MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Greater New York Chapter is built upon the guiding principles of friendship and service. Our founder and first Chapter President Dorothy Reed joined with eight other charter members at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem in May, 1949 to establish Greater New York, one of the first Links, Incorporated Chapters in the country and the first of nine in the New York Metropolitan area. Working together, they forged the foundation of our chapter’s commitment to service provided by good friends.
Over the years we have worked to expand this rich legacy through our impactful community service programs and scholarships for students, including returning students whose studies have been interrupted by challenging life events. We have remained committed to improving the lives of victims of domestic and family violence while also providing a wide array of award-winning services and educational programs to more than 14,000 senior members of our community. We are helping teenagers to avoid bullying behavior and to become positively proactive against date rape. In Haiti, we have commissioned our second multi-year program to assist a new cohort of sexual assault victims to heal and rebuild their lives while learning to become economically self-sufficient. We have also provided a wide array of additional services and I hope you will visit our five Facets – The Arts, Health and Human Services, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Services to Youth and Scholarships – to learn more about our work. In order to achieve our service goals, we work with local, national and global partners.
Rhonda Joy McLean
Greater New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated