The Intero Foundation Donates over $200,000 in 2012 to Organizations that Support Children in Need

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.

Stand Up For Kids

Community Partners For Youth Inc.

Assistance League of San Jose

Reach Potential Movement

Southwest YMCA

TheatreWorks

Willow Glen Foundation

Exchange Club of San Jose

Family Supportive Housing

Chartwell Schools

Hospice of the Valley

JW House

Via Rehabilitation Services

HOPE Services

Morgan Hill Pop Warner Football

Mt. Madonna YMCA

DreamPower Foundation, Inc

Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative

Small Steps

Discovery Counseling Center

O’Neill Sea Odyssey

Samaritan House

Saint Francis Foundation

Art of Yoga Project

Youth Community Services

SJB Child Development Center

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

Thank you SJB Child Development!

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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 

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One Warm Coat Drive 2012 Success!

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.

 

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

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!!

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.

 

Get Ready to Tee Off with the Frys.com Open and Intero!

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Buy your Frys.com Open tickets through us and give back to our local community!  Go to www.frysopengolf.com/tickets to purchase your tickets.  Enter the word INTERO (MUST BE IN ALL CAPS) in the Partner Code box.  Continue with your purchase and 20% will go directly to the Intero Foundation.

Friday Cooking at the JW house was wonderful

We added meaning to our generous donation of $10,000.  Thank you all for coming and helping out. I was a bit overwhelmed to have so much help around the kitchen. ( I normally don't get that much help) it was great, Fun, rewarding and turned to be tasty. I guess our secret ingredient for the tasty food really worked (love, generosity and good intentions). Especially thanks to my 2 girls, to Dana and Amit; you were amazing, you stayed until everyone finished eating, helped to wash the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. You did it all with smile and grace. I adore you girls!!

As dinner was going on, few guests came to speak with me to compliment us for the great food and thank us. While speaking, they shared their hardship of their loved ones being sick and hospitalized for many months at Kaiser.   Hearing all this, emphasized the essence of the JW house and the services they provide. During the conversations, some asked who we were, I told them about who we are and about our foundation and contribution to the JW house and to many other great charities. They were all so much impressed and thankful. One told me "you wouldn't think real estate office will do such a nice thing" I went on explaining about our Intero and why the foundation was created and that we are really involved in the community and try to give back as much as we can...Show me another Real Estate Company who does that!!!

For all the agents who like to help and be part of such spititually rewarding activities, there are more opportunities to help, all you need is to let me know you want to help.

However, for now please consider to donate to our foundation out of your transactions, your hard earned money will be used for amazing causes to help so many in need out there in our surrounding community where we work and prosper. Please reply just to me with the amount you are willing to donate out of your transactions.

Intero Agents, You Rock!!

Thanks again for your help and generosity.

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 Month of Giving

This is the beginning of the month of Ramadan in which 2 billion Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days to temporarily experience what many grief stricken nations encounter as a typical day. Hungry and thirsty, with little hope and no knowledge of where or when they can expect their next meal, millions are starving all over the world. For a Muslim, fasting is also a way of purifying your mind and body and is truly a humbling experience. One of the covenants of this month is to give generously to charity and those less fortunate than yourself. For the last two years since I have been blessed to be a part of the Intero foundation I have reflected during Ramadan on how incredible the Intero Realtors are who give blindly from each of their paychecks consistently to support those who are less fortunate in the community. As an Ambassador of the foundation I have the opportunity to sit alongside my peers and hear of the grant/donation requests and watch everyone in the room hold back tears and express their  desire to help everyone who asks with part of what what we have.  This bears witness to the moral fabric of Intero and what makes it such an incredible company to be involved with.

Intero Day at the Giants breaks all records!!!

We are proud to announce that we were able to raise over $14,000 at last week's Intero Day at the Giants benefiting the Intero Foundation!   It was by far the BIGGEST fundraiser in the Foundation's history.  These funds will ensure more grants to nonprofit organizations benefiting children in need  in our own communities!  To check out photos of Giants Day Click Here. We would like to recognize several people without whom the success of this event could not be possible: The Entire Intero Foundation Committee, Cathy Jackson, Sydney Ereno, Vicki Ferrando, Sharon Hart, Monique Stanford & West Coast Juice, BBQ Tim with The Ultimate BBQ,  and all of our Raffle and Silent Auction Donors….   An extra special thank you to Kelli Dixon who basically ran the entire event and made sure it went by without a hitch…again.  We could not have done it without her and the support of all the volunteers and attendees.  Great job everyone!!!!!

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Giants Day Sponsers

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!

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.