Supported by Intero’s offices in Gilroy, Santa Clara and Silver Creek (San Jose), the Intero Foundation donated $49,860 to local nonprofits that support low-income and disadvantaged youth. Since its inception, the Foundation, which is funded, promoted and governed by Intero Real Estate Services’ agents and employees, has raised more than $4.5 million.
Nearly $215,000 Has Been Given In 2016
Of specific interest to this round of giving is the $23,860 grant that was presented to Camp Taylor. It’s one of the largest single grants that the Intero Foundation has ever given and will go to support various programs within the nonprofit.
“We are so honored of the positive impact the Intero Foundation is having on the children in our communities,” said Tom Tognoli, Intero President & CEO. “We are especially proud of the incredible grant that was given to Camp Taylor and look forward to the positive impact it will provide to the organization.”
Recipients of the August grants include:
1. The DreamPower Foundation, Inc.: The organization was awarded $6,000 to provide scholarships for equine facilitated psychotherapy services supporting children and teens in foster care, group homes, residential treatment programs, relative placement, those at risk of out-of-home placement, as well as low-income youth referred through juvenile probation departments and local schools and counseling centers.
2. Rebekah Children’s Services: The nonprofit received $6,000 to support the Culinary Academy, a no-cost culinary arts vocational training program for at-risk youth and young adults in the community of Gilroy. Students learn hands-on culinary skills in a commercial kitchen under the supervision of a credentialed, professional chef. The Culinary Academy provides sheltered, supportive instruction with a low instructor to student ratio, providing students with opportunities to learn and apply culinary skills, earn high school credits, learn employability skills, secure paid internships, and access job placement support for paid positions in the food service industry.
3. YMCA of Silicon Valley/Project Cornerstone: The nonprofit received $4,000, which will be used to support the Project Cornerstone’s Los Dichos program in Gilroy. Los Dichos began in 2004 as a way to open new doors for monolingual parents to support their children’s educational success as well as that of other youth in the community. Spanish-speaking parent volunteers are trained to read specially selected bilingual books and lead classroom activities and discussions (alongside the English speaking teacher) about topics including Latino heritage, tolerance, family pride, peaceful conflict resolution, and positive cultural identity.
4. Corbett Group Homes: The organization was granted $10,000 to support the R.I.S.E. House in Redwood City, and provide vital services solely and exclusively for CSEC. The R.I.S.E. House is the only residential program solely and exclusively for CSEC in San Mateo County and one of the very few programs dedicated to CSEC in the Bay Area. The goal of the program is to empower youth from within to break away from the enslavement of sexual exploitation and evolve from victims to survivors and into leaders.
5. Camp Taylor: The nonprofit received $23,860 to support offsetting the $800 per child cost of attending either the youth or teen camp. The camps are structured to serve children with congenital heart disease and/or acquired heart disease in the 7-17 year age group. In addition, it will support the 4Heartsake program that provides assistance to families of hospitalized children including gift cards for a free meal in the hospital cafeteria, transportation assistance and accommodations near the hospital for out of town families.