THE RENAISSANCE (MI) CHAPTER OF THE LINKS, INCORPORATED REACHED A MILESTONE: 25 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE IN SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
Giving More than 1,000,000 Hours of Service in Detroit and SE Michigan
DETROIT, MI (June 3, 2012) — The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and its community service mission were recognized during a celebratory high tea held at the Mayor of Detroit’s Residence on Sunday, June 3. The program, in honor of the Chapter’s 25th Anniversary, celebrates the organization’s award-winning education and health programming, its volunteerism, and twenty-five years of continued service to the community totaling more than 1 million hours of service and commitment.
Renaissance Chapter members, bonded by a chain of friendship and service, are committed to improving the quality of life for others in the community. Each member of the chapter is a volunteer who contributes many hours of involvement in a number of service programs and projects. These volunteer hours represent a contribution by the Renaissance Links of $250,000 per year in charitable efforts in Metro Detroit alone.
Through a shared commitment to the children of Detroit and their success in school, the Renaissance Chapter has partnered with Rotary International and Pro-Literacy Detroit to erase illiteracy and assist nearly 375,000 adults in the city of Detroit who read below a 4th grade reading level . . . or not at all. Programs with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, take Chapter members into Detroit public elementary schools to help teach nutrition and encourage children and their families to live healthier lives. And a recent donation from the Chapter and The Links, Incorporated to Focus HOPE funded a new resource center for career preparation, planning, and education.
“The Kids and Kidneys Program with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan fits well with our Healthy Child Initiative, by providing mechanisms for children to learn and understand food, nutrition, and health alternatives,” said Renaissance Chapter President Wendy T. Lewis. “Our fundraising for area charities and volunteer efforts continue to focus on programs that reach children and impact families across Southeastern Michigan.” The Renaissance Chapter is involved in a number of grass roots programs, including Go Red for Women, Girl Stars!, and the The Sphinx Organization. Adds Lewis, The Renaissance Chapter members believe in “caring for our community.”
The Renaissance Chapter has evolved far beyond its roots as a local organization of 27 charter (original) members who formed the Michigan Innovators Group (M.I.G.) in 1985 with a mission to contribute to the quality of life in the community through concerted group effort. Two years later in 1987, M.I.G. was inducted into The Links, Incorporated and has since been known as The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and remains dedicated to serving the community with its far-reaching, effective, award-winning programs in five (5) integrated areas of commitment and service.
Diane Washington, Public Relations Chair
Wendy Turner Lewis
Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links , Incorporated