Share the Love, a fundraiser that Rimrock Subaru holds for Family Service each year, resulted in a presentation of $25,394 to the agency this month.
Employees raise money for the Billings anti-poverty agency through food and clothing drives and other volunteer work, said Ernie Lee, the dealership’s chief administrative officer and partner.
“It’s a relationship, more than just a check,” he said. “We do our best to help them spread the message of who Family Service is in Southeastern Montana.”
This year’s fundraising efforts caught the attention of Dave Pygott, Subaru’s Denver zone president, who attended Family Service’s volunteer breakfast for the presentation.
This year’s Share the Love total is almost four times the amount dealership employees raised four years ago, the first year that Rimrock Subaru partnered directly with Family Service.
During the 2015-16 fiscal year, Family Service distributed about 1.3 million pounds of food to more than 9,100 households. It also gave away nearly $71,000 in rent or utility assistance and nearly 77,000 articles of clothing.
All the money raised comes through private funding, grants, corporate sponsorship and food donations.
Nearly 90 percent of Family Service clients work or live on Social Security, disability or survival income. About 25 percent live on $12,000 per year or less.