Welcome to the website of The Crown Jewels (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 15,000 professional women of color in 285 chapters located in 41 states. the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Links members contribute more than 950,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation.
The Crown Jewels (NC) Chapter was founded in 1993 becoming part of the rich legacy of The Links, Incorporated. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2018. For twenty-five years we have been building on the twin pillars of friendship and service that define our organization and making a positive impact to the communities where we live and work. Our programming initiatives align with the national focus areas of Services to Youth, Health and Human Services, National Trends and Services, the Arts, and International Trends and Services. Chapter members contribute over 3000 hours of community service annually.
Our 2016-18 accomplishments include: a commitment to award $20,000 in scholarships annually; a thriving partnership with Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology which features a junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers named in honor of the Crown Jewels; establishment of a Classics Through the Ages partnership focused on vocal performance with West Charlotte High School; sponsorship of the Colgate Dental Van helping to increase awareness of children’s dental health in underserved communities; hosting a public forum to increase awareness of human trafficking; support of Johnson C. Smith University through a variety of student-focused activities; and financial contributions to the American Cancer Society and Komen Charlotte that exceed our fundraising goals. We are pleased to have been recognized at the 2017 Southern Area Conference of The Links, Incorporated for best practices in two categories of our programming.
In 2004, our Chapter initiated a signature fundraising event, “The Crown Jewels Mardi Gras” which is held annually during Mardi Gras season. Now in its 14th year, proceeds from the event fuel our chapter’s ability to make a difference through our education, civic, and cultural community-based initiatives and scholarship programs.
It is our pleasure to share with you who we are and what we do to enhance and strengthen our communities. Thank you for your support and interest.
Sharon Hoskin Matthews, Chapter President
The Crown Jewels Chapter of the Links, Incorporated