Established in 1946 by a circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Links, Incorporated is a premier international, non-profit volunteer service organization. Built upon a legacy of friends and providing service that changes lives, the organization is committed enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Celebrating nearly 70 years, the friendship chain has grown to nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.Dedicated to its mission of service and leadership, The Links, Incorporateds members are corporate and civic leaders; lawmakers and judiciary; medical and healthcare providers; role models, mentors, activists and volunteers working tirelessly at the forefront of transforming communities of color. Working closely with sponsors, partners and supporters, The Links, Incorporated develops and implements transformational programming impacting lives in communities of color. The key programming initiatives of The Links, Incorporated are organized into facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. Amassing more than 5 million service hours to date, The Links, Incorporateds members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities through various programs. The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated established in 1979, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. The Links, Incorporated: Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.