We can’t express how much we appreciate this lovely thank you card from Family Supportive Housing. We recently granted them $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. We’re excited to see how this center will make a difference in our community.
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.
Over $225,000 given to local Bay Area children in 2014 alone, and they’re not stopping!
On September 18th, the Intero Foundation issued their fourth round of grants for the year directed towards the California communities of Almaden in San Jose, Cupertino, and Menlo Park. 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 $225,000 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 San Jose’s Almaden area, Cupertino, and Menlo Park. A total of $31,500 split amongst the following organizations:
- Jose Valdes Math Foundation – Provides a comprehensive math education to middle and high school students to achieve academic success. A grant of $6,000, presented by Intero Almaden, an independently owned and operated franchise, will go towards their intensive summer math program.
- Pathways Home Health & Hospice – A community based organization that provides health services and hospice care at home for elders to children with life-threatening illnesses. A grant of $3,500, presented by Intero Almaden, will provide care givers to terminally ill children so they can spend their last days at home surrounded by family.
- Cancer Care Point – Provides counseling services to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. A grant of $5,000, presented by Intero Cupertino, will go towards support services for cancer patients and their families.
- JW House – Provides a place for families to stay while their loved ones are going through treatment at a local hospital. A grant of $3,000, presented by Intero Cupertino, will go towards their GAP program (Guest Assistance Program) which is designed to help families facing financial crises by discounting or waiving the overnight fee to stay at the facility.
- Neighborhood Arts – Provides after-school arts education for the East Palo Alto Charter School. A grant of $1,500, presented by Intero Menlo Park and Intero Woodside, will go towards the purchase of personalized portfolios for participating students.
- Bring Me A Book – Works to strengthen the language and literacy skills of underserved children. A grant of $7,500, presented by Intero Menlo Park and Intero Woodside, will support their Digital4Literacy program which gives preschoolers in Santa Clara and Oakland access to age appropriate ebooks.
- Scholastic Interest Group – Helps at risk young men residing in low income communities of San Francisco reach their full potential by offering a variety of programs that promote the importance of staying in school, the value of high education, and the critical need of personal character development. A grant of $5,000 will support educational “field trips” positioned to expose these young men to a world of learning opportunities and professions in the hopes that they will be inspired to continue their education through high school and into college.
To find out more about the Intero Foundation, visit the website at interofoundation.org.
Last month we received a very sweet letter from one of our August grant recipients, Shop With A Cop. Our grant of $7,200 will 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. We’re happy we could help to make these kid’s holidays a little brighter and are humbled by the kind words of gratitude from the organization below.
$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:
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.
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.
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