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About Us

The Links Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 17,000 professional women of African descent in 299 chapters 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 committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
Our core values are not just words but guiding principles that drive our actions. The Links, Incorporated, has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers, making a significant impact in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists, and volunteers who work toward a shared vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 1 million documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization's impact has been recognized with awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. In 2019, The Links, Incorporated, was nominated for a Luxembourg Peace Prize by the Schengen Peace Foundation and acknowledged by the late Congressman John Lewis as a distinguished organization of outstanding community service and influence.

Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

27 Years of Service

In 1991, Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was initially organized as Queens Nia Club under the leadership of Juliette A. Hansen. The genesis of our Chapter chartered on March 9, 1996, was to impact the Queens community. Thirty-two women had the commitment, foresight, and vision to make Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated a reality. In keeping with The Links, Incorporated's national mandate to enhance the quality of life in our community through our volunteer community service programs, we have focused our energies and commitment on implementing transformational programming in alignment with our five facets. 

Currently, forty-nine (49) phenomenal women are active members of the Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and we have ten (10) Alumni Members.  
Our chapter was one of the first chapters within Links Incorporated to support educational opportunities and advancement in Africa. In 2018, we proudly resumed supporting our special initiative school in Senegal. We focused our attention and resources on helping students attending the Hamo 4 El Hadj Thierno Amadou DIONE School in Dakar, Senegal, Africa. Our effort included providing backpacks and school supplies to over 800 students. 

As a Chapter, we have had the privilege of hosting the Hon. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the first elected female president of Liberia, the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, the Under Secretary and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.  We annually host the Masquerade Ball, our signature fundraiser, which supports our exceptional community programming.  And in keeping with our roots, we provide scholarships for college-bound students.    
 

From its inception, Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Inc. partnered with PS/IS 116 in Queens, New York. It implemented the “Lunch Bunch” program and provided a resource room for career guidance, college information, and tutorial services for elementary and high school students. Services to Youth Facet continues to offer and coordinate programming that increases the students' academic achievements at PS/IS 116. 

In our 28 years of service, our growing membership of accomplished and dedicated professional women has continued to implement The Links Incorporated's vision and mission, building upon the legacy of our charter members and working collectively in sisterhood, friendship, and service.

From its inception, Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Inc. partnered with PS/IS 116 in Queens, New York. It implemented the “Lunch Bunch” program and provided a resource room for career guidance, college information, and tutorial services for elementary and high school students. Services to Youth Facet continues to offer and coordinate programming that increases the students' academic achievements at PS/IS 116. 

In our 28 years of service, our growing membership of accomplished and dedicated professional women has continued to implement The Links Incorporated's vision and mission, building upon the legacy of our charter members and working collectively in sisterhood, friendship, and service.
 

Highlights Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links

In the beginning of this unimaginable year of COVID-19, Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, recognized the basic survival needs of our community; food and shelter.   We donated $5,000 to the 1906 Project of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and $3,500 to CUNY/York College for the Colleges Emergency Relief Program.

Christmas of 2020, the Chapter adopted six families in need.  The children of each family ranged from infants to those approaching 18 years of age, both male and female. Ranging from three children to six children in each family, each child received a minimum of six toys, clothing and age appropriate literature.  Guardians and parents of the children also received gifts and holiday food items of cookies and candy. 

As a Chapter, we have had the privilege of hosting the Hon. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the first elected female president of Liberia, the First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray and the Under Secretary and Executive Director of UNWomen, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka.  We annually host the Masquerade Ball, our signature fundraiser which supports our exceptional community programming.  

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