We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.
We're honored to receive the 2023 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.
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.
Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.
A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption, and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country.
Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.
Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.
It's our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.
Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 in gift cards and school supplies.
In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.
In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.
We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.
Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide.
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.
Subaru and Subaru of Glendale 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.
This year we once again got to work with AdoptAClassroom.org to support a local school. It is quite a special thing every year but, this year was just a bit more special. That's because the elementary we were paired with happened to be the institution where 2 of our Subaru of Glendale employees send their 2 youngest children to learn from each day. To make it EVEN MORE special, the principal (unbeknownst to her and by pure chance) selected both the teachers who teach their children. It was such a special moment walking into all 10 classrooms and seeing the excitement from the teachers and students alike. Recognizing these teachers and seeing the look of gratitude when they realize their principal hand-selected each one for their outstanding performance was heartwarming alone. One of the teachers even started to cry tears of gratitude. These moments are so special to us and are exactly why Subaru of Glendale is committed to continue partnering with AdoptAClassroom.org.
We are so proud to be able to work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society® once again this year and to again be able to donate blankets and activity kits. Each year the nurses tell us how much these donations brighten up the survivors and keeps them entertained and warm as they face a tough disease. This year we also were also able to give them beautifully hand-written notes of encouragement that were written by our very own Subaru owners.
Subaru of Glendale volunteered at the Hope Center in Hollywood. The Hope Center provides free hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner services. The style and hospitality are akin to that of a sit-down restaurant. Each person was treated as a guest and served hot food. The Hope Center hosts these meals 3 times a week and they can do so thanks to the help of local grocery stores who donate produce and pastries. It was an absolute pleasure serving alongside these great people who come out to help serve our struggling community members.
With the help of all of our customers, last year we were able to raise $78,000 for our hometown charity: The International Society for Children with Cancer. A big thank you to all of our clients who helped us make this possible. So many families will be helped with this great donation. Thank you Subaru Family!
This year, we had the honor and priviledge of being sponsors to an amazing non-profit organization called Ascencia. Ascencia helps to permanently house members of our homeless community and they are based right here in Glendale, in fact they are less than a quarter mile away from our store. When Ascencia's Director of Development, Camille, reached out to us, our participation was a no-brainer. We immediately jumped at the opportunity to support this worthy cause. Because of our support, we were kindly invited to their 15th Annual Gala. There we got to support Ascencia even more through raffles (which one Subaru employee found themselves the winner of) and other auction opportunities. At the event we even got to interact with leaders of other well-known and respected non-profits and organizations to give us ideas of future chances to participate in our community. The evening was filled with great company and heart-felt stories of real people who have been personally affected by the efforts of Ascencia. This was just one more way we could directly help members of our community and we would not let a chance like that go. Thank you, Ascencia and your staff, for all that you do for Glendale.
This month many of the Subaru retailers from the LAX Zone came together to help feed and care for the homeless community in Skid Row once again. We saw a larger turn-out than we had seen in previous events. It is such a rewarding experience and Subaru of Glendale was happy to be a part of this event again! We helped make and distribute food as well provide sanitation kits for the community members. The gratitude that we received from those in need was heart-warming as always.
People who experience homelessness go without basic needs on a daily basis. One of those basic needs is something so simple most of us never have to worry about it. Some of us even have completely separate drawers dedicated to this necessity. Socks. Subaru of Glendale received thousands of socks as part of our dedication to the Subaru Loves to Help® campaign. We packed up our General Manager's Ascent and drove straight down to Skid Row and passed them out directly to the hundreds of people affected by homelessness here in LA. We had SO many socks. Which is also greatly attributed to our parts manager, Manny, who had purchased even more socks. He was intending on doing the same thing we were doing, on his own. Once he found out that we were going on this mission, he decided to pack the socks he purchased himself into that Ascent as well. It has been raining quite a lot here in Los Angeles and so it was very important to our GM Jobe, that we make it out there before the next storm hit. That way, we could ensure that our community members would be warm in this weather. And a special thanks to our Internet Manager Angie and our head porter Jimmy for spear-heading our on-foot endeavor. You see, we were set up in San Julian park where we passed out hundreds of pairs of socks; but eventually, we had hundreds of socks left to give and the traffic was slowing. Angie and Jimmy took it upon themselves to walk through Skid Row, socks in hand, and pass them out to the community members who may not have passed by the park that day. With still so many socks left to give we packed the Ascent again and drove all around LA's Skid Row and hand delivered our socks to those who needed them.
Ascencia has been a pillar in the Glendale community for 16 years, fighting day and night to end the plight of homelessness in our neighborhoods and beyond. Ascencia serves the cities of Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, Hollywood, and Northeast LA including Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, and more. As the Director of Development, I decided to reach out to local businesses, seeking new support for our agency. This included all the Glendale Car dealerships that hadn’t supported us in the past. Subaru was the first dealership that responded to our request for help, "Thank you so much for reaching out to me. Programs like Ascencia are exactly the kind that we love to support,” said Samantha Villanueva, Delivery Specialist Event Coordinator for Subaru of Glendale. Within a week, Samantha visited Ascencia, toured our emergency shelter and shared about the ways Subaru of Glendale is involved with other nonprofits working to help people experiencing homelessness. Now, Subaru of Glendale includes Ascencia as a nonprofit they want to help. Not only did Subaru of Glendale commit to partnering with Ascencia through a variety of ways which includes our on and off-site volunteer opportunities, but they also committed to a $3,000 Rise Sponsorship in support of our We Rise Together Gala set for Saturday, April 22nd. Thank you Subaru of Glendale for supporting the mission of Ascencia of lifting people out of homelessness, one person, one family at a time! We can only do what we do when our community steps in to help us along the way.
This MLK day Subaru employees enjoyed a day full of volunteering at the LA Coliseum with LA Works. They helped set up activities for the various educational tables where children and their parents would get to learn about conservation, emergency preparedness and germination.
This year, our annual Holiday Luncheon was another grand success. We celebrated with our Subaru family with food and gifts. After all the festivities, there was so much food left over. Well, instead of letting it go to waste we spread the cheer to our less fortunate neighbors here in LA. We took all the untouched food to a food bank. Even one of the roasted pigs pictured above. The look of amusement from our community members when they saw all the food was an extra bit of holiday cheer we were grateful to be a part of. (Our friends did not allow photos which we obliged to so here are some from our holiday party<3)
This past October, to make a Pet's Day, Subaru of Glendale reached out to our Shelter pledging to donate $3,100 in an effort to raise awareness for pet rescue. To do so, Subaru promised to donate $100 for every pet adoption during the month. This pledge, while helping to get our pets adopted also helps fund shelter programs that ensure adoptable animals find their forever homes. Subaru's donation helps us fund our adult dog foster programs which helped Ollie, our senior German Shepherd, get adopted. Ollie had been looked over for months, possibly because adopting a senior pet isn't always the most obvious choice. Making Ollie eligible for adult dog foster program which is funded largely by donations, allowed his foster family to realize how much they loved him, inevitably deciding to make him a permanent member of the family.
We came back to Skid Row Nov. 12th to feed the homeless community of Los Angeles. Our Zone and General manager were together on the grill, grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. The rest of the team gave out warm fleece blankets, chips and water. It was another moment of unity and giving.
Every Thursday volunteers gather at Saint Baranabas Episcopal Church in Eagle Rock to help prepare and distribute produce to the community. This past Thursday, Subaru of Glendale employees were invited to help. So we did. We asked Pastor Jaime how they were able to do this every Thursday since the beginning of the pandemic; he said that he contacted mass producers and local farmers to donate any rejected produce. From the photos, you can see that all the produce looks just as good as any you can find in the grocery stores. The bar for retail sale is ridiculously high and a lot of their produce goes to waste. Well, not anymore thanks to Pastor Jaime and the volunteers at Saint Barnabas. It was a beautiful thing to help supply the families in our very own neighborhood directly with some produce. The sense of home and community was prevalent and everyone there was a pleasure to work with. Thank you Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church for having us!
What an amazing experience it was to team up with other LAX Zone retailers to be able to feed and care for others. We partnered with Humanity Showers to provide free showers to the homeless community on Skid Row. There were also other organizations there. Some gave out clothing, others free hair cuts, and even a motorcycle club to also help feed. Later, a Christian church came and played amazing music. It really was a great way to let the people know we care and they are not forgotten.
We all know how important a teacher can be in the lives of young students. Unfortunately, we are also aware of how extremely stressful it can be for a teacher when they do not have enough supplies. It's is quite common that a teacher will spend their own capital on basic needs of the classroom. That's why we wanted to jump in. With the help of AdoptAClassroom.org we adopted 10 classrooms at Glendale High School. Our 10 teachers were also gifted $500 through AdoptAClassroom.org to be able to purchase any other supplies they chose through Staples. It was heart warming and touching to be able to interact with the teachers and hear how truly helpful it was to them.
Friends of Griffith Park, an organization dedicated to the beautification and preservation of our local large municipal park, hosted yet another event and you know we couldn't miss it. We grabbed the buckets, put on our gloves, and started digging basins around young trees and proceeded to surround them with mulch. It's always a pleasure to work with FOGP and we thank them, as always, for having us.
Bruno is one of the dogs we got to meet at the Burbank Animal Shelter. He has been with them for over 600 days. This beautiful baby is half husky and half rottweiler. And if you couldn't guess that, all you had to do was look into his beautiful eyes. One icy husky blue, the other a beautiful grounded rottweiler brown. His excitement to be out of his kennel and play with the chewbarus we brought for him and his friends was contagious. Have fun, little buddy! Hope you and all your friends find your forever homes!
This year we teamed back up with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society yet again to donate Blankets and Arts and Craft Kits to our local hospital, Dignity Health - Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center. So many things have changed because of the pandemic and although we didn't get to meet the children who would receive the donations again; it felt really great knowing that we could contribute to smiles in a hard place. The nurses were even appreciative and thanked us for continuing to show up. One nurse told us how bright the children's faces light up when they see gifts like that and how, for a moment, all other worries are gone. My heart filled with warmth.
Subaru of Glendale always strives to help those around us. Hosting a diaper drive helped us collect a few essential needs for the babies in our community and give their mothers one less thing to worry about. Thanks again to The Salvation Army of Glendale for letting us help our community.
Taking care of children's with cancer it's a blessing for everyone, we are glad we could help.
Last week Subaru of Glendale put together diapers and wipes to drop off at The Salvation Army here in Glendale. Every mother and child should have access to basic hygienic necessities. I'm glad that the people in Subaru feel the same way. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated.
Through the amazing nonprofit "A Million Thanks" Subaru of Glendale was able to show it's appreciation to currently-deployed Veterans. Each employee wrote a letter expressing their gratitude for the service of these men and women. For some employees, this was a very personal and meaningful letter because they currently have active-duty family members; other's had family who were once in the military, and have since past. It was an amazing opportunity to remember all the sacrifices that are made by these brave men and women and their families.
For Mother's Day this year Subaru of Glendale distributed a rose to every woman that came into the dealer. Mothers with their children, expecting mothers, and even dog moms all got a rose and a small goodie bag to show how much Subaru cares and is appreciative of their time spent at Subaru of Glendale. Happy Mother's Day from our Subaru Family, to yours.
In celebration of Earth Day Suabaru of Glendale went to help our Friends of Griffith Park again. This time, FOGP hosted an "Earth Day Celebration Planting" at Fern Dell, Griffith park. A multitude of like-minded environmentally conscious friends and companies went out to help dig holes and plant ferns. 2 Ferns were planted by Subaru employees each given the proper names of "FERNando" and "FERNando Jr. "
Here at Sow Collective we strive to educate our community about sustainability and food-waste reduction. Our community farm allows for those in our community to easily commit to this agenda by providing a local mulch deposit center. Members of our community are welcome to help maintain, harvest and cultivate the farm and even bring in their own food scraps for mulch instead of throwing it away; reducing what we put into the landfills. It was fun to educate members of Subaru of Glendale of our efforts when they came to pay us a visit. It was so nice to learn that a company like Subaru makes it a priority as well to better their community and even take their own steps in-store to make a difference. Big thanks to Alexa, Karla and Samantha from Suabru of Glendale for coming and helping us out.
This past Monday, a few members of the Subaru of Glendale team went down to help beautify our local municipal park, Griffith Park. Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the United States. Such a beautiful park attracts a multitude of admirers and is even host to many family gatherings and celebrations. Crystal Springs Picnic Area is a hot-spot for these events. Unfortunately that does mean that it can often be littered post-party. Thankfully Friends of Griffith Park hosts events often to help conserve the natural beauty of this beloved picnic area. Subaru of Glendale was there to support the efforts of FOGP and work together to ensure that future generations can also enjoy this wonderful outdoor space.
I can't believe it. On behalf of Rob, social services manager, and the whole team here at The Salvation Army Glendale Corps I want to thank Subaru of Glendale for AGAIN bringing us food and treats. Time and again Subaru of Glendale has shown us why they are the #1 dealership in the country (and of our hearts). Many many thanks to management, Jobe and Moe, as well as to the sweet young ladies Sahel and Samantha. It's always a pleasure to work with you guys. Our hearts are full of gratitude and joy for the support we have been shown time and again by the team over at Subaru of Glendale.
Last week we were once again visited by the angels of Subaru, Samantha and Sahel, who brought us a bunch of food, goodies and treats for the families and homeless in need. The Salvation Army of Glendale is infinitely grateful to Subaru of Glendale for continuously showing us support and helping us provide to those who need it most. As we all know times are tough and these past few years have shown us that if we come together as a community we can accomplish so much more. Thank you Subaru of Glendale!
The best part of working with Subaru of Glendale is being able to witness first-hand how much one local company can help impact its community. This week Sahel and Samantha dropped off ton of food supplies, sweets and goodies at our local Glendale Salvation Army branch. Myself, along with Rob and our team work everyday to get food to the families and homeless in need of daily supplies, and the donation from Subaru was a huge sweet surprise. To know that we can count on Subaru of Glendale, its management and lovely volunteers is beyond heart-warming. Now you know the secret to the success of the #1 Subaru Dealership in America... It is their HEART and LOVE for their community. Thank you Sahel And Samantha. :) With Gratitude Gabriela Maldonado The Salvation Army Corps & Community Center Food Pantry Coordinator
Recently, Subaru of Glendale reached out to our Shelter wanting to help make a pet's day. They pledged a donation to our Shelter of $3,100 to help our animals, dogs and cats, have a second chance at finding their forever homes. Most Shelter's operate with very limited resources and sometimes, certain pets need more time to find the family that is right for them. Donations like the one from Subaru allows our Shelter to give pets the extra time they need to get out of the Shelter and into a home. This is especially true for our underdogs. Senior dogs like Austin, three legged dogs like Vader and bonded dogs like Honey and Racer (who also happens to be a tripod), need more from animal welfare advocates to ensure they make it out. Subaru's donation is instrumental to investing in our underdogs and sustaining their physical, social and mental needs while they wait. As a result, enrichment opportunities are secured to maintain our Shelter pets happy and make sure everyone finds a loving home.
Coming to Subaru of Glendale for my 1st oil change I didn’t know what to expect especially because I was bringing my beautiful Corazon (my dog) with me. I was allowed to wait in the waiting room or outside with him. I chose outside because Corazon is a rescue and prefers the outdoors. I was approached by Sahel and she asked me questions about my dog. Speaking to Sahel she made me aware that Subaru works with the Burbank Shelter and was donating money the month of October during their National Loves Pets program. I shared with her about my experience with a shelter. I rescued my dog 5 years ago and I couldn’t be happier. Despite his strong built, he was shy, scared and to himself. Right then and there I knew he needed to come home with me. I named him Corazon because it means heart and he has a beautiful white heart right on his forehead. Sahel gave Corazon a Subaru car toy which he absolutely loved. I appreciate being part of the Subaru family especially knowing they give back to the community and care about animals. Adopt it you can it will bring you joy. Thanks again Subaru of Glendale for making us feel welcomed and for this great picture. Jessica Ayala
We are honored to be partnered with Subaru of Glendale for the second consecutive year through Share the love 2020-2021. Their incredible generous donation has allowed ISCC to support more children with Cancer. Subaru of Glendale and their teams support has been invaluable to ISCC and the local community.
Hi Jobe, On behalf of everyone at AdoptAClassroom.org and Castelar Elementary School, we want to extend our gratitude to you and the entire team at Subaru of Glendale. Your generous donation will make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many students in your community. Please find a personal message of thanks from our Executive Director, Ann Pifer, in this short video. This school year, more than ever before, our educators and students need support. This year alone, Subaru and its retailers will benefit more than 114,00 students and teachers with the tools they need for a successful school year. Sincerely, Your Partners at AdoptAClassroom.org
As part of the Subaru Love Promise Subaru of Glendale #1 Subaru Retailer in the country made time for their VP- Daniel Ershadi and Fixed Ops Director David Sato to join other Executive Managers from surrounding Subaru Retailers to partner with Feed America and donate their time at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. On this day, Daniel & David and other executive level managers were able to prepare 1,575 Food Kits that will help to feed over 6,300 families in the local community. This is what the Subaru Love Promise is all about, giving back to the communities in which we live and serve.
Earlier in the year Subaru of Glendale reached out to the Burbank Animal Shelter with an exciting proposition. They wanted to help MAKE A PET'S DAY a little brighter. In fact they wanted to help make the days of 31 shelter pets!! For the entire month of October, Subaru of Glendale offered to donate $100 per adoption for 31 dogs and cats. For the entire month, our Shelter Staff celebrated each adoption just a little bit harder knowing that as one pet found their forever home, another still at our Shelter would benefit from Subaru's generosity. Donations from supporters make a HUGE for pets hoping to be adopted, especially those with special needs. With the help of Subaru the Shelter is able to provide special attention and provide medical services the Shelter would otherwise be unable to afford. In October, we were able to adopt out a dog who had arrived to our Shelter with a broken front leg and deformed back leg, needing emergency orthopedic surgery. With donations we were able to provide him the surgeries he needed to mend until he was ready for adoption. With Subaru of Glendale's donation of $3,100, our Shelter will be able to continue to offer second chances to those pets needing just a little bit of extra help. We are forever grateful to Subaru for your support.
We are very excited and honored to be partnered with Subaru Of Glendale in supporting our local community. The incredibly generous donation was made possible through Subaru's Annual Share the Love Campaign. We were one of several charities selected by Mr. Jobe Atashi at the Subaru of Glendale, and cannot be more appreciative to him and the entire team at Subaru of Glendale. This donation has had an even greater impact this year for ISCC. Like so many other charities we have been forced to postpone and cancel fundraising events due to the COVID-19 National Pandemic! Subaru of Glendale and their team truly embody the true spirit of partnership and their support has been invaluable to ISCC. This Collaboration allows us to deliver care and support to our Local community in so many ways. This project was initiated to lift the spirits of healthcare workers and our community. Three days a week for the month of April and May we have delivered hot meals to hospitals in Los Angeles. Over 1,920 Meals Delivered…Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital LAC-USC County Emergency Medicine, Mask & Hand Sanitizers, 850 N95 Masks have been donated to Children Hospital Los Angeles 400 N95 Mask donated to Nursing Homes in Glendale, 750 Hand Sanitizers donated to Homeless Shelters, and Nursing Homes. Thank you so very much Subaru of Glendale!
Dear Sahel, on behalf of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, I would like to thank you, and the Subaru of Glendale team for your volunteer support which helped pack 1,713 boxes within a few hours. Without volunteers, the Food Bank would not be able to accomplish its mission to mobilize the resources of our community to fight hunger throughout Los Angeles County. The need is great in our community, and more than a million people in LA County are not sure where their next meal is coming from. With your help, the Food Bank is able to leverage every $25 donated to provide 100 meals to hungry children, seniors, and families in L.A. County. Your support makes a tremendous difference and we appreciate it so much. Donations can be submitted at LAFoodBank.org/donate. Noemi Trejo Volunteer Coordinator Meet the awesome volunteers at Subaru Of Glendale: David Soto, Sahel Alemansour, Caremy Esparza, Pamela Frobose.
AbilityFirst is deeply grateful for the Subaru of Glendale “Share the Love” campaign. It has been an action-packed partnership! The donations have focused on the children and young adults who attend the AbilityFirst Glendale Center and their families, like Justin and Noah (twins) who have been attending the after-school program in Glendale, since 2013. While they are non-verbal, Justin and Noah have developed their self-esteem because they have learned how to communicate to staff and friends their needs and wants as well as, each other's. When they first joined the program seven years ago, the boys would get frustrated when they struggled to communicate their needs. Today, thanks to the “Share the Love” campaign which underwrote the cost of a variety of technology and supplies and engaging and educational outings, the boys are now enjoying the Wii and iPad for use of communication. Nintendo Switch, using a Karaoke machine, listening to music and they always look forward to outings in the community. Noah and Justin were introvert boys who have gained confidence to the point, that they are now doing roll call with staff support before the fun outings. From visiting the Glendale library and the Los Angeles Zoo, to spending a day at Universal Studios, Justin and Noah, along with all the other after school participants have felt the “Subaru love.”
On Monday July 15, the LLS California Southland Chapter had the honor and pleasure of delivering 80 blankets to Glendale Adventist MC Cancer Center as part of the Subaru Loves To Care program. This is the first year that the patients at Glendale Adventist have participated in the Subaru Loves To Care program, and we were met with smiles and open arms. As the blankets warmed their bodies, the personal notes warmed their hearts. LLS is proud to partner with Subaru to spread hope, love, and warmth to those fighting cancer, across the country and right here in Glendale California.
AbilityFirst is grateful to Subaru of Glendale and its customers for partnering with us through the “Share the Love” sales event. By supporting AbilityFirst, you stand alongside people with disabilities and their families. Together, we can fulfill our vision of a society that values each individual and provides the opportunity for all people to live full and productive lives: looking beyond disabilities, focusing on capabilities, expanding possibilities. The funds we receive from you will support AbilityFirst programs for children and adults with disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, other intellectual/developmental disabilities, and other challenges. The AbilityFirst after school programs in Glendale and East Los Angeles (and four other locations in Los Angeles County) foster independence and community participation for children and youth who have moderate to profound disabilities. It also gives their families vital respite and support and a safe child care option. Program participants are between the ages of 6 and 22 years, and require significant personal care, have minor behavioral challenges, or are too old for traditional child care programs like the YMCA. (Youth with developmental disabilities can remain in high school, and in our program, until they reach the age of 22 years.) The program empowers children and youth to develop and discover their interests and abilities, and supports their personal and social growth. Activities include community outings, sports and recreational activities, shopping and cooking projects, music and dance, swim and water safety lessons, and special holiday events. Participants make friends, have fun, and learn to become more independent. Our staffing ratio of 1:5 allows us to provide full care as necessary, including feeding, changing, toileting, and transferring. Participants enjoy a culturally sensitive and stimulating environment that is also flexible and creative enough to encourage learning and fun. Your generosity will help youth like 17-year-old Caroline, who has been coming to the AbilityFirst since she was 7-1/2 years old. Caroline has two rare conditions that affect her growth and development. She communicates with some sign language, gestures with her head, and a smile that lights up the room! When she first came to AbilityFirst, the time, she used a wheelchair to get around. Today, she enjoys walking in the neighborhood with her friends at the center! Ten years ago, her mother never imagined that Caroline would one day be able to enjoy a movie at the theater, go shopping at the grocery store, help with the laundry, or climb on a the jungle gym in the center’s back yard! With support from our staff Caroline has learned to feed herself, make friends, play, and swim. Every year, AbilityFirst programs reach more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities across greater Los Angeles. Community support and participation has sustained our work for 91 years. Thank you for being our partner and helping hundreds of individuals in our neighborhoods realize their potential and lead full and productive lives! AbilityFirst provides targeted programs that have a common mission: to help people with disabilities realize their full potential throughout their lives. Formed in 1926 to help children affected by the pre-vaccine polio epidemic, AbilityFirst pioneered some of the first community services in California for children with disabilities. Over time, programs expanded to include services for adults as well as children, and to reach individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as physical challenges. Our programs are changing the lives of more than 2,000 individuals with disabilities and their families every year, and include: after school and full-day summer enrichment; adult life skills development; camping; job preparation, training and placement; AbilityFirst College to Career; social/recreational programming; warm water aquatics; and two group homes.
When we here at the California Southland (CalSo) Chapter of LLS heard about the Subaru Loves to Care partnership, we immediately knew that we had to send the blankets to City of Hope. We have had a so many patients who are near and dear to us treated at City of Hope. One patient in particular who has truly inspired our chapter is five-year-old, Aubrey. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at age 2 after experiencing a week long on and off temperature concentrated in her stomach area. Aubrey was treated at City of Hope, where she completed treatment on July 12, 2015. She will begin first grade in August, and she loves going to hula dance lessons and ballet. Her favorite color is blue. And because of amazing partners like Subaru, we know that Aubrey will one day fulfill her dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower. I have attached her picture. When we shared this partnership with our Chapter, all of our campaigns wanted to be involved to show their thanks and support. Your generosity has meant the world to not only our LLS volunteers, but to the staff and patients at City of Hope. We documented this journey from sign making to blanket delivery to Subaru’s impact. Thank you to Subaru National and the four dealerships from our area who donated the blankets: Puente Hills Subaru, Sierra Subaru of Monrovia, Subaru of Glendale, and Timmons Subaru. We hope you enjoy what this small chapter from Los Angeles has put together for you!
Did you know the monarch population in the United States has declined by more than 90 percent in recent years? For the month of April, Anytown Subaru is partnering with the National Wildlife Foundation for the Butterfly Heroes Program. Butterfly Heroes seeks to bring awareness to the declining population and connect our community of gardeners and kids, families, and schools alike to help the monarchs and other pollinators. Creating monarch and pollinator habitat is a wonderful opportunity for observing one of nature’s most miraculous occurrences. The unique transformation the monarch butterfly undergoes during its lifecycle from egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis to the delicate yet resilient butterfly is wonderfully intriguing for students and teachers alike. Anytown Subaru will have a butterfly habitat planter on site and be giving away seed kits. Stop in and check it out. We also encourage you to be a butterfly hero and grow your own butterfly habitat at home. It’s a great activity for the kids or grandkids!
I would like to start off by saying"Thank You" for being a faithful supporter of "Going An Extra Step Foundation". As you know every year I link up with South Park Elementary located in South Central area, to seek out families who are in desperate need of a helping hand. Due to your kind generosity we were able to bless over 20 Families with Christmas Toys, Clothing and Fruit for this holiday season. God Bless you all and your families for having a giving heart! Respectfully, Pastor Gladys McGilber Godfrey
We are very honored to be supported by Subaru of Glendale; we know that business leaders in our community are a vital partner in Ascencia's work to end homelessness in the greater Glendale area. Every year we provide housing and support services to over 1,200 homeless men, women and children. In fact, we are the only comprehensive homeless service organization in the greater Glendale region. Our homeless clients come from throughout LA due to our inclusive admissions and range of services and housing. Ascencia primarily services homeless families, with an additional focus on chronically homeless adults, U.S. veterans and frequent utilizers of emergency medical services. We are proud to have led the reduction of veteran homelessness in Glendale to a functional zero in the City! With the level of comprehensive services we provide, we rely on support from our community in order to support our clients every step of the way out of homelessness. In December we were pleased to host a panel of nonprofit leaders where our Executive Director Natalie Profant Komuro shared about our participation in the "Share the Love" event. The panel was convened to discuss important social welfare issues in our community and included many important figures in nonprofit leadership. Again, we thank you for your support and we look forward to more opportunities to partner with Subaru in the coming year!