Who We Are
The Portland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is a group of civic-minded, professional women committed to service through friendship in the Portland and Southwest Washington areas since 1957.
The Portland Chapter is part of The Links, Incorporated, an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 15,000 professional women of color in 285 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The Links is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
The Links, Incorporated is a volunteer service organization of concerned, committed, and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of life in the larger community. The organization is concerned primarily with enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African descent.
To contribute to the formulation of a positive, productive, and culturally diverse society, The Links, Incorporated also focuses on education, cultural enrichment, health and wellness and civic involvement. This focus is implemented through strategies such as in public information and education, economic development, and public policy
What We Do
The Links, Incorporated has five facets:
- Services to Youth
- The Arts
- National Trends and Services
- International Trends and Services
- Health and Human Services
The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.
For 60 years, The Portland Chapter has awarded Educational and Arts Scholarships to graduating African American high school seniors who have demonstrated scholastic potential, high achievement, and leadership ability.