Branches of Community Services (501c3) founded by the efforts of the Late Douglas “Mr. Doug”& Betty “Mrs. Betty” Conner in Downtown Pittsburg in the early 2000’s. Mr. Doug and Ms. Betty started by serving free home cooked lunches every Saturday to their neighborhood children as well as the homeless. Mr. Doug and Mrs. Betty have resided in Downtown Pittsburg for over 60 years. Even though the Conner’s were on a fixed income, they provided these lunches solely using their retirement income for years. Each and every Saturday children from the community would come and assist the Conner’s with serving the lunches. During these years, they also began hosting backpack giveaways as well as an annual toy drive for the Downtown Pittsburg community. Their passion to give back and help those in need is what kept them going year after year. During the years they had a couple sponsors who read about the Conner’s in the newspaper and started assisting the Conner’s with annual donations and extra help at the events. The Conner’s have received many community awards such as “Woman of the Year” in Contra Costa County as well as they have been featured in the local newspaper for their efforts. Betty Conner has always said that if God can provide for her, she’ll provide for others. The Conner’s hosted all of their giveaways out of their own home. They were very passionate about their community which was shown by their willingness to help their community and selfless actions. Mr. Doug even fought to have the first lighted crosswalks and speed bumps placed in the East 9th street area in Downtown Pittsburg. Unfortunately in 2009, Douglas passed away. After his untimely passing, Mr. Doug was honored by the Mayor of Pittsburg along with the community by having a cement plaque placed at the local park across from the Conner’s residence.
After his passing, their granddaughter Tanicia Currie, who shares their passion for giving back, stepped in to help continue their great deeds with her grandmother Betty. When Ms. Currie stepped in, she was able to build relationships with local businesses to assist with their efforts. Combined, The Conner’s and Ms. Currie have hosted many charitable events from Fashion Shows to Free Saturday lunches for the neighborhood kids to Backpack giveaways and Annual Toy drives. None of this would continue to be possible without the amazing team Branches has built over the years. Branches has an amazing group of supportive community members who serve as our board members who also share a passion for giving back to the community. The Branches team currently consists of: Tanicia Currie (C.E.O), Danae Braggs (Secretary), Shaun Smith (Branches Board Member), Miranda O’hare (Branches Board Member), and Marcus Wright (Branches Board Member), Tre’nah Currie (Volunteer), Jeremy Foster (Volunteer), Terrell Lawson (Volunteer), and Paula Tensley-Jett (Volunteer).
The Branches Team together brings their experience, passion, and desire to assist those who are in need within the community and beyond. Since 2010, they have been able to gain support from several local businesses within the community. In late 2014, Betty and Ms. Currie decided to officially establish their efforts as a non profit organization naming it Branches of Community Services. The word “Branches”represents the different services and support their organization offers and plans to offer in the near future. By officially establishing their organization, part of their goal is to be able to grow their efforts beyond their local community as well as gain support from more community members. Year after year the organization continues to grow and bless more children and families in their community and beyond. Sadly in March of 2019, Betty Conner passed away but her memory lives on, and the legacy she and her husband founded continues to bless their community. Betty and Douglas Conner truly started something great, simply from ultimately spreading a message of love.
Branches now annually provide backpacks, school supplies, Christmas gifts, and much more to 600+ children. The vast majority of our fundraisers and events are hosted within our Pittsburg community, and we believe in providing opportunities for those within our community and beyond.
As an organization, we truly feel blessed to be able to bless so many within the community, and we look forward to continuing to grow. Branches thanks each and every person who contributes to making our efforts a success.
IN LOVING MEMORY
Affectionately Called "Mr. Doug" By His Neighborhood Children
For 38 Years, Douglas Resided With His Wife, Betty, On East Street .
Believing In Community And Enabled By Their Faith In God, They Gave Back By
Serving Free Weekend Lunches, Donating School Supplies And Providing
Christmas Gifts To Local Families And The Homeless.
A Member Of The Neighborhood Watch, Douglas Fought For A Safer Place For The
Children. Due To His Persistence, The First Lighted Crosswalk And Speed
Bumps Were Installed To Slow Down Traffic.
"Mr. Doug" Will Always Be Remembered
As A Great Man And True Role Model For Us All.
Our mission is to support the community by providing branches of educational support, resources, and opportunities for personal development. In fulfilling our mission, we hope to encourage the community to create a cycle of giving back to spread a message of universal community empowerment.
the late Douglas " Mr. Doug" Conner was honored by the City of Pittsburg and the Mayor for his amazing dedication to his community.
In 2005, Betty & Douglas Conner received this amazing proclamation presented by the
City of Pittsburg
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