The Channel Islands Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was charted in 1982 and serves Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The Chapter is committed to empowering our members so that we can effectively empower the communities in which we serve. We strive to eliminate disparities so as to reduce barriers to services through leadership, education, and service.
About the Channel Islands (CA) Chapter
The Channel Islands (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated continues to be a premier nonprofit organization in Ventura County, California. Our Chapter is composed of progressive, talented women who have the common goal of enhancing the quality of life in our communities with an increased emphasis on empowering our youth. The chapter was chartered in June 1982 by Louise Finch and Marilyn Ucok, and celebrates 40 years of service to the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. This chapter is one of many across the United States structured to implement programs within our organization’s five facets: (1) National Trends and Services (2) International Trends and Services (3) The Arts (4) Services to Youth (5) Health and Human Services.
Local Community Events
2020-2021 Arts Facets
“Highlighting African American Artists and Activists: Celebrating Historical Figures through the Lenses of Our Children” via two separate Zoom professional development sessions. Fifteen educators from several Ventura County school districts were the target audiences. On January 28, 2020, Link Michele R. Dean, Ed.D., presented a 90-minute after school “Contemporary Black Ballerinas” professional development session with three fifth grade teachers at Juan Lagunas Soria Elementary School in the Oxnard School District in Ventura County, California. In addition to Link Dean, Link Debra Bagley, Link Charlotte Gullap-Moore, and Link Doris Wells were in also attendance.
Walk for Healthy Living
“Walk For Healthy Living” is designed to encourage Links members, their families, and the communities we serve to improve their health by walking more. Physical activity is an integral part of a long-term overall health strategy. CIL supported this initiative by sponsoring a Links Walk-a-Thon in our communities on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Participants were encouraged to take time out on that date to walk somewhere in your own environment where participants could safely maintain social distancing and wear masks. HeartLinks encourages Links members and the communities we serve to take an aggressive stance against heart disease, the number one killer of African-American women.
Donation of Face Coverings
The Channel Islands Chapter delivered over 60 handmade and disposable face coverings to The Mercy House Homeless Shelter in Oxnard. The Channel Islands Chapter is in the County of Ventura which is the first county in the State of California to be given the approval of rapid reopening by Governor Gavin Newsom. Face coverings are still required in majority of areas. The Mercy House homeless shelter has been in operation for almost 2 years.