Joy of Volunteering
The Association of Auxiliaries for Children is the governing board for seven independent Auxiliaries. The mission of the Association is to promote, foster, and maintain the welfare of children by raising funds that support care for all at Packard Children's.
Auxiliaries have championed children’s health at Stanford since 1919 and continue to proudly support Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s commitment to treat any child in the community who needs care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Auxiliary volunteers come from many walks of life and live throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. All volunteers share a commitment to provide services to the children and families at the hospital, as well as additional outreach in the community.
Become an Auxiliary member and you’ll find a group of passionate individuals committed to a shared mission of providing extraordinary care to children. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please take a few moments to learn about the individual Auxiliaries below.
Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary
The Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary owns and operates this historic California landmark. Located in Menlo Park, the Guild features seasonal gardens and striking Spanish Colonial architecture, and benefits our patients and families.
Charter Auxiliary was the inaugural Auxiliary formed in 1919 and hosted successful rummage sales for 100 years. To learn about their current activities please email CharterAuxiliary@LPFCH.ORG.
Palo Alto Auxiliary
Established in 1931, the Palo Alto Auxiliary has raised money to provide care for all at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Members have hosted special events, run the successful restaurant Café Wisteria at the Allied Arts Guild, and created an award-winning cookbook. Today, the Palo Alto Auxiliary hosts special events and monthly fundraisers called “Restaurants with Heart” at select restaurants where a portion of proceeds support Packard Children’s. Special events include the Spring Fashion Show and Trunk Sale, Summer Garden Party, and a festive holiday Nutcracker Tea. Additionally, members come together to handmake items that provide comfort to patients and their families at the hospital.
Formed in 1989, the Roth Auxiliary was created to operate the Gift Shop at the hospital. As volunteers at the Gift Shop, Roth Auxiliary members provide an important service for patients and their families, visitors, and hospital team members. The Gift Shop offers a bright and cheerful space for shoppers to browse through a colorful inventory of toys, books, sundry items, jewelry, and so much more!
Open every day (including holidays), the Gift Shop offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including sales associates, stocking, and customer service. This membership requires a strong commitment to service. Volunteers must go through a hospital orientation, training, and required immunizations.
San Francisco Auxiliary
The San Francisco Auxiliary was formed in 1931 when Stanford University School of Medicine was located in San Francisco. This Auxiliary quickly became one of the most prestigious groups in The City. The San Francisco Auxiliary hosts the annual Jewel Ball—one of San Francisco’s longest-running charity events. The gala features cocktails, dinner, dancing, an auction, and a rousing good time. In 2019 they launched a new event: Quest for Knowledge, a lunch and lecture series featuring a doctor or researcher from the hospital or School of Medicine discussing a timely topic and providing information and resources for families.
San Jose Auxiliary
The San Jose Auxiliary, founded in 1942, operates The Thrift Box in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood. Through regular donations, the Box features an incredible variety of clothing, antiques and collectibles, jewelry, housewares, books, seasonal items, and more.
There is a myriad of ways to support the Box—from behind-the-scenes sorting and preparing donations to helping customers on the shop floor.
San Mateo-Burlingame Auxiliary
Since 1942, the San Mateo-Burlingame Auxiliary for Children has rasied funds for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. In partnership with Sapore Restaurant in Burlingame they host an annual dining day[FK1] where a portion of proceeds benefit Packard Children’s. Their Game Day fundraiser offers bridge, mahjong, dominoes, lunch, and a raffle. Their fall fundraiser is a virtual Oktoberfest to support a special project.
Volunteer with an Affiliate
Make a direct impact in the lives of patients and their families at our hospital when you volunteer for an Affiliate organized by our Auxiliaries. From packing grocery bags to sorting books, there are many ways to get involved.
Regardless of the role you hold or the time you contribute, you’ll find the work you do to be a gratifying experience.