The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2021 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. 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.

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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 Dewey Griffin Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

At Dewey Griffin Subaru, we have a long-standing commitment to our co-workers, our customers and our community. We believe that when a community works together, great things happen. We're proud to support many charitable organizations throughout Whatcom county and are dedicated to making our company, our community and the world around us a better place.

Whatcom Humane Society

Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County

Bellingham Senior Activity Center, Bellingham Food Bank, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, Whatcom & San Juan Meals on Wheels

Whatcom Council on Aging

Did Dewey Griffin Subaru 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 Dewey Griffin Subaru

Subaru and Dewey Griffin Subaru 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

Loves to Care: Lions Camp Horizon - Don W

Lions Camp Horizon provides a full-service camping experience for individuals challenged by a disability. The Lions Club believes in inclusion and the importance of a community connecting people of all ages (12 & up), abilities and cultures. In order to make this experience available to as many people as possible, potential campers who do not qualify for DDA respite support can contact their local Lions Club to inquire into financial assistance from the “CAMPERships” program. Our “CAMPERships” are awarded on a financial need basis for those who otherwise would not be able to pay the full camper fee. Our initial approach to Dewey Griffin Subaru was to ask for help for our 2021 camping season grocery expenses. This resulted in Dewey Griffin partnering with the Camp Horizon Foundation by making a pledge of $1500 matching funds and participation in a promotional campaign which combined radio spots and use of Dewey Griffin reader board. The matching funds not only helped with bringing in more money than anticipated but we now have new local donors who came forward to pledge. The original goal of $4500 was met and exceeded. As of last count the grand total is $8500. These funds supported our 2021 residential camping program which was able to offer 90 spots for campers spread over a 3-week period. Our campers ranged in age from 14 to 61 and all live with developmental and/or physical disabilities to include Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), DiGeorge Syndrome, Trisomy 21, FAS, Seizure Disorders, Hydrocephalus, Heart Conditions and Microcephaly. Our campers never “age out” and many return year after year. This year, 5 of the 9 “CAMPERships” recipients and almost half of the total campers were from Whatcom County. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in various ways but probably more so for many of our campers and their families. Many of our campers would not understand why they could not see their old friends by attending camp in 2020 and their families did not get a much-needed respite. This year, we were happy to see the joy on the faces of our campers as they participated in the many activates. The families had a few days to relax while the camp staff entertained their loved ones. Thanks to all of the contributors, especially for the support and donations from Dewey Griffin Subaru our 2021 camp was a BIG SUCCESS.

Camp Horizon Foundation
Loves to Care: Lions Camp Horizon

Subaru Loves TO HELP: INTERFAITH COALITION - LINDSEY M

Based in Bellingham, WA, Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County houses and helps local families experiencing homelessness gain the tools they need to become self-sufficient in a home of their own. We receive support from local volunteers, individuals, congregations, and businesses. Dewey Griffin Subaru has been a long-time, instrumental supporter of Interfaith Coalition. Early in the pandemic we had to cancel our annual Hope Auction, which was a major source of fund development. In its place, a virtual event was created and with the help of supporters like Dick Meyer and Dewey Griffin Subaru, more than $190,000 was donated by the community. To boost our fundraising for another event, Dewey Griffin pledged a $3,000 match for first time donors. The match was met in less than a week by 27 new donors! Dewey Griffin has a giant reader board used primarily for focusing community attention to local charitable events. In addition to providing the free reader board space, they also offer supported advertisements in their social media and local radio spots. For a nonprofit, these opportunities to promote our work is priceless. At Interfaith, we believe that all people deserve to live in a safe home and to be treated with dignity and respect. As one of our housing guests said, "“We’ve received handwritten notes from volunteers and a nice coffee cup and tulips. Never have I recalled an agency that was so personal." Dewey Griffin Subaru's community generosity affords our organization the opportunity to provide these extra kindnesses in addition to the extensive guidance for families on their journeys out of homelessness. Dewey’s tradition of support was started by Dick Meyer, owner of Dewey Griffin Subaru. When he passed away at the end of 2020, the entire team at Dewey, headed by Allen Meyer, wholeheartedly wanted to carry on Dick’s legacy of community commitment. We are so very thankful to Allen Meyer and the entire crew at Dewey Griffin Subaru and to Dick Meyer for seeing the value in contributing to positive change in the community in which he lived, worked, and loved.

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Subaru Loves TO HELP: INTERFAITH COALITION

Subaru Loves To Help: Holiday Bikes - Trudy S

Santa, AKA, Dick Meyer planned ahead in order to make the dreams of a new shiny bike come true for 110 local youngsters. These bikes arrived just in time to be assembled by the Dewey Griffin auto mechanics. In addition, they orchestrated the delivery to 3 local agencies; Rebound, Whatcom Dream and Lummi Nation Boys and Girls Club. The Lummi Nation Boys and Girls Club was very grateful for the bikes to brighten the holiday season for some of their youngsters. Rebound of Whatcom County, works with families who are trying to recover and rebuild after experiencing the devastating effects of trauma. These families are the most susceptible to continuing cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness unless there is some type of intervention. One of the recipients, a high school freshman whose family situation is difficult was hit by a car while riding his bike. His bike was totaled and he was bruised, skinned and shaken up. His family was unable to purchase a replacement bike so the Christmas gift of a new bike was an answer to their prayers. Rebound's mission is to connect with, empower, and restore vulnerable families in our community. The Executive Director, Yvonne Cartwright told us they were grateful and stunned by the generosity of these gifts and that there were lots of happy tears. A portion of the bikes were provided to Whatcom Dream, an organization that provides low-cost Holiday shopping for families with limited resources. Dewey Griffin provided most of the toys that filled this “pop up” store but the highlight was the bikes! The cost of the bikes to the family is substantially less than wholesale price. This year, every parent who wanted to purchase a new bike for their child got the opportunity to do so. A new bike on Christmas is a dream come true for these children. The money gleaned from the event is put into a scholarship fund to cover the cost of literacy courses available via Whatcom Dream, for low- income people in the community. It is the hope of Dewey Griffin owners, management and employees that this holiday season, these boys and girls along with their families experienced the “love” given by Dewey Griffin’s in the form of the donation of bikes.

Subaru Loves To Help: Holiday Bikes

Remembering Dick Meyer - Whatcom Council on Aging M

In late 2020 we sadly said goodbye to Dick Meyer, the owner of Dewey Griffin Subaru in Bellingham, Washington. Dick had a heart for both children and seniors and went above and beyond to make Whatcom County a brighter place for the young and the young at heart. The Whatcom Council on Aging is extremely grateful for Dick’s many contributions to our programs, including Meals on Wheels and More and the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, and more importantly, to the seniors we serve. In addition to sponsoring events and making Meals on Wheels and More Dewey Griffin’s Hometown Charity for the Subaru Share the Love Event, Dick enhanced our meal program by donating thousands of pounds of fresh picked fruit from Eastern Washington as well as hundreds of pounds of Alaskan salmon multiple times. A few years ago Dick purchased a giant digital billboard, not to advertise the dealership, but to strictly promote nonprofit fundraisers and other community events. He donated many radio advertisements and interviews to promote our events and those of other local charities. Dick and his son, General Manager, Allen Meyer, fostered a culture of giving back among dealership staff, and as a result we could count on them for volunteer support during the Share the Love Event and throughout the year. Over the past eight years our partnership with Dewey Griffin Subaru under Dick and Allen’s leadership has resulted in nearly $300,000 in funding and in-kind contributions for the Meals on Wheels and More Program, including a 50th anniversary Subaru Outback from Subaru of America through a grant from Meals on Wheels America. Dick may be remembered among some for running a successful dealership, but we will remember him for his contributions to local seniors and the greater community.

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Remembering Dick Meyer

Loves To Help: Backpack & Sweatshirts for Kids - JULIE G

The mission of Blue Skies for Children is to raise hope and self-esteem by sponsoring enrichment programs and other essentials for homeless, low-income and foster children in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The mission took a hit with Covid-19, initially closing the doors for 4 ½ months. We continued to process donations, which unfortunately have been down significantly. This fall we got back into granting “Little Wishes” for computers, bicycles/helmets and other needs. Our help to the children included clothing, socks, masks and the backpacks and sweatshirts donated by Dewey Griffin Subaru. This donation was exactly the blessing we needed since we were running very low on backpacks. Blue Skies received 150 backpacks and over 100 sweatshirts form Dewey Griffin Subaru. For many low-income, foster and homeless children a backpack may be the only thing they can call their own. It’s the place to store, in many cases ALL of their worldly possessions. For this reason, we knew that no matter what was happening with “in person school”, our kids needed backpacks! We serve over 800 kids and Dewey’s backpacks arrived just as we were about to run out. With so many families experiencing hardships including job loss, home loss, etc., any help we can give can take away a little of the insecurities being felt by these children and their families. One of the families we service, has endured a rough year. Last fall, the single Mom experienced a significant work-related injury. She has been in and out of the doctor’s office throughout the pandemic, doing physical therapy to be able to get back to work. Her household of 6, includes a daughter age 12, son age 15 and 3 elderly relatives; two of which are fully dependent on her for care. They are struggling financially with the reduced disability check income. Her injury makes it difficult to do basic household chores so the children help with cooking, laundry and cleaning. However, she has worked to ensure the children remain focused on school. Having a new sweatshirt and backpack, stocked with some essentials, was a welcome gift and a bit of a relief since there was no “school shopping” for the children this year. In the midst of the pandemic, now that schools are back in session, she is extremely grateful for the sweatshirts, fresh new backpacks and basic essentials for her son and daughter.

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Loves To Help: Backpack & Sweatshirts for Kids

Loves To Help: 1st Responder Appreciation - No specific customer s

This Summer Dick Meyer had a very generous and creative idea on how to give back to our local First Responders. Dewey Griffin Subaru Service Department provided a total value of $100,000 in car maintenance to local First Responders. A flyer was provided to police, first responders and healthcare organizations who then communicated to the Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers and Firefighters to schedule Complimentary Service of their Vehicles. The Covid-19 virus was active in our community which resulted in a surge in the need for the brave services of our first responders. They had been there for the community and Dewey Griffin informed them it’s now time to show them appreciation. This gift filled the hearts of many first responders. A customer who had not heard about the giveaway was brought to tears when it came time to pay her bill. The Service Advisor saw her badge that identified her as a nurse; she was informed, to her surprise, that $700 would be removed from her bill. The goal of making their lives better was confirmed when one of the first responder customers commented “Your service department not only caught us up on all needed filters, fluids, alignment and spark plugs, they determined that we needed work done on our brakes and a recall item.” “Between increased protections and concerns at work and trying to run our household we had trouble keeping up since our family has two parents that work in direct patient care and a child stuck at home without school or camps”. Another first Responder became emotional when he learned that he would not be charged; he stated that the service provided was “above and beyond”. He was provided a loaner car, along with service that improved his car handling and safety. A total of 374 first responders were the recipients of “on the house” car maintenance. The gift amount ranged from $19.97 up to $1973, for a variety of services which included brakes, rotors and general maintenance. This was a project that made not only the gift recipients feel valued, it was a rewarding experience for the Dewey Griffin employees from sales, to service and parts.

Loves To Help: 1st Responder Appreciation

SUBARU LOVES TO HELP: Meals on Wheels & More - Julie M

The Whatcom Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels & More program is proud to call the Subaru Love Promise Dealership of the year, Dewey Griffin Subaru, our community partner! We are celebrating our 7th year as Dewey Griffin’s Hometown Charity. On May 6, 2020 we gathered outside our facility and just before our weekly drive-through meal distribution, Dewey Griffin General Manager, Allen Meyer presented our program staff with a Subaru Share the Love Event check for $22,395. Seniors waiting in their cars to pick up meals honked in appreciation of the generosity of both the dealership and Subaru of America. This generous and much-needed donation couldn’t have come at a more critical time due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The demand for Meals on Wheels from homebound and self-isolating seniors grew by more than 70% this spring and has remained at record levels. Dewey Griffin has provided outstanding financial and volunteer support of additional fund-raising events throughout the year to include our Irish Dinner and Auction, Senior Day in the Park, the annual Stuff the Trunk event, and hosting Meals on Wheels appreciation reception at the dealership. A few days following the Irish Dinner and Auction, held March 7th, we were focusing on responding to the threat of COVID-19 and pivoting our program to meet the increased need for our services for local seniors while working to ensure the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff. The contributions of Allen Meyer and the Dewey Griffin Subaru team who sponsored, volunteered before,during and after the event, and the generous support of the silent auction helped us raise nearly $44,000. We could not have met the unprecedented growth in demand without the support of Dewey Griffin Subaru and Subaru of America!

The Whatcom Council on Aging Meals on Wheels
SUBARU LOVES TO HELP: Meals on Wheels & More

Subaru Loves Pets: Dog Days of Summer - Laura C

Dog Days of Summer is the biggest and best dog festival in the Northwest. Thousands of canines and their human friends attend each year. This fun event had puppy’s tails wagging and humans smiling as they enjoyed the Vegetarian food from the Food Vendors and Beer Garden offerings. Many Dog focused vendors were set up to provide information, products and services to the attendees. Bellingham’s 2019 annual summer event had over 1500 attendees and with the generous support from all raised over $23,000. The funds raised will be used by Whatcom Humane Society to support the domestic, wild and farm animals in their care. The Whatcom Humane Society has expressed their gratitude to Dewey Griffin for their generous support of this party for dogs and the people who love them. Dewey Griffin, in addition to the financial support provides advertisement on the dealership reader board. To add to the fun, Dewey Griffin sets up a large area with a dog agility course and awards lots of prizes and giveaways. This agility course area of the festival has continually been one of the most popular attractions for two and four legged attendees. Dewey Griffins' relationship with the Humane Society and its desire to support this much-loved organization extends to hosting outreach events at the dealership, collection of pet food for the animal shelters and pet food bank and the promotion of animal adoptions. We hope the Barkley's would be proud of us!

Whatcom Humane Society
Subaru Loves Pets: Dog Days of Summer

Subaru Loves to Help: FERNDALE FOOD BANK - SUZANNE N

The Ferndale Food Bank would like to recognize Dewey Griffin Subaru as a trusted partner in Whatcom County and the Ferndale Community. Dick, Allen and the team at Dewey Griffin Subaru believe in the Love Promise Community Commitment and have an especially strong commitment to children and elderly. When there is a need, like what was presented in March 2020, they were on it! In typical Dick Meyer style when he was contacted about the needs triggered by the Covid-19 Pandemic which reduced volunteer help and increased number of people needing food his response was “how can we help”. Those 4 words will forever be in my mind when I think of Dick, the Meyer family and Dewey Griffin Subaru. With fingers crossed I responded. “We sure could use some drivers to make our home deliveries”. BAM! Before we knew it 3 Subaru Outback’s showed up at our food bank with 3 enthusiastic young men ready to provide service. We are immensely grateful that we have been able to rely on these 3 Outback’s continuing to show up every Friday. The Dewey family commitment to helping us serve the community with the most impact has never faltered. This commitment must be contagious because one of the Subaru District Reps, Tim Vandehey and his family have been involved in helping the Food Bank. Dick has a special place in his heart for children and it’s important to him to make sure that kids have healthy food to eat. They got a lead on a possible donation of apples. They worked it out so our county received an entire semi-truck load of quality apples which was shared by multiple school districts as well as our county food banks. The Meyer family leads by example in their donations and supporting actions and it’s been inspirational to others to join in to make sure the folks in the community have a table of plenty.

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Subaru Loves to Help: FERNDALE FOOD BANK

Subaru Loves to Help: Peace Health Medical Group - Diana A

The Pandemic has changed our lives dramatically. Many of our Dewey Griffin employees and customers have personally or via friends and family experienced the effects of Covid19. As we are all trying to find our way through our “new normal”, It became so obvious to us at Dewey Griffin, how grateful we are to our local healthcare professionals. We wanted to do something to show our gratitude and maybe bring a little happiness and relief into their lives. Additionally, we have a favorite restaurant, Coconut Kenny’s” that we thought would appreciate some business. We partnered with Coconut Kenny’s to deliver 120 pizza over a 3-day period. The pizzas were delivered in waves to 20 Bellingham area clinics of PeaceHealth Medical Group. Our contact at PeaceHealth Medical Group, Diana informed us the timing of this gift was perfect since yearly at the end of April they recognize the approximately 200 Administrative Professionals who are working around the clock to meet patient needs during this stressful time (Patient Access Reps, Clinic Managers and Supervisors, Surgery Schedulers, Referral Coordinators, and Administrative staff). The week of May 4th, National Nurses Week, celebrates our Nurse’ who help with triage, complex disease management, answering patient questions, and in-direct patient care. Diana reported to us: The Meyer family generosity touched these caregivers – our essential workers who continue to come to work every day to provide care to our community. On behalf of all of our Caregivers – thank you so much for thinking of us. Who does not feel uplifted by pizza?

Peace Health Medical Group
Subaru Loves to Help: Peace Health Medical Group