Tampa (FL) Chapter Of The Links Inc
The National Trends and Services facet is tasked with eliminating disparities by reducing barriers to resources through advocacy, education, and service. Our chapters are empowered to raise their voices and transform the communities in which they work. 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. Currently, National Trends and Services encompasses the following programs and committees with national partners and sponsors, and serves as a catalyst for change, promoting individual and community empowerment.
Mental Health Awareness
NTS focused on increasing the awareness of mental health this year. We partnered with Mount Olive AME Church, 1902 W. La Salle St. Tampa FL. 33607, for a Mental Health Awareness event featuring Link Dr. Marketa Wills who spoke about the topic of mental health awareness and her new book entitled Understanding Mental Illness. The presentation was well attended and well received. Approximately one third of all people worldwide suffer from mental illness and Link Dr. Wills’ presentation provided an important understandable view of this pervasive condition.
Financial Literacy Presentation to Umbrella Mentoring Students
NTS presented information to our Umbrella mentoring students concerning financial literacy. The presentation was led by Facet co-chair Link Beverely Hartsfield. It was an informative presentation which helped the students understand the importance of budgeting and financial literacy.
COVID-19 Cloth Mask Donation Project Benefiting Dress for Success
Link sisters worked together to sew and purchase cloth masks to benefit the ladies at Dress for Success our national and local partner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that Americans wear basic cloth masks in public to prevent spreading the coronavirus. Links Patsy Greene, Priscilla Howard, and Willa Peterson craftly sewed face masks. Links Julie Sneed, Bianca Taylor Heard and Sonjia Little purchased masks for the worthwhile donation project. Approximately 72 masks were donated.
Census 2020 Project
NTS worked with Census 2020 leaders to secure a presentation about the importance of the Census. Constance Hill, Partnership Specialist Florida, Atlanta Regional Census Center spoke with our chapter during the April 2020 meeting. The presentation coincided with Census Weekend.