The 2022 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

The 2022 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 2022 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 Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh 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.

Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Neenah Animal Shelter

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United Way, Make-A-Wish, Father Carr's Place 2B Mother Teresa Center

Susan G. Komen Drive for the Cure, Aurora Cancer Center - Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic

Did Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh 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 Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh

Subaru and Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh 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

OAHS Share the Love - Cheryl R

Meet Khloe, one of many happy stories made possible because of our partnership with Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh. Khloe was brought to OAHS after her owner could no longer care for her due to personal medical issues. Khloe was 8 years old and had medical issues of her own, including having chronic skin infections which caused her great discomfort. Khloe was immediately examined by the OAHS medical staff and started on a trial of medications to heal her skin. OAHS placed Khloe in a foster home to ensure a speedy recovery. Unable to resist this pup’s loving personality, her foster home turned out to be her forever home! New beginnings like Khloe’s are made possible because of the generosity shown to OAHS through the Bergstrom Subaru Share the Love Campaign and the ongoing vision of the Subaru Love Promise to show love and respect to all people and animals. Working with Grant, Brad, and all of the dedicated Subaru staff members has been our pleasure. Teamwork is what it takes to make any worthwhile endeavor a success. We are proud to have Bergstrom Subaru as part of our team; working together to provide compassionate care and comfort to animals in need and building a community that promotes humane treatment of all animals.

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OAHS Share the Love

Bergstrom Subaru Loves to Care for Cancer Patients - Brenda K

As a lymphoma cancer survivor, LLS staff member Jess Pfister knows firsthand the reality of what it is like to sit in the chemotherapy chair: the odd taste, the tiredness, and the wave of coldness that rushes through your body. She remembers her first chemo treatment and feeling so scared of the unknown and the isolation of this experience. Something as small as a blanket may mean so little to the everyday person, but comfort and the symbol of hope and support accompany this Subaru Loves to Care blanket delivery and brings a spark of love to blood cancer patients. Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh brought this spark of love as we delivered these blankets to some extraordinary ladies in the infusion room at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center in Oshkosh on June 27th. As we entered the room, their faces lit up. They loved the chance to have visitors and feel their local community's support. Hand-written letters were delivered with each blanket by Brad and his Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh team. As Brad mentioned, "This is the least we could do for some courageous individuals." Brad is particularly touched by the LLS and wants to give back to cancer patients after losing his mom to blood cancer. His hope to find a cure means that no one else should have to lose a loved one too soon. Thank you to the social workers, nurses, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center cancer care team. We could feel the closeness and comfort they bring their patients daily. Thank you to Bergstrom Subaru for their continued support and dedication to their community's blood cancer patients and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To Dayton, an LLS volunteer and WI board member, thank you for being part of this event. As we move closer and closer to a CURE, individuals like you bring light to the darkness of cancer.

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Bergstrom Subaru Loves to Care for Cancer Patients

Not just a salesman - Mari M

Recently, I purchased a new Subaru Outback. While I was getting ready to take a test drive, I received a distressing phone call from my son. Seems there had been an active shooter report at my grandson's middle school. My salesman Brian could see I was clearly upset, so while I was taking the test drive, he went into the dealership and did some research and found out it was only a student threat. When I returned from the test drive, this news immediately calmed my nerves. It is not the reason I purchased the vehicle but it is the reason I will always use and recommend Bergstrom Subaru moving forward. Thank you Brian and thank you to the staff for being so accommodating.

Not just a salesman

Subaru shows love - Brad J

It never seems to amaze me how Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh goes out of their way to show their love for not only their community, but also their guests. They gave away roses at Valentine’s Day, tulips at Mother’s Day, and they had a very meaningful Memorial Day display. They truly make their guests and community know that they are loved. The team makes that very evident in not only their displays, but how they interact with their guests.

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Bergstrom Subaru Shares the Love with BGC Oshkosh - Jessica C

Bergstrom Subaru Shared the Love with Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh when they presented us with a generous donation to help improve the lives of children and families in Oshkosh. The Club offers a dynamic learning environment that includes age-appropriate programs, mentoring by caring adult professionals and outstanding facilities, all for an annual fee of only $25 per child. In addition to the clubhouses, and Camp Radford, the Boys & Girls Club also provides after-school care at four elementary schools and six community learning centers. In the last two years we opened another site for summer at Peace Lutheran and an after-school care site in Omro to serve more kids that were on our waiting list. Because of wonderful donors like you, the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh can continue to meet the critical needs of Children. Our kids are able to benefit every day from the healthy meals and snacks we have been able to provide them. We provide programming that ensures children and families feel supported and thrive in their community to help break the cycle of poverty. Once virtual learning with our members ended in 2021, we added 4 new sites for children in need. In the Oshkosh Area School District, we opened an after-school program for South Park Middle School and North High School and added a staff member for our Be Great Graduate mentoring program at West High School. Completely new is our site for the Omro School District for their elementary school where we enrolled 50 new members in Fall. While adding sites is always amazing for the kids you support, we also added bus routes to get kids from full after-school care sites at Read, Jefferson, Merrill, Oaklawn Elementary, Perry Tipler, Merrill and Webster Middle School and West High School. Transportation allows another 110 kids to get services at the Club each week. With all these new ways to serve kids we increased our average daily attendance by about 70%. The Club was also able to add new staff members for new programs including: Katrina Gesell, our Director of Omro, is at our newest site located at Omro Elementary School for another 70 kids who need after school services. Caitlin Cheslock, our Director of Social Emotional Wellness, coordinates programming for all members related to positive behaviors, mindfulness, social skills and appropriate relationships, and healthy expression of emotions. She also helps staff to come up with better plans for kids who exhibit behavioral challenges and is in charge of our behavioral management program. Jay Gibson, our Big Futures Mentoring Coordinator, heads our Big Future Mentoring program, a collaborative effort of the Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin which matches adult mentors with youth in 6th through 8th grade at the Boys & Girls Club. Goal of youth staying in the program until they graduate from high school and go on to the workforce or higher education. The program focuses on helping youth grow academically and develop decision-making and life skills. Youth will meet mentors at the Club, where they will get homework help, read together, learn to cook together and get access to all Club spaces and programs. This program allows the Club to go from 30 middle school mentees to 70 middle school mentees! Other new programs that you help make happen include: •Parent Classes with Head Start. These classes are for parents we serve that use our basic needs services to help give them some new skills as well as engage the partners we want to bring into the new community center space. • Partnering with the YMCA to have teens participate in workouts and gym time during the summer. • Partnering with the Oshkosh Police Department to have officers come and spend time with our members to build positive relationships as well as read to kids in partnership with the Oshkosh Noon Kiwanis • Junior Achievement Partnership to teach financial literacy for our 5th and 6th graders during summer and a visit to their new reality store for our 8th – 12th grade students. Finally, we unveiled the exciting news of the Club’s plans to expand and remodel the building, located at 501 E. Parkway. These plans include a new community center space, gym and green space. The Club will be able to serve an additional 150 children with the completion. The community center will allow area organizations to come together to better service families in Oshkosh. All of these amazing things are able to happen because of the support you give the Club. Thank you for helping youth to build great futures!

Boys & Girls Club Oshkosh
Bergstrom Subaru Shares the Love with BGC Oshkosh

Enhancing Classroom Education for Youth - Carey H

Our teachers at Valley Christian School are always looking for creative ways to make education in the classroom more interesting and interactive. Thanks to your grant, 6 of our teachers were able to acquire a wide variety of teaching tools to make learning fun. A lot of focus has been on STEM in recent years and many of the items we received will enhance education in that area. Some of the things we received included: math manipulatives and curriculum enhancers, STEM building sets, Geometric building sets, math games to help master our math facts and make the process more appealing to students so they are eager to learn and play the games, some guided reading books to help all levels of abilities, transparent reading strips to help kid's eyes focus as they read, science kits for on hands learning by creating a variety of models such as wind turbines, simple machines and electromagnets, materials to help kids learn how to be organized and how to gather materials independently to complete projects, equipment to help kids create their own games for reviewing concepts and much more. These are just a few examples of manipulatives and tools we received to enhance the learning environment in our classrooms. Our teachers love to incorporate innovative ways to make learning more interactive rather than kids always passively listening to the teachers convey the material they need to learn and this grant helps to make it possible. It is wonderful to see your organization helping so many different places with these grants. Because of this, the quality of life for the people who benefit from all of these organizations is greatly enhanced.

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CARE TO SHARE - John N

Love the crew at Subaru. Received a phone call from Brad.' WE ARE ON BOARD AGAIN THIS YEAR" Then three energetic guys came to our Mother Teresa Center and delivered some warm and cozy blankets for our Family Holiday event - just like they did last year. This year they added some warm socks and also did a collection for our food pantry. They went above and beyond for us, for the families in need during the Holidays. Because of their caring nature - they reach out and share to those in need. God Bless their Efforts!

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Molt & Plume: Husky Brothers - Ellen P

On August 16th, 2021 a kind Samaritan noticed two handsome huskies sharing a pizza out of the trash can of a local restaurant and thought they could use some help finding their way home. The fuzzy dogs were brought to the Neenah Animal Shelter to be scanned for microchips and posted on our Facebook page. Staff thought the seniors would be reunited with their family within a few hours, but unfortunately the days ticked by with no response from their family ever came. Once the state mandatory stray hold period of 4 days was complete, the huskies were examined by a veterinarian which put their estimated age at over 10 years old. Molt, the white boy, has a large benign mass on his elbow and weak hips. Both dogs were in desperate need of a dental cleaning and some extractions too. They received the medical treatment they needed and a good grooming. Plume and Molt waited and waited for their forever family to find them. In the meantime, they taught every dog in the shelter how to howl in harmony when they weren’t in the play yard basking in the sun. Finally, an application came through during the Subaru Loves Dogs Event for them that sounded like an ideal fit! A single person with a female senior husky was looking to expand their family by 8 furry paws! October 16th, exactly two months after intake, Plume and Molt headed home! A few weeks later, we received the below update from the boys. “As you can see from the attached pictures, we are setting nicely into our forever home. Mom changed our names to Ice (Molt) and Sky (Plume). She says our names a LOT, so we are getting used to them. Mom takes each of us separately on two walks a day. We love taking walks and being outside! However, we do not like it when Mom takes one of us alone on a walk. We don't like being without each other (or our sister now), so we howl loudly at the front bay window until she returns. We imagine that it has been pretty quiet there at the shelter without us for the past two weeks. Between the barking and the howling at night, Mom is not getting much sleep. She is adjusting, though, and every day we are becoming more like a family! Thank you to all our friends at the Neenah Animal Shelter! We miss you, but do not want to come back. We are very happy where we are! Love,Ice (Molt) and Sky (Plume)”

Neenah Animal Shelter
Molt & Plume: Husky Brothers

Subaru Loves to Care - Jennifer S

Subaru of America, Inc. continued its longtime partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for the sixth consecutive year to send love, hope and warmth to patients battling cancer during Subaru Loves to Care month in June. As part of the partnership, Bergstrom Subaru and a record 606 participating Subaru retailers nationwide supported more than 40,000 blood cancer patients by mailing blankets and messages of hope, handwritten with love and care by Subaru retailers and customers, directly to patients’ homes. Visitors to Bergstrom Subaru retailers were given the opportunity to write personalized messages of support to cancer patients in their local communities. Our local LLS Upper Plains Region couldn’t be more thankful for Bergstrom Subaru coming alongside our patients in such a tangible and comforting way during cancer treatment! Survivor Kaleb and his family says it best below: Subaru Partners— Thank you all for the support you have given to our son, Kaleb, who was diagnosed with AML in January of 2020. Our family has received help through the LLS Travel Assistance program and the Urgent Need program. These two have helped out our family tremendously. Not only for travel cost, but not having the burden to worry about other costs associated with having a child in the hospital for six months and ongoing appointments after that for follow-up. Your support and generosity is appreciated more than you will ever know. We are so blessed to have organizations like yours to help families like us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Dave, Cassandra, Kaleb, and Alayna

Subaru Loves to Care

Dorian - The Dog That Went Viral! - Cindy F

Dorian, an 8-month old pup, arrived at the Neenah Animal Shelter in early February, 2021 with a “hitch in his giddy-up.” It was quickly discovered he had not one, but two fractured tibias on his rear legs. No one knows what kind of pup antics caused the fractures, but it was clear he needed surgery to ensure proper healing. A call was put out to the community to fund Dorian’s $5,000+ surgery. NBC26 and a local radio station picked up his story. Dorian captured hearts and in less than three days generous donors raised over $7,000 to ensure Dorian’s future as an energetic, playful pup. (Funds raised in excess of the needed $5,000 have been designated to Help Me Heal for other animals with extraordinary, second chance needs.) We can never anticipate what level of care any particular animal will need when they come to our shelter, but our LifeFirst Philosophy is a commitment to never euthanize any animal because of lack of space or funding. That means we depend on the generosity of our community to help fund extraordinary medical care costs. Bergstrom Subaru of Oshkosh is a valued member of our community. Recently their Love Promise provided a $15,700+ award to the Neenah Animal Shelter to ensure we can care for other animals like Dorian that come through our door regardless of their special needs. Dorian has been a champ throughout his ordeal and soon he’ll be looking forward to running at full speed into the arms of his forever family. Submitted by: Cindy Flauger, NAS Executive Director

Dorian - The Dog That Went Viral!