At Caruso Homes, we operate every day with a “We Care” attitude. ”We Care” about our homebuyers, our employees, our trade partners and “We Care” about our community. Through volunteering and charitable giving, we are committed to supporting and strengthening the areas where we build to improve people’s lives and make the world a better place.
Christmas In April
For over 20 years, Caruso Homes has been a proud partner with Christmas in April of Prince Georges County, a volunteer organization that gathers funding, supplies and volunteers who come together each year on the last Saturday in April to repair the homes of senior citizens who are low income and/or physically challenged. Since 1989, Christmas in April has renovated over 2,500 homes to help those in need. Past projects completed by Caruso Homes include repairing basements that were damaged by floods, adding ramps for handicap access, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, repairing fences and much more!
In partnership with the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), Caruso Homes led a project to renovate the Alpha House, a four-bedroom single family home in old town Bowie that is run by the St. Matthews Housing Corporation. The organization provides transitional housing for low-income families affected by domestic violence or tragedy that has left them homeless, while also providing financial, educational and mental health support services to help the participants achieve economic stability and become self-sufficient. Caruso Homes, along with several of our trade partners, provided some much needed TLC by replacing the heating system, installing new windows and flooring, and replacing the sidewalk.
Military and Veterans Program
Caruso Homes is proud to honor the service and dedication of the American heroes who protect and serve our country every day. Our preferred lenders are well versed in the requirements for VA loans, so our military buyers can achieve the American dream that they work so hard to protect. Ask about our discounts for active duty and veterans.
Our company and team members take pride in supporting our local community in a variety of ways. From renovating an elementary school teachers lounge and purchasing school uniforms to sponsoring scholarship funds and youth sports teams, Caruso Homes is dedicated to creating strong, happy environments for children to grow and thrive. In addition, we provide donations to police and fire organizations, local nursing homes and hospice care, and neighborhood events to support the infrastructure of our communities.
Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF)
As a top supporter of HBCF, Caruso Homes has provided both funding and project expertise to carry out the agency’s mission to give back by utilizing our skills and resources to carry out shelter-related construction projects for the homeless and others at-risk in the community.
In the past three years, the HBCF has:
-Undertaken 43 community service projects
-Helped over 3,900 men, women and children in crisis
-Maintained 300 shelter units with donated construction expertise
-Created 79 new housing units
-Provided toys and gift cards to 1,200 children during the holidays
-Donated 5,500 items of professional clothing for job interviews
-And much more!
Caruso Cares Food Drive 2020
Caruso Cares launched a food drive to help those in our communities who had been struggling to feed their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caruso Cares collected non-perishable food items and donations from Caruso Homes employees, trade partners and homeowners. During the two-month campaign we donated several thousand pounds of food, including 200 lbs of fresh chicken, in addition to $4,000 in monetary donations to food banks and churches in Prince Georges and Anne Arundel counties.
Desk Donations for Virtual Learning
Virtual learning became the new norm for schooling in 2020 and many families struggled to identify workspaces for their children. In September, the Caruso Cares program partnered with Volun-Teen in Harford County Maryland to help build 120 desks and provide school supplies to kids in need across Harford county.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Home
In late 2020 and early 2021, Caruso Cares led a fundraising effort to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This foundation grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Caruso Family, through Jeff and Lianne Caruso, play an active part in the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Our efforts included raising money through charitable donations from our trade partners which were matched 20% by Caruso Homes and totaled over $36,000. In addition, Caruso Homes is donating the proceeds from the settlement of one of our homes designated as our "Make-A-Wish Home." Our donation will help make wishes come true for several kids who need hope now more than ever.