Case Cares

Not just our job. Our responsibility.

We established Case Cares in 2007 because an organization like ours should do more than simply make a donation here and there. As Case employees, we spend a significant amount of time in local communities, and we should be striving to make a difference in those places not for any business benefit but because it’s the right thing to do. We pledge to always go a step further, identifying and providing volunteer services, resources, and funding to make an impact in our community and yours. Below, you’ll find some examples of the Case Cares work happening in the DC metro area and beyond.

Supporting Our Military

This year, as part of an annual team-building exercise, the entire Case and FRED families came together to assemble fifty-one military care packages, including personal messages, which were donated to Soldiers’ Angels.  These care packages were then distributed to active military personnel stationed at bases around the US.  Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population.

Additionally, team members handmade nearly sixty valentines for Soldiers’ Angels as part of their Valentines for Veterans program.  The valentines were distributed to patients in VA Medical Centers around the country.

In December, Case employees laid wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America Day.

“This year I was able to participate in laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America thanks to Allison and our Case Cares program. It was the first time I had done this and found that it really gave me a sense of pride in our company for organizing such events and it gave me a chance to focus on important aspects of the Christmas Season such as giving back and remembering those who gave their lives so we can enjoy this time of year.  I invited my wife and my youngest son to participate as well and I have to say…even my 14 year old son took pride in the event and held a true sense of reverence for the soldiers laid to rest there. Looking across the cemetery with all of the wreaths laid in place was awe-inspiring. I think I’ll make this a family tradition.” – John Audet, Case Project Developer

Case served as the general contractor on a new home built in Frederick, MD for a severely injured U.S. Marine veteran through Homes for our Troops. Founded in 2004, Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit organization that assists veterans and their families by collecting donations of money, building materials and professional labor, as well as coordinates the process of building a specially adapted home, free of cost, to the veteran and his or her family.

Assisting Homeless Families

Since 2009 Case has partnered with Homestretch, a Falls Church-based organization, to transform approximately 19 units by rehabilitating their kitchens. The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless families to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Since 1990 Homestretch has helped over 1,000 families.

“Homestretch is amazed and delighted by the remarkable support provided by Case Design.  The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless parents with children to secure permanent housing and to attain the skills, resources and hope to become self-sufficient; and one of the most important things we do is provide temporary housing for homeless families.  We house fifty families at a time or about seventy-five families a year, all with young children, and the homes can suffer a lot of wear and tear.   Almost no foundations give grants for upkeep of homes for homeless families, and for many years this was a challenge – until Case Design stepped into the breach.  Case Design has provided new kitchens and bathrooms for almost half of our housing stock over the past few years, a value that is hard to measure in terms of both dollars and the inspiration it provides to families who had lived in shelters, or basements, or cars, or the streets.  The professional and beautiful work accomplished by Case Design for Homestretch is one reason why so many Homestretch families make dramatic changes to their lives.  They come to believe that their past is no predictor of their future; that someone believes in them enough to provide them with a lovely space to call home; and with this foundation, they can build incredible new futures.  Which most do.  Outcome studies show that 95% of our graduates remain housed and employed 2-5 years after leaving our care, a result that leads the nation.  I urge everyone at Case Design to consider this their own achievement, too – what you do really matters; in fact, it leads to transformed lives.” – Christopher Fay, Executive Director of Homestretch

Additional Nonprofits Case Supports: 

  • Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN): Case employees volunteered their time by serving dinner and preparing bagged lunches for A-SPAN. A-SPAN’s mission is to secure permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals. To date, employees have logged over 150 man hours supporting A-SPAN.
  • Southern Maryland Food Bank’s Meals & Hope Food Truck: Case employees donated funds to support Southern Maryland Food Bank’s mobile meal truck which provides nourishing meals and fellowship to those in the community who are unable to travel out to stationary resources.
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME): Case donated a Silent Auction item to SOME’s Gala and Silent Auction. SOME’s hallmark continuum of care serves to alleviate suffering and foster self-sufficiency among the people they serve. The programs are organized into three levels: emergency programs that meet acute needs; rebuilding programs that address the underlying causes of homelessness and poverty; and stability programs that facilitate the maintenance of health, sobriety and income gained through the first two levels of programs.

Children’s Charities

For the past six years Case has participated in the DC Design House benefiting Children’s National Health Systems. To date, the DC Design House has raised over $1.78 million dollars and is a leading annual fundraiser event for Children’s National.

In December, Case employees hosted a toy drive at our DC office supporting Horton’s Kids’ annual holiday program, Xmas Shop. Horton’s Kids empowers children growing up in one of DC’s most violent, under-resourced communities to graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. They serve 500 children in grades K-12 living in Wellington Park, a neighborhood where 80 percent of adults don’t have a high school diploma and the average annual household income is less than $10,000.

Also in December, Case employees participated in Light Up the Season event supporting Children’s National Health. Light Up the Season is a family-friendly community fundraising event featuring designer-decorated holiday trees, menorahs, mantle pieces, and wreaths.  Each original piece is a unique collaboration between a patient of Children’s National and a notable area designer.

“Participating in the Light Up the Season event this year with our patient artist, and working with her to create her perfect Christmas Tree was an awesome experience. As a designer, I know what it’s like to work hard on a project and at the end have my vision come to life. It’s a very rewarding moment, and to now be able to help make a child’s vision come to life through design is really special.” – Alexandria Hubbard, Case Designer – Interior Specialist

Other ways Case has given back to area children include: hosting a food drive for Children’s Inn at NIH, building and donating twenty-five bicycles to children in the Homestretch program for the holidays, donating over 1,000 books to the Payne Elementary School library, and filling and donating over 250 backpacks with school supplies to the children of Payne Elementary School.

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Case employees took up a collection to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, raising over $8,600. The donations were split between the Houston Food Bank in Texas and Direct Relief International in Puerto Rico. Both organizations pledged 100 percent of donations to go to disaster relief.

Case Scholarship Fund

For nearly 20 years, Case has been awarding scholarship money to the children of Case team members who are entering their freshman year in college. Since its inception, Case has awarded more than 80 scholarships.

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