I was talking with a buddy of mine a few weeks ago who’s kids go to a prestigious private high school here in the Bay Area about what he had planned with his family for his kids spring break. He said his kids were going to go on a mission trip to Mexico for a week with their school. Part of me thought that was really cool but part of me also thought why travel thousands of miles and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to go on a mission trip when you could go on one right here in the Bay Area…plus take that hundreds or thousands of dollars and put it to work right here in our community? Did you know that 1 in 3 kids in the Bay Area don’t even know where their next meal is coming from…and we are probably the richest place on the planet?
Although we would have sent them if they wanted, our boys opted to go to the local public high school…it is the same high school Lynn and I went to. Honestly, if they wanted to go to private school we would have sent them, but they really just wanted to go to the local school in our community although it is not known for being the best high school because their low school scores. It’s not that it is a bad school and you can’t get a great education, but they go to a school where 48% of the kids are on the free or reduced fee lunch program which means for some of them it is their only full meal of the day. To me that is one of the best educations my kids could get…how blessed we really are for all that we have in our lives and how poverty exists right here at home. Heck, after baseball practice a couple of weeks ago I drove one of the boys on Nick’s team home. On the way home Nick was talking about going to the movies with some of his friends and I asked the boy if he was going to go with them and he said he couldn’t…he needed to save all his money for a haircut. After we dropped him off where he lived with his grandmother in a studio apartment I looked at Nick and we talked about how blessed we both are.
Tomorrow we have the unique opportunity to go on a mission trip here in our own community and make a difference in the lives of the many families that struggle every day right here in Silicon Valley during Silicon Valley Gives, a 24 hour online giving event.
Mark your calendar and make an online donation to the Intero Foundation tomorrow, Tuesday May 5th for SV Gives. Or, schedule your donation now.
SVGives is the perfect opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our foundation and bring awareness to our program throughout Silicon Valley. We hope you will share this fundraising opportunity with your friends, family, and colleagues, and encourage them to schedule a donation in advance or make an online donation tomorrow, Tuesday May 5th to the Intero Foundation.
Who is the Intero Foundation?
The Intero Foundation is a non–profit organization founded in 2002 that has raised more than $3 million to benefit children living in the communities we serve. It's funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents and employees – each of whom are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live. To date, the Foundation has lent it's support to over 130 local charities.
Partnering with each non-profit it grants, the Foundation goes to extra lengths to confirm the dollars given directly effect the children.
What is SVGives?
Silicon Valley Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event aimed at inspiring and uniting our local community to support philanthropic causes. Learn more at SVGives.org or watch a quick video HERE
So tomorrow in support of SVGives I ask you to help pledge to make a difference in our Silicon Valley community. Take this as an opportunity to impact a child in your own neighborhood that may need some extra help. Donate through our Intero Foundation, and be confident the money is going where the children need it most.