Individual Achievers, Making A Difference

The Columbus (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is comprised of many distinguished women who are individual achievers making a difference in their communities and the world.


“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

Dr. Mae Jemison,
first African-American female astronaut

A Message From Our Chapter President

Dear Friends,

On March 20, 1950, Dr. Alberta Turner, Thelma Smith, Virginia Bailey, Harriet Tyler, Mary Curtis, Alberta Harris, Elsie Foley and Norma Starks were inducted into The Links, Incorporated. This event was the beginning of the Columbus (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

During the more than 66 Years of Service in the Central Ohio community, the Columbus (OH) Chapter has continued its illustrious history of service to the community through five facets – The Arts, International Trends and Services, Health and Human Services, National Trends and Services to Youth. The five facets serve as The Chapter’s roadmap used to transform the community through signature programs including, but not limited to Prelude Scholastic Recognition Program, The Ohio State University Links Scholars Endowment, the Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls Mentorship Program and ParentLinks (in partnership with PACT and Columbus City Schools).

Not only do our members display a commitment to service to the community but also a chapter-wide passion to building long lasting Friendships. Our talented members hail from many industries to include government, finance, healthcare, insurance, public policy, non-profit, religion and education.

Explore our site and The Links, Incorporated National Web Site and learn more about us. While membership to this organization is by invitation only, there are many ways you can support our mission with donations for our programming and community events, including the Semi-Annual Chapter Fundraiser. We thank you for your interest.

Darla Kay Ball
Columbus (OH) Chapter President
The Links, Incorporated

Rich In History

The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women. The Columbus (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been active since 1950

Active Through Service

Through our programs and partnerships we promote activism to help bring about positive change that transcends time, race and socio-economic differences.

Intentional in Our Mission

We are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of all people of African origin through cultural, educational and civic programs.


Active Members


Years Of Service


Community Service Hours

Look Through Our Event Gallery

Our team of accomplished, inspired women are making a positive impact throughout the city of Columbus – See some of our Links in action.

Volunteer Opportunities

We host a number of cultural and civic mentorship programs throughout the year. We would love for you to partner with us as we continue to impact lives in Columbus and abroad.