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Our Chapter

Greetings from the President

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Margie L. Booker

President

     It is an honor and pleasure as President and a charter member to greet you on behalf of the Commonwealth (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  I invite you to view our website to learn more about our impactful programs, member experiences and future events.

 

     The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for profit corporation, established in1946.  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.  In friendship and service, the Commonwealth (VA) Chapter members are privileged to be a part of this premier organization.  We provide more information about The Links, Incorporated in another location on our website.

 

     The Commonwealth (VA) Chapter members are continuing to implement the various programming facets of The Links, Incorporated: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.

 

  • Young Achievers is an integrated program that addresses issues facing African American male students in grades 9th -12th.  It is our oldest program, starting in 2007 in partnership with the Beta Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.  The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive enriching experience for African-American male youth that will assist them in developing:

    • Self-confidence and esteem

    • Understanding the importance of our culture and family values

    • Racial pride

    • Appreciation of values and how to succeed

    • Pride in self

    • Confidence to achieve potential

    • Respect and tolerance for others

The program is partially funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Inc.

 

  • Our Services to Youth umbrella program is called H.E.R.O – Health for Life, Education Enrichment, Reading is fun, Opportunities to Accelerate the Arts for 4th and 5th grade students.  Starting in 2012, it is an award-winning afterschool program to encourage reading and to reinforce learning in all subject areas.  It provides opportunities to explore the arts and cultural enrichment for students as they matriculate from 2nd grade through 5th grade.

 

  • Girl Talk is an integrated mentoring program for young women of African American decent, ages 15 to 23.  It offers opportunities for multigenerational verbal exchange/dialogue regarding women’s issues related to physical health, mental health, economics, education and law. The program partners are Monticello (home of President Thomas Jefferson) and University of Virginia Office of Diversity and Equity.

 

     Our signature Biennium Green and White Luncheon supports chapter community service programs and contributions.  Each year, members contribute more than 5,000 documented hours of community service.  The Chapter is making a positive impact on the Richmond community.  We contribute funds to non-profit organizations, including Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the local area.

     Again, we invite you to browse through our website to view additional outstanding work that we are doing.  Members are participating in service projects such as: Classics Through the Ages, Breast Cancer, Black Family Wellness Expo, Mental Health Forum, Habitat for Humanity Projects, LIFE Program, African Well Water Project and many more.  Our members are hard workers and devoted to meaningful friendship activities and impactful service programs.

 

Sincerely,

Margie R. Booker, President

Commonwealth (VA) Chapter of

The Links, Incorporated

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