Foundation president, Lana Morin Pierce and Lynn Tognoli, an Intero Foundation board member, were our representatives and had the pleasure of sharing more about the BBF donation and our Foundation's mission.Read More
On September 17th, the Intero Foundation awarded the final round of quarterly grants this year. The $64,000 of grants this quarter brings our total donation amount for this year (so far) to $200,500.Read More
Over 1,000 gather for Saratoga Eats Fundraiser
On Friday, August 16th, Intero hosted the second Saratoga Eats. Raising over $1,000 more than the last Saratoga Eats that took place in June, this event “was nothing less than spectacular!” exclaimed Kim Connor, a Realtor out of the Intero Saratoga office, and the primary organizer of the event she dubbed a “neighborhood food truck adventure.”
First, the trucks rolled into the Intero Saratoga parking lot. Then, about one thousand friends, family and neighbors of Intero came together to enjoy the delicious food, drinks, and music. The “Area Specialists,” a local Los Gatos band, kicked off the night and a DJ kept the high spirits going. Kim said in the aftermath, “Many of the neighbors commented that this event is the best thing that has come to this neighborhood in years! In fact, people didn’t want to leave. They enjoyed hanging out and being with each other whether there was food and drinks or not.” She then added, “I was surprised to see my clients’ impressive support for the Foundation as well. I even noticed one of my clients placing orders at many of the trucks to provide yummy food for a pool party for her son’s basketball team. How cool is that!”
Ten percent of the proceeds from each truck benefited the Intero Foundation. In addition to matching the donations from the trucks, Kim Connor underwrote the beer and wine so that all the money collected went directly to the foundation. Ultimately, the event raised $5,800 that will be dedicated to assisting the education and personal development of children in need in the community. Cathy Jackson, President of the Intero Foundation, stated, “It was not just an ordinary fundraiser, but a community event that brought people from all over together. We have an incredible team that makes this possible because they really care about our community.”
Intero gives a whole-hearted thank you to Mogo BBQ, Melts My Heart, Midday Picnic, House of Siam On Wheels, We Sushi, Scoops SJ, TasteeBytes SJ, Banjara Bistro, Rice Rockit, Madd Mex Cantina, and Old Port Lobster Shack. We also thank all who attended and helped out in any way, exposing the community to Intero’s values, spreading awareness of what the Intero Foundation does, and having fun along the way.
To see pictures from this event click here.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Intero Foundation gives back to its Hollister, CA community
The Intero Foundation, a non-profit organization created in 2002 by the founders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., granted checks totaling $12,500 to two Hollister, CA charities. On July 9, 2013, the Foundation presented the checks through the Intero Hollister Office to Chamberlain’s Children Center and Small Steps.
The Intero Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the personal development and education of children in need in the community. In just over a decade, the Foundation has given over $2,000,000 to charities local to where Intero conducts business. In 2013 alone, the Intero Foundation has generated over $100,000 through fundraising events. Most recently, the agents and employees of the Intero Hollister Office raised $7,500 for Chamberlain’s Children Center and $5,000 for Small Steps by contributing to the Foundation from their earnings.
Chamberlain’s Children Center empowers at-risk children in a comfortable environment to heal from past trauma, discover their strengths and develop the skills necessary to achieve success in the long-term. The center provides mentoring, physical wellness, and academic tutoring. Small Steps provides warm winter coats and shoes to children in need in San Benito County, CA, and is headquarted in Hollister.
Renee Kunz, Vice President and Managing Officer of the Hollister Office of Intero Real Estate Services says, “Since 2002, the Hollister office of Intero Real Estate has given over $75,000 to the community through the Intero Foundation and in October a cookbook will be published to raise money for the Intero Foundation.”
Find out more about the Intero Foundation by clicking here.
To apply for a grant for your non-profit organization, see the grant application guidelines here.
The San Jose Mercury News just released an article about the event at which the Intero Foundation formally presented it's donation to TeenForce. Click here to read the article! TeenForce was founded in 2010 to reduce the barriers to teen employment and provide teens with a variety of work experience. The organization is about halfway to its 2013 goal of creating 100 jobs for foster youth in our community, and the Intero Foundation helped TeenForce come closer to this goal by presenting the organization with $7,500 on June 26th.
Over 1,000 gather for Saratoga Eats Fundraiser
On Friday, June 14th, Intero hosted Saratoga Eats, it’s first food truck rally, at the Saratoga Office from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. “What can I say? The Saratoga Eats event was nothing less than spectacular!” exclaimed Kim Connor, a Realtor out of the Intero Saratoga office, and the primary organizer of the event she dubbed a “neighborhood food truck adventure.” Although Kim had not been to a movable feast event before herself, she was the right woman for the job, having organized Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck to come to the Intero Saratoga parking lot before.
From Saratoga Eats’ inception, the vendors expressed doubts that attendance would be limited since this was the first food truck rally hosted by Intero, but “boy did we shock the truck vendors!” says Kim. First, the trucks rolled into the Intero Saratoga parking lot. Then, about one thousand friends, family, and neighbors of team Intero came together to enjoy the delicious food, drinks, and music. “The flow of people walking into the parking lot was steady and strong the entire time. Each vendor that I spoke with the following morning was truly stunned with what we did here,” Kim said during the aftermath.
Ten percent of the proceeds from each truck benefited the Intero Foundation. In addition to matching the donations from the trucks, Kim Connor underwrote the beer and wine so that all the money collected went directly to the foundation. Ultimately, the event raised $4,500 that will be dedicated to assisting the education and personal development of children in need. Cathy Jackson, president of the Intero Foundation, stated, “It was not just an ordinary fundraiser, but a community event that brought people from all over together.” Intero gives a whole-hearted thank you to Mogo BBQ, Melts My Heart, Porky’s SJ, Midday Picnic, House of Siam On Wheels, We Sushi and Waffle Amore! We also thank all who attended and helped out in any way, exposing the community to Intero’s values, spreading awareness of what the foundation does, and having fun all the while.
Look forward to the next Saratoga Eats event hosted in the Intero Saratoga parking lot on August 16th 2013.
Find out more about the Intero Foundation by visiting www.interofoundation.org
The REALTORS® of Intero Real Estate Services have proven time and time again that they are committed to the local communities in which they serve, especially when it comes to the children who need it most. In fact, within the last 30 days agents around the bay area pulled together more than $15,000 benefitting the company’s non-profit organization, the Intero Foundation, dedicated to positively impacting the growth and well-being of children in the local community.
Collectively, agents organized three fundraisers, all of which became more successful than expected.
First, in the parking lot of the Intero Saratoga office, Sam’s ChowderMobile was hosted. This food truck is well known in the area for featuring Sam’s Chowder House of Half Moon Bay’s infamous lobster rolls and clam chowder. Intero REALTOR®, Kim Connor orchestrated this event, and out of the goodness of her own heart matched the truck’s sales that afternoon donating $3,500 directly to the Intero Foundation.
On Saturday May 4th, the devoted Intero Saratoga office hosted Hot Wheels For Kids, an annual car show which featured over 70 cars ranging from a 2011 Challenger Hemi to a 1930 Ford Model A. There was a visit from special guest – Dwight “The Catch” Clark, former San Francisco 49er who donated an autographed football, complete with a drawing of “The Catch” play as one of the prizes.
Trophies went to some of the most outstanding cars, including First Place Pre-1975 to John Cross with his powerful 1970 ‘Cuda, First Place Post -1975 to Bryan Rose with his pristine 2011 Challenger Hemi. “South of the Border” award went to the 1956 Chevy Delivery owned by Ronnie Ogas, and the People’s Choice was awarded to Manny Sereno’s 1930 Ford Model A.
The car show all together brought in $7,000 all benefitting the Intero Foundation. To see photos visit the Foundation’s Facebook page.
The last fundraiser, which took place on May 9th, was a bowling night at Cambrian Bowl in San Jose. Organized by Intero Almaden’s Kraig Constantino, the event sold out quickly with 180 participants including friends, family, Intero agents, and affiliates and brought in $5,600 for the Foundation.
“Intero Real Estate Services’ agents are truly dedicated to giving back to the children in their local community,” said Cathy Jackson, President of the Intero Foundation. “No matter the time, no matter the effort, these agents care. I applaud them for going the extra mile this last month. The $15,600 donated will make a huge impact on the lives of so many local kids.”
Look forward to the next Foundation event, Saratoga Eats, A Neighborhood Food Truck Adventure, which will take place at the Intero Saratoga office on June 14th from 5-9pm. For more information about this event and other upcoming events go to interofoundation.org.
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!
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
Grant will provide bereavement support services to children and teens experiencing grief and loss
San Jose, Calif., –December 11, 2012 – Hospice of the Valley, a leading provider in advancing palliative, hospice care, community grief support and education in Northern California, receives a $10,000 grant from the Intero Foundation of Cupertino in support of the organization’s Community Grief & Counseling Center’s children’s bereavement program. The grant will provide bereavement support services to approximately 135 children and teens experiencing grief and loss.
Studies have shown that children who receive timely and appropriate grief support will be more resilient and better able to cope with loss and trauma later in life. If not addressed, children and teens have an increased potential for long-term emotional trauma and negative consequences. [Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services, HHS Publication No. SMA-11-4642 - May 2011]
“The Intero Foundation is proud to support the wonderful programs and services of Hospice of the Valley’s children’s bereavement program,” said Cathy Jackson, president of the Intero Foundation. “They offer an invaluable resource to our community by positively impacting the growth and well being of children, teens and the families.”
“We’re honored to be the recipient of the Intero Foundation grant,” said Sally Adelus, president and chief executive officer of Hospice of the Valley. “The Foundation and its board of directors’ support of our children’s bereavement program will provide the much-needed grief care services for children and teens experiencing loss so they will gradually learn to cope, process their grief and function better in school and at home.”
About Intero Foundation
Intero Foundation has raised more than $2 million to benefit children living in the communities in which it serves. Since its founding in 2002, the Foundation has supported over 70 local charities that work to positively impact the growth and well-being of children by enhancing their education and personal development. Funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents, they are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission. For more information, visit interofoundation.org.
About Hospice of the Valley
Based in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Hospice of the Valley provides end-of-life care and services, including hospice, palliative care and counseling for adults and children. Hospice of the Valley’s Community Grief & Counseling Center provides individual counseling and loss-specific support groups to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Hospice of the Valley publishes a community website for caregivers and families at seriousillness.org/santaclaracounty. A nonprofit organization serving Santa Clara County since 1979, Hospice of the Valley honors all cultures, beliefs, values, and traditions and is committed to serving its diverse community and providing equitable access to care for all regardless of financial ability. For information, call 1.408.559.5600 or visit hospicevalley.org.
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Intero Real Estate Services Agents and Employees Contribute Back to Communities
Cupertino, California – The Intero Foundation (www.interofoundation.org), a non-profit organization, created by the founders of Intero Real Estate Services in 2002 to benefit children in need, announced that it has donated over $200,000 to 25 charities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 as part of its mission to positively impact the growth and well being of children in our communities.
John Thompson, Intero’s Executive Vice President explains, “Agents donate a portion of their earnings from every home that is sold. As a company, this commitment makes a big statement. Therefore, when you drive by an Intero for sale sign or work with an Intero Realtor, feel good that at risk children in the community will be served and we thank each and every one of you for your support.”
In addition to the agents’ contributions, in 2012, Intero hosts a variety of fundraising events including their second annual Intero Day at the Giants. This past year’s event raised over $14,000 making this the biggest single fundraising event in the Foundation’s history.
Another event, Hot Wheels for Kids, a car show benefiting the foundation that takes place at the company’s Saratoga office, brought in $4,000. All of the money donated at these events goes directly to children in need through organizations in the Bay Area.
“When Intero Real Estate Services was founded just ten years ago, its founders set out to create a company that was different. That difference would be based on values,” states Founder, President and CEO of Intero, Gino Blefari. “One of those values is Commitment. The Intero Foundation is our vehicle for expressing a meaningful and sustained commitment to our community.”
Intero Foundation President, Cathy Jackson adds, “It's the circle of giving which keeps our communities strong. We are fortunate to have a culture here at Intero of people who care and are generous, and see the importance of growing the next generation. Being part of this mission gives purpose to the work we do.”
The Intero Foundation continues to impact the growth and well-being of children and youth in the communities we serve. Empowered by Intero agents and employees, the Intero Foundation has given over $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that support children in need. In 2012, Intero gave back to the following organizations.
The Intero Foundation is funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents – each of whom are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission.
Intero and its agents have always believed in the importance of giving back to the communities in which we serve, and 2012 was a perfect example of ‘paying it forward’.
For more on the foundation and to see what other organizations they’ve supported visit interofoundation.org
Recently, we, at the Intero Foundation donated to SJB Child Development Center, www.sjbcdc.org, $10,000 to provide warm meals to our local children in need. With these dollars they will be able to provide 6,000 meals (breakfast, snack and lunch) to children. Everyone knows first hand that you cannot function, or more importantly learn, if you don't have food in your tummy. Food is a bare essential and that is a significant reason as to why we decided to approve this donation. In addition, 100% of the money goes directly to feed the children. The facility even has their own garden so the children learn the importance of growing vegetables and their nutritional value. Soon after the check presentation we received the letter below. Thank you SJB Child Development! =======
On behalf of SJB’s Board of Directors, I want to take this brief opportunity to thank you! Because of the Intero grant we will be able to continue providing nutritious hot meals to hundreds of children every day and we are delighted to welcome the Intero Foundation to our esteemed group of friends and supporters.
Once again, we greatly appreciate your support of our mission to feed, educate and empower the disadvantaged children of our valley. Many of the kids you help with your generous support are the only hot meal they may have for the day...
With deep gratitude,
Victor Hassan SJB Board President
San Juan Bautista Child Development Center
During the month of December, agents and employees from Intero Real Estate Services worked together to gather coats for the organization One Warm Coat. We are overjoyed to announce our final donation numbers!
- 1706 Coats/Sweater/Sweatshirts
- three 55 gallon bags of misc. clothing
- two 55 gallon bags of new gloves, scarfs and caps
All in benefit of those who need to stay warm this winter. See our volunteers in action in the below video.
The Intero Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the BAWSI Rollers, an adaptive sports and confidence-building program for kids who are learning to roll with whatever life gives them. The program engages elementary school students with physical and cognitive disabilities in a curriculum that includes adapted basketball, tag, volleyball, hockey, kickball, bowling and other sports and games that develop hand-eye coordination, strength and teamwork. See more about the program on their website, www.bawsi.org.