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 Ruge's Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

At Ruge's we've had the great fortune to be here in the Hudson Valley for over 80 years. An important part of our business is a commitment to support the local charities that make it a better place for all of us.We thank you for your support and giving us the opportunity to give back.

Rhinebeck Animal Hospital, Ulster SPCA

Rhinebeck Community Garden, Ferncliff Forest

Anderson Center for Autism, Chancellor Livingstone School

Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park, Big Gay Hudson Valley

Northern Dutchess Hospital, Relay for the Cure

Did Ruge's 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 Ruge's Subaru

Subaru and Ruge's 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

Ruge's Subaru Loves Pets! - Penny S

Have you ever had a pet? If so, you know how meaningful the experience is. And if you haven’t, let us shed some light on how an animal can enhance your entire life: Our pets greet us in the morning with utter enthusiasm, and welcome us home with boundless affection after a long day at work. They make us smile and laugh, and enter into whatever joy we’re experiencing. They also seem to sense when we most need a friend or a snuggle. They care for us. They protect us. They get us out for walks no matter the season! They introduce us to new people. And they model for us exactly what compassion and selflessness really look like, inspiring us to be better versions of ourselves. Our pets love us unconditionally. And we likewise love them - to the moon and back! Guess who else loves our pets? Why, Subaru, of course! And this October, Subaru is celebrating National Make a Dog’s Day by engaging in a nationwide campaign to help connect wonderful pets with loving homes. And you won’t just make a dog’s day by participating. You’ll be making your OWN day as well (along with making your week, month, year, and years ahead)!In 2020, this nationwide initiative was focused on “Underdogs”; it engaged over 500 Subaru retailers and more than 500 partner shelters all over the country, resulting in 20,000 shelter animals being adopted! Among them were thousands of dogs with special needs. Some of those pups face challenges as a result of missing limbs, others deal with visual or hearing impairments, and many suffer from chronic illness or face other enduring challenges. Regardless of each pet’s profile and personality, there’s a universal experience every shelter animal brings to all of us who love them: the kind of friendship that touches our hearts and makes everything about life a whole lot sweeter. So this year, we’re excited to announce that in October here at Ruge’s Subaru, we are donating $3,000 to the Dutchess County SPCA to help cover adoption fees. It’s a win for each of those animals, a win for an awesome organization, and a HUGE win for any of you who get to welcome home a new member of your family! We hope you’ll consider joining our effort to find good homes for shelter pets. Let’s help our friends at the Dutchess County SPCA add to their incredible success in matching approximately 1500 animals each year with individuals and families. Take a look at some of the precious animals who are currently up for adoption by visiting https://dcspca.org/adopt/ - and let us know if you make room for one of them in your home and in your Subaru! We want photos!

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Ruge's Subaru Loves Pets!

Ruge's Subaru adopts North Park Elementary School - Debra S

We all know that elementary school empowered each of us with a foundation for LIFE. During those years, kids learn the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic - but, of course, they gain INFINITELY more! Socialization, community-building, teamwork, respect, gratitude…..the opportunities to grow, learn, and discover are as boundless as their imaginations. It’s a remarkable time, and a period during which educators can unlock the tremendous potential of every young human being who walks into their classrooms. Unfortunately, however, a lack of financial resources in many schools can diminish those opportunities. When budgets miss the mark, classroom teachers may have to personally foot the bill to purchase necessary materials and supplies for critically important educational activities. And in many parts of the country and world, as neighboring districts are able to make extensive investments into technology, a less affluent school can fall behind, widening the digital divide.While we may not be able to solve this problem, we can certainly do our small part to try to make a difference. So that’s what we’re doing! Through a partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, a national nonprofit that believes every child should have the tools and materials they deserve to learn and succeed in school, Ruge’s hopes to help advance equity in education through a program called Subaru Loves Learning. Rooted in the philosophy that teachers know better than anyone what their students most need to achieve success, the Subaru Loves Learning/AdoptAClassroom program is designed to give educators the opportunity to make their own purchasing decisions with support that retailers like us deliver. As a sponsor, Ruge’s will provide funding in the form of credits that can be used directly by teachers to purchase supplies and materials available to them through an online educational marketplace. We think the concept is as brilliant as our local educators and students are! Rather than donating overstock items that may not necessarily be in demand, we can empower these awesome teachers to align our support with the specific needs of their individual classrooms and students. That said, we’re thrilled to share that this year, we’ll be sponsoring SIX classrooms at North Park Elementary School! This is a school that fits the criteria of the nationwide Subaru Loves Learning program; one that is considered “high need”, where 40% or more of its population qualifies for the Free or Reduced-Price Student Lunch Program. Chris Sherman, our Sales Manager here at Ruge’s Subaru, is extra-pleased that North Park has been designated as the benefactor. He’s a former student at the school, and his Mom spent several decades as a classroom teacher there. Said Chris, “It feels great to be back in a school that meant so much to me growing up. Not only was it a wonderful place to learn and grow, but it was extra special for me being that my mom taught there as well. What I remember the most are the people who made North Park what it was then and what it is today. Being involved in an effort to give back to this place and its teachers so many years later really brings it all full circle. I’m so proud to be a part of an organization like Ruge’s that pays it forward to the local community. ”Students and teachers have had to endure seemingly insurmountable challenges since the onset of the pandemic. We hope the Subaru Loves Learning program, among so many other initiatives, serves to remind them that we applaud their perseverance and believe that they can realize incredible potential with the support of their community. Our gratitude to all of our teachers - for all that you do! Learn more at https://www.subaru.com/learning.

North Park Elementary School
Ruge's Subaru adopts North Park Elementary School

Ruge's Subaru makes sure no student goes hungry! - Joseph P

At Ruge’s we operate on commitment to “paying it forward” to our local community. One of our most fulfilling efforts has been that of defraying the costs of school meals to families who are financially challenged in both Millbrook and Rhinebeck Central School Districts. We recently delivered checks to the districts to help pay off overdue meal balances for those students that qualify for the Free and Reduced School Meals Program, and it warmed our hearts to see the response. If you aren’t familiar with it, this program is available to students living in households receiving benefits from SNAP, the Food Distribution Program or TANF, and those whose household’s gross income meets Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. We decided to get involved in this initiative because here at Ruge’s, we believe that every child deserves the kind of nourishment that is essential to making the most of a school day. Being healthy and well-nourished is necessary if students are going to learn, grow, and achieve their potential. We want to offset food insecurity - which exists in every community - by addressing it on a local level for the communities we serve. Ruge’s Automotive President Kristin Ruge Hutchins shared, “Especially in times like these, it’s important that our community come together to support those in need. This is one way of doing our part to help local students understand that we’re all in it together. Joseph Phelan, recently retired superintendent, Rhinebeck Central School District, said “In today’s heightened climate of food insecurity, we are deeply appreciative, on behalf of our families, of Ruge’s generosity again this year to cover the outstanding charges for our “free and reduced price” eligible students. It also has been our school district’s privilege to provide free daily school breakfasts and lunches to all children through age 18 who live in our school district, regardless of where they attend school, since March 16th. Starting with 45 total meals during the first week of the covid-19 school closure, we are now providing 450 breakfasts and 450 lunches each school day. The need in our community to combat food insecurity is palpable. Thanks to Ruge’s for supporting our most financially vulnerable families.” And OUR thanks to our local School Teachers, Staff, and Administrators as well, for all that you do to support our youth!

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Ruge's Subaru makes sure no student goes hungry!

Ruge's Subaru Virtual Pride Month 2020 - Jeff R

With the pandemic closing down 2020 Pride celebrations Ruge's Subaru partnered with our friends at Big Gay Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center to help connect everyone at a time we couldn't physically be together. With the help of Subaru of America and their partnership with Logo, we were able to ship camera equipment to the homes of LGBTQ families all over the Valley and have them film their own personal message of Love and Pride. The plan was to make a 60-second vignette for Logo but the footage was so moving it was extended into a 90-second short. We were able to feature many of our customers and their Subarus and at the same time include the whole spectrum of the community by age, ethnicity, and gender identity. Not everyone was able to see the finished piece on Logo, so they kindly allowed it to be posted on Facebook where it went viral with thousands of views, comments, and shares. As I got to say in the ad "Everything Subaru does is about love" and it was the perfect message at the perfect time.

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center

Ruge's Subaru Loves to Care During Covid - Sarah C

For the sixth year in a row, Ruge’s Subaru selected Northern Dutchess Hospital as its hometown charity recipient, donating nearly $29,000 through Subaru’s annual Share the Love campaign. The funds will be used by the Rhinebeck hospital to offset the cost of treating COVID-19 patients, including isolation room conversions, antiviral medications, and vital personal protective equipment. “The generosity of the Ruge family and Subaru could not have come at a more needed time, as we ceaselessly work and invest to ensure the healthcare needs of our local community are met during this pandemic,” hospital President Denise George said. During December’s Share the Love campaign, anyone who purchases or leases a new Subaru can designate $250 to be given to a national charity or the dealer’s local charity of choice. In total, about $139,000 was donated by Ruge’s Automotive to Northern Dutchess Hospital through this campaign over the last six years. Dealership founder Lewis Ruge has been a member of the hospital’s board of directors for 45 years and the hospital’s foundation board for 36 years. His daughter and Ruge’s CEO, Kristin Hutchins, is also on the foundation board.

Ruge's Subaru Loves to Care During Covid

Ruge's supports Families for Astor - Sonia B

Ruge’s Subaru is proud to announce that fundraising for Families for Astor which took place during Rhinebeck’s Porchfest event has resulted in total proceeds of over $4,000. The funds were secured through three different channels that day – a donation of $250 per vehicle sold by Ruge’s Subaru, a lemonade stand, and an auction coordinated by Ruge’s and Families for Astor. Proceeds will support renovation projects at the Astor Home for Children. Joe Monaco, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ruge’s Subaru, said, “Porchfest is an incredible event that really brings people together for the common good. Once we decided to sponsor it and to host a performance at our property, we felt compelled to use our participation as an opportunity to also do something positive for the children who live at Astor. We got in touch with the team there, and everyone quickly got to work.”Added Kristin Ruge Hutchins, President of Ruge’s Automotive, “Our team at Ruge’s raised $2,000 from sales of vehicles that day, and then the auction, which was a collaborative effort between Ruge’s and Families for Astor, secured another $1,000. It’s heartwarming to be part of something that helps the kids at the Astor Home; we’re thrilled to have created this partnership.”Said Kate Kortbus, Families for Astor Committee and Chair of the Board, Children’s Foundation of Astor “Families for Astor’s participation in Porchfest is a clear example of our mission: kids helping kids. Through our partnership with Ruge’s, we were able to set up a lemonade stand and offer baked goods. The community was drawn to the children’s audible advertising to ‘come and support a local cause for kids’. Many patrons pressed the kids to explain what Astor is and with such clarity, the kids of FFA talked about the mental health issues that Astor kids struggle with. Together they raised over $1000 and felt the power of philanthropy and community that day.”Ruge’s also hosted a Sensory Safe Space during Porchfest this year, as part of Anderson Center for Autism and the Village of Rhinebeck’s work to make the Village an Autism Supportive Community. “There are so many ways a community can work together to enhance life for other people,” said Joe Monaco. “It’s rewarding to see what you can do in just one day. We’re reminded of how lucky we are to work and live in a place where people are always coming together to support those in need.”For more information about Porchfest, visit rbkporchfest.com. To learn more about Ruge’s Subaru, visit rugessubaru.com, or Families for Astor, visit astorservices.org.

Astor Services for Children & Families

Ruge's Subaru; A model for dealership excellence! - Bob C

I can honestly say that Ruge's Subaru is a dealership that is truly welcoming and supportive of the customer's interests and needs. Our sales representative, Mr. Jordon, was patient, very knowledgeable and always available to assist my wife and I as we explored options/packages and other details. At no time did my wife and I feel pressured and at the same time always felt supported when we had questions, observations etc.. Prices were fair, the dealership floor room was beautifully detailed, clean and comfortable and the staff always welcoming during our multiple visits. Mr. Jordon was a pleasure to work with! When my wife and I settled on a package option for our Forrester, Mr. Jordon was there to support our decision never resorting to gimmicky sales tactic, 'add on" etc..I believe Ruge's Subaru is a place were quality, experience and commitment to acknowledging customers interests beautifully comes together with the highest quality reliable cars. Ruge's should be the benchmark for other dealers to follow..Bob C. MSEd.

Ruge's Subaru; A model for dealership excellence!

Ruge's Subaru supports "Nourish Your Neighbor" - Victoria K

Ruge's Subaru is supporting the "Nourish Your Neighbor Backpack Food Drive" at Ralph R. Smith Elementary School in Hyde Park, NY as part of the Subaru Loves to Learn program. The program is coordinated through the Eat Smart New York program and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. "Nourish Your Neighbor" aims to build a community where healthy food options are available to all. Subaru backpacks are filled with healthy foods and made available to students who might otherwise not have access to healthy foods over weekends and holidays. It costs $183 to provide a student with a full year of Backpack program access, and Ruge's is sponsoring several students for the 2018/19 school year.

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
Ruge's Subaru supports "Nourish Your Neighbor"

Sharing the Love with Our Community - Patrick D

Ruge's Subaru has been a long time supporter of Big Gay Hudson Valley and their local events. We've partnered on events from Pink-keepsie to the Annual Family Picnic at Locust Manor during Pride Week, and the annual "Out on the Farm" harvest event at Sprout Creek Farm. "The LGBTQ community are long time and loyal customers for Ruge's and we enjoy paying it back by supporting events for the Community in the Hudson Valley. Plus they throw the best parties!" said Ruge's Patrick Downes.

Big Gay Hudson Valley
Sharing the Love with Our Community

Bringing Science to Schools - Patrick D

Ruge's Subaru presented Chancellor Livingstone Elementary School's Principal and students with boxes of award-winning books to help them with STEM education projects. The books were selected by Subaru's partner; The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Ruge's is proud to provide access to these entertaining and informative books that make learning scientific ideas fun. Ruge's Subaru owner Kristin Hutchins said: "We're really happy to be able to partner with both Subaru of America and CLS on this project and support the excellent work they do in teaching our kids".

Chancellor Livingstone School
Bringing Science to Schools