A small but active group of Dover women started their year of community service showing some love for the community on Valentine’s Day.
As the local chapter of Links Inc. prepares to celebrate 30 years of service in 2016, the group held its annual “Chocolate Hour.” This year’s theme was “Building a Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future.” About 200 guests attended the free event at The Modern Maturity Center in Dover.
“The ‘Chocolate Hour’ is an expression of love through the arts,” said Clealyn B. Wilson, chapter vice president and event chairperson. “There is a showcase of artistic talents of blacks in the community, refreshments, and lots of chocolate.”
Links serves the community through projects and events focusing on five facets: service to youth, the arts, national trends and services, international trends and services, and health and human services. The local chapter has 16 active members and 13 alumna members.
“We are vital because we provide support to the community in the form of arts programs and mentoring for the youth, which is definitely needed,” President Blanche Jackson said after the Chocolate Hour.
Past activities show the group’s commitment to helping community. The chapter has held Professional Day, when residents share information about careers with area students. They have collected books for schools and libraries.
Last fall the chapter organized a “Men of Distinction” banquet where the women honored men who mirrored the five facets of service.
The group has several initiatives focused on helping military service members and families. The chapter has donated to the Fisher House at the Dover Air Force Base, which provides housing for families whose loved ones are killed in the line of duty. They also offer support to Home of the Brave, which provides transitional housing for women veterans in Milford as they get acclimated after military service.
Jackson said the chapter plans a mentoring program for high school students in the fall and another project with an international focus.
“Next, we plan to participate in an international project called ‘Linking with Haiti,’” Jackson said. “It’s a program where we would provide women’s survival kits.”