Did Serra Subaru Champaign go above and beyond, provide exceptional service, or support causes that are important to you? We'd love to hear about it.
We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.
We're honored to receive the 2023 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.
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.
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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.
Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.
Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.
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 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 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.
We believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people.
Subaru and Serra Subaru Champaign 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.
Serra Subaru stepped forward to be a Platinum-Level sponsor for the 2022 edition of Champaign County Humane Society's Annual "Mutt Strut" dog-walk/pet-fair/fund-raiser event. Besides a sponsor fee, Serra Subaru provided and staffed a booth where attendees could dress and photograph their pets. They also provided a selection of free pet-related SWAG that attendees could choose from, including bandanas, clip-on collar safety lights, and frisbees. CCHS is not funded by any local, state, county, or federal government entity, nor any national humane organization, so fundraising events like the Mutt Strut are vital, allowing them to continue to fulfill their mission as the only open-admission animal shelter in the area. Thanks the generosity of sponsors like Serra Subaru, and the efforts of the attendees, CCHS was able to raise over $18,500 at the 2022 Mutt Strut! CCHS is grateful to Serra Subaru's ongoing support for this event.
On August 30th, Serra Subaru generously donated 15 boxes of classroom supplies to help teachers at Franklin STEAM Academy kick off the year. Two weeks later, 15 teachers at Franklin received grants from Subaru, allowing them to purchase additional supplies specific to their individual needs and lesson plans. Franklin STEAM Academy is a Magnet School at the Junior High level in the Champaign, IL, Public School District. At Franklin, teachers use a collaborative, project-based approach to education, interweaving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in a curriculum that encourages students to use imagination and grit to solve real-world problems. Donations and grants, like those received from Serra and Subaru, allow our teachers to enrich the students' experiences, keeping them more engaged in the learning process. Franklin STEAM Academy is grateful for the support!
Cashew is one of those dogs who had a rough go for a while, but thanks to the safety net provided by CCHS through the support of our community and community partners like Serra Subaru, she has now found her forever home! Cashew is a 4-year-old American Bully with a soft, brindle coat and beautiful, ice blue eyes. She had been used for breeding, giving birth to multiple litters prior to being relinquished to our shelter. Her ears had also been cropped. Pair that with her piercing gaze, Cashew's appearance was a bit intimidating. She was also timid around strangers, which is likely why she became one of our long term residents. It would be 45 days before she got adopted. In that time, though, she became a favorite of CCHS staff and volunteers. Once she warmed up to you, she would shower you with affection, wanting belly rubs and butt scratches in return! And now she has that every day in her new home. Happy endings like Cashew's would not be possible without the support we get from Serra Subaru. We're grateful for their dedication to our mission and shining the spotlight on "underdogs" during the month of October!
This summer, the Charles W. Christie Cancer Center in Champaign received numerous blankets and arts & craft kits for their patients provided by the Serra Subaru team and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Illinois Region Chapter. These comforting gifts were also accompanied by personalized messages of hope cards written by customers and staff of Serra Subaru. Items of comfort like these show support and love to the Christie Clinic’s cancer patients as they navigate their diagnosis and treatment journey. Many thanks to everyone at Serra Subaru and the Charles W. Christie Cancer Center for supporting LLS's mission to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
We are so incredibly thankful that we can count on support from our pet-loving friends at Serra Subaru Champaign throughout the year! We especially look forward to partnering with them in October to help get "underdogs" adopted into new, loving homes. That's why I want to tell you about an EXTRA LARGE underdog named Blu. Blu is 5-year-old, nearly 100-pound Pitbull/American bulldog mix who was relinquished to CCHS because his owners could no longer care for him. When Blu arrived at the shelter, he had a lot of fur loss and dry, irritated skin from chronic allergies that caused the skin condition alopecia. While at the shelter, his skin made improvements with the help of a special prescription diet and medications. In addition to his skin condition and allergies, he became one of our long-term residents. Blu was at CCHS for 125 days before someone who recognized what a joy adopting an underdog could bring! Without the unwavering support of partners like Serra Subaru, we would not be able to provide the level of care that we give to all pets like Blu who find themselves at our shelter.
We are so incredibly thankful that we can count on support from our pet-loving friends at Serra Subaru Champaign throughout the year! We especially look forward to partnering with them in October to help get "underdogs" adopted into new, loving homes. That's why I want to tell you about an EXTRA LARGE underdog named Blu. Blu is 5-year-old, nearly 100-pound Pitbull/American bulldog mix who was relinquished to CCHS because his owners could no longer care for him. When Blu arrived at the shelter, he had a lot of fur loss and dry, irritated skin from chronic allergies that caused the skin condition alopecia. While at the shelter, his skin made improvements with the help of a special prescription diet and medications. In addition to his skin condition and allergies, he became one of our long-term residents. Blu was at CCHS for 125 days before someone who recognized what a joy adopting an underdog can bring! Without the unwavering support of partners like Serra Subaru Champaign, we would not be able to provide the level of care that we give to all the pets like Blu who find themselves at our shelter. Blu was adopted on October 1, and has been happy and healthy in his new forever home since then!
We at the Champaign County Humane Society are so thankful for Serra Subaru Champaign's commitment to our organization and our mission! They support us by sponsoring annual events like "Mutt Strut-Cat Nap", "Fur Ball", "PAWtraits with Santa" and more! And they go beyond just sponsoring these events to have their name associated with them... they show up to the events and support us in person! Visiting the team at the dealership is always such a treat, too! It's apparent that Subaru's passion for supporting local charities is reflected in its staff. At our check presentation recently, it was delightful to talk with team members about their pets and how much joy and love they get back from their furbabies! And it's clear that they LOVE working for a company that values giving back to charities in their hometown. Serra Subaru Champaign's ongoing support allows us to further our mission of preventing cruelty to animals, promoting animal welfare, educating the public about the humane care and treatment of animals, increasing public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue and providing solutions, and providing high quality shelter, medical, and adoption services for animals.
2021 has been a struggle for Special Olympics Illinois Region I as we prepare to rise from a pandemic that has devastatingly affected over 1,445 athletes and their families. We are struggling to be able to hold our competitions and trainings in person. We are more than a sports organization we provide our athletes with leadership opportunities and a chance to be a part of the inclusion movement in our Nation. Like Subaru we like to" Share the Love" with people at the center of our mission. The face to face inner action is the positive environment that we all succeed and thrive in. Our athletes being of the vulnerable population are slowly returning to sports training and competitions as well as leadership and unified roles that are at the heart of our organization. Serra Subaru Champaign's Share the Love campaign has provided hope and new life for our local program. This campaign has filled the void for the funds needed to once again pay for expenses incurred from holding competitions, education, outreach, awareness and training. We will be able to continue to provide a quality sports programming and education free of charge to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Illinois Region I receives no federal funding or assistance from the United Way or similar agencies. Our organization survives solely on donations from fundraisers, organizations, civic and fraternal foundations and corporations like Subaru. The funds will specifically be used for equipment, awards, food, facility rentals, athlete transportation and leadership education materials. Our athletes, their families and coaches sincerely thank Serra Subaru Champaign for their support. Please know that these funds will directly benefit the athletes we serve. Love...it is what makes everything we do have Purpose! The Love Subaru has shown Special Olympics Illinois Region I has given our organization the life and love we need to continue beyond the pandemic and into the future. We look forward to continuing to build on our relationship with Serra Subaru Champaign and the Share the Love Campaign.
Just recently, Serra Subaru Champaign acquired tickets for the 2021 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Final Four Championship weekend. We had four tickets for Saturday, both games and four tickets for Monday nights championship game. The seats were exceptional, in the lower level 100, as close to the action as one could reasonably get. Being Easter weekend, I told my son that we had tickets and that we were going to have a fun weekend with his brother and my wife. He recalled how years ago he and I had attended the Final Four as someone had given us tickets, and what a special experience it was. He also reminded me that it wasn’t just about watching the basketball game live, but also about all the drama around the game, the hype of the weekend, the excitement in and around the venue and all the famous people we "rubbed elbows" with. He reminded me that, for our own reasons, we really needed a break when we we’re given those tickets. He talked about how it changed our whole mood and how he always remembers how it made him feel. That's when I knew we would give the tickets away. I knew that our team at Serra Subaru Champaign would support the idea of giving the tickets away rather than selling them or using them ourselves. That’s how we got the idea to provide the experience of a lifetime for someone else. Someone in the community—maybe some kids who never had a chance like this in the past not in the foreseeable future. Someone with the deck stacked against them, or seemingly so. Someone having a tough time and just needing a “lift“. I reached out to Steve Khachaturian, (Stevie Jay), who is a friend an owner of a local radio station. Stevie is very involved in the community with many groups who focus on young people and providing them with positive leadership. I knew Steve would know of the right folks who would be excited to go. He introduced me to Willie Comer and Kent Hollis who organize, fund, and facilitate the Youth for Christ Midnight Basketball program in Champaign. This is a very large group of young kids, impoverished and at risk due to socio economic circumstances, with little or no parental support. These kids, like many I have been involved with before, have a little or no positive role models, let alone extraordinary and positive experiences in their lives. I told Stevie that I wanted some kids who just “needed a break“. Someone that we could really “wow“. Both Willie and Kent each took three young boys in the program and one group went on Saturday to both games and the other group went Monday night for the championship game. My son and I went and met with Willie and then also with Kent and the three boys he took on Saturday. We gave both men and all of the boys an envelope with some spending cash and some prepaid credit cards for fuel and expenses. We gave each of the boys an envelope with a note and a $20 bill for spending money at the game, and a Dominos pizza gift card “...to be used one evening when you’re up late studying!” The boys we met were so jazzed as they departed for the drive to Indianapolis for the game. Afterwards, Willie and Kent went on the Stevie Jay radio show and talked for a while about the game and the experience the boys had. They talked about their seats being so good and that Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley sat BEHIND them. I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended many sporting events including the “Final Four”, but I will never experience the excitement I felt knowing that we created an experience of a lifetime for these kids who have seen and experienced horrors you only see in the movies. Our hope is that they will always be able to call upon the feeling of excitement, joy and satisfaction when they need hope for the future.
Mobile Mutts Rescue Transports ( 501 (c) (3) ), based in Champaign, IL wanted to provide free pet Microchipping in our area, to do that we needed somewhere that had space available. After talking to other animal rescuers in the area, we were told that the Subaru dealer might be able to help us out. Fingers and paws crossed we contacted the dealership. What happened next was truly an act of Love that we never expected. Serra Subaru not only provided volunteers to help us but opened up their entire showroom for us to use and provided free "goodies" for the pets that were microchipped. With the Covid outbreak, we needed space to safely provide microchipping for area pets. With safety protocols in place, we were able to hold two successful free microchipping clinics. In total 94 pets received free microchips and registration thanks to Serra Subaru. We had volunteers from not only Mobile Mutts and Serra Subaru, but from the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine (chipping the pets). A whole community came together to help pet owners during the Covid outbreak and did it in a very safe environment for the community and volunteers. In rescue work, it's always about the animals, doing what is needed for them. It was very clear that Subaru has embraced the idea that "where there is a will, there is a way". We cannot thank Ben, Carleen and all the people at Serra Subaru enough for standing with Mobile Mutts and the entire rescue community for making it possible for animal lovers to now have a way to be reunited with their pets if they are ever lost. Going above and beyond is really an understatement when it comes to the support we received, because it wasn't just for us, it was for the community and the entire world of animal rescue. Subaru has set a high standard in the business industry, not just because of all they did for our organization, but the fact they made it clear they would be there to help us and other organizations when there is a need.
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