The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes Subaru retailers who are making the world a better place while demonstrating an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in local communities. These efforts are focused in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

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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.

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, Pasado's Safe Haven

Mountains to Sound Greenway, Brown Bear Car Wash, Washington Trails Association, The Mountaineers, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Shoreline Community College, Ballard High School, Shorewood High School, Edmonds Community College, Outdoors For All

Treehouse, Seattle Storm, GSBA, Seattle Men's & Women's Chorus, King County Search and Rescue

Food Lifeline, Puget Sound Kidney Centers Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason, The Angel Band Project

Did Carter Subaru Ballard go above and beyond, provide exceptional service, or support causes that are important to you? We'd love to hear about it.

Love Promise Stories from Carter Subaru Ballard

Subaru and Carter Subaru Ballard 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

Three's for Treehouse - Mechell S

In partnership with the Seattle Storm, Seattle's Championship WNBA team, Carter Subaru has donated almost $10,000 to Treehouse for Kids. the Treehouse for Kid's mission is for every child that has experienced foster care to have the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood. Carter Subaru—a proud Storm partner for more than a decade—launched 3’s for Treehouse, a program that will direct funds to Treehouse—a non-profit serving youth in foster care. For every 3-pointer made, the Storm and Carter Subaru will donate $50 to Treehouse, while also providing special experiences to the young people supported by the organization, such as appearances by Storm mascot Doppler, players and tickets to future games. Providing this unique opportunity for Treehouse is part of the ongoing community connection that Carter Subaru continually strives for.

Treehouse for Kids
Three's for Treehouse

Supporting Search and Rescue - Jennifer B

Since 2016 Carter Subaru has donated over $165,000 to the King County Search and Rescue Association supporting the selfless volunteers who strive year-round to bring loved ones’ home to their families. After many years of lean funding, our finances barely met the needs of basic search and rescue operations. The donations and support from Carter Subaru have allowed investment in much needed equipment and resources. For example, after acquiring several drones, we’re able to rapidly search dangerous areas such as steep cliffs and along fast-moving streams while also reducing risk to rescuers. We’ve made critical upgrades in technology to better track volunteers’ training and identify where to focus time and efforts in maintaining critical skills. Improved data helps us better understand where and why accidents and rescues happen, so we can target our education and awareness campaigns in the hopes that less people will need our assistance. Carter Subaru’s financial support has been key in enabling King County Search and Rescue to keep pace serving our community as demands for our services have grown from 173 callouts in 2017 to 223 in 2020. Instead of many fundraising events, volunteers can devote their time to training, responding, and educating the public on safely enjoying the outdoors. Carter Subaru also provides partnership opportunities to highlight King County Search and Rescue and provide much needed alignment in the community. Carter Subaru’s generous support for the King County Search and Rescue Association, has undeniably saved lives and will continue to for years to come.

King County Search and Rescue
Supporting Search and Rescue

A Powerful Impact on Foster Care - Spencer S

One of the things Treehouse Education Specialists learn working with high school students experiencing foster care is the importance of showing up for our youth. That means being there every week at the same time—despite any obstacle—and being a stable force in a tumultuous world. Since 2005, Carter Subaru has been a beacon of stability for the Treehouse community. “Rain or shine, Carter Subaru has partnered with Treehouse through Share The Love and raised money to support youth in care across Washington state. It’s about more than the dollars raised though,” said Dr. Lisa Chin, Treehouse CEO. “Every Carter employee is an ambassador for Treehouse. That’s a powerful connection and makes a very real difference for our mission.” Each year, a Treehouse representative is invited to the dealership to talk with the Carter team about how Treehouse partners with youth experiencing foster care, so they have a childhood and a future. That conversation always starts as just a presentation. Every single time, it evolves into Carter employees volunteering with Treehouse and ongoing discussions about why having new clothing, holiday gifts and toys lead to confidence in a social setting. It evolves into learning more about how education supports, tutoring and the stability provided by Treehouse can remove barriers to success as youth experiencing foster care explore their futures. Each step of the way, Carter Subaru is always there and has evolved into a foundational component of the Treehouse community, almost $500,000 since 2005. In our 15 years of partnership, thousands of youth experiencing foster care have found the determination and perseverance to graduate from high school, and hundreds of thousands of materials resources have been distributed to youth statewide. None of this would happen without organizations that take the time to invest in the community. Carter Subaru’s impact on youth in foster care is clear and powerful. Together we are constructing a future where all youth have the opportunity to graduate from high school and launch successfully into independence.

Treehouse
A Powerful Impact on Foster Care

Saving Lives After a Chance Encounter - Jennifer B

On a cold, rainy day in October 2015, deep in the wilderness of the Cascade Mountains, we met two outdoor enthusiasts and learned they were from Carter Subaru. That chance encounter has developed into a meaningful partnership in the years that followed. Since 2016 Carter Subaru has donated over $135,000 to the King County Search and Rescue Association supporting the selfless volunteers who strive year-round to bring loved ones’ home to their families. After many years of lean funding, our finances barely met the needs of basic search and rescue operations. The donations from Carter Subaru have allowed investment in much needed equipment and resources. For example, after acquiring several drones, we’re able to rapidly search dangerous areas such as steep cliffs and along fast-moving streams while also reducing risk to rescuers. We’ve made critical upgrades in technology to better track volunteers’ training and identify where to focus time and efforts in maintaining critical skills. Improved data helps us better understand where and why accidents and rescues happen, so we can target our education and awareness campaigns in the hopes that less people will need our assistance. Carter Subaru’s financial support has been key in enabling King County Search and Rescue to keep pace serving our community as demands for our services have grown from 173 callouts in 2017 to 223 in 2020. Instead of many fundraising events, volunteers can devote their time to training, responding, and educating the public on safely enjoying the outdoors. Carter Subaru’s generous support for the King County Search and Rescue Association, along with the passion and drive of our volunteers, has undeniably saved lives and will continue to for years to come.

King County Search and Rescue
Saving Lives After a Chance Encounter

Sharing the Love with Foster Care, Rain or Shine - Spencer S

One of the things Treehouse Education Specialists learn working with high school students experiencing foster care is the importance of showing up for our youth. That means being there every week at the same time—despite any obstacle—and being a stable force in a tumultuous world. Since 2005, Carter Subaru has been a beacon of stability for the Treehouse community. “Rain or shine, Carter Subaru has partnered with Treehouse through Share The Love and raised money to support youth in care across Washington state. It’s about more than the dollars raised though,” said Dr. Lisa Chin, Treehouse CEO. “Every Carter employee is an ambassador for Treehouse. That’s a powerful connection and makes a very real difference for our mission.” Each year, a Treehouse representative is invited to the dealership to talk with the Carter team about how Treehouse partners with youth experiencing foster care, so they have a childhood and a future. That conversation always starts as just a presentation. Every single time, it evolves into Carter employees volunteering with Treehouse and ongoing discussions about why having new clothing, holiday gifts and toys lead to confidence in a social setting. It evolves into learning more about how education supports, tutoring and the stability provided by Treehouse can remove barriers to success as youth experiencing foster care explore their futures. Each step of the way, Carter Subaru is always there and has evolved into a foundational component of the Treehouse community, almost $500,000 since 2005. In our 15 years of partnership, thousands of youth experiencing foster care have found the determination and perseverance to graduate from high school, and hundreds of thousands of materials resources have been distributed to youth statewide. None of this would happen without organizations that take the time to invest in the community. Carter Subaru’s impact on youth in foster care is clear and powerful. Together we are constructing a future where all youth have the opportunity to graduate from high school and launch successfully into independence.

Treehouse
Sharing the Love with Foster Care, Rain or Shine

Love at First Sight - Jennifer B

On a cold, rainy day in October 2015, deep in the wilderness of the Cascade Mountains, we met two outdoor enthusiasts and learned they were from Carter Subaru. That chance encounter has developed into a meaningful partnership in the years that followed. Since 2016 Carter Subaru has donated over $135,000 to the King County Search and Rescue Association supporting the selfless volunteers who strive year-round to bring loved ones’ home to their families. After many years of lean funding, our finances barely met the needs of basic search and rescue operations. The donations from Carter Subaru have allowed investment in much needed equipment and resources. For example, after acquiring several drones, we’re able to rapidly search dangerous areas such as steep cliffs and along fast-moving streams while also reducing risk to rescuers. We’ve made critical upgrades in technology to better track volunteers’ training and identify where to focus time and efforts in maintaining critical skills. Improved data helps us better understand where and why accidents and rescues happen, so we can target our education and awareness campaigns in the hopes that less people will need our assistance. Carter Subaru’s financial support has been key in enabling King County Search and Rescue to keep pace serving our community as demands for our services have grown from 173 callouts in 2017 to 223 in 2020. Instead of many fundraising events, volunteers can devote their time to training, responding, and educating the public on safely enjoying the outdoors. Carter Subaru’s generous support for the King County Search and Rescue Association, along with the passion and drive of our volunteers, has undeniably saved lives and will continue to for years to come.

King County Search and Rescue
Love at First Sight

Driving Better Nutrition in our Community - Mechell S

What does a car have to do with food security? Solid Ground, a local nonprofit in Seattle, has been on a mission to solve poverty by undoing racism and other barriers of oppression for 45 years For Solid Ground’s Community Food Education (CFE) department, reliable transportation is a necessity! Take CFE’s pop-up kitchen, for instance. They travel to sites where we host cooking and nutrition classes for adults and families living on low incomes. In order to do this important work, they have to have a reliable vehicle. “Knowing that Carter Subaru proudly supports and sponsors a wide variety of non-profit partners in our community, we reached out to their leadership team with a request for assistance. And they responded quickly with a solution!” said Gary Rubin, Giving Manager for Solid Ground. “Thanks to the generosity of Carter Subaru, CFE can safely continue to bring their workshops into local communities, building increased food security at every stop along the way! “

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Carter Subaru's partnership with Solid Ground - Mechell S

Solid Ground, a local non profit in Seattle, has been on a mission to solve poverty by undoing racism and other barriers of oppression for 45 years. They were in need of a vehicle and partner to help support their mission. That's when Carter Subaru stepped in. Not only did Carter Subaru supply a vehicle to that will help their community outreach programs , but also supplied much needed blankets for their domestic violence housing program. This partnership that announced with the Solid Ground community didn't go unnoticed by loyal Subaru drivers. As quoted by a loyal Subaru family: My wife Pam and I have been Carter Subaru clients for quite some time, approaching 20 years in Pam’s case. We have always appreciated the professional approach and helpfulness of the Carter Subaru team, particularly the Service gang at Shoreline. But it is one of your community support activities that prompts this note: Pam and I were delighted to see in a recent newsletter from Solid Ground that you had supported the important work of that non-profit by donating a new Subaru! I know that you would have received grateful thanks from the Solid Ground team themselves, but often-times you might wonder whether anyone else even notices a generous contribution like that. Well, we noticed, and we’ve also mentioned it to various friends around Seattle. Your support of Solid Ground (and I guess other community organizations) really makes us even more appreciative of Carter Subaru than we were already. It’s really good to know that you see your role as embracing thoughtful and practical citizenship, rather than being just a commercial enterprise. So Bravo!!, thanks, and long may you prosper...Ian Page and Pam Kaser

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Carter Subaru's partnership with Solid Ground

Carter Subaru's snowball effect in our community - Jodi B

With the COVID-19 virus continuing to impact the everyday life of people around the Seattle community, Morning with Jodi & Bender and 95.7 The Jet began collecting cash and non-perishable food donations at the Fred Meyer in downtown Renton to benefit Food Lifeline. Overall, with Carter Subaru's help, they exceeded $50,000 in cash and food donations in under 8 days! Jodi Brothers, the host of the Morning Show, said "We were in the midst of the fundraiser, and it felt a bit stalled. The donations were still trickling in, but at $5 or one can at a time we weren't going to make our goal. I immediately thought of my friends at Carter Subaru, and how much attention they pay to local charities, and I knew I had to get in touch. It took about 2 seconds for Carter Subaru to get back to me with a huge donation, and it spurred more, smaller local businesses to reach into their pockets, and then the snowball effect brought us to a close. I really believe that the surprise donation from Carter got people thinking about our community, and how desperate the need for food is, and they reach into their pockets a little deeper. I knew Carter would come through, because of their massive focus on community programs."

Jodi and Bender Morning Show
Carter Subaru's snowball effect in our community

Carter Subaru Heals with Music - Mechell S

Thanks to the generous commitment of Carter Subaru these past several years, The Angel Band Project – a national nonprofit with a chapter in Seattle, WA – has been able to support survivors of sexual assault through unique music therapy programs. The mission of the organization is to use the power of music to provide healing, raise awareness, and promote positive social change for survivors of sexual violence. Carter Subaru has been very instrumental in growing our programs in Seattle. This year, The Angel Band Project celebrated its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit with a benefit concert and auction at the Neptune Theater. Carter Subaru served as the Presenting Sponsor and rallied the community and their partners to make a huge impact for our event. Over $127,000 was raised, ensuring that survivors in Seattle will be supported for many years to come. Carter Subaru, THANK YOU for your commitment to giving survivors a voice through music.

Angel Band Project
Carter Subaru Heals with Music