Intero Foundation Continues to Grow the Business of Giving

The Intero Foundation Grants $54,000 to San Francisco Peninsula Organizations

Cupertino, California (August 6, 2013) – On July 19th, the Intero Foundation issued another round of grants directed towards the California communities of San Carlos, San Mateo, and Los Altos. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. founded the Intero Foundation to be a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in the communities local to where Intero conducts business.

Over a decade later, the Foundation empowers a diversity of organizations that positively impact the education and personal development of children. Through Intero’s agents, employees and fundraising events, the Foundation has generated over $2.7 million with an endowment of approximately $535,000.

In order to sustain its commitment to giving back to the community, each quarter, the Intero Foundation presents grants to non-profits that have been approved by the Foundation Committee. This quarter focused on giving to the San Francisco Peninsula; next quarter, grants will be given to non-profit organizations in the Silicon Valley.

For the summer quarter, the Intero Foundation gave a total of $54,000 split amongst the following organizations:

  1. CASA of San Mateo – Ensures all abused and neglected children under the protection of the court in San Mateo County have a consistent and caring adult who speaks on their behalf and helps them reach their full potential. The Intero San Carlos Office presented $7,500 to assist in the training and screening of over 200 volunteers.
  2. Nature Bridge  – Educates youth on the subjects of science and the environment at campuses in national parks with the goal of inspiring a personal connection to nature and the responsibility to sustain it. The Intero San Carlos Office presented $7,500 for disadvantaged students, grades K-12, in Redwood City and East Palo Alto to learn at Yosemite National Park and be transformed by the experience.
  3. Junior Achievement of Northern California – Inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through educational, volunteer-led programs. The Intero San Mateo Office presented $7,500 to aid in providing financial literacy and workforce readiness to students in grades K-12 in San Mateo County.
  4. Ravenswood Family Health Center – Provides primary healthcare, perinatal services, dental, behavioral health and enabling services to 11,000 patients annually, 4,000 of which are children. The Intero San Mateo Office presented $7,500 to support staff time for the delivery of comprehensive oral health care to low-income children in San Mateo County.
  5. Achieve Kids­ – Provides individualized and multi-disciplinary programs that deliver special education, mental health, and family support to children who have complex and often severe developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The Intero Los Altos Office presented $10,000 to support the hands-on training of children in daily living skills such as taking public transportation, ordering meals at a restaurant, and buying groceries.
  6. Grateful Garment – Reduces any further negative impact on victims of sexual violence and human sex trafficking. The Intero Los Altos Office presented $10,000 for the purchase of clothing, food, and toiletries to minor victims of sexual assault; prevention education and training; and administrative expenses (supplies, storage, telephone, mileage, etc.) within the Santa Clara County.
  7. Partners for New Generations – Mentors high school students and tutors elementary school students in the Mountain View, Los Altos, and Alta Vista High Schools.  The Intero Los Altos Office presented $4,000 for Mentor Coordinator salaries.  The Mentor Coordinators match each mentor and student based on common levels of interest and train mentors to improve student attendance, GPAs, behavior, and general self-esteem.

The Intero Foundation is always seeking to expand the culture of giving.  To apply for a grant for your non-profit organization, follow the grant application guidelines here.

To find out more about the Intero Foundation, visit the website at interofoundation.org.

Christmas Poem

On Christmas morning you open your eyes, and awake to such a joyous surprise.

Children filled with wonder, laughter and love,

at the gifts that Santa has brought from above.

But just down the block at another little house,

the children awake quiet as a mouse.

Their eyes fill with tears at the sight of their tree,

small and forlorn with nothing underneath.

Their cupboards are empty and their table is bare,

For them there will be no Christmas fare.

No gifts to make their little eyes shine.

No feast to last from morning to night.

Their mother really did try her best,

but after paying their bills there was nothing left.

Her children wonder what did they do wrong.

All year long they had tried their best,

hoping Santa would remember them like all the rest.

But, this year Santa didn't come,

and heartbreak and tears filled their little home.

Their mother's heart was broken at the sight,

how could she explain to the children their plight.

She gathered them round and gave them a hug,

for she had nothing to give them, except for her Love.

They had been good and done their best,

so she tried to put their minds to rest.

It was nothing they did or didn't do,

there just wasn't enough money to see them through.

She explained to them that all those gifts were not free,

and why there was nothing under their tree.

She spoke of bills and money and love,

and how Santa can't come to everyone.

The only thing the children knew,

was that the stories of Santa really weren't true.

She put them to bed, and kissed them goodnight.

There is no Merry Christmas when your life is a fight.

Cecia Jean DeCarlo

Former Resident - San Jose

Family Shelter

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!!

Supporting non-profits in San Benito County

The Intero Foundation with combined efforts of the local Hollister Intero Real Estate Services office recently announced that they are granting local non-profits Small Steps and HOPE Services a combined $17,500 towards programs that benefit underprivileged children right in San Benito County. The board members of Small Steps are fortunate to receive the grant this year to continue efforts and expand resources, in supporting annually over 300 children with funds to buy winter coats and shoes. The President of the Intero Foundation Cathy Jackson believes that, “Hollister is such a small yet loving community and it is important to give to the event that means so much to the community.” Small Steps is excited to have the support from the Intero Foundation, along with providing a huge volunteer opportunity for the San Benito County residents.

For the first time, the Intero Foundation has granted HOPE Services Homestart Program which provides professional guidance and nutritional education to physically and mentally disadvantaged children and their families. As the Hollister Intero agents discussed the grants before submitting them for board review, agents discovered how much the program personally influenced our clients and friends.

Intero real estate agents truly stand by Broker Gino Blefari’s Vision and Value building block compassion. We never underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, or a listening ear. We exist to serve the needs of those we touch. To learn more about the $2 million given to Bay Area children in grants, please visit InteroFoundation.org

The Real Meaning of What We Do

My entire career in Real Estate I've been involved in various volunteer activities, including the annual Make-A-Wish softball tournament at Twin

Creeks and hosted by Chicago Title, the local Realtors Seniors Volunteer

Program in Mountain View and Los Altos, as well as the Intero Foundation.

I've always been involved with children and enjoy interacting with them,

including my nephews, friend's kids as well as participating in the Little

Sister/Big Sister program while I was in college.

 

One of the reasons I joined Intero was the Intero

Foundation. I came from working for several large corporations and was

intrigued when I heard about Intero and their Foundation. I found it very

interesting that a smaller real estate brokerage (at the time), had the

foresight to create a Foundation and had a core set of values including

giving back to the community in which its serves. It's so simple and yet so telling

about the true intentions of the Intero Founders and the company

as a whole. I'm in my ninth year in real estate and always

contribute to the Intero Foundation every time a happy client closes

escrow. In addition, two years ago I joined the Intero Foundation task

force as an ambassador and am now the Chief Marketing Officer.

 

Collectively, we're doing amazing things for the children in need in our

local communities. I am proud to be a part of such an incredible group of

people.

 

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

Intero Foundation Provides Much Needed Grants

Local nonprofits Family Connections, My New Red Shoes and Spark received much needed grants from The Intero Foundation.  Grants to the three organizations dedicated to assisting children totaled $20,500.

Founded in 2003, the non profit Intero Foundation has raised more than $2 million to benefit children living in the communities we serve. The Intero Foundation is funded, promoted and governed by the real estate agents at Intero Real Estate services. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission.

To date, the Intero Foundation has lent its support to over 70 local charities – organizations that range in size and mission, but all work to positively impact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.

 

 

Who Funds the Intero Foundation?

Next week, The Intero Foundation is about to distribute funds from grant requests to kids who really desperately need help and support.  I was pondering that today,  and felt such deep appreciation of the  amazing Intero agents who give to the Foundation at the close of every escrow, allowing us to give to the kids —to the tune of almost $2 million since 2004.  It occurred to me that most people don’t know that the Intero Foundation is FUNDED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY BY THE INTERO AGENTS! I am sure that there is no Real Estate Company in the world that cares so much about the community and then DOES SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE ABOUT IT, especially in the form of a 501C3 nonprofit organization that exists solely to raise funds for childrens’ charities. Just think about that: isn’t it an inspiration and a testament to the deep care that our agents feel for children who have been abused, are homeless, or have disabilities or illnesses?

I know what motivates me to be both a donor and a Foundation representative: I was one of those kids who so badly needed help, needed someone on my side, and no help was available. I had to go to considerable, painful effort as an adult to find my inner balance because I had no anchor as a child. I remember saying to myself at the age of seven, “I will spend the rest of my life making sure that any child who needs help will get it”. The children are our most precious resource, and it takes so little effort to make a huge difference for them. That’s why I am proud of my fellow Intero agents: with all they have going on in their lives, they give their very hard-earned money to truly help transform the lives of the kids in our community. That’s what life at its best is all about loving, caring and giving from the heart. So from my heart to the hearts of all the Intero agents who have donated to the Foundation, THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU FOR CARING AND SHARING!

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.

Special Olympics Schools

Special Olympics Schools Program of San Mateo received a grant from the Intero Foundation, Los Altos office.  The program is designed to help children between the ages of two through seven with developmental disabilities and introduces them to developmental appropriate play program.  The Intero Foundation is delighted to be actively involved with the Special Olympics.

JustREAD

Intero Los Altos agents had the pleasure of presenting a grant to the JustREAD program in Mountain View.  The optional tutoring opportunity is dedicated to improving the reading skills of  high school students in need of assistance and helping them become self directed and motivated learners one student at a time.  We look forward to seeing the continued success this program has achieved through the years.

THE SMILES OF CHILDREN!

THE SMILES OF CHILDREN! We, as the foundation reps, are getting ready to do our grant requests for Silicon Valley.   It is an exciting time in our roles as the office representative.  We have much to review and we have to make decisions on which group is the appropriate group for your dollars.  A few of us have done this many times…but each time it is challenging and we all get butterflies thinking about our roles as your representative.

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We know that our decisions will affect the lives of children in our community.  It jolts us forward to think of new ways to earn money so we can have more to give to these children.  In our minds, we see their faces as they are handed the teddy bears, maybe the new shoes or a jacket, or a extra hour of school help.  Sometimes our contributions mean they have someone extra that cares about them and encourages them to the future.

Each time we do this I get emotional with tears in my eyes thinking about these children…how we wish we could help them all.

Please continue to contribute…maybe even raise your contribution…just a little…we will make sure that we represent you.

in the best way.  Make your dollars go to the best place…and on your behalf …our children smile just a little more!

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The Intero Foundation for Children…does good things!!

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