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
Executive Director: Marilyn Woods
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 285 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 65 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 nearly 4,000 documented hours of community service annually.

The Sacramento Links' transformational 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.

We strive to uplift aspirations and promote cultural and economic survival by encouraging strong values and a dedication to excellence. We devote our volunteer hours to encouraging and empowering youth and their families. We engage students in scholarship, leadership development, male mentorship, ethics, community service and skill development.

Recent Youth & Family programs include:
• ACHIEVERS PROGRAM which has impacted over 400 male youth. This program consists of 16 development sessions with the goal of developing strong values and dedication to excellence among African American young men thereby strengthening the family unit.
• SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM which has awarded over $300,000 for educational pursuits. Scholarship recipients exemplify academic excellence, exhibit leadership potential and make a positive impact within the Sacramento region through service to others.
• EDUCATE A GIRL CHANGE THE WORLD brings awareness to challenges faced by girls at home and abroad in pursing educational opportunities. This program inspires girls to stay in school and strive for excellence.
• CHRISTMAS DINNERS FOR SCHOOL FAMILIES provides wrapped holiday food boxes containing a turkey, fresh fruit, vegetables, deserts, beverages and all the traditional sides to needy school families of 6 to 8 people. These meals help alleviate holiday food challenges; over 100 boxes have been provided in the past 5 years. We engage the family on healthy eating and promote family exercise and community safety during the holiday season. Students participate in art projects and Links Achievers share strategies on being a successful student.
• Support of the Oak Park Youth Little League
• DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES in partnership with Kaiser Permanente brought prominent young African American motivational speakers to Sacramento. Featured speakers Hill Harper and Jeff Johnson educated and inspired over 300 young adults.
• Partnered with Crocker Art Museum in various endeavors to give youth exposure to the arts including appearances by Elizabeth Catlett, Ernie Barnes, Faith Ringgold and others.
• Partnered with UC Davis, local community groups and churches to provide screening, educational workshops and training locally for more that 1,000 individuals to reduce health disparities in heart disease for African Americans.
• Provided Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon with over 1,000 seniors served over the past twenty years.
The Sacramento Links needs your support to continue and expand our transformational programming in Sacramento's underserved communities. Our members volunteer nearly 4,000 hours annually and every dollar you donate will go directly toward program funding. Many of our efforts are targeted at African American youth, who need our support the most. Please review our needs list and consider a contribution to the Sacramento Links.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - $6,500 to support the SACRAMENTO COUNTY BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION AND ENGAGEMENT partnership with Voter's Choice Sacramento aimed at registering first-time voters and targeting communities which have been historically disenfranchised, unengaged and therefore non-voting. Increasing participation among African American youth is a high priority.
  2. Funding: Program - $10,000 to provide SCHOLARSHIPS and recognition 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 - $5,500 to expand enrollment, further develop our mentorship program, workshops and build a strong Alumni Network 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 - $2,000 for "EDUCATE A GIRL CHANGE THE WORLD." The Links' International Trends Facet is entering year-two of empowering young women of color, here and in Haiti, who are at-risk of missing educational opportunities and experiences. This program provides tools to young girls to help develop their own paths to academic success and helps girls abroad achieve similar success.
  5. Funding: Program - $6,500 to underwrite a portion of BUILDING A HEALTHY LEGACY: OUR PRESCRIPTION FOR THE FUTURE. Leveraging the arts to foster healthier lifestyles, this program will engage K-12 students in classical, visual and performing arts programs in collaboration with other local arts organizations. We will target multi-ethnic populations in three of Sacramento's most vulnerable neighborhoods and help to close mental health disparity gaps.
On behalf of the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Incorporated I thank you for the opportunity to tell the story of our 66 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 65 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 66 years. As an all volunteer organization we dedicated nearly 4000 hours of service to the Sacramento community during the 2016/17 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. Sincerely, Cassandra Jennings, Board Chair