Western Area Director, Constance Fitzpatrick Smith will lead a Western Area group of 14 as the Links, Incorporated national organization embarks on its tour of Liberia and Ghana. Among this elite group of Links are two local Altadena residents and members of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Inc. — Link Lisa Camille Grant and Link Dorothy Hays. Link Grant, Chairperson of the chapters' International Trends facet, and Link Hays, Co-Director of the National International Trends facet, are excited about this opportunity stating, "We are very honored to be a part of The Links commitment to serving the international community by supporting schools in Liberia and the women and children in Haiti."
The excursion-limited to 50 participants will include Links, Incorporated National President, Margot James Copeland, National Vice-President, Glenda Newell-Harris-Alameda and other Links, Incorporated officers and members. This tour will broaden the organizations' International Trends and Services platform of serving the educational, health, and cultural needs of people of African descent. Highlights of the excursion include the dedication of The Links School for the Blind in Monrovia, and visits to the Ann Sandell School in Paynesville which was adopted by The Links, Incorporated, and the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) University in Central Monrovia.
During the trip to Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female elected head of state in modern Africa, will be inducted as an Honorary Member of The Links. She welcomes life-saving projects such as the Links Maternal Waiting Home, stating that Liberia's high rate of maternal mortality is partly due to the long distances women must travel to reach clinics. The Links, Incorporated will help close that gap by opening its maternity waiting home near these facilities. While in Ghana, the Links contingency will dedicate the Links Maternal Waiting Home .
Locally, the Links Inc. is a recognized leader in serving the Pasadena and Altadena communities with programs focused on cultural, educational and civic affairs. Chartered in 1963, The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Inc. has served the community for 50 years, through a wide range of programs ranging from Links Up For Success a widely acclaimed mentoring program for high school girls, to the Isaac McClelland Memorial Scholarship Program an academic achievement scholarship program for high school seniors. This year the chapter celebrates 50 years of serving the local area in friendship and service.
[The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 12,000 professional women of color in 276 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.]