Greetings Sister Links and Friends,
Welcome to the Richmond (VA) Chapter’s website!
I consider it a great honor to serve as the 33rd President of the Richmond (VA) Chapter of the The Links, Incorporated. Ours is a legacy of “Visible Leaders Committed to Productive Service” while strengthening the bonds of friendship. I look forward to continuing this legacy with you and the Richmond community.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, nonprofit corporation, established in 1946. 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 toward a common vision.
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. Our 65-year history exemplifies the pillars of our organization and the commitment we have to improving the lives of others. Our $100,000.00 pledge to The Black History Museum and Cultural Center, our Endowed Scholarship at Virginia Union University, and our support of the Richmond Fischer House and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are all examples of how our Chapter continues to impact the lives of those we serve. Our continued support of these projects honors our past and builds our legacy.
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 the growth and development of “our girls” through middle school and high school.
These are exciting times in our Chapter and our community. The Richmond (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is proud to continue the purposeful work of serving others while “Honoring Our Past, Building a Legacy”.
Lisa Lovings Byrd