National Trends and Services
The National Trends and Services facet serves as a catalyst for change, promoting individual and community empowerment and is tasked with eliminating disparities by reducing barriers to resources through advocacy, education, and service. The facet’s goals include increasing the number of sustainable and measurable programs; increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our existing initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need.
Over the past 20 years, we have served people with an average income of $25,000 - $40,000.
The National Trends and Services facet of the San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been responsible for initiating numerous programs for the support and well-being of children, teens, adults and senior citizens. Some of the programs include National Linkage to Life, Health and Wellness which focused on organ and bone marrow donation, annual Thanksgiving Day Food distribution, annual pillow party in which chapter members gather to make pillows for cardiac patients designed to relieve the discomfort associated with cardiac surgery, an annual Senior Citizens Cotillion and Dress for Success workshops, just to name a few. As human sex trafficking presents as a global problem, National Trends and Services has partnered with other Links chapters and community organizations to present forums and book signing events as well as documentaries to address this pressing issue.
In addition to receiving recognition for best practices in umbrella programming at the area level, the National Trends and Services facet has been recognized for its consistent work on issues of National importance. The chapter has been recognized for its efforts at the local level. Over the years it has been awarded by Hands4Hope, a nonprofit after school program, for its years of dedicated service to the organization. Organization of the year was awarded to the chapter in 2007 by Haven Hills for its substantive financial and program support for the agencies work with victims of domestic violence.
In 2018, the local branch of the NAACP honored the chapter by presenting it with the Ralph Bunche Humanitarian Award in recognition of its work toward promoting the scholarly pursuits of young people and fostering service activities in the community throughout its 45 years of existence in the San Fernando Valley.
Furthermore, in 2018, The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was awarded a $300 stipend for conducting Ally Wallet Wise financial education workshops that teaches consumers the basics of budgeting (creating a budget) and credit (applying for credit) our Ally Wallet Wise budget and credit workshop to the community.