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,
The Art of Yoga Project
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,
SJB Board President
San Juan Bautista Child Development Center
*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!!
Join US on Wednesday, Sept 5th at BJ’s Restaurant in Cupertino
Proceeds benefit the Intero Foundation
“As many of us know, DreamPower Horsemanship has been a recipient of the Intero Foundation grants for the past few years due to their excellent work with troubled children. DreamPower provides therapeutic riding services as part of the counseling process to help children, teens and families cope with learning disabilities, drug or alcohol dependence, anxiety and so many other issues. The counseling staff are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists as well as NARHA therapeutic riding instructors. Pretty impressive.
But did you know DreamPower also helped rescue 2 abandoned horses recently? Last month two horses were found wandering along the road in Morgan Hill, malnourished, thirsty and clearly disoriented. The mare and her 2 year old filly were rescued and turned over to Martha McNeil, executive director at DreamPower to care and nurture them until they can be adopted to a new home. Martha named them Naomi and Ruth after biblical heroines that were homeless for a while and said they were very sweet and friendly.
Compassionate and caring people come from all walks in life and touch our lives in many ways. From helping children and families in need to rescuing abandoned horses in town.”
This is the beginning of the month of Ramadan in which 2 billion Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days to temporarily experience what many grief stricken nations encounter as a typical day. Hungry and thirsty, with little hope and no knowledge of where or when they can expect their next meal, millions are starving all over the world. For a Muslim, fasting is also a way of purifying your mind and body and is truly a humbling experience. One of the covenants of this month is to give generously to charity and those less fortunate than yourself.
For the last two years since I have been blessed to be a part of the Intero foundation I have reflected during Ramadan on how incredible the Intero Realtors are who give blindly from each of their paychecks consistently to support those who are less fortunate in the community. As an Ambassador of the foundation I have the opportunity to sit alongside my peers and hear of the grant/donation requests and watch everyone in the room hold back tears and express their desire to help everyone who asks with part of what what we have. This bears witness to the moral fabric of Intero and what makes it such an incredible company to be involved with.
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.
Free e-Waste Recycling event at
Intero Real Estate Los Altos
Did you know 2.5 million tons of e-Waste is created each year?
82% of it ends up in landfills unrecycled. Help us change this!
Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to bring their e-Waste to Intero Real Estate on:
Saturday, September 18, 2010
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
496 First St., Los Altos
We take all computer & electronic equipment. Visit: www.EarthCareRecycling.com for a complete list of acceptable items.
Any proceeds will benefit the Intero Foundation, funding grants to children’s charities in our communities.