What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

The Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Carter Subaru Ballard dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Carter Subaru is proud to support and sponsor many of our great local organizations and non-profits. From the environment and music to education and athletics, everyone at Carter Subaru is committed to investing in our future... and our children's future.

Woodland Park Zoo Wildwise Program & ZooTunes, Fido Fest, Pasado's Safe Haven
Mountains to Sound Greenway, Brown Bear Car Wash
Shoreline Community College, Ballard High School, Shorewood High School
Tree House Foster Kids, Seattle Storm, Pike Place market Foundation, GSBA, Seattle Men's & Women's Chorus
Food Lifeline

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Love Promise Stories from Carter Subaru Ballard

Planting a Forest in the Greenway  –  Danny L

Planting a Forest in the Greenway

A typical vehicle emits 5-tons of carbon dioxide per year. But did you know that 4 trees over their lifespan offset the carbon footprint of one year driving? In 2008 Carter Subaru was looking for a way to make a difference to protect our environment & decrease our carbon footprint, so we set out to find the perfect partner - and we did! Partnering with the Mountains to Sound Greenway, Carter Subaru’s iconic program of being “On the Road to Carbon Neutral” was born! The Greenway manages 1.5-million acres of public land that offers everyone the chance to enjoy nature, wildlife & activities. Eleven years ago none of us could have imagined the impact we would have & how planting trees is making a real difference. Planting trees is a way for people to take action knowing they’re a part of something that’s not just about today… but tomorrow. It’s about offsetting the annual carbon footprint of over 40,000 vehicles so we breathe clean air. And it’s about helping the Greenway become stronger as they inspire action to conserve & enhance our landscape. Carter Subaru’s $1,600,000 investment in purchasing over 160,000 trees for the Greenway has ensured a long-term balance between people & nature. But it’s our physical commitment & personal connection that is the most rewarding. Working side-by-side with hundreds of volunteers, Carter Subaru’s staff, family, customers & community partners have come together every year volunteering thousands of hours getting our hands dirty planting trees.


Cancer Patients Benefit from Subaru Loves to Care  –  Sarah M

Cancer Patients Benefit from Subaru Loves to Care

On Wednesday, June 28th, representatives from Carter Subaru Ballard, including Danny Levine and Jennifer Moran, joined LLS Campaign Director Sarah Morningstar at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle where a gift of 160 blankets and 40 craft kits was presented at the Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason. On hand were members of the oncology medical team, led by Dr. David Aboulafia, who were delighted to help ensure that these blankets and craft kits get distributed to cancer patients and young visitors. Carter Subaru is a long-standing supporter of Virginia Mason and has also supported the local LLS Chapter whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Together, this meeting was a win-win-win situation for cancer patients and all those who endeavor to care and support them in the hospital, and in the community.


Subaru and NWF Loves the Earth  –  Krysten M

Subaru and NWF Loves the Earth

This year, third graders planted a garden for pollinators as a part of our pollinators unit. They incorporated plants donated from Carter Subaru into their pollinator garden (gaillardia and sedum are especially useful native plants for pollinators). Below is a detailed description of the unit. Thanks for your help in bringing our students' learning to life! Pollinators Unit: During the unit, students were introduced to pollination and pollinators. Next generation science standards were integrated into lesson plans. Students studied the life cycle and traits of a particular pollinator and how the animal's traits provided an advantage the environment. Third graders care for the Villa garden as part of their service learning during the year. Weaving science into the service learning allowed students to take the next step in studying their pollinators: understanding challenges facing their pollinators and how they could take part in helping their pollinator directly in our school garden and also through advocacy in the Villa community. Students used engineering skills and maker space skills they have developed through the year to build nesting houses for solitary bees as well as design and construct a pollinator garden filled with plants identified by students as well suited to the needs of their pollinator. During each step of their learning, students wrote drafts of scripts, learned and practiced speaking skills, and finally recorded videos.


Our partnership has created a legacy  –  Jon H

As the Executive Director of The Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust, which oversees the conservation and enhancement of 1.5 million-acres from Seattle to Central Washington, I'm writing to say THANK YOU again to Carter Subaru for their tremendous and ongoing support. Since 2008, Carter Subaru has donated over $1,500,000 to purchase over 150,000 trees for the Greenway – native trees that improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gasses and enhance recreational green spaces that benefit our health and well being. Carter Subaru’s commitment extends beyond the financial, as the owners, staff and many of their customers who appreciate the outdoors have worked by our sides volunteering 1,200+ hours over the past 8 years to clear invasive weeds and plant their donated trees at our annual tree planting events. I also want to extend a special shout-out to the many dedicated Carter Subaru employees who have exceeded our expectations by bringing their families and friends every weekend this past fall to help restore Lake Sammamish State Park. We certainly couldn’t have reached our goals without their tenacity and generous commitment of time! Carter Subaru’s sustained partnership has created a legacy that will enrich our environment and our community for generations. No other organization has made this significant level of contribution to the Greenway, and we are all truly indebted to Carter Subaru for their vision and support.


5th Graders ski & ride FREE at Stevens Pass  –  Matt P

5th Graders ski & ride FREE at Stevens Pass

Falling in love with the mountains through skiing and snowboarding can be life changing, and that's why Stevens Pass and Carter Subaru have teamed up to offer FREE season passes to Washington State's 5th graders. Since 2013 over 8,450 students (a value of over $3.5 million) have taken advantage of this snowsports program that encourages kids to get off the couch and play outside. “This partnership allows us to connect with the next generation of skiers and riders,” says Jennifer Moran, Executive Manager of Carter Subaru. “It demonstrates our firm commitment with Stevens Pass to achieve a common goal of creating a new, healthier generation that has a passion for sports and the outdoors”. Photo credit: “Ian Coble / Stevens Pass”


Impreza was totally impressed with Carter Subaru  –  Heidi H

Impreza was totally impressed with Carter Subaru

Thank you for welcoming Guide Puppies of Seattle to Carter Subaru and allowing us to socialize our puppies with you. As an all-volunteer local puppy-raising group for Guide Dogs for the Blind, each of our puppies is raised in a volunteer’s home from 8 weeks old until approximately 15 months old in which they learn basic obedience, good house manners, and above all, how to be social. That’s why we really appreciate you inviting us to Carter Subaru so we could hang out with your staff and customers in a warm and welcoming environment. Just allowing our puppies to socialize with you means so much to all of us and really makes a big difference. And our pup-in-training “Impreza” was totally "impressed" with all of you. Looking forward to doing this again and again with Carter Subaru!


Supporting Foster Kids With KIRO's HOLIDAY MAGIC  –  Karin C

Supporting Foster Kids With KIRO's HOLIDAY MAGIC

KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, Carter Subaru and Treehouse, a nonprofit organization addressing the essential education and enrichment needs of kids in foster care, raised over $502,000 for local foster children during the 28th Annual Holiday Magic Fundraiser on December 14, 2016. The Holiday Magic program helps foster kids by raising money to provide each child in the program with one significant holiday gift along with support for programs and services throughout the year. For the fifth consecutive year, Holiday Magic exceeded half a million dollars in donations and cash during the 12-hour fundraiser. “Thanks to your generosity, thousands of kids across Washington State will feel the love and support of our community and enjoy a magical holiday!” said Treehouse CEO Janis Avery. Founded in 1988, Treehouse helps over 7,000 kids in foster care each year through programs that help them succeed in school, fulfill key material needs, and provide important childhood experiences every child deserves. Treehouse is also one of Carter Subaru’s Share The Love Event hometown charities in which they received over $43,000 in 2016. Photo: Jennifer Moran, Carter Subaru Excecutive Manager on air during the fundraiser.


Sharing The Love With Carter Subaru  –  Danny L

Love. It's the only thing you make more of by giving it away. So when Subaru had their annual Share The Love Event and donated $250 to your choice of six charities when you purchased or leased a new Subaru, Carter Subaru picked two hometown charities that are close to our hearts: King County Search and Rescue, and Tree House. King County Search and Rescue is one of the largest search and rescue organizations in the country and also one of the busiest. On average, they respond to a mission every three days. In 2015, they had about 125 missions, volunteered almost 19,000 mission hours, and drove over 180,000 miles in their personal vehicles, not including training missions. They are proudly 100% volunteer and provide their search and rescue services at no cost to the citizens of King County and upon request to other counties in Washington. Tree House provides kids in foster care with the academic and other essential supports they equally deserve to help them graduate high school. Treehouse envisions and strives to create a world where every child that has experienced a crisis of parenting has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community. Children in foster care live in an uncertain world, and the stability that most children take for granted is not guaranteed to foster kids. Check out our sing-along video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzQsUl6_Dtc.


Carter Subaru Spreads the Love & Warmth  –  Meredith K

Carter Subaru Spreads the Love & Warmth

At Carter Subaru, we believe that everyone should have a chance to lead a healthy life, which is why we are proud to partner with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason. In July 2016, Carter Subaru spread a little bit of love and warmth by delivering 120 chenille blankets and messages of hope to cancer patients at Virginia Mason. As the world's largest health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services, LLS's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Virginia Mason leads the way in cancer care in the Puget Sound area and has survival rates among the best in the nation at every stage. With no cancer being "typical", Virginia Mason designs and develops a unique course of treatment for each patient with an experienced multidisciplinary team of physicians and healthcare professionals who are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia and lymphoma. Photo (left to right): Robbi Bishop, Administrative Director Cancer Institute; Jennifer Moran, Executive Director Carter Subaru; David M. Aboulafia, MD Section Head Hematology and Oncology; Alison Green, RN Oncology Nursing & Infusion Services; Josh Buren, Corporate Development Director LLS WA Chapter


The Butterfly Heroes at Carter Subaru  –  Danny L

The Butterfly Heroes at Carter Subaru

Unfortunately the monarch butterfly population in the United States has declined by more than 90 percent in recent years, so Carter Subaru is helping out! Throughout April, Carter Subaru is partnering with the National Wildlife Foundation for the Butterfly Heroes Program. This program's goal is to bring awareness to the declining population and connect our community of gardeners and kids, families and schools alike to help the monarchs and other pollinators. Creating monarch and pollinator habitat is a wonderful opportunity for observing one of nature's most miraculous occurrences. The unique transformation the monarch butterfly undergoes during its life cycle from egg, caterpillar (larva) and chrysalis to the delicate yet resilient butterfly is wonderfully intriguing for students and teachers alike. Stop in to Carter Subaru to learn more about the program and pick up some complimentary milkweed seeds to do your part at home!


Using Music to Break the Silence  –  Rachel E

Using Music to Break the Silence

Sexual and domestic violence is a silent issue, and the Angel Band Project is working to break the silence and inspire people to engage with this issue through the transformative power of music. Carter Subaru is proud to support the Angel Band Project in their hope to provide healing for survivors and foster a society that's not only willing to listen, but ready to change. Music therapy has the power to heal - it reaches in and grabs you in a place that words alone could never touch. Music also has the power to break through and engage people in a way that's easier for them to listen, and hopefully, begin to understand.


Dedicated to the Legacy of Northwest Art  –  Elizabeth M

Dedicated to the Legacy of Northwest Art

Cascadia Art Museum is the first museum dedicated to NW art from the late 19th century through the 1960s, defined by the waters that flow from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. With six galleries and a multi-purpose education room the 11,000 square foot museum is part of the adaptive re-use of one of Edmonds' most iconic, mid-Modern century buildings. Their Inaugural Exhibition supported by Carter Subaru introduces viewers to a prolific body of works produced by significant regional artists active from 1900 and leading up to the formation of the group in 1939 and through the 1960s.


Showcasing the amazing habitats of Washington  –  Katie R

Showcasing the amazing habitats of Washington

The Woodland Park Zoo's Wild Wise program offers King County students in grades 4-7 a high-impact multimedia indoor presentation and a hands-on inquiry based outdoor exploration. Designed to hone their observation and investigation skills as they study and spend time in Washington habitats, this practical education program showcases the amazing habitats of Washington and the animals which call them home. The program also focuses on skills used by professional biologists and naturalists to learn how to identify and recognize native flora and fauna. In addition, students will see what people are doing to protect our environment right here in Washington, and what they can do to help.


Our Community, In Focus  –  Ryan H

Our Community, In Focus

In our continued pledge to support LGBT, Carter Subaru is proud to sponsor the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Held annually in October since 1996, the Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene, and the social event of the season, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.


Supporting the Seattle Men's & Women's Chorus  –  Danny L

Supporting the Seattle Men's & Women's Chorus

The Seattle Men's Chorus is the largest gay men's chorus in the world with over 350 singing members, and Seattle Women's Chorus has quickly grown to over 300 singers. In addition to supporting the choruses all year long, Carter Subaru is especially proud to be a key partner in the choruses annual Holiday Raffle, where for $5 you can buy a ticket with the hopes of winning a brand new Subaru. With Carter Subaru's support, the work of the Choruses rolls forward touching lives, building acceptance, and empowering all citizens to claim their full and equal rights.


Empowering Homeless Women  –  Danny L

Empowering Homeless Women

A proud new partner of Carter Subaru, we're proud to help support Mary's Place, a local Seattle organization that empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. A leading voice in the community, Mary's Place empowers women to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Their work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help women find housing and employment.


Improving Public Education  –  Danny L

Improving Public Education

At Carter Subaru we understand that our children are our future leaders. The League of Education Voters is the only Washington-based organization working to improve public education from early learning through higher education. They shape the debate, build powerful coalitions, and grow the grassroots to achieve meaningful reform and ample, equitable, and stable resources for education. Their advocacy agenda supports our vision that every Washington student has access to a public education that provides the opportunity for success. And their legislative agenda proposes a vision for public education that guarantees that every Washington student has the opportunity for a high-quality education from early learning through the first two years of college.


Carter Subaru Loves the Earth  –  Jim A

Carter Subaru Loves the Earth

As part of our Subaru Love Promise, Carter Subaru actively pledges to actively preserve the environment. During April our stores collected unwanted electronic waste customers had dropped off. By responsibly recycling this E-Waste, we helped prevent toxic compounds from entering our soil and waterways. In April we also planted another 800+ trees in the Mountains to Sound Greenway to offset our carbon footprint. Thank you, our customers, for joining us in our effort of protecting our precious environment and helping us all to be on the road to carbon neutral.


See Concerts. Save Animals!  –  Katie L

See Concerts. Save Animals!

ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru is one of Seattle's premiere concert venues that helps support the Zoo and all the wonderful animals they care for. A Seattle summer tradition celebrating more than 30 years, it's the place to enjoy live music performances from today's top talent in jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass performing against one of Seattle's most beautiful outdoor backdrops: Woodland Park Zoo's picturesque North Meadow.


Creating a road to hope & possibility  –  Jessica R

Creating a road to hope & possibility

Carter Subaru is proud to have supported Tree House over the last few years by selecting them as our preferred local partner for Subaru's annual "Share The Love Event". Our partnership has resulted in thousands of dollars donated to keep kids in foster care on track to graduate from high school and achieve their dreams. Because of Carter Subaru, Tree House was able to serve more than 7,000 kids in foster care last year in the Seattle area, providing education coaching and support, access to extracurricular activities and summer camps, and the clothes and school supplies they need to fit in and succeed at school. Together, Carter Subaru and Tree House are creating a road to hope and possibility for youth in foster care.


Partnering with the GSBA  –  Louise C

Partnering with the GSBA

Carter Subaru realizes that today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and is committed to supporting our community's future leaders by providing resources to outstanding LGBT students. We are proud to support Seattle's GSBA Scholarship Fund that benefits undergraduate students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations.


Stormin' Seattle  –  Shannon B

Stormin' Seattle

As long time partners of Seattle's two-time WNBA Champions, Carter Subaru supports many Seattle Storm programs, including their "Go Green" initiative. By sharing environmental values, together we're committed to reduce our collective environmental footprint. For example, if you carpool to a Storm game in a Subaru, you'll park free in the Carter Subaru Garage. In addition, we have our exciting 3's for Trees program - for every 3-pointer our Storm players get, Carter Subaru will plant a tree in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. So far we've planted over 1,500 trees!


Riders supporting Riders  –  Todd C

Riders supporting Riders

Carter Subaru has supported the Stinky Spoke Ride since they got started several years ago. This fun and muddy 18.6 mile uphill bike ride is always on the worst weather day of the year in January... and that's where you get the Stinky part from. Carter Subaru is proud to sponsor Stinky Spoke because they in turn benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center which brings equine-assisted therapies to children and adults with disabilities.


Carter Subaru Supports Children in Need  –  Karin C

Carter Subaru Supports Children in Need

Carter Subaru and the Seattle Seahawks have partnered with KIRO Radio's Charity of the Month. We're committed to investing in our future and our children's future by helping support a different local charity every month.


Carter Subaru is Helping Plant a Forest One Test Drive at a Time  –  Margaret U

Carter Subaru is Helping Plant a Forest One Test Drive at a Time

Native trees are critical to the health of the Pacific Northwest. Trees improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases, shade creeks and streams cooling water for threatened salmon, reduce erosion and filter pollutants, improving water quality, and providing important wildlife habitat. Since 2008, Carter Subaru has planted over 100,000 native trees and shrubs in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, the scenic byway along the I-90 corridor stretching from Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass into Central Washington. Carter Subaru is literally "Planting a Forest... One Test Drive at a time!" Here's how it works: Test-drive any Subaru at Carter, and Carter will plant one tree in your name. When you buy a Subaru, Carter will plant three more trees. By doing this we're helping reduce your carbon footprint even further, so together we're all "On the Road to Carbon Neutral". Highlight and right click the following link to view our Love Promise commitment in action: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RHoR9jisnzA