Denise Turner Gootzeit
National Trends and Services
Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated National Trends and Services (NTS) Facet works with national partners and sponsors, and serves as a catalyst for change, promoting individual and community empowerment.
National Trends and Services (NTS) Facet is tasked with eliminating disparities by reducing barriers to resources through advocacy, education, and service. The NTS Facet’s goals are delivering sustainable and measurable programs; increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our national initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need.
Programs the NTS Facet currently operates in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties include fighting hunger in partnership with Feeding Westchester. Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter has collected and donated nearly $5,000 in cash donations and nearly a ton of canned, boxed and dried food items to provide more than 15,000 meals to families in surrounding communities. In partnership with Colgate Palmolive, United Way of Westchester and Putnam County, and nonprofit community-based organizations, NTS Facet Share the Warm Program provides personal hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and warm weather clothing including socks, hats and gloves to seniors, families, children experiencing financial hardship and homeless youth. Since 2017, more than 6,000 care packages have been distributed to the community.
Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter was recognized by The Links, Incorporated national leadership for kicking off our national collaboration with Dress For Success. Every year, the NTS Facet hosts creative mentoring sessions through virtual vision board workshops with chapter members focused on aspiration and action. To date, more than 100 women from 17 states and 2 international locations participated in interview coaching, resume writing and envisioning their future with positive affirmations.
Community service and engagement provides a foundation for youth to become adult community leaders. The Youth Community Service Leadership Award was established to recognize committed youth volunteers who are leading the way to create lasting change in their community in numerous areas. Nominations are submitted by community partners for youth in grades 9th – 12th grades. The NTS Facet has acknowledged outstanding youth leaders and awarded cash gifts each year.