Involved, Committed and Empowering

Civic, Education and Cultural Initiatives

The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is an international not-for-profit corporation, and one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women, who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Sarah Scott and Margaret Hawkins co-founded and organized the Links with a three-fold aim toward civic, education and cultural involvement.

Today, the organization consists of 274 chapters and more than 12,000 members who annually document over 500,000 volunteer community service hours. The Links Foundation, Incorporated is its philanthropic arm and provides grants for innovative programs and seeks proposals that provide creative responses to the changing needs in the general fields of health, education, social services, cultural and international affairs. The Foundation has contributed more than $24 million to charitable causes.

Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Dade County (FL) Chapter was chartered in 1986 in Miami, Florida by organizers, Jessie Stinson, Geneva Woodard, and DoLores Washington along with twenty-five of their friends. Since its chartering, the chapter has grown from the initial “twenty-eight” to " fifty-five" members who continue to exert their mark of volunteerism and dedication throughout the environs of Miami-Dade County, Florida. With a dedication to service, and a commitment to join together in sisterhood, Links work as one body toward the betterment of our community. Read more about our history [...]

The cornerstone of our mission are our five facets: The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, Services to Youth, and Health and Human Services. Through our facets, we develop, sponsor and implement education programs, donate thousands of dollars in college scholarships, support The Arts and cultural enrichment programs and provide numerous innovative community service programs focusing on our founder's three-fold purpose: education, health and wellness, and civic participation.

We also provide support to other organizations involved in community development and enrichment services, and celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and organizations who have proven their commitment to worthy causes by their personal involvement and/or financial contributions.

Our Mission

Purpose and Goals

“ positively influence and improve the quality of life for the educationally and the economically disadvantaged...”

“...enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of all people of African origin through cultural, educational and civic programs.”

“...eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service.”

“...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.”

“...increase and expand art activity, and elevate our programs through arts integration and effectively create an arts renaissance within our organization and programmatic efforts.”

“...make Links, not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service; use the talent of each member to help fulfill the hopes and dreams of others; enrich and support those who are educationally disadvantaged and culturally deprived; and remain committed to making history and providing hope.”

2014-2016 Executive Committee

L-R: (Row 1) Tawnicia Rowan (Chaplain), Barbara Edwards (Program Coordinator), Luverneice Crosky (Vice President), Tammy Reed (Chapter President), Elsie Hamler (Treasurer), DoLores Washington ( Archivist), Juliet King (Assistant Recording Secretary)

L-R: (Row 2) Teri Giles (Financial Secretary), Denese Waiters (Recording Secretary), Sandra Pelham (Journalist), Veronica Rhaming (Corresponding Secretary), Teresa Brown (Assistant Treasurer)

Not Pictured: Geneva Woodard (Parliamentarian)