The Links, Incorporated is a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Its legacy of friendship and service, which was first established by two friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, has evolved into a premier international service organization with more than 14,000 members in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The Archway (MO) Chapter was chartered in 1993 with 21 members. Presently under the leadership of Susan E. Buford and with a membership of 52 concerned and dedicated women, the Archway (MO) Chapter continues its commitment as an organization dedicated to educational, civic and intercultural activities.
By way of its five program facets Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The Archway (MO) Chapter provides service to the St. Louis Metropolitan community. Through these facets, the chapter has been most successful in its efforts to address issues and concerns that impact the quality of life of its members and the community.
The Archway (MO) Chapter has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for its excellent programming. During The Links, Incorporated 2015 Central Area Conference, the chapter won the Second Place award for Umbrella Programming bringing home a $1,500 prize. During that same conference the chapter received a $500 for supporting The Links, Incorporated’s collaboration with AARP and it’s BECAUSE WE CARE Initiative, a forum addressing the impact of caregiving on African-American women and their families.
In addition to its programs, Archway (MO) Chapter awards Community Service Scholarships to deserving college bound high school graduates. In 2016, the chapter presented $5,425 in scholarship checks to seven students for their first year attending a four year college or university.
Continuing to find ways to enhance the community, the Archway (MO) Chapter is a mainstay in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.