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!
When it comes to the Intero Foundation events, you can always count on Intero Agents to jump in and participate however they can. Whether promoting our most recent e-waste recycling opportunity to the community or volunteering for a shift during recycling hours, this kind of teamwork is what helped us collect over 8,500 pounds of electronic waste on March 16th in front of the Intero Saratoga office. Intero teamed up with Earthcare Recycling of San Jose to help people in the community properly dispose of old printers, TV’s, monitors, computers, etc….all while helping to raise $430 for the Intero Foundation. Many Intero offices, including the Los Altos and Willow Glen offices, have also held e-waste recycling events over the past few years, with the proceeds being donated directly to the Intero Foundation. Way to go Team Intero!
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.
Hospice of the Valley
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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
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
*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!!
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!!
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
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
Join US on Wednesday, Sept 5th at BJ's Restaurant in Cupertino
Proceeds benefit the Intero Foundation
A few months ago Hollister’s Intero Real Estate Services raised over $1000 in the First Annual Hot Wheels for Kids Car and Motorcycle Show for the Intero Foundation, which gives the funds back to Bay Area children. Following the steps of the Saratoga event, Hollister provided a day of fun for the whole family with classic and antique cars and motorcycles for display. The family oriented community always finds ways to make a difference in children’s lives.
While people voted for the best vehicle at the first annual event, they enjoyed the beats from the local band Smith Alley, starring the talented singer Jesiah Baer. For a small donation children were able to put on tattoos, play bean bag toss, and cast a line for a fishing game with a guarantee prize. Children, adults, and Intero agents were smiling and dancing right in the Intero parking lot to create awareness and raise donations for the Intero Foundation, and I am sure they will be in attendance next year.
People do not move to Hollister just because of the affordability and short work commute to the Silicon Valley, but rather they are attracted to the supportive family community. The Intero Foundation event not only provides a day of fun in Hollister, but teaches children to also give of themselves to help someone else in need. As the Hollister Ambassador, I am continuing to give back to my community which supported me throughout my childhood.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.