The Links, Incorporated executes programming through five facets. Through these facets,programs and initiatives are implemented that address the most critical needs of underservedcommunities in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Services to Youth

Through this facet we continue to implement transformational programs that are responsive to the academic, cultural, career development and mentoring needs of youth. Our chapter established a partnership with the Loudoun County Head Start program, in which chapter members serve as monthly readers and annually donate books to Loudoun County Public Schools. In addition, our chapter provides support to local STEM initiatives through partnering with other Links, Incorporated chapters, and local youth organizations. These activities support our integrated mentoring program, Promise for Tomorrow.

The Arts

Through this facet our goal is to increase and expand art activity throughout black communities. The Links, Incorporated creates and supports art-related educational opportunities for minority youth as well as presents and supports performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in an array of disciplines. Our chapter partnered with art professional Leslie Nesbit of Rhythmic Walls to help foster self-expression, create coping skills, and strengthen a sense of self in young girls. In another partnership, our chapter secured Loudoun Master Gardeners to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training to young girls. These young women had an opportunity to hear about gardening from the experts and plant their very own seeds to treasure.  

National Trends & Services

Through this facet we commit to raising awareness on economic, health, social justice, and other barriers that affect our quality of life. Our goal is to help eliminate disparities in these areas for the betterment of our community. Our chapter aligns with The Links Incorporated National Day of Giving in celebration of MLK Day of Service. We consistently donate food to the Loudoun County Dulles South Food Pantry to help combat food insecurities in our community and fund Thanksgiving and Easter meals for our LINKed in Love Umbrella Program. Our chapter supports the Dulles Abused Women’s Shelter with Menstrual Hygiene product donations; and in partnership with Reset180, we are elated with the impact of the Uplifting Restoration Program. In addition to annual monetary donations to the Keys to Freedom Gala, we assist with Restoration, Resource and Wardrobe Toolkits. These Dress for Success wardrobe toolkits contain professional business-wear pieces to make five outfits, which assists the EmPowerHer initiative of the Eastern Area. Lastly, we enjoy patronizing our local Black Owned businesses monthly. 


International Trends and Services

Through this facet, services are provided which deliver transformational programs to people of African ancestry globally so that they may have a better quality of life. Programs are designed and developed to service the educational, health, and cultural needs of our global community. Our chapter supports this facet through its partnership with the One Sparrow organization in Jamaica, its barrel donations that include books, computers, and clothing to the underserved children in Liberia, its donation of books, motivational wall art and mental health information to the Safe Space School in St. Lucia. The Safe Space School is a mental health school for teenagers; and hosted a recorded Youth Professional Workshop which raised awareness and explored different careers and entrepreneurial opportunities for 20 teenagers in Haiti and was the first post-pandemic in-person community service event for the chapter. 

Health and Human Services

Through this facet, chapters respond to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. Our chapter participates in the Annual NAMI walk to raise awareness about mental health in conjunction with a monetary donation. Our HEAL initiative partnered with an INOVA health literacy awareness activity at Sterlingfest during the INOVA Community Health Literacy Outreach Event. Serving as a sponsoring chapter of the Annual DMV Red Dress Heart Health weekend. We participate on all committees associated with the 3-day event. In addition, the Annual Links Walk-A-Thon: Walk for Healthy Living, is an activity where our chapter members and members of our families were recognized for a record number of steps. Lastly, we look forward to establishing our Black Family Wellness event in the community.

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