About us

Chapter History

The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, stands on the shoulders of our founding members and the dedicated women who have served tirelessly since our national organization was founded in 1946 on the principles of friendship and service. These values remain the most treasured legacy of The Links, Incorporated, headquartered in Washington, DC.

The Renaissance Chapter was founded in Metro Detroit in 1987. Each member, an inspired and inspiring leader in her own right, is a volunteer who contributes many hours of involvement in a variety of service programs and projects, representing upwards of $250,000 per year in charitable efforts in the Metro Detroit Area alone.

Renaissance Chapter members believe in “caring for our community.” The chapter has evolved far beyond it roots as a local organization of 27 original charter 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, M.I.G. was inducted into The Links, Incorporated and has since been known as The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. We remain dedicated to serving the community with our far-reaching, effective, award-winning programs in five (5) integrated areas of commitment and service.

Background

Over the last 25 years, our chapter has been able to make a significant impact in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Highlights include the following:

  • Invested more than $100,000 to create a state of the art computer lab for Courtis/Noble Schools, Detroit Public Schools;
  • Committed nearly $250,000 to develop a Black Inventors and Scientists exhibit and programming at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History, Detroit. Sponsored for several years workshops for aspiring poets in public schools at the middle and high school levels;
  • Coordinated for two years a Saturday enrichment program for elementary school children and their parents to improve academic skills and provide exposure to the arts, health and culture.
Future Focus

Over the next 3-5 years the Links, Renaissance Chapter will be focused on having impact on the following areas in Metropolitan Detroit:

  • Adult Literacy through expansion of the volunteer literacy coaches by 1,750 which will reduce literacy by more than 1%
  • Accessibility for underserved children to arts and culture i.e., music, literature, visual arts and other media
  • Mentoring programs for Detroit youth
  • Health education for the uninsured and underinsured and high risk populations

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