The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter
The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1987. Like those in the national organization, the founding women shared interests and enthusiasm for community service – they were determined to make a difference in the Greater Cleveland community. Tens of thousands of hours from chapter members have been devoted to mentoring children, instituting dialogues with teens, and conducting workshops and clinics that benefit women and their families to address concerns in health, education, social and economic disparities. In 2001, the Western Reserve (OH) Chapter launched its signature fundraising event. The Masked Mardi Gras Biennial Benefit supports its philanthropic arm ― The Links, Incorporated Foundation — and the Western Reserve Chapter’s continuation of charitable programs. Today, the Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, with more than 45 active members, celebrates a rich history of over 30 years of programs, service, and outreach.
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.