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 Budd Baer Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

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.

Washington Area Humane Society

Trinity School Programs, Washington School Programs, Chartiers Houston School Programs

Washington County Library System- WAGGIN, Local Sports Teams

Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Washington County Food Bank, City Mission

Did Budd Baer Subaru 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 Budd Baer Subaru

Subaru and Budd Baer 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

Budd Baer Subaru, Revives Local Festival - AJ W

In Canonsburg, Pa, a small town of roughly 9,000 residents, south of Pittsburgh, the Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce holds one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country, "The Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest". This event is the sole fundraiser to aid in the operation costs of the chamber of commerce. Held the 3rd weekend of September, an estimated 60,000 people pack the main street for music, food, beer, and crafts. In 2019, the committee was looking to make large improvements to the 23 year old festival and the only way to do that was to increase local sponsorship. The Chamber president and events coordinator met with Dealer Principal Mark Baer asking for a small donation to help fray the costs of the improvements. Mr. Baer said he wanted to make a larger impact and asked how much we were trying to raise. $5,000 was our lofty goal, a goal that we would have been happy obtaining 50%; however, Mr. Baer had larger plans. Mr. Baer made the decision right in that moment, that Budd Baer was going to ensure the festival continues. Mr. Baer pledged not only a $5,000 sponsorship, becoming THE FIRST naming sponsor of the festival in 23 years; he along with his sons Bryan and Adam guaranteed that their staff would be available throughout the weekend to volunteer during the festival! The financial commitment was felt immediately. Prior to Budd Baer's involvement, we were unsure if we could continue the festival on such a shoestring budget. Entertainment acts were getting more expensive, stage and tent rentals were costing more, the price of EVERYTHING was rising. In 2019, the festival was a huge success! The team from Budd Baer Subaru not only brought the festival back to life with their monetary donation, but the staff that spent the weekend with us created such a fun environment with giveaways and display cars. Immediately after the festival, the Baer family called and said that they wanted to sponsor the 2020 festival...then COVID happened. The fate of the 2020 festival was up in the air. Unfortunately, there was no way we were going to be able to cram 60,000 people together in such an unfamiliar time. We called Budd Baer to send back their sponsorship and their response was shocking..."Keep it for 2021". That phrase proved to be much more valuable than the $5,000. With the state of the business world, corporate sponsorships for the festival were becoming increasingly harder to come by, but the people of our small town needed the festival this year. They needed a return to normalcy, they needed us to put this festival together in the safest manner possible. Budd Baer Subaru was the only reason we were able to make that happen.(Bryan Baer even pulled double duty, volunteering at our festival right before his scheduled volunteer shift at a local football game.) For the second time, the folks at Budd Baer Subaru pitched in and brought life back to the streets of Canonsburg. The response was unbelievable, community was back! People were able to join together for the first time in over a year, laughing, eating, and dancing. Music, laughter, and the smell of German food flowed through the air. In all of my years of being involved with this festival, this was the most rewarding year. The atmosphere was different. Every smile that I passed on the street during the course of those 3 days, was because of Budd Baer Subaru. Our chamber of commerce, the town of Canonsburg, the people of Canonsburg could never repay Budd Baer Subaru, the Baer family, or the staff members of Budd Baer Subaru back for what they have done for our town. Budd Baer's dedication to our community has certainly grown since their initial involvement with our festival. Driving down the street I now see they have sponsored our local Summer music series in our park, our 4th of July Parade (2nd largest celebration in the Pennsylvania), and also our Christmas celebration(previously sponsored by the Hallmark Channel). It's hard to find a company/family as generous as the Baer family. It's even harder to find one that is continuously generous. The Baer family are some of the most humble people I've had the pleasure to meet and work with. In turn, they've created a company full of employees that share the same family values-they care!

Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce
Budd Baer Subaru, Revives Local Festival

Budd Baer Subaru Hosts Food Drive - Amber D

In conjunction with Subaru’s Feed America initiative, Budd Baer employees and customers collected over 950 pounds of food for our local area food bank!

Pittsburgh Food Bank
Budd Baer Subaru Hosts Food Drive

Budd Baer sponsors the Seesaw Marathon - Amy P

For the second year, Budd Baer Subaru was proud to be a gold sponsor for the Common Ground Teen Center in Washington, PA. The center does wonderful work with teens in the area providing them a place to socialize and learn new things!

Common Ground Teen Center
Budd Baer sponsors the Seesaw Marathon

Subaru Loves Pets - Bridge To Home Animal Rescue - Michelle A

The Subaru event was great exposure for our fosters and helped in finding their homes. While we only ended up with 2 fosters at the event, due to unforseen circumstances, it was still a great event. Samantha was great to work with and very helpful with everything from start to finish. Greg was there on the day of the event to help us set up and be there for anything we needed. Finn and Bretta were the 2 fosters that were able to make the event but they both got lots of interest. We were still able to answer questions for other fosters as well. Throughout the day Finn met with many families and got lots of love and pets from all of them. Finn became attached to one gentleman that was there and wanted to just be with him. I knew that was the person that Finn needed to go home with. We made arrangements to meet the gentleman later with his wife so we could do a meet with her and finalize the adoption at that time. When we went later that day for the 2nd meet, Finn was so excited to see the gentlemen again and loved the wife. We made the adoption final and Finn went on his way with his new parents. I saw Finn and his dad a week or so later and Finn was loving his life and looked so happy to be with his owner. This event also gave a chance for us to get Koda a home as well. Koda was a return from a previous adopter and he was looking for his new start. We were able to take the applications we received and find Koda his home. Koda had similar qualities to Finn so it was not hard to do. What was one foster I had to make final, turned into a happy ending for 2 fosters. These pups deserve their best and they are now in the best homes for them and thriving daily.

Bridge To Home Animal Rescue
Subaru Loves Pets - Bridge To Home Animal Rescue

Budd Baer Subaru Teams Up With Washington Jr. High - Sandy S

Washington Junior High and Budd Baer Subaru in Great Partnership Promoting Positive Behavior Washington Junior High Students in 7th and 8th grades kicked off the official Positive Behavior Intervention Support program, or PBIS, on the morning of Tuesday, September 28th. How? By playing trivia and Jenga, doing special relay races, and making posters about the newest program which is geared to teach them positive “Prexie” behavior. The program rewards and incentives are being made possible by a $10,000 grant from Budd Baer Subaru and the Subaru Loves Learning and AdoptAClassroom.org partnership. The model for PBIS can be geared to various age levels from K-12th grades. Washington is starting with junior high first and the teachers were trained in the concepts of the program and have been planning it for over a year. Junior High Principal Lou Magnotta said, “We were extremely fortunate to have Washington Junior High School selected as the recipient of the Subaru Loves Learning grant. Budd Baer Subaru Owner Mark Baer visited with the teachers during an in-service day in late August before school started this year and is pleased to hear that the funds will help make a difference with the students’ growth and success.” Students will learn positive behavior from teachers and school staff this year as they learn by example, modeling the good behavior. Two of the Junior High teachers, Diana Fronzaglio and Devon Strimel, explained that they’ve been working as a team with other teachers and staff since the fall of 2019 in planning how to utilize this Intermediate Unit 1 program to enforce positive behavior from all students. Ms. Strimel said, “We had hoped to start this last year, but with much of the year being on-line due to Covid, we decided to wait until this fall to actually implement this program.” Fronzaglio agreed that it is a more inter-personal, interactive program that would be better in person. “Actually being able to talk one-on-one with a student makes a world of difference.” Prexie Pride is used as a basis for the program with students learning: how to be prepared, responsible, inclusive, danger-free, and engaged. Fronzaglio said, “We have geared PBIS for junior high first, but it can be adapted in the future for elementary through high school. One of its benefits - kids get a chance to grow and learn from their mistakes and to make better choices.” Strimel agreed, adding “The program will also offer students incentives to make positive choices and decisions in their actions." Both agreed that PBIS is an extension of the social and emotional learning that Superintendent Dr. James Konrad and the administration team have been advocating and working with the past several years. Fronzaglio said, “PBIS will help students become more aware of their surroundings and how to interact with people, focusing on inclusion of all students.” Strimel, who also teaches senior high students, agrees that “the program will help bridge the social and emotional gap from elementary to high school." A special assembly was held to kick-off the program and officially show the students how much learning good behavior and respect for all can make a positive difference in their lives and others in the school and community. Mark Baer attended to see the students in action, along with Greg McVicker, his son-in-law and collision manager at the dealership. Each was given a ticket to randomly hand out to students whom they saw exhibiting the behavior the program is working to achieve. Baer chose Tristan Reed, an 8th grader, who was assisting others during a team effort of Jenga. Meanwhile, Greg McVicker selected Madilynn Phillips, also an 8th grader, for her helpful attitude in working with others. Future activities will bring Budd Baer Subaru back into the school for continued monitoring of the grant's assistance to the school.

Budd Baer Subaru Teams Up With Washington Jr. High

Girls Lacrosse Sponsor - Lauren O

Peters Township Girls Lacrosse Club asked Budd Baer, Inc. to be a team sponsor. They provided t-shirts for all the girls that attended our summer camp. We were so appreciative to be able to offer shirts for our camp attendees and the girls LOVED them! Thank you so much, Budd Baer, Inc.!! You are the best!

Peters Township Girls Lacrosse Club
Girls Lacrosse Sponsor

Science for Students - Jessica M

Budd Baer Subaru's generous donations through their Share the Love campaign has greatly benefited the children of Washington County. This year, many schools and even libraries were shut down. The kids who would usually be able to learn from an in-person teacher suddenly found themselves much more responsible for learning on their own. Luckily, Budd Baer Subaru has been a supporter for learning for many years! One of the purchases that the Share the Love campaign has allowed the libraries to purchase was Science Flix. This is a website that lets students research science topics at their own level. Children were able to look up information on viruses that helped them understand what was happening. Then they would often look through information on military technology, the solar system or dinosaurs. Budd Baer Subaru has helped keep kids learning through this difficult time.

Washington County Library System
Science for Students

Avis Arbor receives Blanket Donation - Nettie L

Through the Subaru Loves to Help initiative, Subaru and its retailers donated 50,000 blankets to nearly 600 local homeless shelters across the country in recognition of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. More than 500,000 Americans experience homelessness each night. As we enter the season of giving and nights get colder, Budd Baer Subaru partnered with the Avis Arbor Homeless Shelter for Women and Children to help people in need this winter.

City Mission- Avis Arbor
Avis Arbor receives Blanket Donation

How Gibbs hopped into our lives! - Andrea T

2020 has had an indelible impact on practically everyone. Most will want to forget this most memorable year, but for many who visited Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, the impact of the stay-at-home, Covid-19 restrictions allowed them to adopt a dog — and that’s been a silver lining to a leaden year! It’s common for dogs to be the fallout of families and homes broken by the pandemic -- divorce, job loss and moves that could not include the pets. Gibbs was one such casualty. The handsome, but intimidating, 7-year-old, 3-legged, German Shepherd who tipped the scales at 90 lbs. was not going to be an easy placement. Senior dogs are often passed over. German Shepherds are sometimes a prohibited breed by insurers, and large, powerful dogs like Gibbs may be excluded from adoptions to families with children. Angel Ridge Animal Rescue remained open and operating throughout the COVID-19 crisis that shut down or limited the public to appointments only elsewhere. The volunteers continued to provide the available dogs with exercise and attention while Angel Ridge had a record-breaking number of adoptions, driven by people seeking companionship to ease the burden of isolation. Thanks to the impact from partners like Bud Baer, who promoted the adoptable dogs on their social media, Angel Ridge welcomed visitors from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Potential adopters poured in as soon as the dogs hit social media vying for the few that were onsite. The demand was so great that most of the dogs had barely planted their paws on the ground before they were whisked away to join their new families. But nobody came to see Gibbs. While the handful of dogs were being interviewed by multiple families, Gibbs hung out on the lawn, sunning himself, taking in all the activity with curiosity. As dogs and people trotted by him, Gibbs tilted his big head and sniffed the air. Several applications were submitted on each of the new dogs and hopeful people departed hoping they would be the lucky ones. As one family unit headed back to their car, they noticed Gibbs. More than an hour later they were still on the lawn giving Gibbs belly rubs and neck hugs. Despite his age, health, size and mobility, the first-time dog owners with six kids had found their dog! Gibbs is now happily living out his second-act with the Saks family in Pittsburgh.

Angel Ridge Animal Rescue
How Gibbs hopped into our lives!

Budd Baer Warms Hearts at UPMC - Washington - Breanna S

Budd Baer Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) recently teamed up to spread love, hope and warmth to cancer patients and their families. During the month of June, customers at Budd Baer Subaru were invited to write personalized messages of hope for cancer patients, which were distributed at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center - Washington on June 28. Along with these encouraging notes, the dealership generously donated 80 new blankets and 30 arts & crafts kits to the cancer center. Shawna Griese, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center - Washington Senior Practice Manager, said that the facility was thankful to be chosen for the program again this year, as they always look forward to the visit and appreciate Budd Baer’s amazing annual donation. Bryan Baer, General Manager, and Greg Cron, General Sales Manager, personally handed blankets out to men and women receiving treatment and spoke with both the patients and the dedicated medical professionals who care for them. Tammi Hanak, an LLS volunteer with a personal connection to the cause, joined the delivery as an LLS ambassador. She took the time to get to know each and every patient in the room. One of the patients was particularly touched by the thoughtfulness of the arts & crafts kit because her grandchildren sometimes come with her to treatment. She loved that they can create something together during the visit. She also reminisced about her first car, a Subaru BRAT, and said that she and her husband will always support Subaru because they were able to put more than 180,000 miles on the BRAT over the course of nine years. While Bryan, Greg and Tammi handed out dozens of blankets to patients, Shawna made sure to save enough to distribute throughout the year. “We usually hold on to a few in case we have a patient in for treatment on their birthday, or someone’s having a particularly difficult day,” said Shawna. She added that the doctors love to go back to the storage room where the blankets, arts & crafts kits, and care cards are kept and “shop” for patients when they need a pick-me-up. LLS is grateful to Budd Baer Subaru’s management, staff and customers for giving their time and resources so generously to cancer patients at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and throughout the Washington community. Thank you for supporting our mission to cure blood cancers and to improve the lives of patients and their families.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Budd Baer Warms Hearts at UPMC - Washington