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 Hanson Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Hanson Subaru has a 44 year history of supporting the South Sound community through multiple avenues. We have supported Saint Martin’s University Athletics Program for thirty years, as well as supporting their Scholarship Program for the past twelve. In addition, Hanson Subaru has been a primary supporter of Senior Services of South Sound with, Senior Outreach, Senior Meals on Wheels and Senior Food Bank Programs. Annually, we have increased our donation base and collection efforts to the point of over 9000 pounds of food were donated and delivered in 2018. Hanson Subaru loves working with our local partners to make the community better as a whole.

St Martins University, St Martins Alumni Association
Senior Services of South Sound, Senior Action Network, Meals on Wheels, Senior Outreach, Senior Food Bank
Puget Sound Blood Center
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Love Promise Stories from Hanson Subaru

Subaru and Hanson 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

A couple in need of Meals on Wheels  –  Eileen M

I was so thankful to Hanson Subaru and Subaru Share the Love when I read a report from our Meals on Wheel Assessor of a recent husband and wife in desperate need of Meals on Wheels: When Stephanie arrived, the couple were sitting in a darkened room. The wife had been doing most of the cooking in spite of her memory loss. Meals were getting simpler and simpler as her confusion increased. Her husband who is wheelchair bound due to MS, tried to coach her and remind her of what was on the stove but he had never been a cook. They have been married for 64 years and want to stay in their home together for as long as possible. The husband's doctor was very concerned over his nutrition and his failing health so he had his nurse make the referral. They were both amazed that they could get home delivered meals and that they were so delicious. Thank you Hanson Subaru for helping to make it possible for us to continue serving home bound seniors in need. You make a huge difference in our community. Since we have been receiving help from Share the Love, we have not had to have a waiting list for meals on wheels. Bless you all! When this couple needed meals on wheels we were able to start bringing them warm nutritious meals the next day! Eileen McKenzieSullivan Executive Director, Senior Services for South Sound

Hanson Subaru Brings Comfort to Cancer Patients  –  Katie J

Hanson Subaru is a very philanthropic dealership and they are champions of giving back to their community. On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Hanson Subaru partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to give 80 blankets and arts and crafts kits to cancer patients at Providence St. Peters Hospital. LLS exists to find cures for cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families and Subaru helps LLS by donating critical research dollars to save more lives. This is the fourth year of this partnership and each year Providence St. Peters looks forward to receiving and handing out these beautiful, warm blankets to their patients. The arts and crafts kits are wonderful for their pediatric patients and the caregivers and family members visiting loved ones going through cancer treatment. These gifts are treasured by the patients as they are a welcome reprieve from the tolls cancer treatment takes on the body. Jessica Wolcott and Stacey Genzlinger from the Providence St. Peters Foundation greeted Rob Little, Sales Manager and Hubert Jeter, Service Director of Hanson Subaru and shared stories about how these blankets help cancer patients in many ways. Providence St. Peters is so thankful to be the recipients of these items again this year. Thank you for helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund local life-saving research to beat cancer and provide programs and services for patients in Olympia and beyond. Picture in photo (left to right): Hubert Jeter, Rob Little, Stacey Genzlinger, Jessica Wolcott

Hanson Subaru Supporting St. Peter Foundation  –  Frank K

On behalf of the Providence St. Peter Foundation, Thank you for your recent gift. We want you to know that your thoughtful donation of 83 blankets and 11 craft kits to our Greatest Need Fund is greatly appreciated. The community turns to Providence Ministries for many needs: from the birth of a new baby to the complex treatment of cancer, stroke, or heart disease. Gifts to Providence ST. Peter Foundation support vital technology, education, and innovative therapies. Since 1887, Providence has lived a mission to provide compassionate care to our community. We witness this every day in the emergency room, when our loved ones receive hospice services, and in many other ways. We could not provide award-winning care without the support of a kind and generous community. Your support of the Providence St. Peter Foundation helps raise the level of care for everyone throughout our region. On behalf of the Foundation Board, I extend heartfelt appreciation for your contribution. Your gift makes a difference to many people throughout our community. Thank you for your generous and meaningful support. Sincerely Peter Brennan Executive Director

Hanson Subaru Loves To Care For Cancer Patients  –  Katie J

On July 16th, Hanson Subaru partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the third consecutive year to deliver blankets and arts and crafts kits to the patients and kids experiencing cancer at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Patients will receive a beautiful blanket and hand-written message of hope from customers at Hanson Subaru as well as arts and crafts kits for kids. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures for cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families and Subaru helps LLS by donating critical research dollars. Thank you again for your care and compassion for the patients at Providence St. Peter Hospital; and for helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund local life-saving research to beat cancer and provide programs and services for patients in Olympia and beyond.

Hanson Subaru Shares the Love on June 27th  –  Anne G

On Tuesday morning, June 27th, Rob Little of Hanson Subaru arrived at the main entrance of Providence St. Peter's Hospital with a car load full of boxes of individually wrapped Subaru Loves to Care blankets for cancer patients and craft kits for children at the hospital. This was the second year in a row that Hanson Subaru has participated in the Share the Love campaign in partnership with the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which serves Washington and Alaska. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin Disease and Myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Hanson Subaru helped advance that mission by providing high-quality, cozy blankets for 80 patients. Peter Brennan, Executive Director of the Providence St. Peter Foundation noted that cancer patients have a lovely outdoor patio they can visit to get some fresh air during their hospital stay and these blankets will help patients stay comfortable in cool temperatures and are a thoughtful gift that patients can take home with them when they're discharged. Additionally, he noted that the 20 craft kits Hanson Subaru provided will be a welcome gift that the hospital can distribute to children who are visiting loved ones at the hospital. Pictured here are: Anne Gillingham from LLS, Peter Brennan of Providence St. Peter's, Rob Little from Hanson Subaru and Jessica Wolcott of Providence St. Peter's.

Subaru Helps Deliver Meals!  –  Jolene B

For almost a decade the Hanson Subaru team has been supporting the Senior Nutrition Program at Senior Services for South Sound. Oct - Dec each year Hanson Subaru holds a food drive to support Blizzard Bags that are delivered to homebound seniors in Thurston and Mason County. “When we started the food drive, we were able to deliver about 100 bags to our seniors, now we are able to deliver over 350 bags of emergency food rations to homebound seniors, and support our Senior Food Bank for most of the year through the food that is raised during the Share the Love Food Drive at Hanson Subaru.” Cathy Visser, SNP Director shared. Beyond the Food Drive, the Hanson Subaru team has picked Senior Services as their Hometown Charity. “By choosing us as a Hometown Charity, Hanson is not only supporting our cause monetarily, but also drawing awareness to the needs of seniors in our community. Each year we are able to deliver over 110,000 meals to seniors in our community because of the support that is provided through Share the Love.” Cathy continued. The Hanson Team also makes time to come and serve lunch at our centers, and helps to put together the Blizzard Bags for delivery. “They are coming and serving for multiple hours out of their day to support seniors.” Eileen McKenzieSullivan, Ex Dir said. “They are supporting us all year, in all the ways that you can give—monetary, raising awareness, and by volunteering in person-- and we are grateful for their ongoing support.”

Black Hills High School Trade Show  –  Carson H

On May 20th Hanson Subaru helped me set up a trade show booth for a school project . I got to interview the owner of the dealership and learn about the car industry. With the help of Hanson Subaru bringing in a Tent, 2016 Subaru Outback, brochures and stuff to give away they made my project a huge success. Thanks Hanson Subaru Carson 9th grader at Black Hills High School

2016 Senior Services of South Sound  –  Jolene B

It has been eight years since Vince Hanson started helping with our Annual Food Drive to provide food for the Meals On Wheels client's at Senior Services for South Sound. This not only supports the Senior Meals on Wheels program but also the Senior Outreach and the Senior Food Bank of Thurston County. All of these programs are vital safety nets to support Seniors and their ability to stay healthy and survive. "The first year we brought one van load of food," Vince remembered, "This year we had to rent a box truck to bring all the food". Vince and his team brought all that food into the Olympia Senior Center on a very rainy afternoon this December. "They were all drenched!" Cathy Visser, Senior Nutrition Director, recalled. "It was the most food we've seen for a food drive. The "Emergency Food Bags" wouldn't happen if it wasn't for Hanson Subaru and the Food Drive." Subaru of America, allows Hanson Subaru to choose one local charity and thankfully they chose to support us. I've seen some of our past clients receiving meals at the Senior Center, this is our opportunity to give back to them." Vince said about choosing Senior Services. This past year through the Share the Love Drive, Hanson Subaru was able to present at check to Senior Services for $33,500 representing donations made through the campaign. This year Hanson Subaru was one of our March for Meals Sponsors and assisted at the Olympia Senior Center during one of the March meal days to help serve a lunch.

Hanson Subaru Helping Save Butterflies  –  Rob L

Doing Our Part to Save the Butterflies! Did you know the monarch population in the United States has declined by more than 90 percent in recent years? For the month of April, Hanson Subaru is partnering with the National Wildlife Foundation for the Butterfly Heroes Program. Butterfly Heroes seeks to bring awareness to the declining population and connect our community of gardeners and kids, families, and schools alike to help the monarchs and other pollinators. Creating monarch and pollinator habitat is a wonderful opportunity for observing one of nature's most miraculous occurrences. The unique transformation the monarch butterfly undergoes during its life cycle from egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis to the delicate yet resilient butterfly is wonderfully intriguing for students and teachers alike. Hanson Subaru will have a butterfly habitat planter on site and be giving away seed kits. Stop in and check it out. We also encourage you to be a butterfly hero and grow your own butterfly habitat at home. It's a great activity for the kids or grandkids!

Subaru Loves/ Learning  –  Hanson S

Hanson Subaru was excited to support local communities in need, by collecting school supplies and funds during the month of August. Our focus was on local communities who have been hit hardest by the terrible fires that have plagued our state this year. Hanson Subaru was able to donate over $500.00 for school supplies through the Okanagan County Community Action Counsel. It is the hope of all who belong to the Hanson Subaru Family, that this assistance will in some small way lessen the burden on those hardest hit by this natural disaster.

Hanson Subaru Loves the Earth  –  Hanson S

During the month of April we had huge success with our E-Waste Recycling Event. We gathered Hundreds of pounds of electronics from around the community to be disposed of properly. We would like to thank the community for their efforts.

Community Champions Week  –  Jolene B

On March 16, 2015 we were excited to host Hason Subaru at the Olympia Senior Center as our first Community Champions of 2015. It was quite the kick-off. The Hanson Subaru Team of Vince Hanson, Rob Little and Frank Kersul helped serve lunch and milk to the seniors at the center. After serving, they weren't done though, they then presented a check to Senior Services for South Sound for $19,198 from Subaru of America, Inc. to help the Meals On Wheels Program at Senior Services for South Sound. This check will help provide over 2,700 meals to seniors in our community! Thank you Hanson Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc.

Senior Emergency Food Drive for Meals On Wheels  –  Jolene B

Each year between October and December Hanson Subaru collects food at their dealership for the Senior Emergency Food Drive for Meals On Wheels. The food collected through this food drive is delivered to home-bound seniors in Mason and Thurston County who receive Meals On Wheels. It is provided to them as emergency food rations in case they are not able to receive their normal meal delivery due to weather conditions. This is truly a safety net for over 250 seniors in this community. In 2015, we were completely blown away when Vince Hanson and the Hanson Subaru staff delivered over 1,000 pounds of food to our Olympia Senior Center for distribution. The staff not only brought in the food but stayed and helped package the food and helped deliver some of the packages to our home bound seniors. This is such an important part of our Meals On Wheels program that couldn't be completed without the Hanson Subaru Team. We are so grateful for the ongoing partnership we have with Hanson Subaru. Thank you Hanson Subaru Team!

March for Meals Thurston County Kickoff  –  Jolene B

This is the second year that Hanson Subaru has hosted the Thurston County March for Meals Kick Off. This event kicks off a month long promotion raising awareness about Meals On Wheels and Senior Hunger in our community. Hanson Subaru staff help serve cake, set up for the event, and attend the event. They really make us feel welcome in their facility and help promote awareness about our programs in the community. Thank you Hanson Subaru for giving us a great start for this monthly long advocacy event!

Hanson Subaru Raises Awareness for Senior Services  –  Hanson S

During the December 2014 Subaru Love Promise Event, Hanson Subaru in cooperation with Senior Services of South Sound worked diligently toward raising awareness for all the Services that are provided for seniors in the Olympia Area. Senior Services was awarded $15000 through the Love Promise Event and the generosity of Hanson Subaru Customers giving back to our community. These direct contributions allowed Senior Services to expand their Senior Meals on Wheels Program and their Senior Outreach Program to additional Seniors in need. This also contributed to the Senior Food Banks ability to increase the number of meals provided for local Seniors on a daily basis.