June 16, 2019
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Patriot Subaru earns Subaru’s top Community Award

Community Author: Tom Talbott
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Tom Talbott | BDN
Tom Talbott | BDN

SACO — Patriot Subaru of Saco was recognized by Subaru of America as one of 10 dealerships in North America for their 2018 Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award.

In a statement from Subaru, “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.”

Patriot Subaru, founded in 2003, has always been more than just a car dealership, according to owner Adam Arens. “It’s not about writing checks, it’s about engagement.” says Arens. “We have our own events at the store, such as dog adoptions, or the STRIVE ‘Kevin On The Roof”, that benefit local organizations.  We have Earth Day events to raise money for the planting of local shade trees.  We have events in partnership with Subaru, such as the Share The Love Event to benefit many groups. We’ll go off site to work with Habitat For Humanity. For our associates who volunteer or perhaps serve as a director or board member, we find ways to support those groups, because it is important to our associate.”

The Subaru Love Promise is a vision of respecting all people, animals, and the earth. It too, strives for interaction, not just donations. Subaru has strong ties to the ASPCA, Meals on Wheels, Make-A-Wish, and National Parks Foundation.  At the local level, dealerships reflect the same themes by connecting with animal shelters, food pantries, youth initiatives, and eco-green programs.  The Subaru Share The Love Event sees Subaru and the dealerships in coordination, with Subaru donating $250 for every car sold to charity. Over the past 10 years, Subaru has donated $115 million thru the Event, with a very large percentage going to the local charities selected by the dealerships.  Patriot Subaru has earned over $260,000 for groups such as the ALS Association, Preble Street, Camp Sunshine and STRIVE thru the program.

“None of these things have anything to do with selling cars.” says Arens. “It’s about doing the right thing. We have a successful business because we have customers who frequent us,  and a team of people working here who come here everyday with a desire to give their best effort. We earned “Best Places To Work in Maine” the past five consecutive years, 2013-2017,  and in great part it is because we do more than just “give back”.   It’s about wanting to be a partner, a leader, a friend to the community and the people who come thru the door.   It makes the entire experience, for both the customer and our store associates, more enriching.”

To read more about the Subaru Love Promise, visit: https://www.patriotsubaru.com/subaru-love-promise.htm

Patriot Subaru is located at 769 Portland Road, Saco, ME 04072.  1-866-284-7900     #subarulovepromise