For more than 65 years, The Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been providing an array of services to New York City residents. The chapter focuses specifically on the needs of African-American and Hispanic communities.
  • We provide job training programs, financial literacy, and legal rights services to empower the women at the Urban Women’s Retreat, a safe haven for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
  • Dynamic partnerships with senior community-based organizations which allows us to provide seminars on topics ranging from elder abuse to healthcare issues.
  • We fund a music appreciation program with The Sphnix Organization and the Noel Coward School.
  • We award 5 annual scholarships for college bound students.
  • Collaboration with Girls Who Code and other coding/technology entities to address the growing technology gap.
  • Our reach is international providing resources to support, education, and economically empower a cohort of women in Haiti suffering from loss and abuse.
  • We provide workshops and enrichment opportunities for female students at Independence High School via a partnership with the YWCA.


The Greater New York Chapter is built upon the guiding principles of friendship and service.  Our founder and first Chapter President Dorothy Reed joined with eight other charter members at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem in May, 1949 to establish Greater New York, one of the first Links, Incorporated Chapters in the country and the first of nine in the New York Metropolitan area.  Working together, they forged the foundation of our chapter’s commitment to service provided by good friends.

Over the years we have worked to expand this rich legacy through our impactful community service programs and scholarships for students, including returning students whose studies have been interrupted by challenging life events.  We have remained committed to improving the lives of victims of domestic and family violence while also providing a wide array of award-winning services and educational programs to more than 14,000 senior members of our community.  We are helping teenagers to avoid bullying behavior and to become positively proactive against date rape.  In Haiti, we have commissioned our second multi-year program to assist a new cohort of sexual assault victims to heal and rebuild their lives while learning to become economically self-sufficient.  We have also provided a wide array of additional services and I hope you will visit our five Facets – The Arts, Health and Human Services, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Services to Youth and Scholarships – to learn more about our work.  In order to achieve our service goals, we work with local, national and global partners.


Rhonda Joy McLean

Greater New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated