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To positively impact the growth and well being of children in the communities in which we work by supporting organizations focused on assisting in their education and personal development.
The Intero Foundation Grants $65,000 to Silicon Valley Organizations
On March 20th, the Intero Foundation issued their first round of grants of the year directed towards the California communities of Gilroy, Hollister, Morgan Hill, and San Jose’s Silver Creek area. 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 $3 million with an endowment of more than $600,000.
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 first quarter round of grants were brought to the foundation by Intero’s offices located in Morgan Hill, Hollister, Gilroy, and San Jose (Silver Creek). A total of $65,000 split amongst the following organizations:
- Animal Assisted Happiness – Working to enrich the lives of children experiencing health and/or family challenges through visits with animals. The Intero Gilroy office presented $5,000 to fund a Program Manager who handle these visits at schools for children with special needs, and hospital settings as well as group visits to AAH’s farm in Gilroy.
- Rebekah Children Services – Dedicated to promoting social, emotional, and physical well being of children and families. The Intero Gilroy office presented $5,000 for their RCS Teen Parenting Program which is designed to teach teen mothers and fathers positive parenting strategies.
- Girl Inc. of the Central Coast – Delivers an array of programs focused on leadership and self-empowerment for girls ages 9-18. The Intero Hollister office presented $5,000 to help fund their new leadership mentoring program that works with high-risk teen women.
- Chamberlains Children Center – Empowers at-risk children in a home-like environment to heal from past trauma, discover their strengths, and develop the skills they need to achieve life-long success. The Intero Hollister office presented $5,000 for the purchase of a set of iPads for their school program which serves foster youth with severe emotional and/or developmental problems.
- CASA of San Benito – Trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care by upholding the children’s rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home. The Intero Hollister office presented $7,500 to go towards training volunteers who will become advocates for foster children in San Benito County.
- Freedom House – Working to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing safe housing and long-term aftercare. The Intero Morgan Hill office presented $15,000 to support their Santa Clara County shelter, The Nest, which is dedicated to providing shelter, food, clothing, and professional counseling and other services to girls (ages 12-17) who are victims of human trafficking.
- Discovery Counseling Center – Provides affordable, professional counseling to those without insurance and disadvantaged families throughout South Santa Clara County. The Intero Morgan Hill office presented $5,000 to expand their existing school counseling program to the two middle schools in Morgan Hill School District.
- Boys and Girls Club – Works to inspire and empower young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. The Intero Morgan Hill office presented $5,000 to support their summer program for underserved youth at El Toro Youth Center.
- Lighthouse of Hope – Assist people using their natural abilities to achieve their goals and to facilitate emotional and spiritual development. The Intero Silver Creek office presented $7,500 to support their after school counseling program for at risk high school student.
- Next Door Solutions – Promotes safety for battered women and their children through emergency shelter. The Intero Silver Creek office presented $5,000 to be used to operate their shelter and provide activities for the kids including art, literacy programs and nutrition activities.
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.
While we’re always passionate about the work we do here at the Intero Foundation, there’s something else that’s got us super pumped.
On May 6, 2014, thousands of area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during Silicon Valley Gives. On that day, every donation we get will go further to help us claim our share of thousands of dollars in prize money.
What really has us excited is that this is going to be a big event, and everyone will be talking about who they’re supporting. Think “American Idol” and we’re in the try-outs but need your support to make it to the top.
We need you to help us with these three things:
- Mark May 6, 2014 on your calendar and add this link: http://svgives.razoo.com/story/Interofoundation
- Follow us on Facebook and help build the buzz.
- Spread the word! Share this blog with your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on May 6, 2014.
Help spread the excitement. Tell your friends and family why you think they should help us with their donation. Please be our champion, and help us see it to the top! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on May 6, 2014.
Last year we gave a generous donation to DreamPower Horsemanship, an organization located in San Martin, CA that provides equine-assisted activates and therapies for children, teens and adults with special needs.
Now, I know you might be thinking, “horses? Why horses for therapy?” Well, working with horses provides an opportunity to engage in therapeutic activities outside of a traditional therapeutic environment. It’s really quite amazing what this group can accomplish with an array of cliental. From disabled children to drug addicted teens and so much more, working with horses at DreamPower, clients learn to trust, communicate and work with another being calmly in hopes that this behavior can translate into the real world for a successful life. Watch the video below as Martha McNiel, DreamPower Horsemanship‘s Founder and Director, explains how this program makes an impact.
The Intero Foundation-Nevada County has donated $1,503.80 to the Nevada County Diaper Project as part of its mission to impact the growth and well-being of children in our community. The funds will be used to purchase diapers to be distributed to the needy families of Nevada County.
John Miller and his wife Edie, realtors and owners, have recently opened the Intero Real Estate Services offices in Grass Valley and Penn Valley. “We want to be able to give back to the community by helping children improve their lives.” They have worked in Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties for over 25 years.
What’s better than a homemade Valentine card? The youth group from Open Door Church, stamped, colored, cut and hand wrote lots of Valentines for the young ladies supported by The Art of Yoga Project. The Intero Foundation is proud to have granted in 2013 the Art of Yoga Project, and all it does to focus on early intervention of at-risk girls to help prepare each of them for a positive future.
Eleven years of giving back to the children who need it most in Silicon Valley.
The Intero Foundation, 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 $215,000 to 31 charities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013 as part of its mission to positively impact the growth and well-being of children in our communities. Empowered by Intero agents and employees, the foundation has collected over $3 million benefitting more than 130 nonprofit organizations over the last eleven years.
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, you can 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 2013, Intero hosted a variety of fundraising events including their second annual Intero Day at the Giants which raised over $10,000. Hot Wheels for Kids, a car show benefiting the foundation that takes place at the company’s Saratoga office, brought in $7,000. And Intero’s newest event, Saratoga Eats, a neighborhood food truck adventure, was so successful, they scheduled a second one just a few months after the first. The two food truck events combined brought in another $10,000. All of the money donated at these events goes directly to children in need through organizations in the Bay Area.
“Intero’s Value #4 is Commitment and by that we mean being committed to the community. As Realtors we earn our living by serving our community so it was fundamental when we started Intero to figure out a way that we could give back to the community and we do that through The Intero Foundation which helps children in need,” says Gino Blefari, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.
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. They 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 they serve. In 2013, Intero gave back to the following organizations:
- Adopt An Angel
- SJB Child Development
- Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley
- Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga
- Northwest YMCA
- Sunday Friends
- Jose Valdes Math Foundation
- Peer Court
- Breathe California
- Good Karma Bikes
- Turning Wheels For Kids
- CASA of San Mateo
- Nature Bridge
- Junior Achievement of Northern California
- Ravenswood Family Heath Center
- Achieve Kids
- Grateful Garment
- Partners for New Generations
- Chamberlain’s Children Center
- Small Steps
- Community Solutions
- Teen Force
- Next Door Solutions
- All Stars Helping Kids
- Pathways Home, Health and Hospice
- San Jose Music and Art Association
- The Bay Area After School All-Stars
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 they serve, and 2013 was a perfect example of paying it forward.
Junior Achievement of Northern California is dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The programs they offer help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. Junior Achievement gets our youth ready for the real world.