Of all the partners standing hand in hand with Childrens Hospital & Research Center
at Oakland, the Branches roots run deepest. Reaching down to the bedrock upon which
the hospital was built,the Childrens Hospital Branches is a network of volunteer
auxiliaries that has been an integral part of the Childrens family since the hospitals
beginnings in 1914. The hospital founded by women has been supported by women, right
from the start.
Throughout 99 years
of service, members of the Branches have served as Childrens advocates in the community,
raising millions of dollars to provide both seed money for new programs and ongoing
support that has touched virtually every department and division at the hospital.
Generations of kids and families have benefited from the efforts of the Branches.
Every year the more than 450 members of the Branches provide almost $1,000,000 to
support programs throughout the hospital, including Family House, the Parent-Infant
program, Katies Clinic for Rett syndrome, and the Art for Life program. CHORI,
The Artist-in-Residence program, International Adoption Clinic, the Center for Child
Protection and FACES for the Future also benefited, along with the Autism Intervention
Program, the Intensive Care Nursery and the Palliative Care program.
As the hospital has evolved in response to the needs of the community, the Branches
organization has, too, developing creative and enjoyable ways to bring people together
in support of the hospital. Today, Branches events such as the Spring Shopping Spree,
the Gala des Enfants, and the Winter Ball are part of the fabric of life in the
Bay Area, eagerly awaited each year and indelibly associated with Childrens Hospital
& Research Center at Oakland.