Something bigger than ourselves

outreached-handsAs I mentioned earlier, from time to time I will post something written by others I respect.  This week, I am sharing  a post written by Gino Blefari, Intero CEO, about the Intero Foundation. 

One of the wonderful aspects of Los Altos, is that there are so many people who like to help others.  Whether it is giving of their time, money, or both … the caring and compassion found in the community is a part of what makes it so great.  Carol & I moved to Los Altos because of the sense of community it exudes.  We remain here because of the people we have come to cherish. 

I am Fortunate to serve on the Intero Foundation Board of Directors with Gino.  His message below is about being a part of something bigger than ourselves. 

Enjoy … 

intero-foundationToday I want to share something that we do here at Intero that I am especially proud of. And, when you think about it, this really is about you too.I’m talking about the Intero Foundation.  Let me explain.

When we founded Intero just seven years ago, we set out to create a company that was different. That difference would be based on our values. One of those values is commitment – defined as; a pledge to do something, a state of being bound intellectually to a course of action.

As Realtors we earn our living by serving our community. So it was fundamental when creating Intero to figure out a way to give back to the community. We express this commitment now through the Intero Foundation.

To date, the Intero Foundation has donated $1,367,365 to local charities. These organizations range in size and mission, but all work to positively Intero Foundationimpact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.

Just last week, we announced our most recent list of beneficiaries, we were able to give out over $100,000 in one week divided amongst these organizations which work to make our children – and our communities – stronger: Dream Power Horsemanship, Rape Trauma Services, Family Connections, My New Red Shoes, Jacob’s Heart, Bill Wilson Center (SSJFY), Small Steps Foundation, Community Solutions, and the Learning & Loving Education Center.

Each of us at Intero is proud to support these organizations.

So why does this matter to you? Well, there is an obvious connection: We are helping to make the place you call home (or are hoping to call home) better. And that matters.

Our CompassionBut we are also expressing something about ourselves that might interest you: That we are a big organization, but not too big to remember that we are part of something still larger; that we take seriously our role as an organization rooted in a place; that we believe we must give in order to receive.

If you share these beliefs, if it matters to you what your real estate company does in the wider world, then we have created something for all of us.