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The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service women’s organizations in the nation. Comprised of members who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The organization‘s founders, Sara Strickland Scott and Margaret Roselle, started the organization envisioning a club that would respond to the needs and aspirations of African American women in ways that existing clubs did not. It was their intent that the organization would have a threefold aim—civic, educational, and cultural.
The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five program areas or facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs.
Today, The Links, Incorporated, has a membership of nearly 12,000 professional women of color serving in 274 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Through its philanthropic arm, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the organization has contributed more than 24 million dollars to charitable causes since its founding. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually throughout the United States, Africa, and in developing countries.
Locally, the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, consists of a group of resourceful, professionally accomplished, and dedicated women who are active in the community. Members are role models, mentors, activists, and volunteers who work toward the realization of making the name “Links” not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service in improving every aspect of their local community.