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.
$195,000 given to local Bay Area children in 2014 alone, and they’re not stopping!
On August 21st, the Intero Foundation issued their third round of grants of the year directed towards the California communities of Willow Glen in San Jose, Saratoga, and Los Gatos. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, 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 $775,000 and has given $195,000 in 2014 year to date.
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 third quarter round of grants were brought to the foundation by Intero’s offices located in Willow Glen, Saratoga, and Los Gatos. A total of $65,000 split amongst the following organizations:
- Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association – Develops, promotes and organizes community based sport and recreation programs for individuals of all ages with various physical disabilities. The Intero Willow Glen Office presented $7,200 to send physically disabled children to a week–long camp designed specifically for them.
- Shop With A Cop – Established to build positive relationships between police officers and children in the community. The Intero Willow Glen Office presented $7,200 to help fund the organizations Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping spree, which allows qualified children from the Readers are Leaders program the chance to shop for gifts for themselves and their family during the holidays with a Police Officer.
- Willow Glen High School Parent Club/Willow Glen Cares – Supports and tracks the progress of Willow Glen High School Students who are homeless, live in foster care, in poverty or have severe handicaps. Their goal is increase the graduation rate, college attendance and career readiness of their students by offering financial and social/motivational support. The Intero Willow Glen Office presented $7,000 to help fund educational, academic, and social expenses for students with learning/physical disabilities or financial struggles.
- Books Aloud – Provides recorded reading literature to individuals who are unable to read conventional print, hold a book or turn pages. The Intero Saratoga Office presented $10,000 to go towards creating 5 new mini-libraries complete with Nook e-readers, recording and circulating approximately 10 new youth audio books, and facilitating outreach to special education teachers throughout Santa Clara County.
- Family Supportive Housing – Provides services to those struggling with poverty, hunger, and homelessness. They address the needs of the whole family including supportive housing, childcare, life skill classes, transitional housing and more. The Intero Saratoga Office presented $7,000 to support the Voyager Child Development Center, which provides reliable, quality childcare for homeless infants and preschool children at the same site their families receive emergency shelter.
- Reading Partners – Dedicated to improving students’ reading skills in Title 1 elementary schools. The Intero Saratoga Office presented $5,000 to provide tutoring to students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in East San Jose.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – Provides self-help, support and advocacy for consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. The Intero Los Gatos Office presented $7,200 for their Ending The Silence program, which educates high school students across Santa Clara County about mental illness through onsite presentations.
- Stand Up For Kids – Provides life-saving and outreach services to homeless, street kids, and at-risk youth across America. The Intero Los Gatos Office presented $7,200 to go towards street outreach and operations of The Village in San Jose, which provides a safe place for kids to receive services and support to improve their lives.
- SJB Child Development Center – Provides educational child development services for children 0-12 years of age to strengthen and support families throughout Santa Clara County. The Intero Los Gatos Office presented $7,200 for their after school and summer programs which focus on increasing the academic and social-emotional aptitudes of at-risk and high-risk kids.
Morgan Autism Center’s goal is to provide opportunities for success for people with autism. Success could be something as simple as getting a child to sit at the table or as complex as planting a garden.
Each person that comes to Morgan Autism Center is in a different place and the staff understands that. They work to make each individual’s experience specific to them; helping that child or adult find their own successes through their school and adult programs.
The Foundation’s donation given earlier this year is supporting the Center’s School Program. This program provides a place for students on the autism spectrum whose needs are not being fully met by the existing public school system. The Center’s individualized, high staff-to-student ratio allows for customized programs that target the needs of their students in a structured and supportive environment. A day might include speech/language therapy, academics, play and social skills, and physical education. All with the goal of providing opportunities for success for everyone involved.
In June, the foundation granted $7,000 to Morgan Autism Center to support their School Program’s art and music division. Check out what a difference this organization has made in some young people’s lives in the below video:
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Kara Grief Counseling’s Camp Erin just happened last week and we were lucky enough to receive some great videos capturing the great experience the kids had. It’s pretty awesome to see our donation dollars at work! Check it out one of the videos below and see the rest on their Facebook page HERE.
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Losing someone close to us is hard even as an adult. Now imagine going through it as a child; not totally understanding what exactly happened or why Uncle Joe will not be at Christmas next year. Your emotions are running high and you’re not sure how to decipher them.
KARA Grief Counseling works to compassionately support children, teens, families and adults through their journey of grief so they can move towards renewed hope and meaning in their lives. The organization provides support through group counseling, education, caregiver support, community outreach, Camp Erin and much more.
Our donation will go towards supporting Camp Erin, a 2 day summer grief camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced death of a family member or friend. Kids get to enjoy traditional camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Check out some of the great experiences kids have had at this extraordinary camp that’s making a difference in their lives.
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In our last round of grants, the Intero Gilroy office presented $5,000 to Animal Assisted Happiness, an organization that works to enrich the lives of children experiencing health and/or family challenges. They do this by providing an opportunity to experience happiness and smiles through animal interaction. The simple motion of petting a goat or holding a baby chick can bring joy to a child and allow them a chance to forget about the challenges they may face every day, in the end, making them a stronger, more confident individual. See the effect these animals have on the kids they meet in the below video
The line up for Friday’s big event have been announced!
See the list below and don’t miss out on all the fun.
Granting $130,000 in 2014 so far, with more on the way.
On May 15th, the Intero Foundation issued their second round of grants of the year directed towards the California communities of Los Altos, San Carlos, and San Mateo area. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, 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 $775,000 and given away $130,000 in 2014 so far.
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 second quarter round of grants were brought to the foundation by Intero’s offices located in Los Altos, San Carlos, and San Mateo. A total of $65,000 split amongst the following organizations:
- 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 $5,000 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 $8,000 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.
- KARA Grief Counseling – Provides a safe and caring environment for children, teens, families and adults can come for grief support. The Intero Los Altos Office presented $7,000 to support their summer camp for low-income and at-risk youth, Camp Erin.
- Morgan Autism Center – Provides individualized education for kids and adults with autism. The Intero Los Altos office presented $7,000 for their art and music program as part of the organizations enrichment programs.
- 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 $7,000 to assist in the training and screening of volunteers.
- Family Connections – Provides early childhood education programs and services to low-income families in a parent-child cooperative style. The Intero San Carlos office presented $5,000 to help fund their Kindergarten Readiness Program.
- 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 $7,000 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.
- Friends of the HMB Library – Supports the Half Moon Bay Library through enhancement programs including a summer reading program for children. The Intero San Mateo office presented $7,000 to allow at-risk 2nd and 3rd graders to attend their summer reading program.
- Project Read – Redwood City Friends of Literacy – A volunteer based literacy tutoring and training program for children, adults and families. The Intero San Mateo office presented $5,000 for the Kids In Partnership program which matches academically at-risk teen tutors with struggling elementary school students.
- Vida Verde Nature Education – Provides free overnight environmental learning experiences to low-income, inner-city students. The Intero San Mateo office presented $7,000 so a class of 4th graders from Bayshore Elementry School in Daly City can have the opportunity to go on a trip to Vida Verde.
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.
On Saturday, May 3rd, Intero Saratoga hosted the 4th Annual Hot Wheels for Kids Car Show Benefitting the Intero Foundation. It was another gorgeous Saturday morning in Saratoga, with about 90 awesome classics, customs, muscle cars, hot rods and motorcycles lined up around the parking lot, along with delicious food from The Ultimate BBQ and live music from The Closers, Intero Los Gatos’s own! Dwight Clark joined in the fun again this year, chatting and taking pictures. The lucky winner of Dwight’s autographed football was longtime 49ers fan Karen Ardizzone (and from what we understand, she is still smiling about it). There was even face painting and a jumpy house for all of the younger spectators. Everyone was all smiles.
Trophies went to some of the most outstanding cars of the show:
- First Place Pre-1975: Elaine & Mark Burns with their 1950 Chevy Pick-up
- First Place Post-1975: Boss 302 Laguna Seca Track Car driven by Jon Wyatt
- “South of the Border” Award: 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible owned by Tom Jevens
- Cool Cruiser: 1940 Cadillac LaSalle, aptly named LowSalle, owned by Brian Nieri
- Best Rod: John Kost’s mind-blowingly loud 1963 Ford Falcon Dragster
- People’s Choice: Saratoga Fire District 1923 Model A Fire Engine brought by Susan Long
The coolest part of the whole day…. and the reason we come together every year for this event….was that the Hot Wheels for Kids Car Show raised over $11,000 for children in need right here in the Bay Area. We could not have done it without the support of all of the car owners, sponsors, Intero volunteers and car show enthusiasts from the community!
Click Here to View Photos from Hot Wheels for Kids 2014 ….Enjoy!