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 Gurley Leep Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Gurley Leep Automotive Group in Mishawaka, IN treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!

Habitat for Humanity
Boys & Girls Club, South Bend Community Schools, Penn Harris Madison Art Prog, Michana Catholic Schools Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Meals on Wheels, South Bend Woman's Care Center, Kelly Cares Foundation, Hannah's House, AARC
Coaches vs. Cancer, Reins of Life, Logan Center, Susan G. Komen, Ronald McDonald House
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Love Promise Stories from Gurley Leep Subaru

Subaru and Gurley Leep 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

Subaru On The Job!  –  Judy J

Our Subaru is on the job every day delivering Meals on Wheels to Senior Citizens. Often our staff or Volunteers are the only people our Seniors ever see. Margaret our Volunteer Coordinator drives the Subaru every weekday. We will miss Margaret when she retires at the end of the month.

Subaru Loves to Care  –  Holly D

On July 23, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter and Gurley Leep Subaru had the pleasure of delivering 80 blankets and 10 arts & craft kits to Memorial Hospital South Bend part of the Subaru Loves To Care program. These comforting gifts were accompanied by personalized messages of hope written by the customers and staff of Gurley Leep Subaru. This incredible act of generosity was warmly received by the Memorial Hospital staff who were thrilled to distribute these comforting gifts to their patients.LLS is proud to partner with Subaru to spread hope, love and warmth to those fighting cancer, across the country and right here in the South Bend, IN community.

My Meals are Delivered in a Subaru  –  Judy J

Iv'e been getting meals for 10 years and it definitely helps me. Well, it provides me a big need and because I’m in advanced years I’m not able to cook for myself and yet I like the variety and the necessities I get from Meals on Wheels.It’s a good organization. Because it save me a great deal, I can’t do my shopping, so my friends do it and with Meals on Wheels I’m getting some of the necessary things without going to the store. Becky Unverrich

Sharing love & warmth through messages & blankets  –  Alison S

Becky, a child life specialist at Beacon Children’s Hospital, welcomed us at the special door connecting the parking lot with the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. She apologized for not having any patients for Gurley Leep staff to be able to visit with and personally give a blanket to, but said, “not having patients – that’s a good thing, right?” Agreed! General Manager Mark Simpson brought a carload full of Gurley Leep colleagues with him, including Robert Russell, who was no stranger to this clinic. “My son was diagnosed with ALL when he was 3 years old,” Robert shared. “He’s 11 now. He went through his three years of treatment here.” Becky gave us a tour of the clinic, newly remodeled as of a year ago, and their care and attention to what patients and their family members might need and want during their stay. This ranged from a room in which family members could be treated simultaneously, to a teen room with a giant flat screen TV, to a comfortable loveseat that easily transformed into a single bed for caregivers to nap on. Robert thought that was a definite improvement: “That looks more comfortable than the chair I used to sit in!” Mark shared why participating in Subaru Loves to Care was so important for his team, and indeed, that supporting their community in many ways was key to their mission. When he learned earlier this spring that Becky’s patients really loved the craft kits from last year, he promptly made arrangements to order more for this year. Thank you to Mark Simpson and the rest of the Gurley Leep team for sharing your love and care with cancer patients at Beacon Children’s Hospital with your gifts of blankets, craft kits, and messages of hope!

Delivering Meals on Wheels in Our Subaru!  –  Judy J

Judith gets up at 7:00 am. She is 74, retired, feisty, independent, and coming back from a devastating stroke.As we talked, I heard frustration and anger in her voice. She is left handed and that is the side that was affected by the stroke. But she states she is a fighter and the people at the hospital and at rehab told her that is why she is alive and has made good progress. Judith was born in Mishawaka, attended Mishawaka High School, and as a child she had good handwriting. She would be asked to write on the chalk board to display her handwriting and other times her writing examples might be posted around the room. She took pride her handwriting. Now she states “you can’t even read it”, but I sign my checks myself.Judith was a waitress for 42 years and later in life found a job as a care giver at a local nursing home. As she puts it “I found a job I loved. I love people and I took good care of them and got to know the families really well and they appreciated me.” But when you work at a nursing home, you come to understand that many of the clients won’t be around long. Being willing to lose people you have started to care about, well it takes a toll. After a client who was special to Judith’s heart passed away while she was on her day off, she felt she couldn’t do it any longer. Judith had shoulder surgery and rehab and both went fine, everyone thought. She was leaving rehab in a wheelchair and at the pick-up door, when she had a stroke that involved multiple clots.She was rushed via helicopter to Chicago. She survived but couldn’t talk, walk, or use her left hand. She came to St. Joseph Rehab Institute in Mishawaka and learned to overcome almost all of what the stroke took away. She talks clearly, can walk in her small apartment without her walker and a little farther with the walker though not far. Her left hand was originally in a claw position, but is now open and can flex though it has no sense of feeling. Cooking became frustrating and almost impossible. Her doctor prescribed Meals on Wheels for Judith. “It makes all the difference. I am medium height and very slender, without Meals on Wheels, I would be even more slender” she chuckles. Her favorite food from MOW is stuffed peppers, with spaghetti being “delicious”. Her least favorite food from MOW is any meat she has to cut up. (Her left hand doesn’t work for cutting with a knife and tough meat doesn’t work well with her dentures.)Judith loves when the delivery volunteers bring her a little note, like a valentine card with the meal. When they ask her if she is okay AND does she want a hug the answer will almost always be YES. “There is a person who is disabled and in a wheelchair who delivers MOW to me” said Judith, “I always get a large smile and we share a big hug.” Judith asked me about a taller man and a woman who delivered for MOW together that she hasn’t seen in a while. “I wish I knew what happened to them” she states. Seems she lost a couple other people who became close to her heart.

Lifesaving Delivery!  –  Judy J

A volunteer went to a client’s house with the instructions to take meal to back door and put on counter in kitchen.The door was locked. The volunteer knocked and could hear someone in there. The client told volunteer to get the key from someplace on the back porch.The volunteer went in and the client was on the floor.The power went out from a storm and she tripped over her walker going to the bathroom in the dark.She said she was there for at least a day and night.The volunteer called 911 and the fire department came and helped her.

Our Subaru Vehicle Transports Life Savers  –  Judy J

A volunteer went to a client’s house with the instructions to take a meal to the back door and put it on the counter in the kitchen.The door was locked. The volunteer knocked and could hear someone was in there. The client told the volunteer to get the key from someplace on the back porch.The volunteer went in and the client was on the floor.The power went out from a storm and she tripped over her walker going to the bathroom in the dark.She said she was there for at least a day and night.The volunteer called 911 and the fire department came and helped her.

Subaru & LLS Love to Care!  –  Alison S

Delivering beautiful dark blue blankets, cute arts & crafts kits, and touching and personal cards to patients undergoing cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital in South Bend was a wonderful finale of this year’s Subaru Loves to Care program with Gurley Leep Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Memorial Hospital Child Life Specialists Becky Wachs and Rileigh Zickafoose oohed and aahed over the blankets and gave us a tour of their brand-new pediatric wing, only just opened. Seeing the intentional spaces created with pediatric patients and their families in mind underscored the gravity of what happens daily in that ward. Having blankets to cover young patients as they fight cancer is one more caring touch that Memorial can now give. Special thanks to Mark and Kirk for taking time out of a very busy day to deliver these gifts! Thank you to Gurley Leep Subaru for literally bringing warmth to cancer patients at Memorial with these blankets, and for bringing love and care through cards and craft kits! We are honored to partner with you to bring light to a time that can be full of darkness.

Subaru and NWF Love the Earth!  –  Jeffrey Y

Our 4th grade High Ability group took on a project this year as part of a project based learning unit. The students decided to try and revive the pond behind our school, and clean up our nature center and just make our school property more nature and animal friendly. This partnership with Subaru was just a bonus to what these students were already doing. Thank you Subaru!

Ronald McDonald House of Michiana  –  Nicholas Y

Ronald McDonald stopped by Gurley Leep Subaru in December for the Share the Love Event to supply the staff with some fancy new socks to support the cause. The money raised from the Share the love event will help the Ronald McDonald House of Michiana to be able to provide more rooms for families with children who need long term care at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Long stripped socks were worm by all and t-shirts were given out to customers that purchased a Subaru in December. Gurley Leep Subaru and the Ronald McDonald House look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come "Because healing happens together". #forRMHC