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Subaru is dedicated to supporting organizations that help neighbors and community members in need.
Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through a network of more than 5,000 independently run local programs. Each program's services and operations are committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.
Giving back has always been part of the Subaru culture, and so to mark its 50th year in the U.S., Subaru of America donated 50 specially wrapped 2018 Outback vehicles to Meals on Wheels programs across the country for the delivery of meals to seniors in need.
Over the past ten years of annual Share the Love® Events, and during our month-long Subaru Loves to Help initiative in June 2015, Subaru and our retailers have helped Meals on Wheels America deliver nearly two million meals to homebound seniors.
The Subaru commitment to the Ready 365 Platinum Program enables the Red Cross to activate immediately and provide lifesaving aid across the United States, regardless of cost. In addition to providing shelter, food and care when disasters strike, the investment Subaru has made supports activities in advance of disasters, including training volunteers, securing shelter locations, stocking warehouses with relief supplies and maintaining disaster-relief vehicles.
Subaru of America provides ongoing support to the American Red Cross which this year alone has allowed the organization to serve more than 1,539,139 meals and snacks to people affected by disasters, launched more than 15 large-scale relief operations across the country and abroad and opened 365 new shelters.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation's largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, making meaningful, monitored matches to provide children facing adversity with one-to-one mentoring that changes their lives for the better, forever.
As a 2010 Subaru Share the Love Event partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters received $676,754 in donations. These funds helped Big Brothers Big Sisters improve the lives of the nearly 600,000 children, guardians, and volunteers they serve annually.
Boys and Girls Club of America strives to help all young people, especially those who need support most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens by providing safe places during out-of-school time.
Subaru supported Boys and Girls Clubs during the 2008–2009 Share the Love Event and helped raise the capacity of the clubs to serve more kids more often.
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit whose mission is to help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security.
A three-time Subaru Share the Love Event partner, Habitat for Humanity received more than $3.1 million from 2008 to 2010. This funding supported Habitat for Humanity’s Global Impact Fund, strengthening families and communities through house construction, rehabilitation, and preservation.
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and military families, and is the only private nonprofit organization that serves the men and women in the U.S. military and their families throughout their service.
As a 2012 Subaru Share the Love partner, USO received over $670,000 in donations, which supported programming for those who need the USO most — military families and families of the fallen, wounded, or injured.
Windy City Harvest (WCH) – the Chicago Botanic Garden training program for the formerly incarcerated, veterans, and others – helps to demonstrate the significant potential of citizens who face barriers to employment. Some of these citizens include current work/study student Aubrey, as well as program alumni Lawrence and Chris, who all came up through WCH Corps’ transitional work program for nonviolent ex-offenders.
After graduating from the Corps program, Aubrey was hired as a production assistant at WCH’s largest farm, where he is now mentored by Chris, who completed WCH’s urban agriculture apprenticeship program in 2017 and immediately landed a job with Loyola University Health System. Chris has since made his way “home” to WCH, where he is now supervising Corps trainees. Lawrence is also now working full-time with WCH after graduating from the Corps program in 2017 and apprenticeship in 2018. He is now gaining skills that will help him ultimately pursue his goal of becoming an urban farmer.
We are grateful for the support of Subaru of America, which enables us to help our students gain work experience in a high-demand field and expand to locations like The Farm on Ogden, a new training and food aggregation center on Chicago’s West Side that recently won the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project.
To learn more about the Chicago Botanic Garden, please visit chicagobotanic.org/urbanagriculture.
For over 30 years, Subaru of America has invested in the revitalization of the Camden community through grants, donations, community involvement, and volunteer events.
Understanding that sustainable change cannot happen from a distance, in 2014 Subaru announced their new headquarters would be relocated to Camden in 2018. Their hope was to further support efforts to enhance the quality of life in Camden.
On April 27, 2018, Subaru officially opened their headquarters in the city of Camden. During the moving process, Subaru leveraged the opportunity to get to know their new neighbors a little better. Before opening their doors, Subaru committed to two full work days of volunteering with Camden-based organizations. With 227 employees participating in 22 volunteer events, Subaru gave back a total of 875 hours in just two days.
Together with our vendor partners, Subaru of America, Inc. donated countless plants, furniture and furnishings from our 2018 National Business Conference to worthy local organizations here in the Delaware Valley as part of our Subaru Loves to Help initiative. These donations will benefit those supported by the Ronald McDonald House of Camden, Habitat for Humanity, and the Covenant House, charities which neighbor our new corporate Headquarters in Camden, NJ.
The Greeley Transitional House is the only homeless shelter in Greeley, Colo., offering emergency and transitional shelter, case management and follow-up programs for homeless families. The shelter can accommodate up to 12 separate families in its condo-style facility, and has an on-site office that supports residents in their job searches and educational goals. Over its 32 years of service, the shelter has helped close to 2,000 families.
Together with our vendor partners, we donated over $150,000 of new furniture and furnishings from our 2017 National Business Conference. These donations will outfit the new homes of Greeley Transitional House families, giving them the fresh start that they deserve.
Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity founded by retired Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco in 2007. Their mission is to provide support and programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat-wounded heroes and Gold Star families. This is a very fragile time for these heroes and their families, and it can be difficult for many. Their programs focus on housing and homeownership and employment, as well as recreational activities and transportation assistance.
Subaru is proud to supply Military Warriors Support Foundation with payment-free vehicles that are awarded to combat-wounded veterans and to unmarried Gold Star spouses whose loved ones were killed in action. Click the following video to learn more.
Subaru is the sponsor of the Subaru Choice Food Pantry at the Kroc Center in Camden, N.J. Kroc Center is the first-choice food pantry in Southern New Jersey, helping people live healthier lives by making healthier, self-sustaining food decisions.
With Subaru supporting the organization, they have been able to distribute more than 24,271 pounds of food locally, equating to 17,226 meals.
The Food Bank of South Jersey provides food to those in need, teaches them about nutritious eating, and helps them find sustainable ways to improve their lives.
Since 1986, Subaru and its employees have helped support the Food Bank of South Jersey through regular volunteerism annually and by providing 50,000 meals to the Food Bank through the Subaru Share the Love Garden harvests and annual Drive Out Hunger food drive.
New Visions is a day service center that provides shelter and warmth to the Camden, N.J., homeless community. It is the only center in Camden that serves men as well as women and children (during non-school hours).
Since 2009, Subaru has donated a part of the Subaru Share the Love Garden harvest, as well as conducted employee volunteer events that helped serve meals and collect and organize clothing for the homeless.
Philabundance has a simple belief that no man, woman, or child should go hungry. It addresses hunger through direct-service programs and a network of 500 member agencies, while also contributing to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, and more.
As a multi-year partner, Subaru and its employees routinely volunteer at the food bank and provide donations that have amounted to 1.8 million pounds of food to date.
This company-wide employee-driven food drive provides much-needed donations for local food banks, helping to fill the gap for food-insecure families. The food drive has provided more than 353,000 meals to food banks and pantries across the United States.
FoodCorps is part of AmeriCorps, which engages more than 80,000 Americans in service each year. FoodCorps was founded in 2010, with the first class of 50 members entering the field in 2011.
A small portion of FoodCorps funding comes from AmeriCorps, with the rest coming from foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donors. The organization depends on partners such as Subaru to ensure more children with limited resources are receiving food education and are gaining access to healthier food in school meals.
Subaru of America provided monetary, in-kind and volunteer support to Center For Family Services to make Operation Backpack 2016 a success and to send students in the Camden community to school feeling confident and inspired to learn. Center For Family Services gratefully received a $4,000 gift from Subaru to support the purchase of reading totes and picture books for our Head Start preschool students and to provide additional back-to-school resources for the young people we serve. Subaru employees volunteered for the sorting of school supplies and filling of backpacks for students in our community. Through this meaningful volunteer support, Center For Family Services was able to distribute thousands of backpacks in less than three days. This success would not have been possible without the time and dedication from Subaru of America employees. Thank you to Subaru of America for making it possible for hundreds of students to be prepared to read, learn and enjoy themselves this school year!
Thanks significantly to the Subaru of America Foundation, these Philadelphia public school students recently launched 12-foot wooden rowboats they had built and painted this winter at their own schools, working with a local educational non-profit initiative (Philadelphia Waterborne -- philadelphiawaterborne.org). Ten such boats, involving over 60 students, were launched over the past month onto the Schscrumuylkill River at Bartram's Garden in southwest Philadelphia. These boats have joined a fleet of over 30 such student-built boats at the Garden, where they have become part of a free community boating program offered all summer long (see bartramsgarden.org for details). Most of these students do not swim, nor had they previously been out on a small boat on the rivers of their own city. Their pride, and their wonder, as they overcame their fears and went out onto the water, was palpable, as was that of their parents. And their sense of accomplishment, as they see their work product in use by the broader community, is transforming. Thank you, Subaru!
Northern Illinois Food Bank provided 62.5 million meals in FY2016, thanks to the generosity of food donors, fund donors and volunteers. The organization serves 13 northern Illinois counties, where 1 in 10 residents, including 1 in 5 children, faces a risk of hunger. Some of those donors and volunteers include the Subaru company and its employees. A group of 63 Itasca, Illinois employees volunteered at Northern Illinois Food Bank in July 2016. The group spent three hours sorting and packing food in the West Suburban Center warehouse. Some worked on frozen chili, others on repacking fresh potatoes, and the rest worked in the bulk room to repack cereal. In all, the group's work made 17,951 meals ready for distribution through feeding programs served by Northern Illinois Food Bank. Subaru of America Foundation supports Northern Illinois Food Bank's Backpack Program in DuPage County. The BackPack program distributes food-filled backpacks to students facing a risk of hunger. The nutritious food helps ensure that students have enough to eat over the weekend so they return to school Monday ready to learn. One grateful family reported that the BackPack Program "helps my family because a lot of times I'm on a very tight budget and go some days with no food and this program helps with those days." Northern Illinois Food Bank is grateful for Subaru's contributions. For more information about Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit SolveHungerToday.org.
Since our incorporation in 1995, Guadalupe Family Services (GFS) has worked to meet the complex needs of the Camden community in unique and personal ways. GFS is a professional social service agency committed to maintaining, strengthening, and reconciling the relationships that form the foundation of our community –The Family. We are committed to affirming the dignity of each person through compassion and outreach to the underserved. Our goal is to enrich and transform our neighborhood by empowering the community, responding to evolving needs through innovative and collaborative services, and counseling families and individuals toward positive change.
Five years ago, we launched a youth development program for high-school students called “Camden Adolescents Striving for Achievement” (CASA). CASA’s mission is to provide a safe, empowering, and enriching environment for underserved inner-city Camden youth, enabling them to develop a strong sense of self, healthy relationships, and a vision for their future. Our goal is to teach Camden youth necessary life skills to overcome adversity and experience success and fulfillment through academic, social, spiritual, and service programs. Initially CASA included just one day of programming for 10 teens. Since its inception, the program has grown exponentially and now welcomes over 100 teens five days a week for after-school programs and year-round social events.
In response to the growing need for support after high school, GFS developed the Next Step program, which provides support and guidance for job-readiness, career-building, and the issues young adults experience. Next Step provides a sense of belonging and offers support to young people looking to achieve their goals.
In 2008, a young seventh grader, Arlette, approached the school social worker and told her that one day she would be a lawyer. Throughout high school she was an active participant and leader in the CASA program. Once in college, she studied diligently and earned high honors all while working full-time to support her mom and younger brother who remained in Camden. Arlette was instrumental in the creation of the Next Step program because she returned to us seeking assistance to pursue her dream … her next step. During that summer, she was an intern at the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. After graduation, she worked there full-time while studying for her LSAT. This fall, Arlette begins her studies at Rutgers University School of Law on a full academic scholarship.
At GFS, we know how important social and cultural experiences are in forming a well-rounded young adult. Which is why as we look ahead, we will begin offering three activities as part of the Next Steps program – an overnight historical and cultural trip to Washington, D.C., dinner and a Broadway show in Philadelphia, and quarterly care packages to those who are living away from home.
Subaru of America’s partnership with Next Step is vital as it enables more and more young adults to maintain their connection with CASA. This partnership creates an opportunity to formalize our Next Step program and offer an age-appropriate extension of CASA. Thank you to Subaru of America for helping us stay connected to our youth and supporting them as they build brighter futures.
Over the past year, Subaru of America has been a strong supporter and partner of Juma’s work in Seattle to provide meaningful employment and job training opportunities to low-income youth. Since Juma Seattle opened its doors in 2013, we have hired over 600 local low-income youth who have collectively earned over $1.7 million in wages and saved $300,000 for educational expenses — all while developing career skills and receiving financial education.
A nonprofit social enterprise, Juma operates concession businesses at Seattle’s Safeco and CenturyLink Fields and the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium with the purpose of providing employment and job training to low-income youth aged 16-24 who are disconnected from the opportunity pathways of school and work. Alongside the job, Juma provides youth support services to help them overcome barriers to permanent employment, build financial capability, and launch into career and education pathways.
Xavier, a recent Juma Seattle participant, shares how participating in Juma’s program changed his life. Just shy of high-school graduation, Xavier, dropped out of school so that he could move in with a girl and start working. Xavier says he learned how hard it was to find work without a high school diploma. Xavier was then connected to Juma. He worked as a vendor at Juma’s social enterprise during Seahawks games while completing his G.E.D. And through Juma, he participated in a number of workshops as well as an internship in graphic design. “I went from a couple of years of struggle to a few months of learning new skills that I will have the rest of my life,” Xavier says. “I truly appreciate what Juma has done for me.” And with his newly added work skills and experiences, Xavier received two separate offers of full-time employment and is now six months into his new job at Costco. “Juma,” he says, “taught me how to work.”