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Toni Harp
Chapter President
New Haven (CT) Chapter

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President's Message

Greetings from the New Haven Chapter of the Links Incorporated,

The New Haven Chapter is extremely proud to have the distinction of being the founding chapter of The Links, Incorporated in the State of Connecticut. This year, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary and I am excited to lead our Chapter in serving the Greater New Haven community. As we strive to lead, we recognize that we stand on the shoulders of our Founders, Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, who invited seven of their friends to form what would become, the Links Incorproated in 1946. Their vision of friends working together for the betterment of our community resulted in the creation of a leading international organization recognized throughout the academic, political, social, and corporate sectors. While these women were considered privileged African Americans, they recognized the inequitable opportunities for people of color and consequently, used their influence to directly provide services through programming, philanthropy, and other initiatives. 

Our Chapter aims to fortify these efforts by consistently listening to the communities that we serve to increase our awareness and provide impactful national and international programs to the youth, seniors, and families that we engage. We work to address educational, economic and social inequities with hand-on work in the community, partnerships with like-minded corporate citizens, and outreach to those in positions of influence throughout our country who recognize the need for, and desire to help, the underserved in our community. We are thankful for the support and appreciate the partnerships we have developed to help meet the needs of our community. Through our sisterhood, we continue to build a rich legacy in transforming communities of which we are a part. Our motto, "Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service, informs and guides us.

With a dedicated heart,
Toni Harp, President
The New Haven Chapter

Our National Organization

Who We Are

The Links, Incorporated is one of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations, The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. We are comprised of 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters across the United States, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Each year, members of our organization – business and civic leaders, educators, doctors, lawyers, elected officials, and activists – contribute more than one million documented hours of community service.

"Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service "

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