We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.
We're honored to receive the 2022 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities 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.
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.
Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.
Subaru and White Bear 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.
Animal Humane Society (AHS) partnered with Luther White Bear Subaru for the month of October to promote adoptable animals in our community. They spread the word by featuring a poster of adoptable animals (updated weekly), a floor sign with QR codes directing customers to give back to AHS – either financially or through our wish list, and distributed postcards to customers utilizing their service center. Subaru also created an inviting display area featuring Subaru Loves Pets and AHS materials. In October, 283 animals were adopted from our Woodbury, MN location, including: 7 birds, 170 cats, 76 dogs, and 30 critters. We are thrilled when “under pets” find a new loving home and family. In fact, 17 seniors, 4 animals with eye conditions, 2 cats with FeLV, 1 cat with FIV, and several animals with skin conditions were adopted. At AHS, we specialize in second chances. Our commitment to an open admission policy means we take in every animal surrendered to us, regardless of its health, age, breed, or behavior. We provide extensive medical treatment, surgery, behavior modification, and foster care to ensure every animal — even those with special challenges is given a safe refuge and a chance at adoption. We also take in animals from around MN and across the country, saving lives and providing critical support to overcrowded shelters and organizations that lack the resources to care for them. As a result of these extraordinary efforts, more than 93% of the animals that came through our doors last year were adopted or placed within the community. At AHS, we’re changing the world for animals and the people who love them. And we’re doing it with people like you by our side. Thank you Subaru for your continued support of our mission and this life-saving work! National Make a Dog’s Day On the morning of Saturday, October 22, employees of Luther White Bear Subaru gathered at our Woodbury site to pass out treats from our favorite local dog treat bakery, Must Be Ruff. The gourmet “ruff cakes” didn’t last long as shelter animals enjoyed a delicious treat to celebrate National Make A Dog’s Day and receive endless snuggles from our visitors. Photos were shared on social media and garnered attention from our animal-loving supporters. In fact, 18 animals were adopted that day! A Love Promise – Scotty’s Story I stopped by the Golden Valley shelter on my day off with my 3-year-old daughter. We decided to make our way over to the puppy kennels to “just look” before we headed home. I could see two little pit bull pups sitting in their kennel, sort of staring up at the ceiling. Based on their behavior, I instantly knew they were blind. We approached and both jumped up to greet us, giving us full body wiggles and begging to be picked up. After walking away, I somehow knew these pups were going to be in my life in some way. My husband was not made aware of this just yet. I spent the next few days weeping over these two beautiful pups. My husband quickly became aware it was going to be a losing battle. As a veterinarian, I know how challenging puppies can be, especially a blind one. We had just lost one of our senior dogs and I didn’t think I was ready for this challenge, yet something about those puppies spoke to me. Thankfully, I was able to visit them again. I frantically texted my husband videos and pictures, gently suggesting which one I wanted to bring home. The larger of the two was a bit shier and gently nestled into my lap while we were playing with them. It was at that moment I knew he would be a part of our lives forever. I was also able to reach out to friends in my veterinary community to find his brother a home. A blind pup can be a challenge and requires a very dedicated guardian. I knew just the person for this. Like myself, she is an avid pit bull lover and advocate. Although she wasn’t actively looking, she too felt something special and couldn’t say no to adopting Scotty’s brother. He is now known as Michelangelo (Mikey for short), and lives with an older pit bull brother, Leonardo, and a human brother, Austen. Scotty and Mikey are in their forever homes and beginning to flourish. Both dogs are exceptional at navigating their surroundings and use their other senses to get around. Like any puppy, they are extremely rambunctious and need a lot of attention. Scotty is undergoing training classes through AHS. Training looks a little different for a blind puppy, and is centered on verbal cues and commands. My hope is to have Scotty certified as a therapy dog so that he can visit with folks that would benefit from his gentle nature and learn that it’s okay to be a little different, and that we can be loved for it. In an effort to educate the public on caring for blind animals, Scotty and his mom, Dr. Kelly Gehlhaus, were featured on the local news and the homepage of our website. We hope this helps spread the word on what a wonderful addition an “under pet” can be if given the chance.
For the 7th year in a row, White Bear Subaru has partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver hope and warmth to cancer patients being treated at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota. This partnership is just one way White Bear Subaru supports their local community through their Subaru Love Promise. The Subaru team and LLS representatives were honored to present a blanket to special guest Gavin and his younger brother Carter. First diagnosed at age 6 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Gavin was happy to start the maintenance phase of his long treatment in November 2021. He and his brother had a blast representing other patient families and receiving a Subaru blanket and craft kit all while checking out a Subaru themselves and hanging out of the sunroof! Prospective Subaru owners never looked so cute. Our deepest thanks to White Bear Subaru for creating such a fun day for Children’s Hospital of Minnesota!
During 2022’s teacher appreciation week from May 2nd through May 6th, the Luther White Bear Subaru team took a brief visit to Willow Lane Elementary School with lunch for the teachers and staff. Willow Lane, whose mission is to ensure high academic achievement and social-emotional growth for their students, has maintained a partnership with White Bear Subaru over the years. Through the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way this school has gracefully navigated these stressful times is a shining example of the Subaru Loves Learning can-do attitude. The Subaru Loves Learning initiative aims to support quality education that promotes real world problem-solving. An example that demonstrates such ingenuity is Willow Lane’s “Minnow Tank” project. Inspired by the famous “Shark Tank” TV show, the 4th graders choose a charity that represents values they share and pitch it to a group of “sharks” from the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake. Over the next three years they will work with coaches from the White Bear Rotary to raise awareness and funds for the chosen charities. This year it was time to shine some light on the teachers and faculty who made it possible to provide an education to children during a global pandemic. Luther White Bear Subaru has donated an abundance of books and assisted in financial aid for the students as curriculums again took place on school grounds. With a 13:1 student-teacher ratio at Willow Lane, teachers are able to focus on individual students more so than other schools. Since 2015, the Subaru Loves Learning initiative has resulted in over 277,600 books donated to schools throughout the country. Luther White Bear Subaru’s team consists of General Manager Brad Knutson, Brian Anderson, Donna Ferguson, Donovan Brummond, Danielle Sadewater and Taylor Klongtruatroke. Joining the Subaru Love Learning team for this Teachers Appreciation event was Joseph Oviguian and Chris Sterling from Subaru of America.
An easily-overlooked building in Twin Cities metro, the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley has continued working, even during the COVID-19 years, to maintain and provide a warm and welcoming environment for animals and prospective pet owners. Partnering with this group in 2022, and highlighting the Animal Humane Society in their “Subaru Loves Pets” event, is the staff of Luther White Bear Subaru, led by General Manager Brad Knutson and his Subaru Loves team consisting of Brian Anderson, Donna Ferguson, Donovan Brummond, Danielle Sadewater and Taylor Klongtruatroke. As a whole, the animal admission rooms of the AHS sees over 23,000 animals come through their doors every year. For the staff at the Animal Humane Society to provide the best care, admissions recently became appointment only in the past few years. This change has allowed the staff the flexibility to obtain supplies or make adjustments to care as needed during these unprecedented times. Fortunately, this has not negatively impacted adoption rates, as a new home for a pet is on average ten days from when they first walk in. In Golden Valley, the lower floors of the AHS contain the rooms where spays and neuters are performed. In conjunction with the veterinary school of the University of Minnesota, the staff helps to provide students of the program with the experience they will need to succeed in their profession. While not as glamorous as other services they provide, it is a very necessary one. In a typical year, the AHS would expect to perform an average of 7,000 spays or neuters. Working alongside the terrific staff of the Humane Society are about 2,200 volunteers, resulting in over 145,000 hours of care per year. This combination of volunteer and staff allows the company to make sure every animal is well-attended to and given proper food, water, and exercise. In an emergency situation, the Animal Humane Society is one of the few places properly equipped to handle a sudden surge of animal admissions. The staff doesn’t just provide care of animals though. In addition to all that they do already, the staff of the AHS offers behavioral education courses for both pets and owners. Luther White Bear Subaru is always striving to make connections and partnerships with local companies that share similar mindsets and values. Without a doubt, the Animal Humane Society shares all of these. With the well-being of our companions as top priority, it truly is a marvel to see the difference the Animal Humane Society has made throughout the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota State Fairgrounds was a sight to see on a rainy Saturday morning. With over 2,000 volunteers and supporters, among them being Luther White Bear Subaru, showing up to support the Animal Humane Society’s Walk for Animals. The weather wasn’t cooperative, but it didn’t dampen spirits as a proud partner of the AHS. The Subaru Loves Team at White Bear Subaru accepted the invitation to attend and sponsor a booth for the event. Attendees completed the 1 mile course with their pets and critters to reach the finish line where there would be food trucks, a pet costume contest, and the many booths of supporters. In attendance, the event included countless cats, dogs, ducks, and even ferrets, all excited to be out and about with their owners. From the booths of vendors located in the International Bazaar at the Fairgrounds, you could find anything from stunning pet art, to “bad pet art” created on the spot. Clever pet accessories, such as dachshund harnesses designed to ease spinal pressure, were offered, along with gear and accessories for owners and family members. Perusing all at the Bazaar could easily take several hours. Each attendee’s entry fee went directly to supporting the Animal Humane Society. The Subaru Loves Pets initiative was an absolute treat to bring to life at this event. Our team handed out hundreds of frisbees and leashes, shared treats, and interacted with proud pet owners as the rain cleared and made way for brilliant sunshine. After years of distanced interactions as COVID-19 rocked the world, getting to witness this event in-person was an absolute delight. Luther White Bear Subaru team was composed of General Manager Brad Knutson, Brian Anderson, Donna Ferguson, Donovan Brummond, Danielle Sadewater, and Taylor Klongtruatroke–joining them at this event were guests Jenny Anderson, Melissa Anderson and Lori Klongtruatroke.
Luther White Bear Subaru "Share the Love" Back in 2019 Brad Knutson the General Manager of Luther White Bear Subaru decided to partner with Will Kaul at Adult & Teen Challenge for the Subaru "Share the Love" yearly drive. Little did he know what he had started in our dealership! The first meeting most of our staff was silent about either knowing someone that battles with addiction or possibly dealing with addiction personally. Will came out and started the conversation and our staff started opening up and I believe our staff knows it's ok to ask for help and not be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help we are all human. Now that our eyes have been open we are continuing to support Adult & Teen Challenge we have met some of the most wonderful people that have completed the program we are forever changed for the better
Started with the Subaru blanket drive and finished with a complete clothing drive for the homless.
With support from White Bear Subaru and the Subaru Loves Pets Program, Pause 4 Paws helped 31 cats be adopted into their forever homes during the month of October! One cat who was adopted in October 2021 was Noodle. Noodle was left behind in a hotel room. Pause 4 Paws was contacted for help because rescues were full and did not have room to take Noodle into their care. A Pause 4 Paws Board Member offered to foster Noodle. He was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and had a full check-up. Noodle, now named Bogey, was adopted, and he is having a blast playing with his feline brother. Bogey is the orange kitty -- all settled into his loving home! It takes a village to do this work, and we are forever grateful to have Subaru as an important part of the Pause 4 Paws village. From all of us at Pause 4 Paws, thank you to White Bear Subaru for your generous support of helping animals in need of loving homes!
Our friends at Luther White Bear Subaru presented us this week with boxes of new thermal blankets, masks, sanitizers, school supplies and children's books! These gifts will go directly to our clients and their children this Christmas season. Our organization was once again selected to be their featured charity during the dealership's Share the Love Event. We are so grateful for the support... Thank you!
July 9, Minneapolis - White Bear Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, MN – ND - SD Chapter spread love, hope and warmth to blood cancer patients and families at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Customers and employees created Subaru Loves to Care cards throughout all of June by writing funny jokes, inspirational quotes and messages of hope. The cards were delivered with blankets, craft kits, and some extra posters and swag to our LLS Honored Heroes before their clinic appointments.Three year old Lilli was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in Feb. 2018. She was admitted to Children’s Minnesota where she participated in a clinical trial with the potential to greatly reduce the amount of chemotherapy Lilli would undergo. She celebrated her second birthday in the hospital alongside her great nurses and doctors. Lilli was officially declared in remission May 2018. Jake was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma at the age of nine, after having already lost his mom to AML years earlier. He is currently in treatment, and taking every step of his cancer journey with a “Warrior Jake” attitude. Lilli Graf is the 2019 LLS Girl of the Year. Jake Rodriguez was the 2017 LLS Boy of the Year. These special kiddos and their moms, Krista and Katie, are also friends. Well, anyone who hangs around a pediatric oncology clinic long enough learns all these moms are friends! While the photographers were capturing shots of Lilli and Jake high-fiving and posing with blankets, the lobby buzzed with nurses and lots of other patients stopping by to chat. In fact, 2020 LLS Students of the Year candidate, Gabi Barreiro and her mom Alba, joined the party and left with a Subaru blanket that morning as well. After delivering blankets to the clinic and hospital, we were told they would all be handed out in a few days. The need is great and our work is urgent. Thanks for spreading love, hope and warmth White Bear Subaru!
This past holiday season, Subaru of America's Share the Love event continued to make a positive impact in the world and our local neighborhoods. White Bear Subaru presented an astounding $41,653 to their Hometown Charity, LLC Minnesota, on April 29 during a celebration in their showroom. From November 2018 to January 3, 2019, $250 of any new Subaru bought or leased was donated to a charity of the customer’s choice: one of four nationally chosen charities or White Bear Subaru's hometown charity choice – LLS. Their generosity through Share the Love will help fund the LLS mission to cure blood cancer and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS staff attended the check presentation alongside pediatric leukemia survivor, Lilli, who accepted the donation on behalf of blood cancer patients. Lilli's mom Krista said “We are thrilled White Bear Subaru selected LLS as their hometown charity, & we're honored to accept their donation on behalf of cancer patients like Lilli. LLS is working to save kids lives, and it's not possible without partners like White Bear Subaru. Thanks to Brad Knutson and Brian Anderson for everything!"
Great customer service: During the process of buying the car, I had come to this dealership about three times, once with the family to bring the car for trade-in then to close the deal. Every time I walked in the place I felt so welcome and my family was treated with a lot of respect. Everybody was doing their best to meet my expectations. Eventually, we closed the deal in a very smooth way and I felt very comfortable walking in and out of this place. The follow up was also nice. Not in a pushy way. They really made me happy with every aspect of the deal. Thanks to all who had been involved in the process.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, as part of the national Subaru Loves to Care program, White Bear Subaru worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver 80 blankets along with arts and crafts kits and cards of hope to patients at Children’s Hospital Minnesota. Brian Anderson and several employees of the White Bear Dealership came to represent Subaru.They lit up the room when they brought in the gifts and were excited with the opportunity to hand them out to patients at the hospital.Lilli Graf, a 2 ½ year old who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February, was Children’s patient ambassador who accepted the blanket and craft kit from Anderson on behalf of Subaru. Lilli could hardly contain her excitement when she opened the art and craft kit and saw the glitter paint inside. Her smile was contagious and had everyone in the room smiling. Lilli was officially declared in remission when a bone marrow biopsy in May revealed the absence of leukemia cells in her blood and marrow. She will still undergo one more round of aggressive chemotherapy to ensure that the cancer does not return.Lilli’s mom says, “We're continually amazed by Lilli's strength, resiliency and sheer determination to fight this battle. Lilli’s family was so grateful for the gifts from Subaru and said that little gestures of kindness like that go a long way in the hospital. The family has been overwhelmed with the amount of support and love they have received throughout this difficult journey.When Lilli’s family is through with this battle, they intend on paying it forward to other families to the best of their ability.
In June 2017, Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) spread love, hope and warmth to cancer patients and their families in communities across the country. Customers visiting White Bear Subaru were given the chance to write personalized messages of hope to patients in their local community. Those care cards were then handed out alongside a donated blanket to provide comfort and warmth to patients being treated at Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota.One such patient was Saunder Strong. On August 10, 2015 Saunder was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 12. ALL is the most common type of cancer in kids under 20, and pediatric patients like Saunder have to undergo three years of treatment. These treatment phases will take him all the way through his sophomore year of high school. Saunder says “The past year was painful and scary. Cancer made me and my life unrecognizable… it was life in isolation and my temporary new physical appearance was one I never got comfortable with. But these days I’m not feeling as wrecked and I’m enjoying the life of a teenager…!” Saunder and his family have chosen to give back by partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign to raise support and awareness for blood cancers. Saunder will be the 2018 Boy of the Year, and on June 22 he proudly accepted a blanket from White Bear Subaru alongside his care team on behalf of all patients at Children's MN.
I was looking to buy a used Subaru, but the new Crosstrek caught my eye. After a test drive, I knew I needed it. Has surpassed my expectations on mileage and handling on snow and ice. Was also impressed with the people at White Bear Subaru. This is the fifth Subaru I have had, will never drive any other car.
Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) was established in 2004 by veterinarian Dr. Janet Olson in response to the tragic loss of a pet in a house fire in her community. The burning home belonged to a firefighter, and his 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer named Bart was trapped inside. The department was able to put out the fire and locate Bart, but he was unresponsive. The firefighters, including Dr. Olson's husband, did not have the knowledge or equipment to help Bart; and he succumbed to smoke inhalation. The entire fire department was deeply affected by this tragedy and felt helpless to save a family member of one of their own. Dr. Olson developed the BART program in honor and memory of Bart. BART's mission is to empower firefighters and other first responders to be prepared and equipped to address pets and livestock encountered in emergencies and disasters. BART serves to honor the human-animal bond and preserve human health, safety and well-being. Since 2004, more than 5000 first responders in Minnesota, Iowa and Oklahoma have been trained by BART Certified Instructors and equipped with the necessary medical/response equipment.