The Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was charter as the 189th chapter of The Links, Incorporated on May 12, 1984 and has provided services to the Elgin/Northwest Chicago Suburban communities for over 35 years.
In the early 1980's, 15 women from the Northwest Chicago subrubs met to discuss promoting civic and social consiousness among African Americans. As Black women living in a predominately white area, they witnessed goverment programs directed to minority communities being systematically decreased or eliminated. They knew that they had to polarize their efforts to make a difference. "Chains That Bind" was born with Doris Bundy Noble as the organizer. To support their iniatives, they held their first "Day at the Races" fundraiser on July 24, 1982.
The Links, Incorporated encouraged their efforts and on May 12, 1984 wiith 22 members, they became the Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. "Basket of the Month" was the first service project and was initatied to supplement the food purchasing power of a needy local family.
The Chains That Bind presented their first scholarship in 1983 and under the Services to Youth facet, continued this tradtions by annually awarding scholarships to high schools seniors in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
First Chapter OfficersDoris Bundy Noble, President
Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Vice PresidentNona Jones, Recording Secretary
Maribelle B. Byrum, Corresponding SecretaryRuby L. Bond, Treasurer
Deidre Clark Bordelon, ParliamentarianDarlene L. Williams, Historian