Linking our Actions Today with Dreams for Tomorrow.
The Greater Queens Chapter of The Links was originally organized as the Queens Nia Club, under the leadership of Juliette A. Hansen. The group was chartered as the Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Inc. on March 9, 1996. In keeping with The Links, Incorporated mandate to enhance the quality of life in our community through our volunteer community service programs, we have focused our energies and commitment to follow the four facet programming guidelines established by The Links Incorporated.
The facets are: National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth and International Trends and Services. Some of our program initiatives are: working with battered women to restart their lives; adopted a school in Senegal, Africa; hosted an Annual Health Fair at York College for the prevention of kidney failure in cooperation with the New York Kidney Foundation and North Shore LIJ Hospital Center; adopt-a-school program at Public School 116, to expose students to a variety of educational and cultural events; and supporting the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. In April of 2009, Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Inc. received a National Trends First Place Award for our annual health fair program and was recognized for Best Program Practices for our Adopt-A-School program from The Links, Incorporated.
The future goals of the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc. are to partner with like-minded organizations and to develop programs that will enhance the quality of life for the residents in the Queens Community.
The Links, Incorporated is an international not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women in 270 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It was founded by the late Margaret Roselle Hawkins and the late Sarah Strickland Scott in 1946, and was incorporated in 1951. It is one of the nation's oldest and largest volunteer service organizations comprised of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of their communities. The name "Links" is not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and knowledgeable 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. 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.