The 2022 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

The 2022 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 2022 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.

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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 Patriot Subaru of Saco dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

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.

Paws in the Park 2013 , Buddy Up Animal Society, Animal Refuge League

Zero-Land Fill Facility, Energy Star Small Business

Big Brothers Big Sisters, ME Public Broadcasting Network, American Red Cross, PRIDE Portland!

Did Patriot Subaru of Saco 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 Patriot Subaru of Saco

Subaru and Patriot Subaru of Saco 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

Big Pencil Needed - Patriot S

Subaru Loves Learning and you can see it here at Patriot Subaru in Saco! We donated $3000 to the Biddeford Primary School, via a credit to the AdoptAClassroom.org online store. In turn, BPS teachers were then able to purchase supplies for their classrooms, much of it at discounted prices - more for your money! In classrooms across America, there are students whose families are economically challenged to buy all the necessary school supplies. In turn, teachers far too frequently have to close the gap and purchase supplies out of their own pockets. Led by their school principal, Margaret Pitts, we had six teachers come over to the store to meet with us, and they brought us a big thank you card! However, it was our team really thanking the teachers for all they do to help our community and our school children grow and learn. This Subaru program is nationwide, just another excellent chapter in the Subaru Love Promise program! #SubaruLovesLearning #adoptaclassroom

Biddeford Primary School
Big Pencil Needed

Rooftop Hero - Patriot S

He did it again! Kevin Fitzpatrick set up on the Patriot Subaru roof again this September, vowing once again to not come down until he reached his fundraising goal to benefit Strive. For this 2022 event, Kevin's goal was $60,000. That's getting up there! Not the first time, in fact this was the 7th consecutive year on our roof. For many years a volunteer at STRIVE, Kevin is now the Program Director for STRIVE U. This program works with young adults with developmental disabilities learn and practice life skills of all kinds. He has said while he was always committed to his volunteer work, and always appreciative of what the program meant, his admiration for what STRIVE does has grown 1000% since being directly involved. So up he went, and so did the community support. Sponsors added financial support, while also supplying great items for a raffle, that was run at the ground level by the STRIVE support team. Friends and individuals from all over came to the store to place their dollars into a bucket that Kevin would lower from the roof. Texting "KEVIN" to a special 5 digit number was a great source for the masses to donate. three TV stations came to the store for interviews, with the talent and camera person riding up on the mobile lift truck. Radio stations had him calling in live from the roof. It was fun, and it united people for a common cause. After 175 hours, (7.5 days), Kevin met his goal. In fact, it hit $62,750 - bringing the 7 year total to an incredible $326,771- amazing! Every penny goes to STRIVE. We were all too happy to support Kevin's efforts, promoting his daily activities, and working with the STRIVE team. If there's a will, there's a way, sometimes you just have to look up. #KevinOnTheRoof

STRIVE
Rooftop Hero

Supporting Winter in Summer - Patriot S

It's been a hot summer, so we decided to chill out. During the month of August, we dedicated our "12 Weeks of Giving" program to an organization named WinterKids! Between Aug 1-6, we set aside dollars from the sale of each vehicle, earning a total of $1125. John Boucher and Jackie Parker paid a visit to the WinterKids headquarters in Westbrook, and presented the earnings to Winterkids Executive Director, Julie Mulkern. Since 1997, WinterKids has helped children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. It is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families in the winter-our longest, most sedentary season. Definitely another example of a wonderful Maine based grass-roots program that has blossomed into something really special, and we're pleased to support. Enjoy the summer….winter comes fast! #WinterKids #ChanceofSnowballs Thanks for your support, Subaru!

Winterkids
Supporting Winter in Summer

Subaru Loves Pets - Jeana R

Patriot Subaru is a life-saving partner to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. During Subaru Loves Pets month in October, Patroit Subaru supports our adoption initiatives by donating $100 for every dog adoption, up to $3,100. In 2022, two very special dogs were adopted together. Coming to Maine from Puerto Rico, Jack and Sprout were removed from an animal hoarding situation and were sent to Maine for the opportunity to be adopted. Due to the nature of where they came from, they were very shy and fearful and depended on each other for support. We were able to find a family to adopt both Jack and Sprout, together! Now, they are loved and cherished as family members in Maine.

Animal Refuge League
Subaru Loves Pets

Backyard Gardens Grow With Grants - Patriot S

We talk about neighbor to neighbor programs being the backbone of the types of charities we are supporting through our Patriot Subaru “12 Weeks of Giving” program. Here’s a program named SeedMoney that literally started in the backyard of one man, and now touches all 50 states and 40 countries. In our photo, Patriot associates Ian O'Brien and Rob Wells present SeedMoney founder, Roger Doiron, with a check for $1250, that will help create more nonprofit based food gardens. How does that work? Roger, based out of Scarborough, Maine, started a traditional mini-grants program back in 2003, that primarily assisted school and community food gardens with money to start their non-profit garden projects. Roger was able to build a network of businesses that supported his concept and cause, enabling the funding. Within months the requests were steadily rising, and the program had to evolve. The format became one of challenge grants, asking that the garden requesting funds start by raising a percentage of the request in order to receive grant money. Now over 2000+ gardens worldwide have benefitted from the program, with over $2 million in funds being awarded. One area of high participation is in Africa, demonstrating the worldly scope of this endeavor. SeedMoney has earned Guidestar's highest Platinum rating for commitment to transparency and measurable results. Grassroots made good. One seed started it all. It was great to go see where it all started. Roger also gave us some great tips for our own backyard gardens! Thanks neighbor! #FoodGardens

SeedMoney
Backyard Gardens Grow With Grants

200 Green Thumbs - Patriot S

It was a warm spring day 2022, when Patriot Subaru heard that just down the road from us we had some young green thumbs at the Governor John Fairfield Elementary School in Saco. Turns out they have a very active greenhouse right at the school, so we thought it would be fun to give them a hand! Coincidentally, our store had recently partnered with The Carbon Offset Company (COC), with a program that offered our customers the opportunity to sponsor the planting of trees to offset their vehicle’s carbon emissions. Through COC, we arranged for 200 tree seeds to be delivered to us, and then contacted the Fairfield school Principal, Maureen McMullin and Resiliency Coordinator Allison Desjardins. Our plan was to deliver a seed, together with soil and starter cups we purchased, to all 1st and 2nd graders at the school. The students would plant them in the cups, and get the growing process started in their greenhouse. Once they sprouted, students would bring the sapling home to plant in their yard. We made the delivery, and five terrific students were chosen to represent their classmates. It was a warm and humid day, and the greenhouse effect was definitely working….it was hot! We stayed just long enough to take a picture. Seeds delivered – let the growing begin! Joining us at the greenhouse from Patriot - Dan Walker, Rob Wells, Samantha Bock, and Ian O'Brien. #SubaruLovesEarth #PlantATree

Governor John Fairfield Elementary School
200 Green Thumbs

Pride in Our Support of the Equality Community - Patriot S

June celebrates equality, and it was an appropriate time to be supportive of the Equality Community Center in Portland with a check for $1375 from our June "12 Weeks of Giving" event. This was augmented with an additional $1000 from Subaru New England, in honor of Pride Month. For a photo, we have Jackie Parker/Patriot Subaru, with ECC Board Members Carolyn Thomas and Betsy Smith, ECC Manager Chris O'Connor, Patriot Subaru Owner Adam Arens, and Subaru New England COO, Jeff Ruble. Timing was also good because the ECC had just opened their new offices in Portland just a few days before! The ECC supports an array of LGBTQ+ and allied social justice seeking nonprofit organizations. The center strives to provide a safer and more inclusive gathering space and offers social and educational programming for all, while supporting the most marginalized in the communities. Patriot's "12 Weeks" program celebrates a local grass-roots charitable organization each month, donating $25 for every vehicle sold the first week of the month. It's been fun to meet new groups and learning about their passions and interests in building a better community for us all. That is something we can all cheer!

Equality Community Center
Pride in Our Support of the Equality Community

Friends of Casco Bay - No Fish Story! - Patriot S

"Friends of Casco Bay" is a non-profit dedicated to improving and protecting the environmental health of Casco Bay, certainly one of Greater Portland's most important natural resources. Their work concentrates on advocating for the health of our coastal waters thru town and state legislature, as well as businesses and environmental agencies. They also monitor water quality via a network of fixed stations, and seasonal water sampling. Community engagement revolves around volunteers who host events and hands-on efforts to improve the bay's health. Patriot is supportive of those efforts, and appreciate their dedication to this invaluable area. It was for all those great reasons that we teamed up with them for our May 2022 edition of "12 Weeks of Giving". From May 2-7, Patriot made a donation based on vehicles sold, producing a total of $1225 that we were able to give to the FOCB. We met, with beautiful Casco Bay as the backdrop for our presentation, with Holly Pritchard, Erik Gatz, Andre Mercier, Imahdi Zagon, and Dan Walker representing Patriot, and FOCB associates Sandy Marsters/President, Will Everitt/Interim Director, and Sarah Lyman/Community Engagement Coordinator. Perfect day to see and learn what it was all about! Thank you Friends of Casco Bay!

Friends of Casco Bay
Friends of Casco Bay - No Fish Story!

Portland Gear Hub - Patriot S

The Patriot Subaru "12 Weeks of Giving" was in high gear for April, raising $1550 for our new friends at the Portland Gear Hub Bike School. We went over on a beautiful sunny spring day and met with PGH Director Ainsley Judge and her team, who gave us a tour and an interesting overview of how the Hub works. Their mission is to get more youths and adults outside and active by increasing equitable access to affordable, reliable bike gear. There is also the Bike School where volunteers engage and train young students on how to disassemble and repair bikes. While we were there, we saw a group of middle school students going at it, all with huge smiles. The PGH is a 501c3 organization powered by Ketcha Outdoors, and Patriot loves seeing these neighborhood grass root programs thrive. This one is about promoting physical and mental health, and having fun! We'll second that! If you have a bike you might want to donate, check out their website at portlandgearhub.org. Thank you Portland Gear Hub, 155 Washington St. Portland! #LovePromise

Portland Gear Hub
Portland Gear Hub

Supporting Southern Maine Community College - Automotive Technology Center - Patriot S

Great day at Southern Maine Community College Automotive Job Fair! Nice set up in the Johnson Automotive Technology Center on campus, where our Patriot Subaru Service team led by Paul Hall and Glen Reed met students in the tech program. SMCC's Automotive Tech program is where Patriot, In coordination with Subaru New England, donated a Subaru engine for the department. in our story photo, we see Patriot's Service Director, Paul Hall, with that same engine! Homecoming! The job fair event itself was excellent. We were so impressed by these young techs who had great questions about what it's like working in the industry, career goals, current work, and so on. Joining us at our booth was Jeff LeClair, the Subaru University Educational Manager at Subaru of New England. Thank you SMCC for hosting a solid event, it's always a pleasure to see the back end of the results of a previous donation going to work!

Southern Maine Community College
Supporting Southern Maine Community College - Automotive Technology Center