As the long lazy days of summer rolled in during the last week of June and the first week of July, it was two days of giving back to the community for the Bakersfield (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. According to Olivia Washington, President of the Bakersfield (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Chapter received a donation from the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated. This donation was made possible through the Western Area $60,000 COVID -19 Collective Impact Fund which was established to support programs and services that respond to the critical needs of the communities, families, students, and businesses throughout the Area’s ten states who are severely impacted by COVID-19. 

On Monday, June 29, 2020, the Bakersfield (CA) Chapter donated over 1000 plus pairs of socks, underwear, and face masks to the M Street Navigation Center which is owned by the County of Kern and operated by Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK). Four hundred face masks were previously donated to the Center earlier in June. The supplies were received by Laurie Hughey, Program Coordinator. The Bakersfield (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated selected the M Street Navigation Center- CAPK because of the Homeless Initiative of the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated. According to Bakerfield.Com, in January 2020, 1,580 homeless people were identified in Kern County as being homeless. The vast majority of those counted (i.e. 63.5% – or 1,004 people) were unsheltered, meaning they sleep in parks, empty buildings, and cars, primarily in the metro Bakersfield Area. 

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Bakersfield (CA) Chapter donated personal protective equipment materials (mask, soap, and gloves) to the residents of Saint John Manor, a HUD Senior housing community. The supplies were received by Kaye Davis, Resident Services Coordinator. Saint John Manor was chosen because, in 1978-1979, the Bakersfield Chapter was instrumental with the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in establishing Saint John Manor. 

The Bakersfield (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is all about transforming our community. 

Who are the Links, Incorporated? The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-forprofit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations. We are linked in friendship and connected in service. 

The key programming initiatives of The Links, Incorporated are organized into Facets. Members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service in their respective communities annually through various programs. The Bakersfield (CA) Chapter’s Services to Youth Facet, Arts Facet, Health and Human Services Facet, International Trends and Services Facet, and National Trends and Services Facet spearheaded the purchasing, organizing, and the distribution of the items to the Center and Saint John Manor.  

The award-winning Bakersfield (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been a presence in the Bakersfield community for 40 plus years. The Bakersfield (CA) Chapter was instrumental in hosting the D.A.R.E program, The Links Leadership STEAM Academy Annual Community Awareness Event, and in 2016, the Chapter donated $10,000 to restore the Pinkney House (located at the Kern County Museum). The Bakersfield (CA) Chapter was recently recognized at the National Links, Incorporated 42nd virtual Assembly for Best Practices STEAM Leadership Academy for students in grades 5th- 12th. 

The Bakersfield (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated fundraises to underwrite their programming. If you are interested in donating to the chapter, please go to https://bakersfieldchapterthelinksincorporated.com and click on the donate button. 

For more information, visit http://www.linksinc.org