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 Herb Gordon Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Herb Gordon Subaru promises to be a strong advocate in our community, and not just an automotive retailer. We will continue to support those organizations we currently are engaged with, including the Holy Cross Homecare & Hospice and the American Cancer Society. We believe that these vested relationships are an essential element to our civic duty. We pledge to continue to build upon our philanthropic efforts because we understand the value of doing what is right not for the business but for the lives we positively affect.

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Love Promise Stories from Herb Gordon Subaru

Subaru and Herb Gordon 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

Herb Gordon Subaru American Cancer Society Drive  –  Vivienne S

Herb Gordon Subaru staff have an incredible passion for helping cancer patients get free rides to treatment by fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. On November 7, 2019, Herb Gordon Subaru hosted a special luncheon fundraiser and presented the American Cancer Society with a $7,500 check that will provide more rides for cancer patients. The entire Herb Gordon Subaru staff was active in raising these funds from a large slate of events, their own personal contributions and asks to family and friends. They are continuing to fundraise to top the recent check donation. For example, staff made contributions for the recent luncheon, held in the dealership showroom, as well as entering fundraising raffles for sports tickets. Herb Gordon Subaru also participates in the MileOne Autogroup Transportation to Treatment program that has contributed generously to supplement Road to Recovery volunteer driver rides. When American Cancer Society volunteer drivers aren’t available, rides may be made possible through taxis, Uber and Lyft in select areas of Northern Virginia and Maryland. Having reliable transportation to treatment is one of the biggest roadblocks for cancer patients in fighting their disease. An estimated 3.6 million Americans delay or have difficulty getting needed medical care each year due to the lack of available, affordable transportation. That's why a successful transportation assistance program, like the one that Herb Gordon Subaru supports, is a tremendous asset, and donations play a critical role. Annually, MileOne Autogroup raffles off a brand new vehicle with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer patient transportation. Photo caption: (l to r) American Cancer Society communications director Vivienne Stearns-Elliott and Herb Gordon Subaru staff: Alma Umana, Claudia Herrera, Brittany Hall, Ed Sarecky, Michael Roy, Rodrigo Andrade, Jason Withrow, Mercy Auza and Zack Powers.

Thank you for the AAAS/Subaru Science Books!  –  Jackie S

Argyle Middle School has been the lucky and grateful recipients of 150 science books that were all nominated by AAAS for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. We have some of the books in the media center (library) for all students to check out and enjoy, and the rest are in the science classrooms for students to read when they have completed their classwork. Some of this year's favorites are "Impact" a book aboiut asteroids, by Elizabeth Rusch; "Itch" by Anita Sanchez, which is about all the things that make you itch; and "Trash Revolution" by Erica Fyvie, and this book is about how we can all do our part to reuse, recycle, and reduce trash. Thank you so much, Herb Gordon Subaru! We can never have too many books!

Blankets comfort all!  –  Jessica A

Seven people, 3 floors and so many blankets. The partnership between Subaru and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has given the members of the Light The Night team the opportunity to deliver blankets to hospitals all in throughout the DMV area. But when we were asked to deliver them to the Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, we were able to hand deliver blankets to rooms of patients, alongside hospital staff and the Subaru team. This experience became so much more special because we were able to witness the gratitude of the patients and their families. In a situation like this, something as simple as a blanket can go a long way. We quickly finished deliveries to the patients on the cancer floor- which in retrospect is something we can celebrate since patients on that floor were sparse. With so many blankets left over, we were able to venture off into different wards of the hospital. It was a beautiful experience to see the reactions of those receiving them. The blankets that Subaru sponsors make great gifts to these patients because, even though they are in a children’s hospital, some of them are considered to be young adults--and blankets can span over all ages. Going through treatment can be harsh- it can be filled with seemingly endless days that are incredibly exhausting to both the body and the mind. We are thankful to partner with Subaru to bring comfort and a small slice of home to the patients we serve.

Bringing the Chespeake Bay into the Classroom  –  Kate A

Herb Gordon Subaru is proud to partner with the National Aquarium to bring a small part of the Chesapeake Bay to local classrooms! The Aquarium’s Terrapins in the Classroom program, funded in part by Herb Gordon Subaru, brings baby diamondback terrapins into classes to grow and thrive before getting released back into their natural environment. General Manager, Ed Sarecky, recently visited a local Howard County 3rd grade class to see the terrapin program and donate STEM books to the students. Pictured: Chris Brown, 3rd Grade Howard County Teacher and Ed Sarecky, Herb Gordon Subaru General Manager. Learn more about this great program at

Thank you for the science book donation!  –  Jackie S

Last year, and this year (2017 and 2018), our school, Argyle Magnet Middle School, has been the lucky recipient of 150 award-winning books that we were able to select from the winners of the AAAS/Subaru SB & F Excellence in Science books. We've added copies of each book to our media center library collection so that the whole school community can enjoy them, and placed the rest of the books in the science classrooms where they can be enjoyed by students who have finished a test early or when they have completed their classwork or otherwise have extra time. The books cover a wide variety of science topics including hurricanes in Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code; 3D printing of a beak for an eagle in Beauty and the Beak; and burping in space,always a favorite of middle schoolers, in To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space. They are at a variety of different reading levels and cover many interests so all of our students can find something they'll enjoy. We are thankful to Herb Gordon Subaru for the donation and for supporting our students with books about science. The photo shows some of the books and thank you letters from the students. Jackie Suzich, Argyle Middle School Media Specialist

Thank You Herb Gordon for Sharing Hope & Warmth!  –  Jenny H

The Herb Gordon Subaru team participated in a very special delivery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., ranked among the top 5 children’s hospitals in the country. The Children’s National team were eagerly awaiting the donation and arranged for Herb Gordon Subaru to deliver blankets directly to patients all over the hospital. LLS staff was joined by Keli Mazzuca, avid volunteer and mother of our Light The Night Remembered Hero, Mason. Keli has a special connection to Children’s National Medical Center as it is the hospital her son was treated at before passing away in March 2018 after a very long battle with blood cancer. The Subaru team arrived on site and, as a group, we took all the boxes of blankets and arts & craft kits upstairs to the Volunteer Services office led by the Director herself, Fernanda, who loves this yearly event. The teams shared special memories of past deliveries as they unpacked the blankets and arts & craft kits! We placed them into wagons that would be used to take around the hospital to patients in different units. After the wagons were set up, the LLS Marketing Manager secured a few exciting group photos and videos before heading out on the very special deliveries. Everyone was smiling from ear to ear. We split into three groups to deliver to the most patients and a Herb Gordon Subaru representative went with each group. Keli’s group got the chance to visit and deliver blankets and craft kits to patients and families on the very same floor that Mason was treated on. She shared with the Herb Gordon Subaru team how much it meant to her to be a part of the delivery. It gave her a chance to give back to families that were going through similar experiences. Claudia, Ed, and Rodrigo from Herb Gordon shared with LLS staff that they were so grateful to take part in the delivery. They showed dozens of patients and families at Children’s National Medical Center how much Subaru loves to care.

Herb Gordon Subaru Loves to Care!  –  Jenny H

July 17th at the Children’s National Medical Center was a meaningful day for Jason Withrow from Herb Gordon Subaru. “Everyone we met was so nice and welcoming. I was awed by the strength of the kids we met. They are truly heroes to be fighting so hard and still have such high spirits. It feels good to help in any way possible. It is a wonderful cause and we were honored to be able to partner with LLS.” Jason told us. With him that day was Ed Sarecky, and together, they delivered 80 blankets, 10 arts and crafts kits, and messages of hope to Children’s. Also joining us were Honored Hero, Mason Mazzuca, and his mom, Keli. She shared with us that Mason had returned for in-patient treatment at the Center and so they were grateful to have some time away from the unit.

Butterfly Garden  –  Patricia W

Laurel Elementary School is a certified Maryland Green School dedicated to teaching our students about environmental stewardship. Our students are actively engaged in our school recycling program and many of our students plant and maintain vegetable gardens around the school. As part of our Science curriculum, students study the life cycle of the butterfly. We have learned about the decline in the Monarch butterfly population and realized that with all of the construction and building around Laurel, one of the reasons for the Monarch decline is the loss of the milkweeds and other nectar plants that used to grow in the areas that are being developed. Our students wanted to help the butterflies by creating gardens with plants that would attract and sustain them here at our school. A local Boy Scout volunteered to build a raised-bed garden for our Butterfly Garden. By the time the garden was built, the few funds we had were depleted. We did not have enough money to purchase plants for the garden. We saw the Subaru Loves the Earth program and applied. We were very excited when we were chosen as a partner school. We had the infrastructure - all we needed were the supplies, which Subaru so generously provided.Our students planted all of the perennials we received and have been diligently watering and weeding the flower bed. We can't wait to install the bird boxes next.

Helping the Elderly Keep Their Pets  –  Lynn M

Herb Gordon Subaru is partnering with Thankful Paws to provide pet food and supplies that will help the elderly keep their pets happy, healthy and in their forever homes. Thankful Paws is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 with the primary mission of helping to prevent the surrender of beloved family pets simply because they could not afford to provide them with the proper food. Thankful Paws helps over 350 animals each month and in the last 5 years, has delivered over 2 million meals! The elderly people Thankful Paws helps each month are so appreciative of the support and encouragement they get. They are now able to be more confident and secure in their ability to provide for their constant companion and best friend. Thankful Paws also helps those who are suffering from homelessness and domestic abuse situations with the much needed pet food and supplies. Thankful Paws appreciates your help and support. For more information, please visit their website at

Subaru Loves the Earth - E-Waste Event  –  Danielle S

We would like to thank our customers for participating in our E Waste Recycling event during the month of April. With your help, we were able to prevent 3,762 lbs of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere. This is equivalent to saving 145 trees, 640 gallons of gasoline, 5,454 plastic bottles, and 25,084 aluminum cans. Thank you for helping strengthen the Subaru Love Promise!

Holy Cross Hospice Love Promise Story  –  Susan F

Hospice Service promotes life. Holy Cross Hospice offers those living with terminal illness a unique and holistic approach to their care with a team of medical professionals specializing in symptom management aimed at improving quality of life. Hospice is about defining what comfort means to you and about being surrounded by who you want, where you want. It is about experiencing the love of family and friends in your own way and even about getting to eat that cake or ice cream. Hospice is about life and living it the way you want for as long as you can. No endeavor compares to the difficulty of caring for a loved one with terminal illness and we witnesses the promise of love every day during our care. It is lived out in the teenage children who sing their mom her favorite song at her bedside even though she can no longer sing with them. The love promise is in the daughter who takes her mom, oxygen and all, to Atlantic City for one more go at the slot machines. And it is in the adult daughter who moves back to her childhood bedroom to assure mom is eating breakfast and taking her medications. Our promise of love and support doesn't end when our patients die. We provide Grief and Bereavement Support for those walking the often tumultuous path of grief. Holy Cross Hospice is thankful for the privilege to serve our community. We thank Herb Gordon Subaru for their support in our endeavor to journey with those during a very intimate and meaningful time of life.

April 1-30, 2015 E-Waste Recycling Event  –  Molly M

Throughout the month of April, we are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Event in our store to collect unwanted electronics. We've arranged to work with a company who will responsibly collect, re-purpose, and recycle your electronic waste. Help us protect our environment. Just show up with your E-Waste and we'll do the rest! The first 50 customers who contribute will receive a complimentary environmental badge of ownership. We will accept: LCD Monitors, Cell Phones, Laptops, Tablets, CRTs up to 40, Video Games/Consoles, Fax Machines, DVD/VCR Players, Printers, Computer Peripherals, Switches/Routers, Cords and Wires.