Founded in 1950, The Chicago (IL) Chapter became the 19th chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the first chapter established in the state of Illinois. Currently, there are 57 active members and 23 alumnae members. Chapter membership is comprised of outstanding women dedicated to the rich tradition of friendship, commitment and service.
Chapter Signature programs include the Power and Purpose Luncheon that focuses on reducing mental health stigmas in the African American Community. Empowerment of entities that share the chapter’s vision and objectives, receive grant donations from the chapter for their support.
By establishing a partnership with The Chicago branch of the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI-Chicago), the Chapter’s mission, to reduce the stigma of mental health through education, collaboration, and the use of technology, continues to be fulfilled. Two key elements of success include: sponsoring an Annual Speakers’ Series (Links2Life), and wellness presentations (Bridges of Hope). Presentations are delivered by Chapter members to African-American faith-based community sites.
The Chapter also hosts an annual Cotillion that highlights the accomplishments of youth in Chicagoland communities. Prospective Debutantes and Escorts perform service to enhance the program emphasis on mental health and wellness.
Throughout the Chicago (IL) Chapter’s existence, numerous area and national awards have been received for civic, cultural, educational and social programmatic partnerships with local community organizations.