International Trends and Services Facet:

     Consuella Hopkins, Chair

     Virginia Calvin

     Tina Patton

     Imogene Harris

     Myrtle Wilson

International Trends and Services Tea

Honoring International Women's Day

International Trends and Services

The International Trends and Services facet provides services and delivers transformational programs to people of African ancestry globally so that they may have a better quality of life. Programs are designed and developed to service the educational, health, and cultural needs of our global community…

The Arts - Mask Painting at the YWCA

National Trends and Services

The National Trends and Services facet addresses the social inequities that persist in black communities throughout the United States. The Links, Incorporated is committed to raising awareness on economic, health, social justice, and other barriers that affect our quality of life. Our goal is to eliminate disparities in these areas for the betterment of our communities.

The Arts

The goal of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity throughout black communities. The Links, Incorporated creates and supports art-related educational opportunities for minority youth as well as presents and supports performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in an array of disciplines. In partnership with museums, symphonies…

Services to Youth

The Links, Incorporated created its first program facet, Services to Youth, to empower black youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive citizens. Through this facet, we implement transformational programs that are responsive to the academic, cultural, career development, and mentoring needs of youth…


Number of scholarships awarded by chapters during 2018-2020 program years


Number of children who received free dental screenings during 2017-2019 program years

Health Care Items for Africa 

Providing Care Baskets at the YWCA

Chapter's High School Mentoring Program


Health and Human Services

The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. The goal of this facet is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health…

South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated


Number of years Classics Through the Ages program has supported students in the classical arts

$1 million+

Economic impact of Links’ service in Jamaica

Dental Screening for Young Children


Average income of people served during 2018-2020 program years


The Links, Incorporated has a long tradition of promoting and engaging in educational, civic and inter-cultural activities that enrich the lives of members of the Black community at large. The cornerstone of our service is our five programming facets — Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. Through our facets, we implement programs and initiatives that address the most critical needs of underserved communities. Annually, we impact the lives of more than 3 million people at home and abroad.

International Trends and Services Facet

Women's Survival Kits for Africa

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During the month of February, the International Trends and Services facet hosted it 1st International Tea honoring International Women's Day. It was held at the Aloft, downtown South Bend, Indiana. The theme was "#Embrace Equity." Dr. Maureen Zibo and Elisheva Salomon-Lerman were guest speakers. The Tea was well-attended with many countries represented.

We are continuing collecting items for the Humanity Women's Survival Kits for Africa. at the end of the year, the items collected will be packed and shipped to Africa. The items being collected are: toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand sanitizer, socks, shampoo, hair conditioner and combs, first aid supplies, new underwear, personal hygiene items, deodorant and perfume. 

We welcome your contributions.