The 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

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

We're honored to receive the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

The 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

What is the Subaru Love Promise?

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

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 Stivers Decatur Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.

P.A.W.S Atlanta
The Community Garden
Paideia School, Adaptive Learning Center, Sarah Smith Elementary FREE BOOK DONATION!
Sweetwater 420 Festival
Pounding the Pavement for Peter 5K

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Love Promise Stories from Stivers Decatur Subaru

Subaru and Stivers Decatur Subaru believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here

Team Tommy  –  Charles S

Stivers Decatur Subaru does it again, all for Inclusion! The ongoing support from Stivers Decatur Subaru to The Adaptive Learning Center's Inclusion Program prompted a preschool class to go to big with one of their friends. The Preschool at PRUMC went all out for National Down Syndrome Day! GO TEAM TOMMY! was the theme of the day. All of Tommy’s classmates celebrated their love and acceptance for Tommy by sporting “Team Tommy” shirts (teachers AND every friend in the class). After some playtime, Mrs. K led a wonderful and impactful lesson on being “different.” She brought up pairs of friends and talked about different hair color, eye color, height, length of fingers, shapes of faces, ways we talk. Every time the kids pointed out a difference she ended it with “different is OK, different is JUST different.” Then she read a really sweet story called When Emma Met Charley. It’s about a boy who meets a girl in a wheelchair whose arms and legs look “different.” The story goes through ways she’s different, the same and why being different isn’t weird, bad, sad or strange… it’s just different. Mrs. K was eloquent in her delivery and very natural. The message was delivered perfectly for our friends. The kids were interested, asked questions and were impacted by the story. They understood that today was a day to support wholeheartedly Tommy and accept EVERYONE’s differences. It was followed up with a small lesson before playground. The class was asked if they knew WHY we were wearing “Team Tommy” shirts. Then the teacher asked if anyone had heard of Down Syndrome. Some friends took guesses, but no one was familiar. She told the class today was National Down Syndrome day. She got some confused looks (as expected). Then she bridged the lesson… “Remember when Mrs. K talked you about how we ALL look different, and have different things about us that make us who we are…” “These are things we are born with, like he has red hair, she has blue eyes. Did we choose the way we look, talk, learn (no!!.. some kids said, “God made us”)” She explained as simply as possible that our bodies are made of tiny cells, our cells of something called chromosomes, and Tommy has an extra chromosome (47 vs 46) (reminded not bad, strange or weird… just different). She talked about ways Tommy is the same, ways he is different, and things he is great at. She also described him as having a superpower. A common trait of Down syndrome is exhibiting happiness and joy, increased empathy and hyperawareness to other’s emotions and a strong desire for friendships and close bonds. She told them that his superpower was feeling and understanding his friend’s feelings. “Tommy loves his friends, loves to be loved and is thankful for those who are kind, right Tommy? (he nodded yes with a huge smile). The kids were receptive, showed compassion and understanding. They are so glad to be a part of spreading awareness and kindness to young friends. Tommy was rejoiced as a beloved member in our classroom today! What a wonderful day for Team Tommy and INCLUSION awareness! Without Stivers Decatur Subaru’s continued support for The Adaptive Learning Center over the years, preschool classrooms, like Tommy’s, would not be thriving. Our community would be missing the wonderful message of inclusion and the ability to raise children with a foundation of acceptance for things that are different from them.


The Subaru Paideia Auction Crosstrek Giveaway  –  Paul B

Stivers Decatur Subaru graciously donated a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek to The Paideia School for their annual auction.


Stivers Supports HIES Golf Tourney  –  Johnny S

Stivers Decatur Subaru was the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Holy Innocents Episcopal School Golf Tournament. This year event was held at the Dunwoody Country Club in Atlanta Georgia. The proceeds from this golf tournament help fund the athletic department at HIES. Over 90- golfers attended this years event where Stivers proudly showcased the all-new 3 row Subaru Ascent.


Subaru Gives Hope and Warmth to Cancer Patients  –  Audrey S

On Wednesday, June 20th at 11:00am, Shane Lance with Stivers Decatur Subaru made a special delivery of 100 blankets and patient care kits to the Bone Marrow Transplant team at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Hospital. They were excited for the opportunity to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help bring hope and warmth to patients during treatment while raising awareness for blood cancer. Representatives from Stivers Decatur Subaru had the wonderful opportunity to meet two amazing blood cancer patients, Amy and Christopher. Amy is an 11 year Myeloma survivor. Available treatments were not effective in putting her cancer in remission so she is now enrolled in a CAR-T clinical trial under the treatment of Dr. Lonial. In the midst of fighting myeloma, her husband was tragically killed. She was forced to retire as she was no longer able to work. She has since fallen in love and remarried and has an amazing support system. She received her T cell infusion two days prior to this event and is optimistic, looking forward to sharing her experience to help other patients in the future! Christopher was diagnosed with Myeloma in 2017. It was smoldering but became more aggressive recently. In the spring, he began chemotherapy to prepare his body for stem cell transplant. He underwent an autologous transplant 2 weeks before the blanket delivery and says the side effects are manageable and he looks forward to being discharged soon! Amy and Christopher are two reasons why we love Subaru’s Love to Care Program, seeing their bright smiles lightened up everyone’s day.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society wishes to thank Shane Lance of Stivers Decatur Subaru for taking time out of his busy day to facilitate this delivery, and making Amy and Christopher feel very special.


Stivers Helps ALC Welcome New Preschool Partner  –  Charles S

Thanks to the support of Stivers Decatur Subaru, The Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) will help even more children with special needs to achieve their educational goals. With funds received from Subaru’s Share the Love Campaign, ALC has added an additional partner school, The Frazer Center in Decatur, and will positively impact even more students in an inclusive environment. Through this new partnership with The Frazer Center in Decatur (which was founded to provide an inclusive community), ALC will reach an additional 185 children within multiple classrooms. Even with over 60-years of service to children and adults with disabilities, The Frazer Center staff became discouraged with their inability to appropriately serve The Center’s children. It quickly became evident that their challenges were affecting all of the children throughout their classrooms. As a result, The Frazer Center reached out to The Adaptive Learning Center for help. After multiple meetings and student observations a plan/partnership was put into place. ALC will provide 2 Inclusion Consultants who will work closely with the teachers and students over a 3-year period. In addition to providing appropriate teaching interventions, ALC will also help to implement “hands-on“ training techniques within the classroom. As a result, The Frazer Center Teachers will better understand how to encourage independent learning opportunities and increase the participation of children with special needs.


Subaru Loves to Care for Cancer Patients  –  Chantal R

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was delighted to partner with Stivers Decatur Subaru to deliver packages full of warmth, words of hope, and craft kits to patients of the Bone Marrow Transplant Center at the Winship Cancer Institute. John Stivers, owner of Stivers Decatur Subaru, drove a blue Subaru Outback, he strategically chose because it is the color of the hospital logo, full of care packages and delivered them personally. John holds a personal connection to LLS, as his wife is a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and has been in remission for 15 years. We were honored to also have two patients join us. Mark and Cole, with masks adorned on their faces, were elated to have the opportunity to even step outside the confines of their rooms. John’s passion and enthusiasm were contagious and made it even more special and impactful for the hospital staff and patients. When asked how they distribute the blankets, Emily Bracewell, Unit Director at Emory Hospital, remarked that the staff “celebrates each patient’s day of transplant as their new ‘birthday.’ We give them one of the Subaru blankets, sing a birthday song and hang balloons on their door. This makes their transplant day special for them and their family to recognize a new beginning.” The process of a bone marrow transplant is arduous and we were happy to partner with Stivers to bring joy into these patients’ lives and were touched to hear the lengths taken to make such an important day so special for the patient.


Stivers is once again spreading Love in Atlanta  –  Charles S

The Adaptive Learning Center is honored to be selected as the Hometown Charity for Stivers Decatur Subaru for the second year in a row. The funds raised through this remarkable event go directly to help support Special-Education teachers and programs which include children with special needs in preschool classrooms with their typically developing peers. While this is a direct benefit to the children with special needs, there is an even greater benefit to the whole school community. Typically developing children are learning at an early age about individuals with some differences are really just like them. They want to learn and play and have friends too. By kids learning that differences don’t really make us different, they learn compassion and acceptance. This will make an impact in the entire school community as all are involved in supporting the children and families with special needs. The Adaptive Learning Center partners with 9 preschools around Atlanta reaching over 2000 children and families per year; with a message of inclusion, acceptance, compassion and LOVE for one and other.


Stivers hometown donation helps homeless children  –  Charles S

Stivers Decatur Subaru is helping children experiencing homelessness receive a good preschool education so they start out on a good educational path. Part of the proceeds from the “Share the Love” campaign went to The Adaptive Learning Center’s (ALC) partnership with Our House. Our House, a Decatur nonprofit, is a preschool that serves children experiencing homelessness with their parents. ALC provides two teachers at Our House to support the children with behavioral and learning challenges. When children are in this difficult situation some of the effects are manifested through bad behavior and lack of attentiveness. ALC’s teachers have helped Our House with special needs children and others exhibiting challenging behaviors so all the children have a good learning environment. ALC has also helped the Special Needs “Diagnosed” children with Individual Education Plans (IEP) so they have a good foundation for starting kindergarten. The support from Stivers has been critical to these kids because their living conditions are so challenging. By supporting Our House, Stivers Subaru is helping bring stability to their education which is vital to their long term success. Thank you Stivers Decatur Subaru for helping ALC help some of our most challenged families in Atlanta.


Stivers Driving Special Needs Kids to School  –  Charles S

Stivers Decatur Subaru has started driving kids with special needs to be included in typical preschools. Stivers Decatur Subaru gave the Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) over $47,000, the largest single donation to an individual charity in the southeast of all Subaru dealerships. This money was used to help pay for special-ed teachers to support special needs kids to be included in a typical preschool classroom. Without this money, special needs children are placed in a self-contained class and shut off from their typically developing peers. Everyone wants to be included and special needs kids are no different. When Special needs kids are included in a typical classroom they get role models to learn from on a daily basis. The typical kids get to learn differences and compassion at an early age. Teachers and parents are able to see how all can be included in an environment of learning. Stivers Decatur Subaru is making a difference in the Atlanta community by supporting kids with special needs to be included at the earliest age. This sets up a lifelong trajectory of inclusion for all involved. Thank You Stivers Decatur Subaru for your support!


Subaru Loves Learning Book Drive August 1 - 31  –  Danielle S

Join us in our Subaru Loves Learning initiative during the month of August! We are partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in donating science books to Sarah Smith Elementary School in the Atlanta Public School District. All of the books that will be donated have been recognized by AAAS as some of the best science books in their field. Contact us to learn more information.


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