Community Involvement

Recognized nationally as an industry leader for excellence in community service, Carus Group Inc. is proud to lead and support educational and environmental initiatives in the communities we call home. Our outreach efforts include community recycling and waste disposal events, waterway litter removal, internship opportunities, Summer Science Camp for kids, career fairs, chemistry demonstrations in schools, and a unique externship program that provides teachers an inside look at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields for which they are preparing tomorrow’s leaders. In addition, Carus budgets more than a quarter of a million dollars annually so employees can volunteer for community projects during paid work hours.

Each year the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) selects one member company that best exemplifies the giving spirit of our nation’s manufacturers to receive the Sandy Trowbridge Award for Excellence in Community Service. Carus was the proud recipient of the 2010 Sandy Trowbridge Award.

Scientific Work Experience Program for Teachers (SWEPT)

Piloted as an externship in 1998 by Carus Corporation, the Scientific Work Experience Program provides teachers with workplace experience that connects curriculum and instruction to the “real world” of work, to further their own professional development, and to better understand... Read More

Career Fairs

In addition to attending, and providing resources for, career fairs at area schools and career centers, Carus Corporation is a co-sponsor of the North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo , an event aimed at educating hundreds of high school students about career opportunities... Read More

Summer Science Camp

Carus Corporation’s annual Summer Science Camp provides a week filled with educational, hands-on science experiments and programs free-of-charge to students entering 6 th grade in the communities surrounding our Peru, IL headquarters. Campers are introduced to principles of geology,... Read More

Chemistry Demonstrations

In conjunction with the American Chemical Society’s National Chemistry Week, Carus employees present science demonstrations and experiments to thousands of junior high school students each year. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of chemists and engineers, and to show children... Read More

Canal Clean-Up

For almost 20 years, Carus Corporation has participated in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Illinois & Michigan (I&M) Canal State Trail Adopt-A-Trail Program. Carus employees volunteer to remove litter and report damage along a stretch of Illinois’ historic... Read More

Community Recycling and Waste Disposal Events

In an effort to keep our communities safe, Carus Corporation is proud to partner with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in providing free household hazardous waste collection events. During our most recent event, Carus volunteers helped nearly 800 households safely dispose of unwanted... Read More