The Links, Incorporated is an organization of accomplished, dedicated women who are active in their communities. Members are newsmakers, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work toward the realization of making the name “Links” not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service. The programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends, International Trends & Services and Health & Human Services.  The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development and public policy campaigns and are funded through proceeds from our annual Emerald Holiday Luncheon Fundraiser event.

2015 Milwaukee Chapter Scholarship Award recipient with Brunetta Matthews, scholarship award co-chair and Marie Michel-Tucker, immediate past president.

Our Programs

Services to Youth

The Milwaukee, WI Chapter’s focus is on providing a range of innovative, substantive and sustainable programming which address many of the key educational, social and community issues facing Milwaukee children from PK to college. Our key programs include:

METCALFE ON THE MOVE

The Metcalfe on the Move program is an integrated program focused on closing the achievement gap in literacy and mathematics at Metcalfe Elementary School.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Milwaukee, WI Chapter is proud to have awarded more than $370,000 in scholarships to support the collegiate aspirations of young people in the Milwaukee area.

The Arts

The Links, Incorporated has a strong and rich record of support for the performing and visual arts, especially where there is an opportunity to focus on the presentation of artists of color. Key activities include:

  • Art Poster Contest at Metcalfe School
  • Fashion Matters: Designing, Culture & Confidence – Inspiring Beauty, Inspiring Youth Program at Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Presentation of What Color Is Nude? at Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with African American Art Alliance
  • Presentation of The Art of the Steal at Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with African American Art Alliance

National Trends & Services

The Links, Incorporated focuses on empowering the Milwaukee community and eliminating disparities and reducing barriers to services often experienced by communities of color.  The Chapter collaborated with Wisconsin Public Television on the development of the Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams documentary and Community Engagement kits. These kits were used to engage the community in dialogues about the women’s and civil rights movements and how to make the community stronger and better through personal and collective action.

International Trends & Services

The Links, Incorporated has a mission to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world.  We have supported those struggling to deal with a variety of humanitarian issues via a range of programs.

  • Project Uplift- Bras for Tanzanian Women
  • Ebola Relief in Sierra Leone
  • Philippines Hurricane Relief
  • Haitian Earthquake Relief

International Trends & Services

The Health and Human Services facet addresses the chronic health disparities that persist in communities of color and which result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. The Milwaukee, WI Chapter is focused on:

Youth Oral Health aimed at educating children about oral health and dental programs by partnering with targeted organizations such as:

  • National Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Marquette Dental School
  • Children’s Health Alliance
December 2016 Gala Save the Date (Testing)