The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

The 2021 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 2021 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.

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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 Subaru of Rochester dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

We're lucky we live in such an awesome community. It has so much to offer. So we do what we can to support the community we love. We want to be involved. Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits.

DowntownRochesterMN.com, Paws & Claws Humane Society

Help make Rochester a LITTER Bit Better, Quarry Hill Nature Center

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Gage Elementary School, Simply Love International

Rochester Football Club, Hiawatha Homes Foundation

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Family Service Rochester, Mayo Clinic Blood Bank

Did Subaru of Rochester 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 Subaru of Rochester

Subaru and Subaru of Rochester 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

43rd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic - Angela C

For the 4th year in a row, Subaru of Rochester has supported the 43rd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic. As a golfer gift sponsor, Subaru of Rochester inspires community members to join them in supporting families who travel to Rochester to receive lifesaving medical care for their child. This partnership has had an immeasurable impact on the House and those who call it home. Employees at Subaru bring warmth, comfort and love to families at the Ronald McDonald House. With the support of Subaru of Rochester, the 43rd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic raised nearly $70,000 for children and families.

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN
43rd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic

Supporting organizations that support Rochester - Annie W

Next Chapter Ministries of Rochester, MN would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the generous donation from Subaru of Rochester. We are a non-profit organization that has provided support to the Rochester community for over 20 years. It is only through the generosity of others who believe in the work we do that this has been possible. We were recently blessed with a generous donation which helped cover part of the expenses for our annual fundraising dinner. This donation allowed for the donations we received to immediately and directly impact the men, women and teens in this community who are impacted by the cycles of incarceration. Thank you Subaru for believing in and supporting the mission of Next Chapter!

Next Chapter Ministries
Supporting organizations that support Rochester

Litter Bit Better - Savanna C

Subaru of Rochester teamed up with the Rochester Football Club to participate in RNeighbors' Litter Bit Better Event to clean up trash in our community. Together they filled numerous bags of trash from nearby ditches. This not only helps our community look cleaner, but protects the local wildlife!

Penz Automotive Group
Litter Bit Better

Share the Love - Angela C

The Ronald McDonald House serves families who travel great distances to receive lifesaving medical care for their child. The Subaru Share the Love Promotion makes it more feasible for families to be away from home. Every car sold, every time Subaru staff advocate for our Ronald McDonald House has a tremendous impact on the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Staff at Subaru of Rochester and Subaru drivers take away the burden of worrying where they will sleep or what they will eat while their child fights for their life. The Share the Love Promotion makes it possible for families to focus on the health and well being of their child. Subaru of Rochester makes it possible for families to build positive memories during some of the most difficult days of their lives.

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN
Share the Love

Subaru of Rochester takes the Polar Plunge - Savanna C

Subaru of Rochester team members took the Polar Plunge in Foster-Arend Park on Saturday, March 20 in support of Special Olympics Minnesota. The team managed to raise $2,364 which will help provide year-round training and services to over 8,100 athletes across the state. “I want to do my part in raising as much money as possible for these incredible kids and what they are going through, because it takes more heart than what I have. All I’m doing is jumping in a frozen lake,” said James Albien, organizer of Subaru of Rochester’s team. “It’s not about us, it’s about the kids.” The Rochester Polar Plunge had 481 plungers who raised a total of $167,948 for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Subaru of Rochester
Subaru of Rochester takes the Polar Plunge

Subaru of Rochester Delivers - Brenda C

Subaru of Rochester has been a tremendous supporter of our local Meals on Wheels. Each December, staff from Subaru of Rochester personally deliver meals. Additionally, Subaru has welcomed Family Service Rochester into their wonderful showroom. We have been invited to have information tables about Meals on Wheels and how to volunteer. Subaru of Rochester also hosted our first "Casual Gala" fundraiser supporting Meals on Wheels. Thank you for being committed partners and invested in our community!

Family Service Rochester
Subaru of Rochester Delivers

Channel One Regional Food Bank - David S

The staff at Subaru of Rochester came out to Channel One to help pack boxes for mobile pantries in SE Minnesota. We're so thankful to partner with them to help fight for insecurity in our community. Thank you for all you do in the community! David Steenhoek Davidsteenhoek@channel-one.org

channel one Regional Food Bank
Channel One Regional Food Bank

Volunteering at Channel One - Haley B

The staff at the Subaru Rochester, MN location recently volunteered at Channel One (safely social distancing) and packed over 470 pounds of cereal before 10am! It is so awesome to see how just a few people can get together and make a huge difference for those in our community.

Channel One Regional Food Bank
Volunteering at Channel One

Blanket Donation to Local Shelter - Savanna C

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and here in Minnesota, the start of the cold season. Thanks to the Subaru Loves to Help promise, 80 blankets were delivered and then distributed through Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, a shelter right here in Rochester. Thank you, Subaru of Rochester for providing extra warmth and positivity this holiday season. We appreciate the support!

Blanket Donation to Local Shelter

Subaru's support for Rochester Football Club - Midhat M

We are lucky to have companies like Subaru in our community. The support they have provided for us and many other businesses in our community is amazing and we appreciate it very much. Thank you to all of the Subaru family for continuing to provide for our community. Thank you for helping us run activities. Thank you for bringing awareness to nonprofits like ours. A special thank you to Todd Penz! Todd is a caring and giving person. He is a role model for many of us. Thank you Subaru of Rochester! -RFC Family

Subaru's support for Rochester Football Club

Sharing the Love with Ronald McDonald House - Samantha W

Subaru of Rochester makes it possible for the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester to be there for children and families when they need it most. Thanks to the Share the Love event, families traveling to Rochester for their children’s medical care have a place to stay, nutritious meals and are loved and supported while far from home. The team at Subaru of Rochester embodies the mission of the Ronald McDonald House and shares it with their customers during the holiday season. What a special gift to know you’ll make a difference for families when purchasing a new Subaru! Thank you friends at Subaru of Rochester for making tough days brighter for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House!

Sharing the Love with Ronald McDonald House

42nd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic - Angela C

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN is proud to partner with Subaru of Rochester. The support of Subaru and their employees provides countless nights of restful sleep for families who are traveling to Rochester for medical care for their child. At the 42nd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic, Subaru's support continues to shine. As a sponsor of the Golfer Gift, Subaru of Rochester provides a souvenir for our golfers while inspiring them to learn more about the mission of the Ronald McDonald House. Each year, Subaru of Rochester invites our local community to join them in supporting children and families at the Ronald McDonald House.

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN
42nd Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic

Pandemic Support - Tanya J

Subaru of Rochester has been a supporter of Paws and Claws Humane Society for many years; always thinking of ways to help the animals in our care. This past year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, Subaru of Rochester reached out about donating money for each pet adopted during the month of October, as a part of their “Subaru Loves Pets” campaign. As a non-profit, Paws and Claws runs solely on donations, we don’t receive any government funding. Even during these difficult times, Subaru of Rochester was willing to help out however they could. We truly appreciate the continued support! Thank you Subaru of Rochester, for helping Paws and Claws continue to help and take in animals in need, so that they can find their forever families!

Paws and Claws INC
Pandemic Support

Chad Came In On His Day Off - Jan J

I recently bought a 2019 CrossTrek. Didn't know I was looking for a new car but when at the dealership with my son, I saw "her" across the parking lot and fell in love! Chad Bjorkman was the salesperson who assisted me as I made decisions and ultimately decided to purchase. He was professional, courteous, flexible and caring. I'm sure it wasn't easy to teach me how to use the cool technology in the car but he was never impatient with me.I learned later that he came in on his day off when I picked up the car to ensure that all went well for me. He spent a long time getting the car set up, cleaned and then with me learning the bells & whistles. MUCH APPRECIATED, CHAD - YOU ROCK! Also, I live in northern MN and often go across the bridge into Ft. Francis Ontario Canada to shop. Last week I went there and when returning I was held up by the US Customs/Border Patrol Agent - not because I was in trouble, but because she wanted to talk all about my new CrossTrek and how much I liked it and she was thinking of buying one. Fortunate to say my trips back and forth always have been uneventful but this one definitely the most FUN! Way to go Subaru!!!!

Chad Came In On His Day Off

Quarry Hil Nature Center - Run Wild 5k Trail Run - Pamela M

We are so grateful to our good-natured friends at Subaru and their dedication to community investment through the Love Promise Community Commitment. Since 1972, Friends of Quarry Hill has remained steadfast in the belief that connecting kids to nature by providing experiences outdoors is critical to developing healthy, happy adults inspired by and deeply connected with the natural world. Now, more than ever, we must reach out in to homes, schools, and childcare centers to provide access so that all youth experience fresh air and fresh perspective. Access to programs that inspire youth, guide families and provide resources for caregivers and teachers is critical to returning childhood to the outdoors. This is where Subaru stepped up to help. Subaru’s sponsorship of Quarry Hill Nature Center’s annual Run Wild 5k Trail Run and Wild Child Dash was a great boost – the proceeds and sponsorships from this annual race benefit the Nature Center’s scholarship fund. This fund supports access to summer camp scholarships, reduced fees for school groups, and grant dollars for collaborative efforts toward new programming all with the goal of making the outdoors a bigger part of their everyday lives. Thanks again for the good-natured support!

Quarry Hill Nature Center
Quarry Hil Nature Center - Run Wild 5k Trail Run

Duck, Dive & Dodgeballs - Lindsey S

In July, the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester put out the call- the call for dodgeballs. We are an afterschool program serving children K-12 in the heart of Rochester. Our mission, to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, is sometimes complicated by the kinds of things that effect all non-profits. We depend on contributions and donations from the community to serve the roughly 1,400 youth, 91% of which qualify for free or reduced lunches, that pass annual through our doors. Which is where the heroes at Subaru of Rochester come in. When they heard our call for dodgeballs, our most popular gym-time game besides basketball, on social media, they immediately responded with a video of their own. A video describing a month-long promotion to raise the funds to purchase dodgeballs. And purchase dodgeballs they did! The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester received four MASSIVE bags of dodgeballs, enough to see us through the long winter months ahead, as well as spring. This morning as Todd and his crew came down to Club to visit. They bravely faced our group of excited youngsters, eager to get their hands on the new dodgeballs and brought a smile to everyone’s face. We are so grateful for our friends at Subaru of Rochester and we cannot wait to see them again! They’re always welcome back to Club for a rematch!

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
Duck, Dive & Dodgeballs

RMHMN Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic - Angela C

Subaru of Rochester's support of the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN continues to outshine that of many. Time and time again, we see employees of Subaru of Rochester engaging with our mission and supporting families as they face some of the most difficult days of their lives. At the 41st Annual Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic Subaru of Rochester provided vital support to the Ronald McDonald House. Sponsoring the Golfer Gift, Subaru of Rochester not only provided a fun souvenir for our golfers but inspired countless community members to learn more about the mission of the Ronald McDonald House and join them in supporting families with ill children. We are so grateful for our partnership with Subaru of Rochester.

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN
RMHMN Swing Your Birdie Golf Classic

Orphans and Education - Jake W

*Watch the video to the very end! :) Subaru of Rochester is taking the month of August to focus on a community that we have not met in person. Our neighbors from nearly 9,000 miles away in Tengaru, Tanzania are doing great things to help young people get an education, but they need additional resources to grow and continue changing lives. Simply Love International is a non-profit that raises support for the Global Orphanage in Tengaru. That orphanage currently houses 19 young people and provides them with a home, a loving community, and a good education to help them grow and develop into active members of their community. The kids at Global Orphanage are full of life and smiles, and they absolutely love to sing! Subaru of Rochester is committing $50 from every vehicle sold to help fund school tuition costs for the children at Global Orphanage through the work of Simply Love International. On January 6th, 2020, Erin Rae of SLI will be visiting Tengaru and the orphanage to deliver these funds, spend time with the children, and take photos of what's going on so supporters can see their impact, and so potential supporters can see for themselves why we support this cause. Thank you to Simply Love International and Subaru of Rochester for getting involved with the Global Orphanage, and thank you to the Subaru community in Rochester for all your help that makes this sponsorship possible!

Simply Love International

Rochester Football Club - Midhat M

It was a dream of ours to provide competitive soccer and give our local soccer athletes an opportunity to play at a national level. The support from our community has been amazing and we would not be able to do what we do without our sponsors. We are very thankful for Subaru of Rochester for being our main sponsor this year. Giving an opportunity to our local athletes is very important to our team and just like Subaru of Rochester, we believe in our community and helping. We want to give our players an opportunity to showcase their talents at the next level and hopefully earn some college scholarships. Our team had a successful year in 2019 with a record of 10-1-1 on the field. Thank you Subaru of Rochester for all you have done for our team and for our community! -Rochester FC Family Rochester Football Club is a soccer club in Rochester MN that provides competitive soccer for boys U-10 through U-16 and at the semi-pro level.

Rochester Football Club

Lots of Fun at the Bamber Valley Elem. Fun Run! - Victoria C

The Bamber Valley Elementary School PTA is grateful for the support of businesses like Subaru of Rochester. Thanks to your support of our Fun Run, all of the more than 850 students at Bamber Valley Elementary were able to have a free shirt for the event. It was not only a fun event, but also one that emphasized healthy exercise while raising funds for the PTA to help fund field trips, classroom materials, and more. Thank you for your support!

Lots of Fun at the Bamber Valley Elem. Fun Run!

Blanket delivery w/ LLS & Ronald McDonald House - Shannon B

Subaru of Rochester and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, MN Chapter spread love, hope and warmth to both blood cancer patients and families currently staying at The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester on June 13. Subaru customers and employees wrote messages of hope as well as lots of funny jokes and pictures to cheer up pediatric patients. Those care cards were then handed out alongside donated blankets to provide comfort to patients staying at Ronald McDonald House. We had two Super Star guests who joined us for this blanket donation! Three-year-old Josiah and his family have been staying at Ronald McDonald for two months while he undergoes treatment for neutropenia. Josiah was joined by Nathan Herber, a local Rochester four-year-old currently battling lymphoma. His parents and brothers were thankful to be a part of such a generous event in the city they call home. While Nathan and Josiah high-fived each other and checked out their new blankets and craft kits from Subaru, the adults all chatted about how resilient and joyful these little boys are regardless of circumstances. We are so thankful for the generosity of Subaru of Rochester and grateful to The Ronald McDonald House as they provide hospitality services to so many pediatric blood cancer patients. But the real heroes of the day: Josiah and Nathan.

Blanket delivery w/ LLS & Ronald McDonald House

Subaru Shares the Love with Boys & Girls Club - Becca S

The team of Subaru of Rochester is dedicated to our community. They illustrated that in a huge way to those who need them most at Boys & Girls Club of Rochester with a recent donation to support the work that Boys & Girls Club of Rochester does every day for nearly 1400 kids in our community. "The love that Subaru of Rochester shared with our kids will make a significant impact in the general operations this summer," stated Director of Resource Development, Becca Stiles-Nogosek. "Summer is the busiest time of the year for us and this is when we need resources more than ever. We continue to be blown away by the incredible support that the Subaru team and their customers offer to us year after year. This gift will cover the full cost of operating club for nearly 2 weeks this summer. Thank you doesn't begin to express our gratitude, but it will have to do for now." Sincerest thanks to Subaru and all their customers who 'Shared the Love' this season!

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
Subaru Shares the Love with Boys & Girls Club

Subaru of Rochester Donates to Paws & Claws - Tanya J

Paws and Claws and myself are so grateful for the support of our wonderful community. We could not save as many lives as we are able to, without the generous donations we receive from the public and businesses like Subaru of Rochester. I thank you on behalf of all of us here at PCHS, and we hope to continue this outstanding partnership.

Subaru of Rochester Donates to Paws & Claws

Subaru Donates a Car - Tom T

Subaru of Rochester made the generous donation of a 3 year 30 thousand mile lease to Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as one of the featured items in our auction. We are grateful for their support for this ministry.

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (Rochester)

#SubaruLovesToCare w/ LLS + Ronald McDonald House - Celeste L

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, as part of the National Subaru Loves to Care program, Subaru of Rochester worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver blankets, cards of hope, and arts and crafts kits to patients at Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minnesota. Todd Penz and Josh Winkler, as well as several other employees of Subaru of Rochester, came to represent Subaru. They lit up the room when they brought in thegifts and were excited with the opportunity to hand them out to patients at the hospital. The delivery went smoothly and the Subaru team was able to greet many patients who were grateful for the support and blankets. Todd and Josh were nothing but smiles and their positive attitudes were contagious. Getting to meet with young patients who were undergoing treatment was especially moving and just made it that much clearer how meaningful these acts of kindness are. Patients were touched by Subaru’s show of support and commitment to the cause. It was a special day that made a difference and they look forward to doing it again next year. Thank you, Subaru of Rochester!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
#SubaruLovesToCare w/ LLS + Ronald McDonald House