Program Services

Members of the Westchester County (NY) Chapter of The Links Incorporated serve the County’s communities through five committees that focus on areas designated by the national Links, Incorporated organization: Services to Youth, The Arts, International Trends and Services, National Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.  Working in these areas, chapter members contribute more than 1900 hours of service annually with the goal of offering impactful programs that strengthen the County’s African American communities and enrich the quality of life for all of Westchester’s citizens. The Chapter has been recognized for its service programs by local community organizations, including the Lois Bronz Children’s Center and the Westchester chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, as well as by the Eastern Area and National levels of The Links, Incorporated. 

Our current programs include the following:

·         The Links International Foreign Affairs & Business Empowerment Program for Youth which is designed to enhance high school students’ awareness of what it means to be a global citizen or to have an international career. An additional thrust is to expose the students to the art of countries and communities that are the focus of study as a means of exploring the cultures and histories of those countries. 

·         The Young Achievers Program for male high school students, which, through mentoring, guided tours of exhibits and workshops, enriches the students’ education and skills and challenges them to excellence, thereby increasing their ability to achieve their career and personal goals, including admittance to a rigorous college.

·         The Program for Seniors at the Wartburg in Mount Vernon, NY, a hands-on, participatory program for senior citizens that engages them in activities that promote their health and knowledge of community resources and increase their capacity to contribute to their own well-being.

·         Fighting Hunger in Westchester Program, a service effort through which chapter members package donated food at local Food Bank for Westchester centers in order to help reduce hunger and food insecurity in Westchester County.

·         The Karolyn Thomas Book Fair that provides children with free books that expand their reading options and their worlds. 

·         Healthy Smiles in Westchester, a program which brings the Colgate-Palmolive Company’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Dental Van to schools, community health centers, and community events.  At these sites, volunteer dentists and members of our chapter work together to offer free dental health education, screenings, and service referrals, for children through age 12.

The Westchester County (NY) Chapter could not provide effective services to the community without the support and cooperation of partners.  Our partners for our current service programs include Mount Vernon, Woodlands and New Rochelle high schools; the Omicron Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Wartburg of Westchester, NY; the Food Bank for Westchester; the Colgate-Palmolive Company; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Theodore Young Community Center.