Since 1950 the Gatepath Auxiliary has supported children and adults with special needs through the programs and services of Gatepath. The Auxiliary strives to encourage and enhance personal growth in those we serve by providing financial support to Gatepath and volunteering at special events.
The Gatepath Auxiliary was established in 1950 as the Hillsborough Auxiliary for the Society for Crippled Children, now known as Gatepath. Over the years Gatepath has undergone several name changes. To align with the evolution and name changes of the nonprofit organization it supports, the Auxiliary officially changed its name to the Gatepath Auxiliary. The purpose of the Auxiliary has remained the same since its inception: to serve and assist community members with special needs and developmental disabilities.
Founding member Ruth Heimann led the Auxiliary in establishing several social events for the children, youth and adults who were part of the Gatepath’s programs. These events are still in place today. Additionally, the Auxiliary contributes funds in support of the organization’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included in all aspects of life … from the classroom to the workplace.
The history and dedication of the Auxiliary’s first President Catherine Campbell Hearst
In 1957, the Auxiliary formally filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of California as a non-profit corporation and became a 501c(3).
Over its 98 years of service, Gatepath has expanded its programs and increased the number of people it supports in the greater Bay Area with locations now in Daly City, Burlingame, San Mateo, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Mtn View and Half Moon Bay. Thanks to the incredible support of the Auxiliary, Gatepath has been innovative and has been able to offer diverse programs to address the scope of special needs in the community. Some Auxiliary members have expanded their volunteer hours to include participation in these programs.
The Auxiliary’s objective of offering support and assistance to the children and adults with special needs and disabilities in our community has remained constant. The Auxiliary membership continues its tradition of volunteerism and contributes more than 6,000 hours of service each year. Auxiliary funds are derived from Auxiliary sponsored fundraising events and from direct contributions derived from membership dues, donations and the community.
The Auxiliary has proudly raised more than $3 million in support of the children and adults with special needs receiving services at Gatepath who are striving to reach their full potential and to live productive lives in our community.