Kids Helping Kids

My daughter Natalie, who turns 6 at the end of the month, was hanging out in the office for a few days over spring break.  Always one to keep busy, she began selling paper hearts that she had cut out of copy paper.  She went around to the agents with some serious sales skills.  By the end of her rounds, she had made about 3 bucks.  She wasn’t quite sure what she should do with the money.  She wanted to give it to someone, but who?  This is a girl with a charitable spirit who gives any extra dollars she has in her backpack to her school friends on Ice Cream Friday.  I suggested she donate it to the Intero Foundation, explaining to her that some children aren’t as lucky as she is, to have what she has….lots of toys, clothes, shoes, a safe home, a healthy body….and that giving the money to the Intero Foundation would be a great way to help other kids. She agreed, and happily stuffed the money in an Intero envelope and addressed it accordingly. Kids helping kids….what could be sweeter!

Natalie Dixon Intero Foundation Donation 4-10-13
Natalie Dixon Intero Foundation Donation 4-10-13

Stretching the Body and The Mind

The Art of Yoga Project, www.theartofyogaproject.org, immediately caught our attention. We have not seen an organization like this before and were impressed with the approach and results of helping incarcerated teenage girls. Here is a letter we received from them.

  The Intero Foundation is amazing and speaks volumes on the commitment of all the realtors that support our local community.  We are so thrilled to be awarded this grant in support of our work with incarcerated teen girls.  At the Art of Yoga Project, we are specially-trained yoga teachers and art therapists going into juvenile detention facilities and Aftercare treatment centers to teach an intervention program to promote girls’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We consciously hold safe space for girls to develop the self-awareness, self-respect and self-control necessary for shifts in consciousness and subsequent behavioral change. Through breath control, self-witnessing, and slowing down to pause between reaction and action, the young women learn to self regulate, and channel their own process from a place of self destruction to one of reflection, healing and personal empowerment.  Thank you for giving us the means to support these girls and offer them the possibility of a better future. With deep gratitude, Lisa Pedersen Executive Director The Art of Yoga Project

The Intero Foundation: Why does it matter?

*Because the children in our communities belong to ALL of us. The Intero Foundation is a funnel for funds to flow to the kids who are in real trouble and are suffering. We have created a culture of CARE for others, and of loving support for the children who need us most--those who don't live with us but have few or no other resources for help.  That matters! *Because The Intero Foundation recently gave a grant to At The Crossroads, an organization for kids, mostly teenagers, who are living on the streets and have no money, no families to help, no access to bathrooms or hygiene items, and no clean clothing to wear. Volunteers and therapists visit them in their environments under bridges and in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco four nights a week from 2:00am to 6:00am, giving them food, socks and underwear, hygiene items. More importantly, these counselors  sit with the homeless children to listen to their stories and offer them hope. That matters!

*Because the Intero Foundaiton funded a grant to KARA, an organization that provides counseling support to children who are experiencing substance abuse, rape, depression, PTSD and childhood neglect. Many of the counselors volunteer their time and no child is turned away. That matters!

*Because we have so much to be thankful for and some of our greatest blessings are our children. That matters!

Our amazing Intero agents, who fund the Intero Foundation with a donation at the close of every escrow, MATTER and are all heroes and heroines.

In this season of Love and Thanksgiving, it is YOU who matter to the children--Thank you!!

Intero Foundation hits a Home Run by donating to At the Crossroads and Kara!

There is a sea of Orange and Black on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants have just won the World Series in Detroit!  Adults, youth and teens alike are celebrating their home team; then travel on to their own home for a warm meal, hot shower and warm bed.  Not so just a few miles away from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants! We have a crisis of youth and teens living on the streets…homeless. Homeless because of physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, prescription drug dependency and poverty. These adolescents are at the cross roads of their lives. Devoted volunteers, counselors and psychologists of At the Crossroads, based in San Francisco, offer guidance and support. The mission of At the Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth at their point of need, and to work with them in building healthy and fulfilling lives. Their innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. They are succeeding in their goal of helping their clients to build outstanding lives, not just lives of subsistence.

The Intero Foundation is proud to share that they have continued their support by funding a $10,000 grant to the At the Crossroads Organization, making their total donation of $20,000 for 2011 and 2012.  Please become informed and visit their site at www.atthecrossroads.org

While local fans celebrate having their home team in the World Series, a different type of celebration has been happening down the Peninsula.  A young adolescent has suddenly passed away.  Her family, young siblings and friends at school are at an utter loss as to how to cope with their staggering grief.  The Kara-Grief Support Group, based in Palo Alto provides compassionate support to youth on their journey through grief so that they can move toward renewed hope and to continue in celebrating the life of the deceased. Their clients include those who are grieving a death as well as those coping with terminal illness, their own or of a family member.

The Intero Foundation is proud to share that they have just donated a $7,500 grant to help support Kara’s professional guidance and council.  This is our first year donating to Kara. We were honored and humbled by their request. Please visit their site at www.Kara-Grief.org.

Meanwhile, a third Celebration is taking place at a local Intero Real Estate Office.  The World Series is happening as well as being televised on T.V., but the Intero Agent has stayed late at the office to help his clients.  He just closed an escrow for a young couple that purchased their first home! One of many reasons he came to Intero is because of the core values of Intero and their dedication to helping local children at risk.  Intero Agents have the opportunity to donate a part of their commission to the Foundation, thus allowing funds to be donated to such great organizations as At the Crossroads and Kara.  Looking at his smart phone…he sees that when Pablo Sandoval stepped up to the plate and hit 3 home runs in one game…earned him MVP of the Series! Wow!  Sensing that this evening is a day in history, he decides that now it is his turn to step up to the plate and hit a home run by increasing his donations to the Intero Foundation!

Being at Intero is like playing on a World Series Team!   Every donation, no matter what size, makes a huge impact.  But, by increasing your donations, we can all be team player’s; MVP’s and maybe even a Pablo Sandoval!!

More about DreamPower Horsemanship

“As many of us know, DreamPower Horsemanship has been a recipient of the Intero Foundation grants for the past few years due to their excellent work with troubled children.  DreamPower provides therapeutic riding services as part of the counseling process to help children, teens and families cope with learning disabilities, drug or alcohol dependence, anxiety and so many other issues.  The counseling staff are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists as well as NARHA therapeutic riding instructors.  Pretty impressive. But did you know DreamPower also helped rescue 2 abandoned horses recently?  Last month two horses were found wandering along the road in Morgan Hill, malnourished, thirsty and clearly disoriented.   The mare and her 2 year old filly were rescued and turned over to Martha McNeil, executive director at DreamPower to care and nurture them until they can be adopted to a new home.  Martha named them Naomi and Ruth after biblical heroines that were homeless for a while and said they were very sweet and friendly.

Compassionate and caring people come from all walks in life and touch our lives in many ways.  From helping children and families in need to rescuing abandoned horses in town.”

Marian

The Joy of Giving

Growing up in the struggling young state of Israel exposed me to the other side of giving. What do I mean by that? As a child I always enjoyed facilities in my small town that were built by American donors. We had a beautiful public library and center for performing arts that shaped many young minds including mine. Following my high school years , I joined the Israeli defense forces and served my home country for 2 years, there I enjoyed facilities that relieved me as a young soldier from the demanding day to day training. I remember one mobile social room that was donated by an American Donor. We used to gather there and relax, read books and play brain teaser games, just to forget the hard reality we had to deal with day to day. Here I am 20+ years later, I am on the other side of the world,  living and working in an American company, serving the American local community. I have the opportunity to be  ‘that donor’ who did something great for someone else.  I used to think that only rich people can make a difference but was proven so wrong.I learned that the act of giving and filling someone else's bucket from time to time fills mine instantly.  That is why I choose to donate part of my earning to the Intero foundation. Many think “how can my $100 change in the world?"  Probably not much! But when the $100 is multiplied by many more now we can make a difference, and help shape a young mind in our local community through a great educational program or help one disable child understand something that might be rather trivial for others but for that child is a whole mind opening experience. Here at Intero, I am blessed to be part of a group that serves their local community and supports the next generation at the same time. It is so evident that real happiness is not measured by belongings or assets but by our good deeds and the positive impact we have on our families and communities.

My mom used to tell me that my children will enjoy a good, healthy and successful life if I will be an honorable person and will conduct myself with integrity and diligence. When a good deed is done with a clean heart it always works. The Intero foundation is a living example for great people that want to do good from the most sincere place and that is something to be proud of!! Thank you Intero for allowing me to be part of something bigger than myself. The real magic is that as I give I always do so without expecting to get something good from someone else.

Best,

Dorit Alon

Intero Foundation Day at the Giants

On July 25th Intero Real Estate agents from all over the Bay Area and real estate affiliates will be heading to San Francisco for the 2nd Annual Intero Foundation Day at the Giants. A $60 ticket provides each fan a catered tailgate lunch, drinks, raffle, live music and of course a bleacher seat to watch the Giants take on the Padres with 350 other Intero-Giant fans. It's destined to be a great day! Tickets are still available... Fill out the form below and return it to Kelli Dixon. Last year nearly $8,000 was raised for the kids in our communities and with the momentum building this year, we plan to raise even more. If you are interested in sponsorship, there are still opportunities. Please contact Kelli Dixon at kdixon@interorealestate.com.

Go Giants!

Intero Giants Game Registration Form
Intero Giants Game Registration Form

Every Nickel Counts! The Intero Foundation beneficiary of the Whole Foods Nickel for Non-profits campaign

Save a bag and support The Intero Foundation During the upcoming months of July, August, and September the Intero Foundation, a non-profit organization funded, promoted and governed by Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. agents is being featured by the Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill Road, in their Nickels for Non-profits campaign.

Nickels for Non-Profits is the Whole Foods community giving program which features a local non-profit for three months. Every time a customer reuses a shopping bag, a nickel is donated to the chosen local non-profit. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of new bags while increasing funding for a local non-profit.

The Blossom Hill Whole Foods store chose The Intero Foundation as a beneficiary of the five cent bag refund program because they felt the Intero Foundation could reach the most number of people to promote the event and bring people to the Blossom Hill store and also because of the great work the foundation does for kids. Customers who shop at this location and bring their reusable shopping bags for groceries at checkout will be asked by a Whole Foods checker if they would like to donate five cents to the Intero Foundation or receive a five cent credit between July 4, 2011 and September 24, 2011.

In addition, the Intero Foundation volunteer Realtors will be at a table near the entrance several Saturdays each month promoting the Foundation, and handing out reusable grocery bags as well as information about the Intero Foundation.

Thank you for re-using your shopping bags, honoring the environment and supporting both The Intero Foundation and your local Whole Foods Market!

I am not the same person

One of the most rewarding experiences of my life has been to be a representative for the Intero Foundation.  Gino and the founders of Intero had this amazing idea of giving back to the community from which we earned our living and the Intero Foundation was born.  I was inspired by the idea of helping children and was committed to “our mission” from the very beginning.  Those who know me well know the foundation is my true passion.  It has been the perfect vehicle for me to contribute back to the community which has given so much to me and my family. I truly believe that the opportunity to affect a child’s life in a positive way is a privilege not to be missed.  In our current economic environment, the purpose and goals of the Intero Foundation are more important than ever.  Children with a positive start in life inevitably have a better chance to grow up and be productive adults.  I’ve seen with my own eyes how our foundation’s assistance has made an immediate impact to the programs and children involved.  At the end of my life, I want to know that I did everything possible to make a difference.  Nurturing these children has been one of the most worthwhile endeavors of my life.  Standing before you right now, I am not the same person I was when we started the Intero Foundation.  I feel lucky to uphold the principles that created the Intero Foundation.

I want to express my deepest, heartfelt thanks for the support given to our foundation throughout the years.  It is indicative of the strong character and quality of human beings in this room that even through challenging times, the contributions have been constant.  I urge you to keep the momentum going by continuing your generosity.

Free e-Waste Recycling Event Benefits Children

Free e-Waste Recycling event at Intero Real Estate San Mateo

Did you know 2.5 million tons of e-Waste is created each year?

82% of it ends up in landfills unrecycled.  Help us change this!

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to bring their e-Waste to Intero Real Estate on:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

1100 Park Place, Suite 100, San Mateo (in the parking lot just east of Whole Foods)

We take all computer & electronic equipment.   Visit: www.EarthCareRecycling.com for a complete list of acceptable items.

Any proceeds will benefit the Intero Foundation, funding grants to children’s charities in our communities.

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For some, the path to a better life begins here!

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Thank you Intero Foundation! Did you read the Mercury News today?  The Wish Book.  They talk about a young girl who was headed down the wrong path and Alum Rock Counseling Center helped her turn around.

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Alum Rock Counseling Center received a grant from The Intero Foundation in the past…. so that means The Intero Foundation had a hand in a young person getting on the right path.... the path to a better life, to college, to a career. She is now getting good grades because of the direction this Counseling group has set her on.

We, at Intero Foundation, have raised $200,000 this year… a year that has been a challenge for the real estate industry. Those contributions have helped 20 non-profit organizations help children in our community.

2010 has been a great year for the Intero Foundation... A great year of giving.

Thank you Intero Real Estate Agents for your generosity.

Thank you Intero Foundation!

Summer Search Silicon Valley

Summer Search Silicon Valley is a recipient of an Intero Foundation grant.  The program provides deserving young people with intensive mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college access resources, and professional development services that empower them to change their lives and communities. Summer Search Silicon Valley provides mentoring to 82 low-income juniors and seniors who recently returned from summer experiential education programs.  Post-trip mentoring provides holistic support and helps students build on the life skills and self-awareness they gained over the summer to excel academically and become community leaders.  Intero Foundation is excited about the improvements the Summer Search program is making in the lives of young children.

Advocates for Children

Each year, 600-800 San Mateo County children enter the foster care system as a result of abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, a local non-profit located in San Mateo, California, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers (CASA) who mentor and speak up for these children. CASA workers are volunteers that work with the court and the foster homes to see that the children are not lost in the system and that their needs and wants are heard. At the Intero Foundation, we believe that the work Advocates for Children provides is important and vital to the future success of those children in the foster care system.  That's why we are proud to present a check to Advocates for Children for their tireless support of the children in our community.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer or donate, please visit the Advocates for Children website:

http://advocatesfc.org/index_en.shtml

Free eWaste Recycling Day at Los Altos

Free e-Waste Recycling event at

Intero Real Estate Los Altos

Did you know 2.5 million tons of e-Waste is created each year? 

82% of it ends up in landfills unrecycled.  Help us change this!

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to bring their e-Waste to Intero Real Estate on:

Saturday, September 18, 2010        

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 496 First St., Los Altos

We take all computer & electronic equipment.   Visit: www.EarthCareRecycling.com for a complete list of acceptable items.

Any proceeds will benefit the Intero Foundation, funding grants to children's charities in our communities.

Free e-Waste Recycling Day in Los Altos & Hollister

Free e-Waste Recycling event at Intero

Did you know 2.5 million tons of e-Waste is created each year? 

82% of it ends up in landfills unrecycled.  Help us change this!

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to bring their e-Waste to Intero Real Estate on:

Saturday, June 19, 2010         9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Two locations:

Intero Real Estate, 496 First St., Los Altos

Intero Real Estate, 800 San Benito St., Hollister

We take all computer & electronic equipment.   Visit: www.EarthCareRecycling.com for a complete list of acceptable items.

Any proceeds will benefit the Intero Foundation, funding grants to children's charities in our communities.