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.
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.
We all know that actions speak louder than words; especially when encouraging kids to put into practice what they are taught. NatureBridge takes kids out of the science classroom and puts them right into the environment they’re learning about. They get the opportunity to see the rings of a 1,000 year old tree and understand what each of the marks on it means; a fire in year 10, a fungus in year 500. Learn more about this great organization we recently granted $7,500 to so kids from Redwood City and East Palo Alto could learn in the natural landscape of Yosemite National Park and be transformed.
Making spirits bright with our Holiday Toy Drive benefiting St Anthony’s Padua Dining Room. So many toys! You have to see them to believe it.
See photos from this amazing event here.
Another successful year of coat collecting for One Warm Coat! Over 3,500 coats were collected and we’re not done yet. Keep bringing coats into your local Intero Real Estate Services office until January 15th! Let’s get the world warm this winter.
This past weekend, some of Intero participated in Turning Wheels For Kids’ annual Big Bike Build which brings individuals and companies together from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to build bikes to be given to underprivileged kids during the holidays. In addition to donating our time, Intero donated $10,000 to Turning Wheels For Kids earlier this year for helmets. Check out the slideshow below to get a glimpse into the fun that was had during this great event!