The Western Reserve Chapter
The Western Reserve Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1987, an outgrowth of the Western Reserve Women’s League. Like those in the national organization, the founding women shared interests and enthusiasm for community service. In short, they were determined to make a difference in the Greater Cleveland community. And they have.
Thousands of volunteer hours from Western Reserve Chapter members have been devoted to mentoring children, instituting dialogues with teens, and conducting workshops and clinics on health and surviving breast and cervical cancer. Of particular note:
- Our inaugural program, “Color Me Learning”, involved teen mothers and their families in parenting classes, self-esteem workshops, and inspirational seminars.
- Through fundraising activities, a contribution of $10,000 was
donated to Karamu House to aid African-American
theatre and Early Childhood Education Center.
- An international collaboration with San Salvador of the
Bahamas was established to provide books and Afro-
centric materials to schoolchildren.
In 2001, the Western Reserve Chapter launched its Signature Fundraising event, The Masked Mardi Gras Biennial Benefit to benefit our philanthropic arm ― The Links, Incorporated Foundation — as well as to support the continuation of Western Reserve charitable programs in the Greater Cleveland community and the maintenance of an endowment at the Cleveland Foundation.
Today, the Western Reserve Chapter, with more than 45 active members, celebrates a rich history of more than 25 years of programs, service and outreach to the Greater Cleveland community in the areas of health, education, social and economic disparities.
Our Parent Organization
The Links, Incorporated is an international nonprofit devoted to supporting the culture and economic survival of African Americans and others of African ancestry.
- One of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations, established in 1946.
- Current membership: 12,000 professional women of color in 275 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
- Extraordinary women contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually.
- Fivefold program focus: national trends and services, the arts, services to youth, international trends and services, and health and human services. Programs are implemented through strategies that include public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.