Link Claudette Winstead Thomas
Potomac (VA) Chapter
Welcome to the website of The Potomac (VA) Chapter, of The Links, Incorporated!
The Potomac (VA) Chapter proudly embraces and celebrates over 30 Years of Service of dedicated and highly accomplished women – Linked in Friendship and Connected in Service.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 283 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. See www.linksinc.org.
The Potomac Chapter of the Links Inc. was chartered in 1984 and currently has 75 members who live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area including neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia. Through friendship and service the Potomac Chapter engages and empowers our membership and the DC Metropolitan Community we serve with transformative programming in furtherance of our organizational commitment. Our commitment is realized through our Five Facets: Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, Health and Human Services, International Trends and Services and The Arts. These Facets symbolize the blueprint used to influence the Community we serve. Some of our community based initiatives, in furtherance of our commitment, include but are not limited to:
• Conducting educational and cultural enrichment programs & celebrations for children attending Cardozo Educational Campus, a combined middle school and high school in Northwest DC, • Promoting healthy dietary habits and exercise to address the obesity epidemic for Cardozo Educational Campus and community; • Presenting seminars and workshops that address women’s heart health, as heart disease is the leading cause of death for African-American women; • Promoting “Pumps on the Hill”, —The Link’s National Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, which provides information to our community on Legislator access and discuss issues affecting our communities with Legislators; • Increasing literacy and promoting reading among disadvantaged youth within Cardozo Educational Campus and our DC community at large; • Conducting activities to increase self-esteem, employment stability, and quality of life for the homeless and under-privileged at Cardozo Educational Campus and within our DC community at large; and • Providing scholarships to deserving Washington, DC metropolitan area high school students pursuing a college education.
We encourage you to explore our site and learn more about the Potomac (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated!