The 2020 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 2020 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.

The 2020 Subaru Love Promise 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.

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

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country. 


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

Since 2018, Subaru has partnered with TerraCycle.  Participating Subaru retailers collect hard-to-recycle trash that was headed to local landfills. We collect approximately 2 tons of this hard-to-recycle trash monthly, which will be converted to furnishings and other usable items and donated locally.


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

Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 277,600 award-winning science books.  In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and we supported teachers and students with donations of S400,000 in gift cards and school supplies. 


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

In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. 


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

Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide. 

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

2019 Inclusion Award given to Johhny Stivers  –  Charles S

The Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) Inclusion Award was created to recognize individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond supporting the Metro Atlanta Community with contributions and efforts to create an environment of inclusion for those individuals experiencing challenges or stressful environments. This award is not given out every year but is decided through a committee on an individual basis. This year we recognize Johnny Stivers and the entire team of Stivers Decatur Subaru for their commitment to the Atlanta Community with a spirit of acceptance and inclusion. ALC supports children with special needs in typical preschool classrooms so they can learn alongside their typically developing peers. ALC places a special-ed teacher with the child in the typical classroom to make the program successful. This is revolutionary! It not only helps the children with challenges because they are being mentored by their typically developing peers and this also impacts the typically developing children by helping them experience differences in each other and develop empathy, acceptance and compassion for others.Stivers has dedicated his dealership to supporting ALC with the "Share the Love" campaign over the last 5 years. Because of this dedication there have been thousands of people impacted. Specifically over the last 5 years ALC has provided educational support to 197 children with behavioral challenges and special needs in 146 inclusive preschool classrooms throughout the metro Atlanta area. ALC has also been able to train 292 classroom teachers how to integrate children with special needs into their classrooms supporting 2,335 students. Congratulations to Johnny Stivers and the entire Stivers Decatur Subaru sales team on receiving the 2019 ALC Inclusion Award.

Make a Dog’s Day  –  Andy A

Subaru is proud to establish the first-ever National Make A Dog’s Day October 22nd. As part of Subaru Loves Pets month, we’re inviting all dog lovers to do something extra special for their furry best friends. Plus, Subaru will be focusing our efforts on helping the hardest-to-adopt shelter Dogs –those with special needs-find homes. Get ready to fall in love withThe Underdogs. #MakeADogsDay Meet Gabi! Gabi has been at the Humane Society of NWGA (Northwest Georgia) for seven years. If you asked the volunteers to pick their favorite animal at the shelter, Gabi would win hands down. She does not do well with dogs or cats so must be the only animal in an adult only family. She loves people and will bond very quickly to you. Gabi would make someone a great companion. She is waiting patiently for her forever home. If you have room in your heart and your home for this sweet girl then please fill out an adoption application, highlight and right click this link: #MakeADogsDay #SubaruLovesPets #TheUnderdogs

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.