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The Links Incorporated and Habitat for Humanity join together to help make affordable housing possible

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Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford; Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, President of The Links, Inc. and Mayor Shirley Franklin celebrate Habitat’s new program partnership “Homes without Borders” with The Links, Inc.

ATLANTA (Aug. 28, 2009) – During the Annual Governance Meeting of The Links Incorporated, Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, and The Links Incorporated national President Dr. Gwendolyn Lee will participate in a joint announcement of a partnership between the two organizations.

The Links Incorporated and Habitat for Humanity International will work together to assist those living without decent and affordable shelter in the United States and certain regions in Africa and the Caribbean.

The three-year program partnership called “Homes without Borders” will set the groundwork for Habitat for Humanity affiliates and chapters of The Links Incorporated to work together. Chapters of The Links Incorporated will volunteer, raise awareness about the need for affordable housing and provide resources including direct financial support.

“We are grateful to The Links Incorporated for their commitment to work with Habitat for Humanity to make affordable housing possible for more families,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The support of The Links Incorporated national office and local chapters will help to improve communities.”

“Members of The Links Incorporated contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually to strengthen their communities and enhance the nation,” said National President Dr. Gwendolyn Lee. “By joining with Habitat for Humanity, we continue to make the name ‘Links’ synonymous with not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.”

Other partnership efforts undertaken by The Links Incorporated have included working with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer and with the Heart Truth national campaign to increase women’s awareness of heart disease and its dangers. They also partner with the National Cares Mentoring Movement to address the critical issues that prevent youth from reaching their full potential.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .

About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is an international, women’s nonprofit, social welfare and service organization of over 12,000 members in 270 chapters across the United States and the Bahamas. It was founded in 1946. Since its inception, the organization’s members have been developing and implementing programs that target issues affecting its members and communities. Community service has been the cornerstone of the organization’s outreach with members contributing more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually. For the past 60 years, The Links, Incorporated has been internationally known for its programs that are focused on topics such as health, economics and education, youth and policy efforts. Please visit http://www.linksinc.org.