11/19/2015 Winter 2015 About the Author Subaru Superstore Helps Youth and the Young at Heart By Andrea Poe 11/19/2015 Winter 2015 Since 2007, Subaru of America, Inc. has donated $50 million to charities nationwide as part of its annual Share the Love event. For every new car sold or leased during the event, Subaru donates $250 on behalf of the purchaser to their choice of participating charities. Beginning in 2013, retailers could add a hometown charity to the mix of charities that were supported during the event. In addition, several retailers provided additional donations to their selected hometown charity. During the 2014 Share the Love event, Subaru retailers donated an additional $343,000 to hometown charities. Richard and Lisa Cvijanovich, co-owners of Subaru Superstore in Chandler, Arizona, have found that local Share the Love charities generate the most excitement from customers. “Our clients truly appreciate our organization’s involvement and assistance in supporting the local community the most,” says Richard. And with that local community focus in mind, Subaru Superstore helped donate just shy of $50,000 to its selected hometown charities in 2014. Supporting Excellence in Education through the Chandler Education Foundation Last year, Subaru Superstore helped donate $35,000 to the Chandler Education Foundation (CEF), an educational partner of the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD). CEF is committed to lifelong learning, and the Share the Love donations enabled grants to be awarded to area teachers and high school students to assist with continuing education. Lisa Cvijanovich was particularly keen to fund the teacher component, which is a new aspect of the foundation’s program. “Because of the economy, teachers haven’t received raises in six years. For many of them, continuing their education is out of reach. These scholarship programs make it possible,” she explains. CUSD high school seniors received 15 additional scholarships, and 20 teachers also received scholarships to help support continuing education or to seek board certification. “There’s a very strong correlation between our educational support and the Subaru customer. A high percentage of our clients are teachers and parents; therefore, they see the benefit of choosing to do business with us, knowing we give back to support them,” reveals Cvijanovich. “Share the Love initiatives allow us to develop ongoing and lasting community relationships where everyone wins, which leads to our mutual future success,” she adds. Helping Those Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease Additionally, Subaru Superstore helped raise $10,000 for the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter last year during Share the Love. As the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., this disease affects so many families, and selecting it as the second hometown charity for Subaru Superstore was an easy choice. Making the decision even more meaningful for the retailer and the community was knowing the donation would specifically serve their local community. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Impacting the Future with Share the Love During this year’s Share the Love event, Subaru Superstore will be featuring the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), which provides support services to youth in foster care. “This year we began an internship program with the organization where foster youth who have identified automotive as a potential career opportunity come work with us,” Lisa Cvijanovich says. “Students learn basic work skills and what's expected of them in the workplace. It exposes them as well to our industry, so they can decide if it's the right choice for them. We look forward to adding more students to the program, as it's proven to be a win-win for the youth and for our organization. Best of all, student success is garnering the attention of other employers and helping to expand the program locally.” Learn more about Subaru Superstore and more of its community involvement and dedication to making an impact in its area through the 2015 Subaru Share the Love event. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 19, 2015, through January 2, 2016 to a choice of participating charities designated by the purchaser or lessee, up to $15 million in total. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 31, 2016. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit subaru.com/share. A guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 will be made to each of the four national charities. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.