Sacramento Links

The mission of the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is to enrich, sustain and ensure the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. We strive to respond to the needs and aspirations of the underserved by empowering individuals and communities through sustainable programs that enrich and transform lives.

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Address: PO Box 221081
Sacramento, CA 95822
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Community Improvement, Capacity Building 
Sub NTEE: Women's Service Clubs 
Executive Director: Cassandra Jennings
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-849-8940
The Links, Incorporated is an international, philanthropic organization established in 1946. The membership includes over 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Marjorie Patterson and fifteen distinguished women chartered the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Inc., on March 15, 1952. Since then, more than 60 active and alumnae Sacramento Chapter members actively dedicate themselves, on an annual basis, to providing transformational programs to the Sacramento region. Our Chapter members contribute more than 5,200 documented hours of community service annually.

The Sacramento Links' programs are focused in five facet areas.
- THE ARTS programs expand and increase visual and performing art activities, which introduce, exhibit and help to preserve the legacy of the African ancestry.
- SERVICES TO YOUTH programs educate, empower and strengthen youth to advance, improve and enable them to access resources and opportunities.
- SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to college-bound high school seniors through our Scholarship Program. Leadership and entrepreneurial skills are developed and academic scholarships are awarded though our Achievers Program.
- NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES programs eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education and service; INTERNATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES programs promote global awareness and provide activities that serve the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world.
- HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES promotes and facilitates programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy and optimal utilization of health resources.

Recent programs include:
- Provided education and information to more than 1,000 people on heart health through a University of California, Davis Medical Center Healthy Heart Partnership
- Co-sponsor of Quilts Across America Exhibit featuring Faith Ringgold
- Hosted a Community Health Fair for over 100 participants
- Co-sponsored with Kaiser Permanente and inspired over 300 young adults through our DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES featuring Hill Harper and Jeff Johnson

Programs implemented for over twenty years include:
- Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon with over 1,000 seniors served during this period
- Achievers Program impacting 492 youth
- Scholarship Programs that have awarded over $300,000 for educational pursuits
- Support of the Oak Park Youth Little League
The Sacramento Links needs your support to continue and expand our transformational programing in underserved Sacramento communities. We volunteer nearly 4,000 hours annually to support our efforts. Every dollar you donate will go directly toward program funding; a list of funding needs follow. With your support we can continue to provide encouragement and hope to those who need our aid. Please consider giving to the Sacramento Links.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - $3,000 to expand LINKING TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE, a community-based health program for under-resourced African Americans. Help us to be instrumental in reducing health disparities and inequities in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood and surrounding areas.
  2. Funding: Program - $10,000 to provide SCHOLARSHIPS for high achieving college-bound African American students. The economic and social vitality of our Sacramento region is dependent upon the ability of our young people to become self-sufficient and contributing citizens.
  3. Funding: Program - $5,000 to expand enrollment and build developmental opportunities for The ACHIEVERS PROGRAM. This six-month program for African American high school male seniors helps to prepare and support their transition to college.
  4. Funding: Program - $500 for LINKING STUDENTS TO S.T.E.M. This new program initiative will provide low-income students access to the educational tools and experiences of a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Jr. Chapter.
  5. Funding: Program - $1,500 for "EDUCATE A GIRL AND CHANGE THE WORLD" Your support will help the Links' International Trends Facet implement an exciting new program that will educate and inspire girls in the Sacramento community to develop their own paths to academic success and to help girls abroad achiever similar success.
'On behalf of the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Incorporated I thank you for the opportunity to tell the story of our 64 year history in the Sacramento community. In 1952, fifteen visionary African American women were installed into the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Taking advantage of their skills and friendships, they collaborated to develop programs and activities to address the unmet needs of the greater Sacramento community and specifically the African American community. Their focus was to provide "hope in the spirit of love." This group of talented, civic minded friends were "linked in friendship and dedicated to service." Activities and programs were created in the areas of the Arts, services to youth, national and international trends and health and human services.'

'Today the Sacramento Chapter has 62 active and alumnae members all concerned, dedicated, talented and skilled volunteers, who are influential decision makers, community leaders and distinguished women making a difference in the community. We have a long history of sponsoring successful projects and programs that support youth development, scholarship, the arts, health and wellness, community outreach and cultural activities. We continue our legacy with a focus on transforming lives through sustainable programs. I look back in amazement to 1952 at what these 15 women created while Jim Crow was still violently shutting African Americans out of mainstream society. And I am proud to have been able to continue this legacy of service through friendship. We deeply appreciate our sponsors, partners, and members of the community who have supported our efforts over the past 64 years. As an all volunteer organization we dedicated nearly 4000 hours of service to the Sacramento community during the 2015/16 fiscal year. We are hopeful that as we tell our story the community will continue to support the work for which we are so passionate.'

Cassandra Jennings, Board Chair