused on helping families, and connecting them with support systems to better their situation. Subaru is about love, and Subaru of Wichita has opened their hearts and shown true love to the people of Wichita.


Thinking of the Future  –  Stacy C

Thinking of the Future

Children can often feel as though they have no choice in what they are going to grow up to be. In many first generation families, children have no idea how to achieve their dreams. We are so thankful to Subaru of Wichita for coming out to Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Academy to talk to the kids about their futures. Adam and Noah shared their stories of how they came to work for Subaru, to highlight to the kids that success in life isn’t a straight path. They talked about going after their passions in life and not letting anyone lead them astray. The people of Subaru of Wichita talked to five different classes, and in each one they shared to the kids how they can truly become what they want to be. A lot of the kids have been told they have certain barriers that will stop them, and Subaru of Wichita talked about how those barriers can be broken down. It was amazing to hear those guys really open up to the kids. The kids were able to ask questions about all the jobs at the dealership, and even questions about interviewing for their first jobs. What started as a talk about marketing, turned into a talk about true success in life through happiness. Subaru of Wichita has really shown a dedication to the children of this school, and you can see the effects on the kids. It’s one thing to talk about helping the next generation, but Subaru of Wichita steps up to truly set an example for these kids.


September to Remember  –  Noah T

September to Remember

Actions speak louder than any words. For the entire month of September, Subaru of Wichita took up the challenge to make everyday better for someone. They began using the hashtag #LoveChallengeICT, and with this hashtag they encouraged the spread of love throughout their community. It started with a simple act. Subaru of Wichita reached out to the Kansas Humane Society to thank them for all they do, upon arriving they asked the Kansas Humane Society who they feel does amazing work for this community. Subaru of Wichita then went to that organization and the pattern kept going every day for the entire month of September. Each day, Subaru of Wichita employees would load up on donuts, flowers, candy, and more. The employees would then deliver the gifts of love to the community leaders and every day heroes. Along with gifts, the employees would encourage those they visited, and challenge them to continue on the kindness by making someone else’s day. As well as bouncing from business to business and individual to individual through word of mouth, Subaru of Wichita also monitored Twitter for people asking for help or sharing their needs. They would then try to meet as many of those as they could. All month long they showered the community with love, and challenged others to do so. In doing this they proved once again to the community that this was a business dedicated to the enrichment and development of their local community.


"Car Talk" Demystified  –  Brian D

Buying a car for the first time is extremely scary. Walking onto the dealership, a new buyer can feel lost and confused at all the “car talk” being thrown at them. Nothing prepares you for the experience. There are so many decisions to make, and they can affect you for a long time. I reached out to Subaru of Wichita to ask them to help me teach my students about buying a car. I knew it was one thing to read about it in a book, it was another to actually be at the dealership experiencing it. On October 12-13, Subaru of Wichita welcomed us with open arms. I had given the students specific scenarios, and Subaru of Wichita helped facilitate those. The students walked around the lot looking at cars, while the people of Subaru of Wichita talked to them and answered questions as if the students were actual customers. Then, once inside, they broke the car buying process down for the students and demystified it. They taught the students what to watch out for, what to ask, and more importantly how to prepare. It’s not often you find a dealership willing to teach people so much about car buying. Subaru of Wichita says that education is important, and proved those words.


Early Morning Encouragement  –  Stacy C

Early Morning Encouragement

In the wee hours of the morning, the men and women from Subaru of Wichita gathered under the lights to talk about the game plan. They had come out to Jardine Middle School to help us with Attendance Awareness Month. They greeted each student with a high five and words of encouragement as they entered the school. They stood there, all morning long, encouraging children until all of the students had entered the building and the school bell rang. Not only did the children receive encouragement, but the adults did as well. The members of Subaru of Wichita stood out by the road with donuts to give to the parents to thank them. After the bell rang, they went to every room to celebrate and give candy to the kids. It was such a blessing to see their enthusiasm and to help show the kids the importance of coming to school on time. We had reached out to Subaru of Wichita to help us in some way to show the children that attendance was important. They really stepped up to the plate. Each child in our school was affected by Subaru of Wichita, and the parents were as well. Thank you so much Subaru of Wichita for your continuous endeavor to help our education systems in Wichita.


Encouragement toward Excellence  –  Stacy C

Encouragement toward Excellence

We have the best students and faculty of any school in the UNIVERSE (at least we think so). Here at Jardine’s STEM and Career Explorations, our theme is centered on the importance to prepare competitive citizens for the technology-rich, innovative, and global careers that 21st century learners will experience as adults. Students have the opportunity to receive strong foundation knowledge in the four interrelated domains of STEM literacy: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We are a Title One School with 89% of our students falling into the poverty level category, so attendance can falter for many reasons. We hoped to find a creative way to encourage attendance and excellence this year. Because of their reputation for community service, we reached out to Subaru of Wichita and there wasn't even a seconds' hesitation to help. On September 20th, they showed up with donuts for around 100 parents who drop off their kids at our schools and thanked them and reminded them about the importance of timeliness and involvement in their kids' educational lives. They high-fived and cheered on the students as they walked in. They then walked to EACH room and shared laughs while they delivered candy and happiness to over 550 students. Then they left candy for our support staff! They also donated the buckets they had brought everything in! I couldn't have imagined this morning going any better for the students, faculty, staff or anyone else involved. Thanks Subaru!!!


Shed some sweat, but no tears!  –  Kris R

Shed some sweat, but no tears!

The Riverside neighborhood in Wichita is a vital part of the city's historic core. Residents and surrounding neighbors come to Riverside for a variety of events, attractions and activities. Our neighborhood is full of entrepreneurial energy, excitement and Subaru drivers! There are many other areas of the city that Subaru could have chosen for a contribution, but they generously funded a storage shed for a community garden we are creating. Subaru bought and ordered the shed and sent a work crew to build it. This crew, along with Riverside neighborhood volunteers, spent a morning doing what would have taken the garden organizers many days of work and over $1500. Finances aside, we are amazed and grateful for Subaru of Wichita's kindness and generosity. They went COMPLETELY out of their way to invest in this small part of our city. Now we have the beginning of a beautiful community garden where residents can build relationships, grow flowers and vegetables and make our earth just a little bit better. And we have a long-term relationship with Subaru--a company committed to investing in our community. We are looking forward to the growth of our garden with on-going support from Subaru. Thank you, Subaru of Wichita!


Orientation Breakfast for 400 New Teachers  –  Brenda D

Orientation Breakfast for 400 New Teachers

On August 11th, 2016, Subaru of Wichita provided our more than 400 support staff and new teachers with breakfast, their first apple (a kind and heartwarming gesture) and thank you cards for each of the new teachers entering the USD 259 School District. With warm smiles and lots of encouragement, they politely served and congratulated our 2016-2017 new teacher hires. Not only was this unexpected, but it was unprecedented. The gift of a hot meal was appreciated by new and current faculty alike. Subaru has gone above and beyond in our community, supporting many educational and learning endeavors here locally and nationally. USD 259 has loved and will continue to love the support given by Subaru of Wichita and the team there. Thank you for the food, the gesture and most importantly for the "thanks". Many of these teachers are on an exciting and brand new adventure. Knowing there is a caring company locally that will support them in their undertakings is a breath of fresh air.


Last minute Support, Long-term Friendship  –  Lynda F

Last minute Support, Long-term Friendship

A HUGE thank you to Scott Pitman, Dusty Rhodes and everyone at Subaru of Wichita for their truly miraculous, last-minute assistance toward a project that TheCRWN and Brotherhood Preschool had been working on for months. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a donor and support sponsor had backed out of helping out on an event put on in Downtown Wichita called Sole Purpose. Sole Purpose is an annual event where shoe aficionados gather to buy, sell or trade shoes and enhance the community at the same time. Subaru of Wichita came to the rescue and offered financial backing to allow the event to continue and raise money and awareness for Brotherhood Preschool. TheCRWN (promoter of the event), because of a generous gift from Subaru of Wichita, made a donation to Brotherhood Preschool that will allow the low-cost, inner-city preschool to set up a scholarship fund on behalf of late co-founder, Gloria Stuart. Gloria's legacy was one of love and service. Known to most as Nanny or Mother Stuart, Gloria embodied the nurturing caretaker you would hope to leave your children with when dropping them off at Preschool. One to not settle for mediocrity, she left an impact on anyone she came in contact with. She inspired many business and community leaders in over 40 years of education, and her legacy will continue thanks to the generous support and contributions made by the team at Subaru of Wichita.


A different kind of house, a WHOLE lot of Good  –  Carol B

A different kind of house, a WHOLE lot of Good

Gingerbread Village is an annual community event for the Assistance League of Wichita (ALW). ALW is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to addressing specific needs of the Wichita community through philanthropic programs. This event is open to the public and runs from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Each person (children and adults) who attends creates his/her own gingerbread house with supplies furnished by the ALW. The proceeds from Gingerbread Village help us support our philanthropic programs: Operation School Bell (provides new clothing to students in need), Scholarships to graduating seniors, Sexual Assault Victim Support Program (gives clothing and necessary items to victims of sexual assault), and Bear Hugs (where new teddy bears are provided to sexually abused children for comfort during examination by nurses). Needless to say, it takes a monumental amount of volunteer hours to host a successful event like Gingerbread Village. Volunteers do everything from setting up boxes of supplies, making frosting, helping with the design and construction process for many families, and cleaning up. We are grateful to Subaru of Wichita for the many tireless volunteers and the hours and dedication they gave us at our 2015 event. Without them, we would not have been able to see over 3,500 gingerbread houses going out the door in the hands of smiling children and happy adults.


Car Bash - Of course we would never bash a Subaru!  –  Darla H

Car Bash - Of course we would never bash a Subaru!

On behalf of the Trinity Academy Cheer Team, I would like to thank Subaru of Wichita for donating a car to our annual Car Bash to help our cheer team to pay for summer camp, uniforms, and expenses throughout the school year. This is a tradition for our team each year as part of the Trinity Academy Heritage Days. This year we had a tailgate night for all to attend prior to the kickoff of the Friday night football game. Trinity organizations and teams each have fun activities and different items to sell to raise money for their group. The cheerleaders supply sledgehammers, axes, and various other “weapons” for students and fans to bash the car. It’s always a fun event for all! Subaru of Wichita went above and beyond to make sure the car was emptied of fluids and delivered on time for our event. Benny Bowden even came the night of the Car Bash to take pictures and make sure the car was hauled off afterwards. Trinity Academy stands for Truth, Faith, and Character. Thank you Subaru of Wichita and Benny Bowden for showing what it means to serve. You helped make this year’s event one of our best!


Providing Assistance to Those That Assist  –  Kathy W

Providing Assistance to Those That Assist

A meeting between Subaru of Wichita and the Assistance League of Wichita to discuss the possibility of backpack donations resulted in an incredible partnership between these mission-minded entities. The Assistance League was overwhelmed when Subaru of Wichita chose us as the local recipient of the “Share the Love” campaign in 2015. We were humbled by the energy the sales people put into the campaign and their words encouraging contributions to our philanthropic programs. Our organization is unique in that we are all volunteers, no paid staff. One hundred percent of donations goes to our philanthropic programs. Because of Subaru’s support we are able to continue our work in the following: Operation School Bell (provides new clothing to Wichita students in need), Scholarships to Wichita area graduating seniors, Sexual Assault Victim Support Program (gives clothing and necessary items to victims of sexual assault), and Bear Hugs where new teddy bears are provided to sexually abused children for comfort during examination by nurses. Subaru of Wichita can be proud of the investment it has made to meet these needs that are not addressed by any other organizations locally. We’ve seen an increase in need in several of our programs and Subaru’s financial contribution will allow us to continue to serve those needs. We view the presentation of the “Share the Love” campaign check as a kick-off for a long-term relationship in serving the Wichita community.


Jammin' With the Jaguars  –  Stacy C

Jammin' With the Jaguars

Jardine’s STEM and Career Explorations theme is centered on the national importance to prepare competitive citizens for the technology-rich, innovative, and global careers that 21st century learners will experience as adults. Students have the opportunity to receive strong foundational knowledge in the four interrelated domains of STEM literacy: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.Developing STEM practices provides students with meaningful opportunities to conduct investigations, gather/use information, consider societal issues, and solve problems using critical thinking and technology as tools. Subaru of Wichita helped us by purchasing headsets which will allow our students to interact locally, nationally, and globally. We would like to say Thank You to Scott Pitman and Subaru of Wichita for the generous donation of headsets and the opportunity to work with your company in the future.


Food, Education, and Love - Balan, Haiti  –  Scott P

Food, Education, and Love - Balan, Haiti

When Scott & Michelle Pitman started their dealership in 2007, they were not just "out to make a dollar" but rather "out to make a difference." Early on, one of the main goals of the dealership was to "Adopt a Village" in a 3rd world country. During a trip to Haiti with the Salvation Army in 2010 (1 month before the devastating earthquake), Scott ended up in Balan (a place deemed "the poorest and driest area in all of Haiti"). After the trip, the Pitmans and others immediately started a program designed to educate, clothe, and feed children in the village of Balan. Today, the love for Balan has grown into the purchase of land, many building projects, and a large team of people to serve there. In the past 2 years, Subaru of Wichita has been THE major contributor and supporter of Walking in the Reign (a 501c3 Non-Profit founded by the Pitmans to support the work in Haiti) along with many other supporters and sponsors. During this time, Subaru of Wichita has supported WITR in opening a 10-room school that educates 400+ primary and secondary students, a kitchen and cafeteria where cooks prepare a daily meal (often the only meal students can count on), and supporting the staff of 23+ teachers, cooks, and administrators that teach and love the children of Balan. Thank you to Subaru of Wichita for going, raising support, raising awareness, and running a successful business that is committed to making a difference.


Wichita Police Department K-9 Unit  –  Jess H

Wichita Police Department K-9 Unit

In 2006, the Wichita Police Department began a new K-9 unit. However, there were budgetary issues facing the unit including training for the unit's dogs and police officers. When Subaru of Wichita became aware of this issue, they eagerly stepped up and donated a significant amount of money to get the unit started. Since then, the relationship between the K-9 unit and Subaru has grown tremendously. After their initial donation, Subaru donated enough money to establish a K-9 tracking software program. Before the software was online, officers were required to spend hours writing out reports, but with the software, officers can rapidly type reports, give statistics, and get back to keeping the community safe. In August of 2015, Subaru supported the K-9 unit through a third grant. Subaru of Wichita has also allowed the K-9 unit complete use of their business and vehicles. On the streets, the dogs are most often used to search vehicles for narcotics. This made the Subaru lot the perfect venue to set up training scenarios. In fact, dogs, handlers, and teams come from all over Kansas to use Subaru of Wichita's lot for training in addition to K-9 demonstrations to educate the community on the work that these dogs and officers do. Subaru truly provides the K-9 unit with a training facility like none other. Subaru of Wichita's partnership with the K-9 unit is helping make Wichita a safer community through educating citizens, building relationships, and supporting the K-9 unit.


A Night to Shine  –  Sheryll A

A Night to Shine

I would like to thank Subaru of Wichita for donating their time and resources to "A Night to Shine" a prom for individuals that have special needs. The Tim Tebow Foundation and Aviator Church partnered together to hold the event and it was a HUGE success, due in part to Subaru of Wichita. I began talking about the event with coworkers at Subaru of Wichita and before I knew it we had collected several gowns to donate and almost the entire accounting office had volunteered to work the event. To top it off, I had e-mailed the dealership's owner (Scott Pitman), asking if we could leave early for the event. He responded that, of course, we could take off early and also asked me to let him know if there was anything the dealership could do to help out. 10 days before the event I got a call saying one of the larger sponsors backed out. They gave me a list of items they needed just in case Subaru of Wichita would be able to help with some of it. I emailed Mr. Pitman again, informing him of the need. I couldn't believe it when I got an email back saying that he would gladly cover the cost of ALL the items and then some. I feel so blessed to have the people at Subaru of Wichita in my life. They are willing to work together all day and volunteer together all night. The night of the event went off without a hitch and everyone I spoke to said they would be back again next year! We couldn't have done it without Subaru of Wichita and their wonderful people!


Cessna Elementary+Subaru of Wichita=Love Promise  –  Tiffany K

Cessna Elementary+Subaru of Wichita=Love Promise

It was late July and as usual we were spread thin between getting our classrooms ready, preparing lessons, meeting with staff, and getting our heads in the game but lets not forget, we were busy spending money. We were buying crayons, markers, notebooks, pencils, border, storage bins, erasers, paper, and any other supplies you can think of. Not only were we spread thin physically, but we were definitely feeling it financially. As teachers, we love seeing our children grow in the classroom, but learning cant happen when we dont have the proper tools. It was at this time that we all received a beautiful gift. A gift of support. A gift of hope. A gift of love. A gift of possibilities. The gift is providing us with the ability to financially provide for our students in our classroom. It is allowing us to go above and beyond what we would be capable of any other year. It is not only providing us with supplies, it is instilling the importance of community and the gift of giving among our staff and students. For this, we want to send a huge thanks to Benny and Subaru of Wichita for lighting that spark in teachers. Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do. I hope you see that your gift will forever impact the teachers and students here at Cessna Elementary!


Pleasant Surprise  –  Melissa M

Pleasant Surprise

Thanks to Subaru of Wichita and Benny Bowden for making my day! Benny made the trek to my office armed with a Shop-Vac and an extension cord and vacuumed out my car after I (jokingly) suggested on their Facebook posting that someone come vacuum it out for me. Not only does Subaru of Wichita deliver incredible customer service, but they truly care about their customers and the Wichita community. I'm proud to support Subaru and, specifically, the Subaru of Wichita team, as I feel that they truly do live up to the Subaru Love Promise.


Food Drive to Benefit Low Income Seniors  –  Sherri F

Food Drive to Benefit Low Income Seniors

The members of Senior Services, Inc. of Wichitas staff would like to thank Subaru of Wichita for their assistance in meeting the nutrition needs of low income seniors! During the month of June 2015, the dealership organized a food drive to benefit clients of Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita. They collected enough food to fill a car! As a result of their efforts, 40 seniors received nonperishable food items that helped them stretch their limited budgets. One of these seniors was Donna who is a 24 hour caregiver for her husband. He has been disabled since 1992 when he was diagnosed with debilitating neuropathy. His health continued to decline due to Parkinson's disease. Now, Donna cares for all his needs including dressing, bathing, feeding and transferring. The food provided by the Subaru food drive certainly helped brighten her day as she was thrilled to select items that she cant usually afford. She was so impressed with the variety of food and told the staff that it was a true blessing and incredibly helpful to her. The local Subaru employees have truly put the Subaru Love Promise into practice to help our local community.


Subaru of Wichita Delivers Over 225 Meals  –  Mike G

Subaru of Wichita Delivers Over 225 Meals

Subaru of Wichita employees in Wichita, Kansas literally put their wheels on the road to help the local Meals on Wheels program. Members of the Subaru team delivered one meal route each weekday for three weeks in June. At the end of their volunteer experience they had delivered over 225 meals to homebound seniors in Wichita. A program representative stated that this was a tremendous assistance to the Meals on Wheels program. Many volunteers take summer vacations which makes locating substitute drivers to deliver 900 meals each weekday a challenge. These employees stepped in to fill the void! Subaru really does stand by their commitment to help make a difference in their community. This was not simply a short-term effort by Subaru of Wichita. The dealership has encouraged their employees to get involved long-term by signing up to deliver meals regularly!


Subaru of Wichita Celebrates Earth Month  –  Becky R

Subaru of Wichita Celebrates Earth Month

April was Earth Month and we wanted to celebrate at Subaru of Wichita by doing our part, so we partnered with two great organizations to host an event! Wednesday, April 22nd through Saturday the 25th, we handed out free sapling trees to celebrate Earth Day (Apr. 22) and Arbor Day (Apr. 24)! Each Colorado Blue Spruce sapling tree was individually contained in a plastic tube and came straight from the Arbor Day Foundation. Customers and Subaru of Wichita team members were encouraged to plant and grow the trees at home. Subaru of Wichita loves the earth, but we also love people. That's why we additionally partnered with an organization called Plant With Purpose to plant 300 trees in Haiti to help with reforestation efforts in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Plant With Purpose is a nonprofit organization, which reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Their life-changing projects include soil conservation, community-based microfinance, reforestation efforts, and veterinary care all of which are designed to help farmers in third-world countries care for their land, provide for their families, and build a better future for their children. Subaru of Wichita is thrilled to have impacted the environment on a local level, but also in a third-world country in need.


League 42 - Inner City Baseball League  –  Bob L

League 42 - Inner City Baseball League

In December of this past year, Subaru of America hosted their annual Share the Love event. This year, Subaru of Wichita chose the local organization, League 42 as the local charity for this year's event. League 42 seeks to make the world of baseball affordable for all who wish to play. In order to keep costs low for participants, the organization offers a small "per family" registration fee that provides each player with a full uniform (jersey, pants, belt and hat), a baseball glove and additional playing equipment. Subaru of Wichita presented League 42 with a check for $27,814 and had a chance to visit with a few of the organization's representatives. It was a wonderful day and a huge victory for the Wichita community! "It's an extremely generous donation that [Subaru of Wichita] has made to us," said Bob, League 42's Chairman. "We buy equipment, we have fields that we maintain, we buy bats, balls, gloves, uniforms and it's through things like this that we're able to do that." Our dealership is proud to help League 42 give inner city kids of Wichita the opportunity to play baseball!