During the month of November, the Northern Indiana (IN) Chapter of Links, Incorporated will host its annual service project at multiple locations targeting at-risk veterans. The first of this two-part contribution will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Over 75 boxes of fruits and vegetables, healthy lifestyle kits and other resources will be distributed to at-risk Veterans at the following locations:
1:30 p.m. – NWI Veterans Village (839 Massachusetts St, Gary)
2:30 p.m. – Great Amvets Post #6 (2060 Clark Rd., Gary)
Monday, November 14, 2022
3:00 PM – Veteran Life Changing Services (501 W Ridge Rd., Gary)
The fruits and vegetables distributed were grown locally and provided by Faith Farms and Orchard with funding from the Black KARE initiative. Faith Farms and Orchard is a black-owned and operated food justice organization that provides access to healthy food while educating communities of color about urban gardening as a method to address food insecurity. This partnership was forged under the leadership of Pastor Curtis Whitaker, CEO of Faith Farms.
The Northern Indiana (IN) chapter of Links, Incorporated participates in the National Linkages to Life signature program, which was created to raise awareness of the need for organ, eye, bone marrow and tissue donation , especially in the black community. In honor of this initiative, each at-risk veteran will also receive information on the importance of organ donation, myths about African Americans and organ donation, chronic kidney disease, and the Black Initiative. KARE. Vaccinations against COVID-19 will also be encouraged.
According to Northern Indiana Links chapter president LaVada Taylor, supporting at-risk veterans is both humble and necessary.
“Veterans served our country and often took on roles that put their lives at risk,” Taylor said. “We chose to focus on at-risk veterans as part of our service project to show veterans that we value their service and are there for them as they were for us. »
About the Northern Indiana (IN) Chapter of Links
The Links, Incorporated is an international nonprofit corporation established in 1946. Membership consists of 17,000 professional women of color in 299 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom .