Erie County Links Community Service Projects

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Erie County Links honor African American Female Firefighters

Honoring Fire fighters Honoring Fire fighters

African American Veterans of WNY

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Veteran Tribute Military History Veteran Names


Our Centenarians, Men of Bronze etc


Our Centenarians Men of Bronze

Voter Registration Drive

Community Voter Registration
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Warmers for the Season

The Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, sponsored their annual “Warmers” for the Season project designed for elementary students in the Buffalo area. Each year during the month of February, a school is selected to receive these gifts. The month of February is chosen to help with replenishing lost items and to issue new items for those in need. The items were displayed in a manner similar to a department store display. The students were allowed to shop and select items of their choice. The surprised looks on their faces when they entered the room and the joy heard in their voices reinforced our goal which was to extend services to those in need.

The current school principal, Tonja Williams acknowledged The Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, for making a huge impact in the community by helping children keep warm in sub-zero temperatures. The children and the administrative staff are extremely grateful, as the school has a 98% poverty rate. This generous donation was able to benefit many of the children in the school. The project is sponsored by the National Trends and Service Facet.

Warmers for the season group photo

Right to left : Links: Patricia Baxter, Cullie Brown (Chairperson), Tonja Williams (Principal), Links Carolyn Allen, Joyce Harrington (Chapter President) and Albert Baxter, Sr., Connecting Link and a host of 4th grade students - Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School (formerly School 37)


Warmers for the season group photo

“I am going to keep these ear muffs for the rest of my life”


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The Heart Matters

Under the umbrella program of The Erie County (NY) Chapter the Health and Human Services and National Trends Facets carried out the heart association CPR program for students and parents of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Westminister Charter School. Students and parents experienced the POWER of The Heart Matters! Pre-testing, demonstrations, educational films and hands-on practice in CPR followed by post testing were conducted by AHA and nurses from VA hospital. Certificates of participation were presented to students by Links Mattie Rhodes and Joyce Harrintong, Chapter President.

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An Evening with Legends

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On Saturday afternoon, March 21, 2015 the Erie County Chapter of the Links Incorporated and The Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora observed Women's History Month at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

"Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" this year's national theme provided a unique opportunity to capture stories individually and collectively of women's lives. The extraordinary stories of Daisy Estelle Anderson, Lois Dabney, Estelle S. Conway, Viola Hill, Velma Holt, Lillian Hundley, Willie Mae Johnson, Margaret Martin, Neola McGuire, Ulrica Mesiah, Clyde Murphy, Eva Noles, and Garnet Wallace - nonagenarians, who have celebrated nine decades of life ranging from 90 – 98. Theyrecounted stories of their lives and their ancestors' lives, witnessed accounts of the leadership of sixteen presidents of the United States of America including President Obama ( First African American President) that underscores the struggles of their people in bondage, post war struggles and action for freedom to secure their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity.

This historical moment was celebrated with friends and family members as they enjoyed an elegant evening of entertainment. The program began with the occasion given by Eunice D Jackson, immediate Vice President of the Erie County Chapter and co-chair person of the event. She quoted a few lines from Langston Hughes " The Negro Mother" and stated that these women embodied these words. She saluted them as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and even widows. She added that they had struggled and with the help of God have survived. She further indicated that they have contributed to their families, churches, and the community. "Life for them ain't been no crystal stair." She added that they are in essence "phenomenal women".a musical tribute featuring accomplished concert violinist Amirah (Ami) Muhammad. Vocalist Phobie Davis serenaded the honorees with a medley of songs including "Yes, God is Real" one of Mahalia Jackson's spirituals."Legends of the Empire" an original poem by Sharon R. Amos, PhD, President of The Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora, captured their lives underscoring not only their struggles but ignited their memories of the past as legends on the move, of dreams renewed, Legends' sharpening of tools

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Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Inc., Supports Dress For Success

Dress for Success

Patricia E. Baxter (The Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated)
and Theresa McDonald (Volunteer, Dress For Success Buffalo) 

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 a van filled to capacity with business-like attire and shoes donated by members of The Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was presented to the Dress For Success Buffalo staff. The initiative supports the ongoing efforts of this non-profit organization and the overall mission of The Links, Incorporated, on a national level. Locally, the Chapter (National Trends and Services Facet, Women's Issues) will continue to support the various projects sponsored by Dress for Success Buffalo. The Chapter's support will help to embrace the Program's efforts to effectively transform the lives of women within the WNY area. The Links has partnered with the Women's Veterans Program and the Minority Veterans Program Committee at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, NY, to identify female Veterans for referrals. Project Lead: Jaqueline Stover–Stitts . Chapter President, Joyce Harrington.

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Erie County Chapter helps Make Dream of Terminal Patient Come True

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 Erie County Chapter members, family, friends and supporters, witnessed the vow exchange of Albert J. Lewis and Dorothy A. Lissmore held at the VAWNY Healthcare System, Buffalo, NY. Joining their lives as one was a dream fulfilled for the couple after 17 years and knowing that the groom's life was shortened due to a terminal illness.

Three days before the wedding, Link Fern E. Beavers, an advanced practice nurse, had an opportunity to meet the bride to be, to discuss her wedding plans. Fern and Dorothy created a wish list. Some of the items identified included a wedding gown, shoes, bridal veil, bouquet, champagne glasses, apple juice to fill the champagne glasses, cake and cake cutter, decorations, music and food. She also needed bridesmaids. Without hesitating Fern told Dorothy she would be honored to be her bridesmaid adding that her Link Sister, Gladys Diji, would serve as her other bridesmaid. Fern immediately contacted chapter president, Joyce Harrington and shared Dorothy's story.

The chapter provided the wedding gown, food and supplies for the toast. The compassion and generosity shown by the chapter can best be described by a quote from…Winston Churchill – We make a living not by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

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Photos from our Community projects

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Unveiling of Entertainer Gregory Hines Forever Stamp

The Links, Incorporated – Erie County (NY) Chapter partnered with the U.S. Postal Service and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts , Tuesday, February 5, 2019 as the community gathered to witness the unveiling of the 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series. The 42nd stamp honors the legacy of entertainer Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines’ unique talents as a jazz tap dancer, singer, actor, musician and “creator of improvised tap choreography”, was reenacted by the students of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts as they presented a stellar performance which included music, singing and dance.

Agnes Fletcher, The Arts Facet Chair commended the partners for such an inaugural Black History Month Program –“ the celebration reinforced the goal of The Links, Incorporated which is to produce and support programs to enrich the quality of life of our youth and communities through educational, engaging arts integration and sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community”.

A special thanks to The U.S. Postal Service Staff : Jean Lovejoy – WNY District Manager - Terry Morrow – WNY Sr Plant Manager - Rhonda Spates-Benton – Buffalo Plant Manager - Roselle Murelle – Postmaster City of Buffalo

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Unveiling of Entertainer Gregory Hines Forever Stamp  Unveiling of Entertainer Gregory Hines Forever Stamp


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