"You've Got a Friend in the Car Business"
Subaru Loves Pets
Subaru Loves the Earth
Subaru Loves Learning
Subaru Loves to Help
Subaru Loves to Care
Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.
Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. It means working to preserve it.
It’s our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.
In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.
We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.
With Christmas Day on Sunday this year, the task got even bigger than normal. Prepare and deliver 5 days of meals to the nearly 300 daily recipients of meals from East Cooper Meals on Wheels. Crews Subaru pitched in to help. Eight team members joined the regular volunteers to take on the task, opening cans, dishing up the meals and packing the bags of extras that are always a part of deliveries this time of year. It is a partnership that started 7 years ago, sparked by our first year of the Subaru Share the Love event and the emphasis on Meals on Wheels nationally. Crews Subaru has become an integral part of the annual activities of ECMOW, assisting with and sponsoring the annual Gala, Golf Tournaments and this year, the inaugural "Dining for a Difference" event. In 2016 alone, Crews Subaru has helped to raise well over $65,000 for the cause. It started with Share the Love. It's always been a part of the Crews Subaru Love Promise to the Low Country.
The partnership between Crews Subaru and the Charleston Animal Society keeps getting stronger. It's a "Subaru Love Promise" that has been going for years, and the 2016 Subaru "Share the Love" event at the store was nothing short of extraordinary. Each year, Crews Subaru includes the CAS in their Subaru Share the Love activities, always hosting an adoption event and food drive. For 2016, it got even better - free Spay and Neuter appointments provided for those that came by the showroom on a Friday and Saturday in December. Planning for 100 appointments, the response was nearly overwhelming on Friday, with 101 appointments made, depleting the planned budget of CAS, with a 3 hour time block still scheduled for Saturday, with Santa Paws photo, adoptions and more. Crews Subaru put a plan together to cover the cost of whatever appointments needed to be covered for Saturday. The two day event resulted in 151 free "Spay and Neuter" appointments made, over 1,100 pounds of pet food donated, 4 adoptions and over $200 in cash donated. Without a doubt, the most successful appearance ever for the Charleston Animal Society at Crews Subaru. The future is bright for this Subaru Love Promise.
The struggles have been many. A 100 year flood that nearly destroyed the facility - already in need of being remodeled and updated. The ever growing need to take care of more and more animals. Yet, the Francis Willis SPCA keeps going. Fresh on the heels of a very successful digital billboard campaign for adoptions from June through September - funded by Crews Subaru - there is more attention being paid to the FRSPCA. And, as part of the 2016 Subaru Share the Love initiative, a very successful adoption weekend was completed December 3rd and 4th. 25 animals were adopted, with 14 of them adopted at Crews Subaru in a special event staged just for them, complete with radio station remote, food and fun. Word is continuing to spread. The Francis Willis SPCA is growing, building on a solid foundation. The recent campaigns initiated by Crews Subaru and Adams Outdoor have served to bring more attention to their cause. The FWSPCA is getting the attention and support they need. Crews Subaru is honored to be a part of their growth.
It started with a small party 27 years ago. A gathering at the home of a pediatric cancer survivor and his friends, hoping to raise some much needed funds for a struggling organization that helped kids with cancer. That was the start of the "Cabooty Party", and Allan Cabading has seen this grow to the largest fund raiser of the year for Camp Happy Days. The mission is simple - to give these kids with cancer a chance to be normal for a few days each year. For them to enjoy all the things that camp provides without having to worry about what the other kids at camp may say or think. A camp staffed with caring volunteers, medical professionals and long time friends that work to make the days last forever. Crews Subaru Marketing and Events Manger Ken French has been involved with Camp Happy Days for over 25 years, so it is only natural for Crews Subaru to be involved as well. As usual, Ken served as the auctioneer for this years event - and as usual, the crowd knew why they were there and responded, making this the largest fundraiser ever for the kids. It's a "Subaru Love Promise" commitment that started long before SOA asked us to take seriously a commitment to community. Working for the Crews Family, giving back is actually in our DNA. Crews Subaru is honored to be a part of Camp Happy Days, and a part of our community.
Sometimes you get to plan how you serve the community when delivering on the Subaru Love Promise. Other times, you simply react, because it's the right thing to do. When Jim Wilson and Kristin Power reached out to the Charleston community for help in getting much needed supplies to the good folks of Eastern Tennessee after the wildfires, it was easy for Crews Subaru to respond. Jim got word out on Friday that he was gathering supplies, and needed a truck, donation drop off points and manpower - and needed all of this in a matter of just 4 days. Crews Subaru responded with a 30 foot box truck, helped get the word out with their media contacts and saw to it that the effort would be successful. By the time the team left for the Pigeon Forge Red Cross center on Wednesday morning, there were two loaded box trucks and a 31 foot horse trailer - all filled with the supplies Jim had requested. The Exchange club and many others came through as the Charleston community always does. And Crews Subaru was there from the beginning.
Just a few years ago, there were barely 20 teams competing in the Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook-Off. In 2016, 120 teams with over 9,000 people attending the event at beautiful River Front Park on the banks of the Ashley River in North Charleston. And Crews Subaru has been there every step of the way as a major sponsor. The relationship between the CAS and Crews Subaru was forged from the very moment that the Crews Team was awarded the Subaru Franchise, and it has done nothing but get stronger as time goes by. In 2015, the Charleston Animal Society became the first "No Kill" facility in the southeast, and with that success, CAS has kicked off a campaign to make the entire State of South Carolina a "No Kill" state. This Subaru "Love Promise" exemplifies the commitment between a retailer and an organization that is constantly growing. The commitment will only get stronger.
The Mission of Dragon Boat Charleston (DBC) is simple - Promoting Physical & Mental Wellness Among Cancer Survivors and Their Community Through Dragon Boating. The Vision is Redefining Cancer Survivorship. DBC has been paddling hard since 2003 with the mission of promoting physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community. DBC members can be seen almost any day of the week on the river, preparing for upcoming races, pushing themselves to physical limits or enjoying the sunset while on a paddling break. DBC participates in 5-6 races per year, has off-season programs like yoga and nutrition classes and numerous social and recreational gatherings throughout the year. Some call it a “floating support group,” some call it a family. Whatever it is…it’s fun! The annual Dragon Boat Charleston Festival provides the major funding for the year-round activities. The mission is to make sure cancer survivors are able to participate WITHOUT ever needing to pay. Survivors participate in year-round paddling, yoga, nutrition, support and off-water exercise programs. Crews Subaru of Charleston is in their 7th year of sponsoring the Festival. It is a privilege.
Using digital billboards to help adoptions? Well, yes, and it's working very well, Thank You! Combine a name change from Francis Willis SPCA to Summerville SPCA, add in a 100 year flood last October that closed the facility for several weeks, and you have a recipe for overcrowding. Adams Outdoor approached Crews Subaru with an idea to help provide the shelter with the exposure they needed to increase adoptions and awareness. A minimum of 8 digital boards are used all the time, 24 hours a day in a 1/8th rotation all around Summerville, Goose Creek, and Ladson. When other boards are available, they are used sporadically. The Crews Subaru investment is minimal - $400 a week. The results have been nothing short of Terrific! Adoptions are up, donations have increased and their web traffic has tripled. A simple recipe to show the Subaru Love Promise - that Subaru Loves Pets. Crews Subaru of Charleston is proud to be a partner in this endeavor.
What if ridings the waves meant changing the world? Crews Subaru is honored to be a part of Surfers Healing at Folly Beach, SC. For Surfers Healing, the mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. It is a "Love Promise". That mission exists because of one child. Israel and Danielle Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because of their son, Isaiah. Isaiah has autism, and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else. Not everyone has a championship surfer for a Dad (bummer!), so the Paskowitz family invited others to join them at the beach. In 1996, their idea caught on, and now it’s a nationwide, grassroots non-profit organization. Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and offers all events free of charge. With 4,500+ participants at surf camps last year – and even though autism now affects 1 in 68 US children – Surfers Healing doesn't think in thousands. They think in ones, because that's where we can effect change. One child. One family. One day at the beach. Crews Subaru is in their 7th year as sponsors of the Folly Beach Surfers Healing Camp, to keep making a difference, one ride at a time. The daylong camps are about acceptance, respite, and fun. Surfing isn't a cure for autism, but you'd be surprised at the difference a day at the beach can make.
Together the Crews Subaru of Charleston, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) -Lowcountry, and Girl of the Year Rachel Darling delivered 60 blankets, care cards, and bracelets to the patients receiving infusion and chemotherapy treatments at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) on June 30th! Rachel and the Crews Subaru team spread so much joy and support to HCC and the LLS! After taking a tour of the Hollings Cancer Center, seeing the Research Labs, and delivery of blankets and care cards, Rachel entertained the Crews Subaru owner - Robert Crews, General Manager - H.R. Hicks, and Marketing Director - Ken French with her smile and incredible spirit. Rachel even shared "war" stories with a Cancer Survivor at the hospital, and together they shared their strength and courage to put an end to cancer! The blankets helped to spread support, warmth, and hope to patients at Hollings and great relationships were made! Make sure to check out the video (link below) as Rachel says thank you to Crews Subaru! https://www.facebook.com/Leukemia-Lymphoma-Society-Lowcountry-SC-1579013349089089/
Join us in our Subaru Loves Learning initiative during the month of August! We are partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in donating science books to AC Corcoran Elementary School. All of the books that will be donated have been recognized by AAAS as some of the best science books in their field. Contact us to learn more information.
There is little wonder as to why Subaru supports the ASPCA as a whole, and why Subaru retailers support their local pet organizations. It is simply a part of the Subaru DNA. The story of Caitlyn, a neighborhood dog that had it's mouth taped shut because she was barking, captured the hearts of people around the world. The fact that it happened in our beloved Charleston was actually a blessing. The Charleston Animal Society stepped in and took care of Caitlyn. Their network of medical professionals did what they had to do in order to right this wrong. Although I am sure that other organizations in other parts of our country would have stepped in to help, I am convinced that no-one else could have gone to the lengths that the CAS did for this dog. To know that in some small way, Crews Subaru is a part of the fabric of the CAS humbles us each and every day. To know that we support the first "No Kill" Shelter in the southeast makes us work just that much harder to make sure that our Subaru owners stay in touch with the opportunities that are presented. Caitlyn seems to enjoy riding in her Subaru Outback. We could not be prouder that she has one to ride in.
Collecting old electronics seemed like a daunting task. Who is going to bring their stuff to a Subaru retailer for proper disposal and recycling? As it turns out, a lot of folks! The response to our April "Subaru Loves the Earth" E-Waste Recycling Event was tremendous! It seemed as though every day brought more and more items. Some small, and some large - it was fun just to see what was now obsolete, and to realize how much of this stuff we have. Crews Subaru of Charleston collected over 1700 pounds of E-Waste product that will not end up in a landfill. A pretty good start, but as we all know, simply a small drop in the bucket.
During the month of June, Crews Subaru collected "pantry" items for East Cooper Meals on Wheels as a part of our June Subaru Loves to Help Love Promise. Our employees and customers responded by donating over 220 pounds of non-perishable food items for the pantry, filling the back of a new Forester in the showroom. Our relationship with ECMOW spans nearly 7 years now, and we are looking forward to partnering again during the holidays to help deliver meals during November and December.
The Charleston Animal Society honored Crews Subaru by awarding them the Community Ambassador Award at it's annual meeting. This is only the second time that the CAS has bestowed this honor on one of their partners. Crews Subaru takes great pride in being a worthy partner, and works hard year round to make the partnership work. The Charleston Animal Society has worked hard to generate the support to become a "No Kill" facility, and late in 2014, achieved that status - the first in the southeast. "Subaru showed us early on how important pets are to Subaru owners - and since the very first day, we have been driven to help not only the Charleston Animal Society, but all pet organizations in the Low Country." responded Ken French, Marketing and Events manager for Crews Subaru. "Our entire Team is involved in our efforts for the society. This is absolutely a team honor, and much appreciated" says General Manager H. R. Hicks. "We are humbled by the response."
We would like to thank our customers for participating in our E Waste Recycling event during the month of April. With your help, we were able to prevent 2,508 lbs of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere. This is equivalent to saving 97 trees, 427 gallons of gasoline, 3,636 plastic bottles, and 16,723 aluminum cans. Thank you for helping strengthen the Subaru Love Promise!
Throughout the month of April, we are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Event in our store to collect unwanted electronics. We've arranged to work with a company who will responsibly collect, re-purpose, and recycle your electronic waste. Help us protect our environment. Just show up with your E-Waste and we'll do the rest! The first 50 customers who contribute will receive a complimentary environmental badge of ownership. We will accept: LCD Monitors, Cell Phones, Laptops, Tablets, CRTs up to 40", Video Games/Consoles, Fax Machines, DVD/VCR Players, Printers, Computer Peripherals, Switches/Routers, Cords and Wires.