Jill Bussey Harris, DMD
Jill Bussey Harris, DMD

Greetings Friends,

Welcome to the Richmond (VA) Chapter’s website!

The Links, Incorporated is an international, nonprofit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 14,000 professional women in 283 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s 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.

The organization focuses on local communities, yet is international in its scope, growth and leadership. The members are business and civic leaders, role models, activists, and volunteers who work towards a common vision. Link members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually.

The Richmond (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was established in 1952, and now observes sixty-five (65) years of committed service in the Richmond Community. The Biennial Art Auction and Dinner is the primary fundraiser of the chapter. In 2012 the Richmond Chapter raised service and philanthropy to new heights by negotiating the purchase of an Elizabeth Catlett sculpture,
“Standing, Mother and Child.” This beautiful sculpture was presented to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at the 2013 Auction and Dinner.

In addition, proceeds from the fundraiser have supported Richmond Chapter’s Endowed Scholarship at Virginia Union University that capitalized at $100,000.

Programming of the chapter impacts local, national and international issues involving education, healthcare, and other human services. It is accomplished through the five facets established by our national organization. These facets include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. In 2014, based on our national initiative, the chapter designed an umbrella project which is in partnership with Richmond Public Schools’ Franklin Military Academy. The chapter selected a group of female cadets and provides extensive enrichment experiences weekly. Link members will continue to foster their growth and development through middle school and high school.

Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important unless you make a contribution.”

Warmest regards,

Jill Bussey Harris, D.M.D.