According to Michael Perry, general manager of AutoFair Subaru, the donation was the result of Subaru’s annual Share the Love Event in which participating retailers have donated more than $145 million to charity.
“Customers picked one of 5 local charities, and many of them chose VNOC,” he said. “It’s a wonderful program and a way for us to give back.”
He said the philosophy behind the Share the Love Event, which takes place annually in November and December, represents a core concept at their dealership and Subaru.
“We may not always do what is in our best interests for our bottom line, but we always do what is best for our customers, employees and the community,” he said. “We firmly believe in this philosophy.”
According to VNOC’s John Ford, who accepted the check behalf of the nonprofit agency, the donation has been put to immediate use.
“These unrestricted funds are so important, because we can apply them directly to services for veterans and their families, including food, household items and so much more,” he said. “Mike and his team have been supportive of our mission for years — and it means so much, especially now.”
Founded in 1985, VNOC provides basic food and shelter, housing, advocacy, counseling, peer support, case management, employment and education to veterans and their families throughout Essex, Middlesex and Barnstable Counties in Massachusetts.