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Hooray for the Links

Members of the Suffolk VA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are a force to be reckoned with in Suffolk.

Just about anywhere there is a need to be fulfilled, you can find the Links there. In recent years, these ladies have been seen organizing no-cost swimming lessons to local children through the generosity of benefactors, conducting dental clinics for children at local schools, promoting organ donation among the African American community, and more. Just this year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have made donations to local hospital workers and even continued to offer the swimming lessons in a safe manner.

Recently, the Links ladies made donations of food and other essentials to the Genieve Shelter to help the women and children living in this local shelter for survivors of domestic violence. It’s only the latest in their efforts, and we can assure you that you will be hearing more about this local group of ladies in 2021 and beyond.

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas and the United Kingdom, according to the national organization’s website. “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 website states.

The core values are friendship, integrity, honesty, service, commitment, family relationships, courage, respect for self and others, legacy, confidentiality, responsibility and accountability. Members contribute more than one million documented hours of community service annually, and the group’s programming fits into five areas of focus: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.

We are so pleased to have one of the chapters of this esteemed organization here in our community, and we hope to continue covering the many good things they are doing to help and enrich our community.