New York, NY -- The Greater New York Chapter, The Links, Inc., joined 1,000 participants in the inMotion Story-by-Story race to climb 43 stories of the 245 Park Avenue skyscraper to raise funding to cover free legal services for victims of Domestic Violence. The event raised over $600,000. dollars. The Greater New York Chapter of the Links “ Links to Empowerment Team” doubled their fundraising goal to raise $15,663. dollars in contributions. This is the fourth year of the Story-by-Story stair climb and the donations have continued to increase annually. (See photo).
The Links To Empowerment team for the inMotion stair climb lead by Link Co-Chairs Charlita Cardwell and Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, included Greater New York Link Chapter members, several spouses and the staff and victims from the UWR shelter that houses and protects victims from the Upper Manhattan, Harlem, and Washington Heights areas. Over 27 Links and UWR representatives’ participated in the 43-story stair climb. Climbers also included virtual walkers who could not physically make the climb.
The GNY Chapter National Trends and Services committee has dedicated its time and resources under the Chapter’s umbrella program to address the issue of Domestic Violence as part of the local community service programs provided by the Links. Domestic Violence has escalated over the years and is disproportionately affecting women of color and their children. Chairs of the National Trends committee are Links Linda Zango-Haley and C. Virginia Fields.
InMotion offers help and hope to thousands of women in the New York area who cannot work because they do not have an order of protection to prevent an abusive partner from stalking them or they worry about how to feed and clothe their children due to the lack of child support they deserve. The referrals also include victims without housing and essentially life’s basic necessities. InMotion provides help and free legal services, referrals and counseling.
Greater New York Chapter president, Gerri Warren – Merrick confirmed “Links in the Greater New York Chapter are dedicated to helping victims and their families affected by Domestic Violence. We are pleased to have raised a significant contribution to support the role inMotion plays in providing legal aid for this cause. “
The Links, Incorporated is a volunteer service organization of over 11,000 concerned, committed, and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of life in the larger community. The organization is concerned primarily with enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent. The Links, Incorporated focuses on education, cultural enrichment, health and wellness and civic involvement. This focus is implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and international programs.