President's Welcome Message

President's
Welcome Message

Palos Verdes Chapter, The Links, Inc. 2019-2021 President, Julia Matthews

Julia Matthews-Manor, Ph.D.

2019 – 2021 President
Palos Verdes (CA) Chapter
The Links, Incorporated

Greetings on behalf of the Palos Verdes Chapter of The Links, Incorporated!

Founded in 1982, The Palos Verdes Chapter promotes civic, intercultural, and social enrichment for humanity. We are a diverse group of women with expertise in business, law, medicine, education, entrepreneurship, and community leadership. As you navigate our website, you will see our desire is to assist individuals in need as they work to improve their lives and create positive change that transcends race, health, education and socio-economic disparities. We are purposefully committed to enrich and sustain the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Five (5) national facets define our focus and programming structure for setting goals. They are: The Arts, Health & Human Services, National Trends & Services, International Trends & Services, and Services to Youth.

In collaboration with community partners, we’ve made significant local and global impact expending over $500K on service projects, $525K in college scholarships and over 2,000 volunteer hours annually on the following initiatives:

Scholarships: We provide over $20,000 in scholarships annually to college bound high school seniors from the Los Angeles and South Bay Areas. These competitive scholarships are based on academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, financial need and recommendations. Our efforts support educational advancement of deserving yet financially less privileged students.

Links to Art: Our award-winning program brings The Arts to elementary school children in Los Angeles at the Watts Learning Center (95% Free/Reduced Lunch population). We partner with the Palos Verdes Art Center to deliver hands-on art instruction. This program nurtures creativity, raises self-esteem, and stimulates intellectual growth. Our efforts decrease the “art equity gap” in underserved communities through free arts education in the classroom and field trips “designed to expand cultural interest ,like trips to the Los Angeles Opera.

Little Brown Girls Read Book Club: Our book club is a Saturday enrichment program for 4th and 5th grade girls at Watts Learning Center. Reading comprehension, problem-solving skills, friendship building, and self-confidence are enhanced through group discussions and activities. Nutritional snacks are served promoting healthy food choices. Our efforts increase literacy and spark a love for books among girls of color.

Homelessness Outreach: We collaborate with SRO Housing Corporation (Skid Row and the greater Los Angeles Area) and Harbor Interfaith Services (San Pedro, CA)—both non-profit, public benefit organizations that provide housing and support services to low-income and homeless individuals. We provide health fairs, flu clinics, educational workshops, hygiene bags, housing essentials, and Christmas gifts to the people experiencing homelessness and individuals in transition including Veterans and women with children. Our efforts improve the quality of life for the homeless working to rebuild their lives.

Links to the Border: We partner with Christ United Methodist Ministry Center (CUMMC) San Diego, CA and Ambassadors for Christ (AFJC) Ministry Tijuana, MX to provide food, shelter, and basic necessities to immigrants legally crossing the US/MX border, and those awaiting legal entry. Our efforts inspire hope for immigrants striving for a better future in the USA.

Legacy Luncheon: Our bi-annual event hosts hundreds and raises funds to support our service project initiatives. We are grateful for corporate sponsors and community partners whose generous support enables us to deliver impactful community service programming.

The Palos Verdes Chapter of The Links, Incorporated diligently works together on the aforementioned programs directly impacting lives in the communities we serve as we carry out our national mission of Friends Transforming Communities Through Service! Thank you for visiting our website.

Friends Transforming Communities Through Service!