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

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.

INTERFAITH COALITION
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.

BLUE SKIES FOR CHILDREN
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.

FERNDALE FOOD BANK
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

Sharing the Love in the Time of Coronavirus - Julie M

On May 6, 2020 Allen Meyer, General Manager of Dewey Griffin Subaru, presented Meals on Wheels and More with a Subaru Share the Love Event check for $22,395 just before the weekly drive through meal distribution at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center. Seniors waiting to pick up meals honked in appreciation of the generosity of the dealership and Subaru of America. 2019-20 was our 7th year as the dealership’s Share the Love Event Hometown Charity, and the donation couldn’t have come at a more crucial time. Due to the threat of COVID-19, the demand for Meals on Wheels by homebound and self-isolating seniors has grown by more than 60% in less than two months! It is our goal to make sure no local senior goes hungry while protecting the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff. Thanks to the support of Subaru and other community partners, we have been able to safely expand our meal service during the pandemic to meet the rapid increase in demand.

Whatcom Council on Aging - Meals on Wheels and Mor
Sharing the Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Subaru Loves to Help: Ferndale Foodbank - Suzanne N

The relationship with Ferndale Food Bank and Dewey Griffin Subaru began with a phone call in January 2019. Federal workers were furloughed or working without pay and many were feeling desperate. I was interviewed on a local radio station and talked about how we had expanded our service to evening distributions to help our local Federal workers. Dick Meyer was listening and called me to learn more about our services. I informed him about the special distributions, our work in general, especially with children and seniors and our conversation ended with a simple declarative sentence from Dick “I’d like to help-you will be hearing from me”. Being a small-town food bank is tough. We have limited resources, great need and not a lot of light is cast in our direction. Making our budget each month can be stressful. In Whatcom County the majority of the residents supported by our organization are the most vulnerable since they are approximately 40% children and 15% senior citizens. Dick Meyer and Dewey Griffin Subaru have leaned into us in such a significant way and with a pretty powerful flashlight. We raised $8500 from the radio exposure which was matched by Dick and Dewey Griffin Subaru. We were able to adequately address the needs of the Federal workers and their families. The generosity of Dick and Dewey Griffin Subaru provided sufficient funds to also allow us to share with food banks in Blaine and Lynden. Our relationship with Dick and Dewey Griffin Subaru has continued as Dick recognized that summer is a difficult time for food banks. Children who qualify for free or reduced lunches at school don’t have this resource in summer months. So again, he offered a dollar match and contributed Seahawks tickets to enhance the fund raising which raised $3989 in cash and $1200 for the Seahawks tickets. During the summer we provided remote distributions to migrant farm workers and their families whose children came to claim the food since their parents were working in the fields. These children are seen and not forgotten by Dick. This thoughtfulness and generosity continued when he bought turkeys for the food bank at Thanksgiving. He never forgets to ask “what do you need?” I’ve no words to adequately express what it has meant to be “seen” by Dick Meyer and Dewey Griffin Subaru. This partnership has allowed us to support more of the community in delivering food to the hungry. We are simply grateful to a man who decided he’d like to help. Sincerely, Suzanne Nevan, Executive Director Ferndale Food Bank

Ferndale Foodbank
Subaru Loves to Help: Ferndale Foodbank

Dewey Griffin Lives up to Love Promise Award - Julie M

The Whatcom Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels and More program is proud to call the Subaru Love Promise Dealership of the Year, Dewey Griffin Subaru, our community partner! We couldn’t sustain the unprecedented growth in demand for home-delivered “Meals on Wheels” by local homebound seniors over the past five years without their support! This is particularly true right now during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since 2012 our annual partnership with the dealership for the Subaru Share the Love Event has funded more than 40,000 nutritious meals. Dewey Griffin also supports Meals on Wheels and More throughout the year by sponsoring fundraising events, including our Irish Dinner and Auction, serving lunch at Senior Day in the Park, volunteering at our annual Stuff the Trunk event, and even by hosting a Meals on Wheels donor appreciation reception. It is wonderful to know that we can always call on Dewey Griffin Subaru General Manager, Allen Meyer and his team to support our program and the seniors we serve!

Whatcom Council on Aging - Meals on Wheels and Mor
Dewey Griffin Lives up to Love Promise Award

Subaru Loves To Help: Whatcom Dream - Trudy S

This December 2019 annual event provides a festive evening for low income families and reduced cost shopping for children’s gifts. Dewey Griffin partnered with The Whatcom Dream to make the Christmas Dreams of local parents and children come true. The majority of the cost of hundreds of gifts was provided by Dewey Griffin. This year BIKES were the focus. Many beautiful bikes were purchased and the Service Department employees of Dewey Griffin spent hours to fully assemble the bikes. The employees loved the opportunity to participate in the holiday spirit of giving and also helping Santa’s elves by delivering the bikes to the Whatcom Dream Christmas Shoppe! The event was held for two hundred and twenty children and their parents. These families experienced the LOVE that is created when these two organizations come together. The evening began with a sit-down dinner, entertainment and Santa followed by activities for the children which allowed the parents to “shop”. The Christmas Shoppe was filled with new toys that are priced 75% off retail. The goal is to provide toys that will delight the children at Christmas and to be affordable and less financially stressful for the parents. The money collected for the gifts is placed in a scholarship fund used to continue the promotion and education of financial literacy in the community. The result is these parents are helping others while they receive the benefit of low-cost gifts for their children. Dewey Griffin is a longtime partner of this annual event and happy to generously contribute dollars and support to this very special evening. The Whatcom Dream is an organization that provides invaluable services to families in the community by providing financial literacy guidance, connecting individuals with assistance in employment, substance/chemical addiction, debt repayment and 1st time home purchases.

The Whatcom Dream
Subaru Loves To Help: Whatcom Dream

Subaru Loves to Help: Blue Skies Christmas - Julie G

I’m writing to share our deepest gratitude to Dewey Griffin Subaru as a business that goes above and beyond in its amazing generosity. As a local non-profit that is supported by Dewey Griffin Subaru, we have seen the significant impact made to our local homeless, low-income and foster youth. We feel blessed to be a partner in your community giving. Your generous support of our client families during the holiday season, providing gifts for approximately 30 children who live well below the poverty line, is truly inspiring. Dewey Griffin Subaru made it possible for these children to have a great Christmas experience opening the individualized gifts which averaged $250 in value for each child. Dewey Griffin Subaru’s employees took the time to obtain a Christmas wish list from each child and then go shopping for toys, bikes, clothes. sports gear and more. The gifts were all beautifully wrapped, ribbons and all to make all of this even more festive and special. I’ll provide a few examples of the children who benefited from your monetary donations to Blue Skies as well as the holiday gift giving. Gable is an 8-year-old who lives with his foster Mom and baby sister. He is a sweet little boy who was the primary caretaker for his sibling before being placed in foster care. He had not had the opportunity to be physically active or socialize like other kids. Blues Skies, through the generosity of donors like Dewey Griffin Subaru, enrolled him in “Ninja Zone” classes with a focus on physical activity, social skills development and self-discipline. Gable’s instructor has reported positive growth in socialization and his foster Mom is happy to see him being more active and healthier. Andre is now in 5th grade and the youngest of 3 boys. He has always wanted to play the saxophone. His family was not able to include this in their budget and are so grateful for Blue Skies support in making his dream come true. He just started lessons and has big plans to be a great sax player. Summer’s Mom contacted Blue Skies for help in addressing her struggles with social skills, expressing emotions and difficulties at school. Her request was for animal therapy with a hope that it will help Summer both at school and within her family. Blue Skies was able to arrange for her to care for horses and other animals in an animal therapy program which focused on teaching empathy, understanding of others with the goal to help with reduction of social anxiety and building of self-esteem. Mom says Summer is demonstrating more patience and greater understanding of others and has been better able to share her feelings and emotions in a more confident way. Blue Skies positively impacted the lives of over 1500 youth in 2019. We wish to thank Dewey Griffin Subaru for perpetuating a selfless heart of love, support and generosity throughout Whatcom county and making the children's Christmas dreams come true. Sincerely Julie N. Guay, Executive Director

Blue Skies for Children
Subaru Loves to Help: Blue Skies Christmas

Subaru Loves to Help: Ferndale Food Bank - Suzanne N

The relationship with Ferndale Food Bank and Dewey Griffin Subaru began with a phone call in January 2019. Federal workers were furloughed or working without pay and many were feeling desperate. I was interviewed on a local radio station and talked about how we had expanded our service to evening distributions to help our local Federal workers. Dick Meyer was listening and called me to learn more about our services. I informed him about the special distributions, our work in general, especially with children and seniors and our conversation ended with a simple declarative sentence from Dick “I’d like to help-you will be hearing from me”. Being a small-town food bank is tough. We have limited resources, great need and not a lot of light is cast in our direction. Making our budget each month can be stressful. In Whatcom County the majority of the residents supported by our organization are the most venerable since they are approximately 40% children and 15% senior citizens. Dick Meyer and Dewey Griffin Subaru have leaned into us in such a significant way and with a pretty powerful flashlight. We raised $8500 from the radio exposure which was matched by Dick and Dewey Griffin Subaru. We were able to adequately address the needs of the Federal workers and their families. The generosity of Dick and Dewey Griffin Subaru provided sufficient funds to also allow us to share with food banks in Blaine and Lynden. Our relationship with Dick and Dewey Griffin Subaru has continued as Dick recognized that summer is a difficult time for food banks. Children who qualify for free or reduced lunches at school don’t have this resource in summer months. So again, he offered a dollar match and contributed Seahawks tickets to enhance the fund raising which raised $3989 in cash and $1200 for the Seahawks tickets. During the summer we provided remote distributions to migrant farm workers and their families whose children came to claim the food since their parents were working in the fields. These children are seen and not forgotten by Dick. This thoughtfulness and generosity continued when he bought turkeys for the food bank at Thanksgiving. He never forgets to ask “what do you need?” I’ve no words to adequately express what it has meant to be “seen” by Dick Meyer and Dewey Griffin Subaru. This partnership has allowed us to support more of the community in delivering food to the hungry. We are simply grateful to a man who decided he’d like to help. Sincerely, Suzanne Nevan, Executive Director Ferndale Food Bank

Ferndale Food Bank
Subaru Loves to Help: Ferndale Food Bank

Subaru Loves to Help: Pack The Outback - Julie M

In November 2019 Dewey Griffin Subaru partnered with 5 Whatcom County locations of Haggen Food and Meals on Wheels for the annual Pack the Outback Event (formerly called Stuff the Trunk). Volunteer helpers included Dewey Griffin employees, staff from Meals on Wheels and Whatcom Council on aging. The Western Washington girls Softball team also volunteered bringing lots of youthful energy. The food and funds collected are used to put together bags of emergency (shelf stable) food to provide 3 days of meals for homebound seniors in the local community. Haggen Food provided an area at each location for the volunteer table, Subaru Outback vehicles and space for collection of donations. Cascade Radio Group advertised the food drive to inform the community. This successful community event was also advertised via Dewey Griffin’s electronic billboard & website as well as social media. We collected $1,760 in monetary donations and approximately $5,500 in food items. Dewey Griffin employees, who enthusiastically volunteered for the fundraiser, were key to the success. It was great to see the positive energy of our many volunteers who helped with collection, loading, sorting, packaging, counting and delivery of the 300 food bags assembled from the donations. Additionally, the generosity of the people who contributed food and dollars was heartwarming. Most importantly, this event collected a generous quantity of emergency food to be provided to Whatcom’s most vulnerable seniors so they will be taken care of in case of a weather or other emergency.

Meals on Wheels
Subaru Loves to Help: Pack The Outback

Subaru Loves to Help: A Child's Life Learning - Elaine P

My name is Elaine Price and I'm the Director of A Child's Life Learning Center, which is a non-profit Childcare Center with children from ages 1 through 5. We have two buildings with up to 84 children. Our learning center is dedicated to helping children, some underprivileged and/or special needs, to be successful in the classroom environment. I contacted Dick Meyer, owner of Dewey Griffin Subaru and asked him if he could help us. Dewey Griffin/Dick Meyer is committed to the Bellingham Community and especially the children. Our building is really old and we needed a number of things. He saw how old and outdated our kitchen was and offered to give us a new kitchen. Dewey Griffin/Dick Meyer provided $40,000 and partnered with Z Construction who graciously took on the job and did it at cost. It is now so beautiful and different compared to what we had. We had 2 stove tops with some non-working burners and a counter top that was difficult to sanitize. Our ovens did not have consistent temperature control and our industrial dishwasher no longer functioned. Dewey Griffin/Dick Meyer gave us new cupboards, countertops, ovens, refrigerator and industrial dishwasher, new sinks and everything we needed to have a full functioning kitchen to feed fresh, hot meals to all of our children and staff. We are very grateful for our new kitchen and very thankful for wonderful people with big hearts like Dick Meyer and the staff of Dewey Griffin Subaru. Sincerely, Elaine Price, staff and families of ACLLC.

A Child's Life Learning Center
Subaru Loves to Help: A Child's Life Learning

Subaru Loves to Help: Alaska Subaru Customers - Dewey G

Dewey Griffin Subaru cares about the importance of providing timely, quality service to our customers. In the spring of 2019 Subaru reached out to us and asked if we could assist in performing air bag recalls in areas of Alaska that do not have local Subaru dealerships. We said YES and worked with All American Auto in Ketchikan who provides Subaru repairs in that area. We sent our technician for a week and he performed recall service on multiple vehicles. We used a stall in this local shop to complete not only air bag recalls but additional recalls needed by the customer. All American auto staff were phenomenal at contacting customers, verifying the needed recalls and keeping us up to date on the services needed by the customers. In July of 2019, Subaru reached out to us to see if we would go to Dillingham, Alaska to address recalls. Again, our response was YES. We worked with Ram Automotive and used one of their service bays. In the week our Technician was there he was able to perform multiple recall repairs for the Subaru owners in this remote area. Our Technician returned to Ketchikan in October and spent 2 weeks at All American Auto performing recall repairs. Overall, we were able to repair 116 Subaru vehicles with a total of 195 recalls. Without the help from All American Auto and Ram Automotive it would have been difficult for us to be able to complete these recalls. Both are independent repair shops who truly care about their customers who were in need of our help in completing these Subaru recalls. Dewey Griffin values supporting the "Subaru Community" so we felt it was imperative to step up to help these Alaska communities. With the completion of the recalls, the passengers are now protected as they travel the Alaska roads and they are happy Subaru customers. It was rewarding for Dewey Griffin Subaru and our employees to provide this assistance and we will continue to be available to assist if needed in the future.

Subaru Loves to Help: Alaska Subaru Customers

Dewey Griffin Subaru Hosts Meals on Wheels Event - Julie M

The Whatcom Council on Aging was honored to celebrate the kick-off of the 2019-20 Subaru Share the Love Event and our seventh year as Dewey Griffin Subaru’s Hometown Charity by holding the Meals on Wheels and More program’s first annual donor and stakeholder reception in the dealership’s beautiful new showroom. The reception, held on November 14, 2019, was an opportunity to thank Dewey Griffin Subaru, representatives from other corporations, foundations, and local governments, as well as the individual donors whose support is vital to our ability to continue to serve all local seniors who need our services. During the reception we shared the story of Donna, an elderly Meals on Wheels client who is nearly blind, and her friendship with volunteer drivers, Marian and Nick, who not only deliver and set up Donna’s meals, but who also visit her when she is in the hospital and bring her treats on her birthday. The contributions of Dewey Griffin Subaru, Subaru of America, and our local community have never been more important, as our program has grown by more than 75 percent over the past five years.

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Dewey Griffin Subaru Hosts Meals on Wheels Event

Subaru Loves Learning - Eagleridge Elementary - Eagleridge E

December 3, 2018 Dick Meyer and Marlene Burke Dewey Griffin Subaru 1800 Iowa St Bellingham, WA 98229 Dear Dick and Marlene We are writing to give our most sincere thanks for the generous donation you recently made to Eagleridge Elementary. Your funding enabled the Kindergarten team to attend the Fall 2018 Kindergarten Conference in Chicago, Il. Without your support, this trip would not have been possible. During the Conference, the Kindergarten team enhanced our understandings of teaching best practices in the areas of math, literacy, science and play-based learning. We heard from experienced and highly-celebrated educators regarding recent research, activities and teaching concepts to benefit children. In addition to these important instructional offerings, this trip strengthened the kindergarten team as a unit through knowledge and shared experience. It is imperative to highlight that not only did your exceedingly generous contribution strengthen the current implementation of kindergarten teaching at Eagleridge, your contribution will have a lasting impact on future cohorts of children to come. At this time when funding for trainings can be rare and difficult to acquire, you afforded our team the extraordinary opportunity to grow as educators, bond as a team and better serve the children in our care. In sum, thank you for supporting early childhood education at Eagleridge. Our staff as well as generations of Eagleridge kids are exceedingly fortunate to benefit from your generosity. With our deepest gratitude, Eagleridge Kindergarten Team Ferndale, WA

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Subaru Loves Learning - Eagleridge Elementary

Dewey Griffin Subaru is Truly Community Driven - Julie M

The Whatcom Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels and More Program is proud to partner with Dewey Griffin Subaru, of Bellingham, Washington, winner of the 2019 National Love Promise Award. Dewey Griffin’s commitment to the local community shines through, and we are excited that they were recognized at the national level. Dewey Griffin Subaru recently purchased and installed a large electric sign/ billboard in front of the dealership for the sole purpose of promoting community events. Instead of promoting the latest Outback on the radio, they allocate the majority of their radio advertising to the promotion of local nonprofit events, including the Meals on Wheels Irish Dinner and Senior Day in the Park. Even more inspiring than their generous financial and advertising support for our program and other nonprofits is the time and energy they commit to their community partners. Examples of Dewey Griffin’s involvement in local programs include: serving meals at the Bellingham Senior Center, volunteering at our annual Stuff the Trunk event and Senior Day in the Park, coordinating and donating to food and toy drives, volunteering at and participating in the annual Tour de Whatcom Bike ride which benefits multiple local charities, and more! The Love Promise committee couldn’t have picked a more deserving dealership to honor this year!

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Dewey Griffin Subaru is Truly Community Driven

Dewey Griffin Supports Bellingham Cancer Patients - Katie J

On June 28, 2019, Dewey Griffin Subaru partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to further our mission of ending blood cancer and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Alan Meyer, General Manager for Dewey Griffin Subaru arrived to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center with 80 warm, comfortable blankets and arts and crafts kits to bring comfort to patients receiving cancer treatment. Cancer is something that is no stranger to the Meyer family and they are happy to be able to help people who are going through something they are all too familiar with. LLS volunteers Terry Thalhofer, Fred Bannister and Sara Hilsman based in Bellingham were also in attendance for the event. Sara and Fred are both blood cancer survivors due to being recipients of bone marrow transplants at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the early 2000’s. Terry sadly lost her father to blood cancer years after she started supporting the LLS and her son is also a cancer researcher at Providence Hospital specializing in immunotherapy, a type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection, and other diseases. LLS was the first organization to fund Dr. Carl June, the “Father of CAR T Immunotherapy’s” research which led to an FDA approval in recent years and many people being cured of their cancers. This is the fourth year for this partnership and each year PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center is so thankful to receive this donation each year for their patients. Sara, Fred and Terry are so thankful for the support Dewey Griffin Subaru has shown for a cause that is so near and dear to their hearts and LLS is grateful for the support from Dewey Griffin Subaru to find more cures, like CAR T Immunotherapy for cancer and help blood cancer patients and their families. Photos: -LLS volunteers, cancer center staff and Dewey Griffin Subaru staff gather together for the blanket delivery at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center LLS Volunteers: Fred Bannister, Terry Thalhofer, and Sara Hilsman

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Dewey Griffin Supports Bellingham Cancer Patients

Sharing the Partnership - Julie M

The Whatcom Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels and More Program has had the privilege of partnering with Dewey Griffin Subaru for the annual Subaru Share the Love Event since 2012! In 2014 we began partnering for a one day “Share the Love Stuff the Trunk” food drive at all 5 Whatcom County Haggen Northwest Fresh Stores. Each year through Stuff the Trunk we have collected enough food and funds to provide emergency meals to approximately 250 homebound seniors. For this event, Dewey Griffin Subaru generously donates the use of a new vehicle at each store and the time of 5 or more dealership employees who frequently withstand cold and windy weather to help with the event. Dewey Griffin also sponsors an ad for the drive on local radio stations. We are excited that it appears as though our community partnership with both Dewey Griffin Subaru and Haggen Northwest Fresh has contributed to a partnership between the two local corporations. Haggen recently purchased 5 Subaru Crosstreks from Dewey Griffin to giveaway in “The Great Haggen Giveaway” April 24- June 4, 2019.

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Sharing the Partnership

Dewey Griffin Subaru Loves to Help Seniors - Julie M

Dewey Griffin Subaru’s partnership with the Whatcom Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels and More program began with the 2012 Subaru Share the Love Event and led to a $4,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America. We knew we were on to something special, but had no idea at that time of the huge impact that the dealership's ongoing commitment to serving local seniors would have on the growing program. Since 2012, Dewey Griffin Subaru’s partnership with Meals on Wheels and More has directly and indirectly contributed to approximately $175,000 in cash donations and grants, including a $35,000 national grand prize grant from Meals on Wheels America for our partnership during the 2014 Subaru Share the Love Event. Since 2013, Dewey Griffin has selected Meals on Wheels and More to be their Share the Love Event Hometown Charity, which has resulted in greater than $85,000 in combined donations from Subaru of America and the dealership. The partnership has also led to more than $50,000 in in-kind donations including multiple radio advertisement sponsorships paid for by the dealership as well as the 2017 award of a new Subaru Outback for Meals on Wheels deliveries as part of Subaru’s 50 Cars for 50 Years Donation. It is not an exaggeration to say that our partnership with Dewey Griffin Subaru has been a key factor in our Program’s ability to accommodate a whopping 60% increase in demand for our services by homebound seniors in the past 4 years.The success of our partnership can be attributed to the commitment of Dewey Griffin Subaru owner Dick Meyer and General Manager, Allen Meyer to the community and particularly to local seniors. Over the past 6+ years Dewey Griffin staff and their family members have regularly served lunch at the Bellingham Senior Center; they have volunteered at our annual Share the Love Stuff the Trunk Event, and participated in our March for Meals fundraisers. We have enjoyed celebrating every success with our friends at Dewey Griffin Subaru and hope to continue our partnership for years to come.

Dewey Griffin Subaru Loves to Help Seniors

Sharing the Love with Meals on Wheels - Julie M

For Frank and his wife Sally of Bellingham, WA “Meals on Wheels means that we get a nutritious meal and we don’t have to cook or clean up." The couple both have multiple chronic health issues which make it difficult to shop for and prepare healthy meals and they rely on Meals on Wheels for their main meal of the day. Over the past four years the Whatcom Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program has grown by a staggering 60%, and the demand for our services continues to increase. Although the program is partially federally funded, each year we depend on increased community donations, grants, and fundraisers to make up the funding gap. Thanks in large part to the national Subaru Share the Love Event and Dewey Griffin Subaru, we have been able to continue to serve Frank and Sally as well as hundreds of other local homebound seniors who are in need of our services without starting a waiting list as other Meals on Wheels programs have resorted to doing. We are excited and extremely appreciative to have been selected by Dewey Griffin Subaru to be their Hometown Charity for the 2018 national Subaru Share the Love Event. As Dewey Griffin Subaru’s 2017 Share the Love Event Hometown charity we received a total donation of nearly $28,000 ($23,711 from Subaru of America and $4,250 from Dewey Griffin Subaru)! The donation helped fund thousands of nutritionally balanced meals delivered to Frank and Sally and hundreds of Whatcom and San Juan County's most vulnerable seniors.

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Sharing the Love with Meals on Wheels