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Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.
Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. It means working to preserve it.
It’s our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.
In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.
We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.
At Patriot Subaru, our Love Promise to New England and to the Maine area can be seen in our eco-friendly practice and in our partnerships with local nonprofits and charities. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of the Saco community, but to serve it as well.
At Patriot Subaru, charitable donations are more than just dollars. It’s about involvement. Patriot’s donation to Habitat For Humanity of Greater Portland of $45,000 was targeted to a new 13-home build in Scarborough. In addition, Patriot employees will be on-site swinging hammers working to bring the house to completion. Patriot GM, Brian Beattie noted, ” There is a real enthusiasm to be engaged in our charitable giving.” Godfrey Wood, Exec Dr. for HFH/GP was most appreciative. “Our ability to build safe, affordable homes for families in need is made possible through businesses that care about their community. Patriot’s donation is an unmatched demonstration of corporate care and dedication to doing the right thing.” Adam Arens, owner of Patriot Subaru referenced the company’s Mission Statement. “Essentially, two words: ‘To Serve’. Under that we add, ‘Our Customers, Our Community, Our Families, and Each Other”. We work hard for our customers, and we support each other in our personal lives. Together, we do things for our community. We jump in, sleeves rolled up, and get directly involved in projects. What we saw in Habitat For Humanity was just that kind of opportunity.” Notably, Patriot Subaru has earned Automotive News “Best Dealerships To Work For” five consecutive years, and Maine’s “Best Places To Work” four consecutive years. “When the associates know we support their interests, and their families, it benefits the work place.” says Arens. “It shows.”
Great ideas require execution, dedication, and hard work to become a reality. Sometimes it takes a bit of crazy! So when Kevin Fitzpatrick, a local employee at UPS came to Patriot with a clever idea, we listened. Kevin had set a fundraising goal of $30,000 to benefit STRIVE, a South Portland organization dedicated to helping young people ages 11-24 with developmental disabilities.To raise money, Kevin would go up on the roof of Patriot Subaru, and not come down until donations from the community reached the goal. We worked out details and safety factors, while Kevin lined up other sponsor businesses to supply raffle prizes for donors. Patriot built a special roof railing, and prepared marketing materials. On Sept.1, heading into Labor Day weekend, Kevin ascended to the roof. It was a slow start – donations only reached $8000 after 5 days. Then, the media buzz started, and donations vaulted past the $30k mark on the morning of the 7th day. Whew! By the time Kevin had packed his tent, donations totaled $32,480! He came down to cheers from family, STRIVE supporters, and the entire Patriot Subaru team, proving how one motivated individual can rally the support of an entire community. In addition to the money, it raised awareness for the many programs of STRIVE, and how it serves the community. Patriot was proud to be asked, and proud to be a part of the team to make it all happen. Highlight and right click the link to view our Love Promise in action: http://bit.ly/2dLpsnE
Patriot Subaru is the proud recipient of the 2016 Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award for outstanding community contributions and in-dealership sustainability programs related to waste reduction and energy conservation. Patriot will receive $20,000 to fund two green projects – one at the store, and one in the community. “Patriot’s comprehensive, deep-rooted environmental and community programs embody the spirit of this award.” said Grace Huang, SrVP Manheim NA, a Çox division. Patriot Owner Adam Arens says, “We found we could be environmentally more conscious and cost effective in the way we run our business. We started it because it was the right thing to do. We share ideas with other businesses, and yes, competitors, showing how to save money by being green smart.” Patriot’s comprehensive green approach has four cornerstones: Think Green, Act Green, Sell Green and Convey Green. Patriot earned a 2010 Award from Energy Star, the first business in Maine to ever receive such recognition. The company earned top recognition from ecomaine in 2013 and 2015, and the first Subaru dealership in Maine to be named an “Eco-Friendly Certified Dealer” from Subaru of America. Cox Automotive is a division of Cox Enterprises with industry leading marketing, financial, and e-commerce solutions for automotive ecosystems worldwide. Cox Enterprise includes Cox Communications/Cox Media Group. Highlight and right click the link to view our Love Promise in action: http://bit.ly/2eGvCdt.
Our techs love fixing things. We had a case where a gentleman driving a vehicle equipped with a handicapped-driving aid came in for service. Upon arrival, our service advisers took his wheelchair from the back of the wagon, and assisted in helping him from the car to the chair. As the car was taken into the service bays, the customer seemed to be having some difficulty with his wheel chair. One wheel was catching and not turning properly. Seeing the situation, the advisor went into the bays, and brought back one of our technicians, Greg Turcotte. Greg determined that if they could take the wheel chair back into the shop, they could probably come up with a solution to fix it. The gentleman was helped into a chair, while his wheelchair was taken in for a closer look. A short time later, the techs, Greg and Nate Murray, were back, and the wheel chair was as good as new, no charge for the fix. The car tune up was completed and one very happy customer went on his way.
Americans donate a lot of money to charitable organizations, but don't often get to see the impact those dollars can make. For instance, since 2008 the Subaru Share the Love Event has donated $65 million to charity. Subaru selects 4 national charities, and since 2014, Subaru dealers choose their own local charity, more than 600 causes in all, to benefit. In 2015 and 2016, Patriot Subaru of Saco chose Preble Street, a Portland-based organization that works to create solutions for homelessness, hunger, and poverty. The 2-year total came to an impressive $87,000. "It speaks well to the appreciation people around here have for the services Preble Street provides" said Patriot Subaru Owner/President Adam Arens. But what impact does that money have? Preble Street's buying power can turn those dollars into approximately 609,000 pounds of food, primarily staples such as milk, pasta, cereal, sugar, coffee, ground beef, and pancake mix for its soup kitchens and food pantry. Donations also cover overhead costs, such as facilities and equipment, and social work staff who work to help people move beyond poverty. "Nearly all of our support comes from generous business partners like Patriot Subaru sharing their love for their neighbors. Together we not only meet urgent needs but also provide hope and opportunity," said Preble Street Development Officer Elena Schmidt. Now that's effective! (Pictured - Preble St. hosted a "Share The Love" BBQ at Patriot to raise awareness.)
My wife and I love Maine and when we found a small vacation home for sale there, we decided to drive up to see the property. We drove up in drizzle and about 50 degrees and upon arrival, we could see a long dirt driveway that lead through a field to the cottage. Since the "road" looked rutted and muddy, I decided to drive on the grassy field and circumvent the road. BIG MISTAKE. Within 30 seconds and 20 feet, we were mired in mud up to the bottom edge of the doors. It would be hopeless to try and get the car off the field. I flagged down a passing vehicle. It was a Subaru Outback. A very nice gentleman stepped out and warmly greeted us. He noticed our predicament and said, "You're in the middle of mud country, and I don't think your car will power itself out, so give me a minute and I'll be right back." I noticed he was wearing a Patriot Subaru shirt. He reappeared within 5 minutes with another vehicle (Subaru), a companion, and webbed towing strap. Within three minutes, the Outback had safely pulled us from the mud and onto the main road. We were saved! We were very impressed with this gentleman and his kindness. It sure made an impression on me that he was from a Subaru Dealer. The day ended well and it was all due to a kind man wearing Patriot Subaru apparel. It certainly was a good omen when I learned that Patriot was coming to Massachusetts. I am pleased to know a business that is so focused on being good citizens. Christ W. Bristol, Rhode Island
Patriot Riders of America - Maine Chapter One is a non-profit organization helping veterans, active duty men and women, first responders, their families and communities. Every year the chapter holds events to raise money and awareness for the organization allowing them to continue providing many forms of assistance. Aside from the kinship in name, Patriot Riders Maine Chapter One and Patriot Subaru have formed a strong bond, working together on different levels and on various events. It started with one of the Patriot Subaru technicians, Scott Lambert, who is also a member of the Patriot Riders. Patriot Riders were involved with the Wreaths Across America program, fundraising to purchase wreaths to place on every stone in the veteran's cemeteries in Springvale, ME. Scott approached Adam Arens, Patriot Subaru owner, and explained the goal. In a strong show of support, Patriot Subaru asked what was needed, and donated the funds to honor and respect every fallen hero in the cemetery. Since that time, Patriot Riders and Patriot Subaru have teamed up to co-execute toy drives for Toys for Tots. This past year the combination resulted in nearly 4X the amount of toys from the previous year. In addition, the two groups have held blood drives with the Red Cross, with over 30 pints of blood collected. Last, food drives are held to support 50 families of disabled veterans and collected over $300. Patriot Subaru is proud to partner with Patriot Riders of Maine.
Sometimes it is the simple things that make a big impression. The simple things that say that you care. Patriot Subaru Service Advisor, Wayne Durgin, was cleaning up the customer reception area when he came across a non-descript book with a very interesting and clever bookmark. If you remember the Wizard of Oz, you'll remember the wicked witch who had a house drop on her, leaving only her legs and the ruby slippers sticking out. Imagine a bookmark - just a pair of red stripe leggings and slippers sticking out of the pages! Wayne thought - this means something to someone, but without any identification, it was not possible to contact the owner. Several days later, a customer called, and inquired, "By any chance, did anyone find a book with a Wizard of Oz bookmark?" Wayne alerted the other service advisors to keep their ears open, and the call was put through to Wayne. Turns out the bookmark was made by a family member, and it had great sentimental value. Wayne drove about 45 minutes to return it to the owner. As it turns out, they live in a part of Maine that we call rural. If you don't know where you're going, you don't get there. Reaching by cell, the owner told Wayne, "Stay where you are, I'll come to you". They found each other and the exchange was made. The woman was so happy and relieved to get this small, but irreplaceable family heirloom, saying that she was sure it would have either been tossed or taken.
Old Port Festival The Old Port Festival in Portland, Maine is an annual event that has delighted locals and tourists for 40 years-live music, local arts and crafts, amazing food, and games for one and all. Typically, car dealers are not part of the activities, but Patriot Subaru is no typical dealer! They became the official beanbag toss headquarters and gave out bags of popcorn to winners. They also had a drawing for Red Sox tickets. However, the biggest draw was Colby, a golden retriever owned by Adam Arens, the owner of Patriot. Many enjoyed hearing his story of being a rescued dog from Hurricane Katrina, and shared personal stories of their own.
Red Cross Patriot Subaru's relationship with the Red Cross goes all the way back to the store's opening. Our biannual Blood Drives have always received solid support. However, Patriot has taken it one step further by coordinating Blood Drives with fun themes to increase participation. In November 2013, Patriot hosted a Blood Drive, and Toy Drive and special guest hosts, The Patriot Riders of Maine. Patriot Riders focus on providing local veterans, veterans' families, as well as our first responders and community, support and assistance. The blood drive had more than 40 donors. Back in June of 2013, another Blood Drive was complemented with a special Dog Adoption Day. Patriot Subaru welcomed Maine Lab Rescue to the store, with 20 dogs in tow! With great anticipation for the event, the store was filled with dogs and people for the morning and afternoon. In the end, 13 families made new homes for dogs, a tremendous success. A few of the dogs even went home with Patriot Subaru employees!
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Big Brothers and Big Sisters are adult friends and role models for children who are in need of additional support and guidance. "BIGS" make a meaningful connection that will make a difference in a young person's life and in the community. Big Brothers Big Sisters and Patriot Subaru have formed a special partnership. In their customer service reception and waiting area, posters and handbills create awareness of the program and ask customers if they would consider donating gifts that a "Big" and "Little" can use together. Gifts might be tickets and passes to sporting events, theater, museums, fairs, or zoos. In return, Patriot will give the donor a 10 percent discount on their next service bill. Those who are already Bigs, or are able to participate in the program and become a Big, are rewarded beyond knowing they've helped the community with up to $75 in service discounts. The donations can provide a great time for a Big and Small, and help forge a bond and friendship. Little things can go a long way.
Patriot Subaru Organic Vegetable Garden Patriot Subaru has always made an effort to be the most environmentally conscious dealership in the country. In the spring of 2010, they took some time to stop selling and start sowing when they broke ground on the "Patriot Subaru Organic Vegetable Garden." One employee who also runs a farm brought in a ton of compost and manure, which other employees tilled into the ground. Employees built classic white picket fencing and gates. The vegetables began to grow-tomatoes, peppers, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, and more. By then, customers had gotten involved. Rather than sit in the waiting room while their car was being serviced, they enjoyed getting their hands dirty and weeding. Others enjoyed sitting in the Adirondack chairs and just relaxing. As the crops came in, they were given out to employees and customers to enjoy. The garden has expanded in size twice, and the production has been amazing. It's been a source of pride for the employees, and an area that many of our customers enjoy.
Maine Public Broadcasting Network Patriot Subaru has teamed up with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network on a number of high-profile marketing events over the past several years. The dealership supports the wide range of programming both heard and seen on MPBN radio and TV, with a consistent year-round underwriting program. To take the relationship a step farther, Patriot has been a leader when it comes to the annual fundraising donor support program, which is essential to MPBN. In one such membership drive, Patriot supplied the $10,000 Cash Grand Prize for a random drawing for all donors. The incentive helped to boost the fundraising drive to a record high. Patriot received many compliments from MPBN supporters, who appreciated such strong support from a local business.
People Helping People Patriot Subaru's Service Department is a busy place. But it's not always cars that they fixed. One customer came to them in wheelchair accessible van. While his car was being serviced, the gentleman was having an issue with his wheel chair in the waiting room. He asked the service desk if he could borrow a wrench. Our service advisor took a closer look at the problem, and saw that the situation required a little bit more than just a wrench to fix the wheel correctly. The took the chair to the service bay, where two technicians took the bad wheel off, refitted it with new parts, and reseated the wheel. The gentleman and his family were very thankful, and the other customers who were waiting enjoyed the moment. It was a simple gesture that said a lot.
ecomaine This Portland-based company, which specializes in waste management and recycling, has recognized Patriot Subaru with two awards for their eco-friendly practices. ecomaine honored businesses, schools, organizations, and citizens from 21 Maine towns in a special ceremony that cited each group's individual and collective efforts to improve the environment and community. Patriot Subaru was given the eco-Excellence Award for the town of Saco. Each recipient was acknowledged for the unique way that they created and implemented their programs. At the end of the ceremony, Patriot Subaru was awarded with a second award, the 2013 ecomaine Best Business Award. (If you're wondering...ecomaine is correctly spelled with lower case "e".)
Hurricane Sandy Red Cross Fund Since opening in November 2003, Patriot Subaru has reached out to the Maine community with support. In the case of the 2012 super storm known to all as Hurricane Sandy, Patriot Subaru moved beyond the local community to provide financial support through the American Red Cross. Money went to provide essential services of shelter, meals, basic health care, emotional support, and family services. In three days, employees, customers, vendors, and friends had donated more than $5,000 to the Hurricane Sandy Red Cross Fund. More than 60 individuals made a donation, and Patriot matched each one. The total came to $10,256. They invited representatives from the Maine region Red Cross to the store and presented them with the check. No cake, no celebration, just a determined feeling that they were helping, even in a small way.
Local Animal Shelters Patriot Subaru saw a way that they could use social media to create a buzz, have some fun, and at the same time, make a worthy donation to local animal shelters. Rather than just write a check, they decided to invite the community to take part in the process. They posted Facebook pictures of pet bowls with the words "Facebook Friends" then announced that they would donate a bowl of pet food for every comment the photo received. The only catch was that they had to reply as an animal. What followed were hundreds of barks, woofs, meows, and purrs. Patriot then wrote checks for the shelters to purchase the correct amount of food. Each time the event has been conducted, Patriot has distributed more than $750. On top of that, they've even received voluntary donations from customers and Facebook fans.
Energy Star Four businesses in the United States were honored by Energy Star with a special 2010 Small-Business Award for their commitment to protecting the environment by reducing waste, recycling resources, and reducing energy consumption. Patriot Subaru, was one of those four. The Energy Star Small Business Award has recognized outstanding businesses since its inception in 1999, and Patriot is the first business in Maine to ever receive the award. Adam Arens, Patriot's owner, credits the Energy Star Guidelines for Energy Management with establishing a template from which they could implement ways to improve efficiencies. "We have more than 90 Energy-Star-qualified appliances in the building, from computers to microwaves. We also got creative. We no longer use balloons to brighten the showroom; we use hanging plants. We have our own organic garden. We recycle 100 percent of our waste oil. We meet as a team every week and work to get better."
Patriot Riders of America Patriot Riders of America - Maine Chapter One is a non-profit organization helping veterans, active duty men and women, First Responders, their respective families, and their local communities. Every year the Chapters hold events to raise money and awareness for the organization allowing them to continue providing many forms of assistance. Scott Lambert, a Patriot Subaru technician, is also a member of the Patriot Riders. Patriot Riders were involved with the Wreaths Across America, a program that raises funds to purchase wreaths for every stone in the veteran's cemeteries in Springvale, Maine. Scott approached Adam Arens, Patriot Subaru owner and explained the goal. In a strong show of support, Patriot Subaru asked what was needed, and donated the funds to honor and respect every fallen hero in the cemetery. Since that time, Patriot Riders and Patriot Subaru have teamed up to co-execute Toy Drives for Toys for Tots. This past year, the combination resulted in nearly four times the amount of toys from the previous year. In addition, the two groups have held blood drives with the Red Cross, with over 30 pints of blood collected. Last, the Patriot Riders held food drives during the year to support 50 families of disabled veterans. Scott and his fellow service technicians collected over $300 to make a large purchase of food items, as well as health and beauty aids.