For 70 years, The Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been serving and working in partnership with the community. Our chapter includes over 50 women who collectively contribute more than 5000 volunteer service hours annually to the greater Raleigh community. On behalf of the Raleigh Chapter, we invite you to join us in our pledge of service and friendship to the Raleigh community.
Here’s some of the ways that the Raleigh Links are making a difference in our community:
- Year long volunteer and commitment to Hope Charter Leadership Academy (Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Bullying Presentations, Poster Contest, Uniforms Donation, Spanish Class)
- Programs for residents at Elders Peak Senior Community
- Annual Emerald Award Luncheon highlighting local accomplished women leaders within 5 Facet areas
Years of Service
Hours of Service
Services to Youth – Jacqueline L. Mims, Founder and CEO of My Global STEM Academy
The Arts – Nneena Freelon, World-renowned Jazz Musician, Producer, Composer, Arranger
National Trends & Services – Yvonne Lewis Holley, (Former) Representative of the 35th District of the North Carolina State House
International Trends & Services – Felicia Browne-Lherrison, Research Public Health Analyst, Research Triangle Institute
Health & Human Services – Gayle B. Harris, Durham County Health Department Director (Retired)
The Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in partnership with local churches, the Raleigh Apex NAACP, the Divine Nine and the Food Bank wants you to protect your right to vote.
“The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
The words of the great children’s advocate, Marian Wright Edelman, resonate with us today more than ever. The Links, Incorporated is committed to leading the way as champions of change, ensuring that youth are academically successful and engaged in healthy lifestyles. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Research shows that active, healthy children achieve greater success in school, have greater self-esteem, and become healthy adults who lead productive lives.
The Links, Incorporated created its first program facet, Services to Youth, to equip black youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive citizens. Today, The Links, Incorporated continues to implement aligned, integrated and transformational programs that are responsive to the academic, health, cultural, social awareness, career development, and mentoring needs of youth.
The Services to Youth facet uses an integrated approach to prepare young people to succeed as healthy citizens in the global workforce and to promote healthy lifestyles within families and communities.
The Services to Youth facet continues to implement three national initiatives, two signature programs and two national programs in support of our mission to enrich and enhance the lives of black youth.
Linking Art Through Transformative Programming
The Links support of the arts can be traced to our cultured co-founder Margaret Roselle Hawkins. Her innate artistic talent, discovered at a young age, earned her a four-year scholarship to the Women’s School of Design, later known as the Moore Institute of Art. Her passion for creative expression later led to her appointment as an art teacher, and helped give root to the establishment of The Arts facet in 1964 at the 14th National Assembly.
Throughout the nation today, Links chapters partner with museums, symphonies, arts councils, educational institutes and corporations in order to support art programs, especially where there is a focus on artists of color. Links are creating and supporting opportunities for educating minority youth in the arts and presenting and supporting performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in a diversity of disciplines.
The GOAL of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity. We recognize how art is an important foundation to good mental health and can foster healthy connections by Building A Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future. Our programming includes arts integration within our chapters and partnerships with like minded organizations, sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community. The following are the programmatic interests for The Arts.
The Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presents MAYNARD, a film by Sam Pollard, Auburn Avenue Films. Screening will be followed by panel discussion of local dignitaries and special guests. Net proceeds to benefit community outreach projects for voter education, leadership, economic empowerment, the arts, and book/DVD donations to local schools. Tickets are now on sale.
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. The goal of HHS is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated plays a significant role in providing it.
The Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has followed Life’s Simple 7 to focus on healthy initiatives both at Hope Charter Elementary and Elders Peak.
The International Trends and Services Facet (ITS) of the Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to expanding global knowledge through programs that enhance the educational, health and
cultural needs of Peoples of African descent. The ITS program for the 2018-19 chapter year will serve audiences at Hope Charter Leadership Academy (HCLA, a K – 5 school); Shaw University (an HBCU); Elders Peak (a senior residential community for adults aged 50 or better); and will consider one of three primary schools identified in Jamaica. At HCLA, the programs will include 6 country presentations to share global perspectives of culture, history, geography, language and food, one at each grade level, during the social studies block over the school year.
Additionally, HCLA has requested ITS assistance in sponsoring an Int’l/Multicultural Night that will include all students and their families in the fall. Plans are also being considered that will provide a service learning and pen pal project for HCLA students with a primary school in Jamaica. Care packages for int’l students during exam period are being explored with Student Affairs at Shaw University. Elders Peak activities will include int’l holiday caroling and gifts by HCLA students with lunch for the residents. The second event will combine active movement with cultural exploration in dance, food and knowledge of native customs of a country of African descent—these activities have taken place over the last 3 years. The ITS goal is to build awareness of countries and peoples of African descent throughout the world.
The VISION of the National Trends and Services facet is to eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service. Our MISSION is to empower our chapters to effectively empower the communities in which we work. Our GOALS include increasing the number of sustainable and measurable programs; increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our existing initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need.
Currently, National Trends and Services encompasses the following programs and committees with national partners and sponsors, each committed to the overall vision and mission of the facet. These programs serve as a catalyst for change promoting individual and community empowerment.
The Links, Incorporated consists of nearly 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated 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.
Members of The Links, Incorporated contribute more than 1 million documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. The organization’s facets are Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.