The Kensington community is comprised of a variety of community and nonprofit organizations with a mission to make improvements to the community’s social well-being and overall function.

Business Organizations

Kensington Business District Association, (KBDA) is dedicated to providing a forum to exchange ideas and address the challenges facing the 20895 businesses.

Kensington CAN! is a business to community organization. Their mission is to reach out to the greater Kensington community through events and projects, facilitate networking among Kensington businesses, and to help create a vibrant business district.  Kensington CAN! publishes a quarterly newsletter and invites all Kensington businesses to submit news and items of interest to the business community.  Kensington CAN! welcomes all Kensington businesses and friends to join them every third Tuesday of the month at 8:45am at Car Wash Coffee.

  • Founded in 2016
  • Contact:
    • Philip Kirlew – SERVRPO of Wheaton/Kensington
    • Richard See – Urban Thrift
    • Anne Stone – Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts
    • Elisenda Sola-Sole – Kensington Row Bookshop
    • Katerina V Georgallas – MASTIHA Artisan Greek Bakery
    • Martina Sestakova – Radost by Martina Sestakova
    • Denise Sharpe – Sweet Hairafter
  • Email: KensingtonCAN@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/KensingtonCAN

Old Town Kensington Merchants Association (OTKMA) is a dues-funded organization dedicated to marketing the many shops featuring antique and vintage wares on Kensington’s famous Antique Row. Through a website, Facebook page, online and extensive print advertising, OTKMA promotes the shops and fine member restaurants of this unique destination

Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce promotes the prosperity and attractiveness of the greater Wheaton-Kensington business community by representing its need to citizens, government, and business organizations. It advances economic development efforts and works with all sectors of the community to achieve common goals. The WK Chamber provides member networking, marketing and sponsorship opportunities through monthly mixers, Happy Hours, and advertising in Chamber publications. The Chamber also hosts an Annual Awards Program to recognize outstanding business leaders, public servants, community and education leaders, and deserving students who make significant contributions to the community.

Nonprofit Organizations

The Friends of Warner Circle is a group of local residents who work together to promote the beneficial future use, good stewardship, and public enjoyment of Warner Circle Special Park, including Warner Mansion and its carriage house.

International Eye Foundation’s mission is to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness by making quality sustainable eye care services accessible and affordable worldwide.

Jubilee Association of Maryland, Inc. provides quality residential support to adults with developmental disabilities in Montgomery County, MD. They encourage individuals to live a meaningful life by offering a variety of activities and opportunities.

Kensington Historical Society has been an active member of this community.  KHS is dedicated to safeguarding the Town’s heritage by preserving a record of its culture and architecture, promoting the preservation of its small town character, and cultivating a sense of community among its citizens.

Kensington Park Friends of the Library was established to support a public library that meets our community’s needs. Member dues and donations provide support and materials for the library.

Kensington Volunteer Fire Department consists of Station 5: 10620 Connecticut Ave. Kensington; Station 18: 12210 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring; Station 21: 12500 Veirs Mill Rd. Rockville; and Station 25: 14401 Connecticut Ave. Silver Spring

Look Again® Resale Shop in Kensington collects donations for resell. All store proceeds go toward making the Prevention of Blindness Society’s vision programs in the community a reality. The Prevention of Blindness Society is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation.

Noyes Library Foundation’s mission is to raise funds, enhance early literacy programs, and inspire community engagement so that all children can discover the wonder of books through the Noyes Children’s Library. The Foundation is currently leading the Make More Noyes Renovation Campaign for a universally accessible and creatively expanded Noyes.

Parent Encouragement Program (PEP)offers parenting classes and resources that parents need to raise capable and responsible children. The classes are highly-regarded and in-depth for parents of toddlers through teenagers. PEP is all about educating parents and caregivers, giving them the knowledge and the skills to raise more cooperative, respectful and responsible children.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Hunger Ministry is all about feeding people in body and spirit. They serve individuals and families living in the 20895 ZIP code by providing a hot meal and essential groceries each month.

Spirit Club Foundation’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to have greater access to health and fitness programs. The Foundation provides scholarships to people of low income with disabilities to participate in exercise and fitness programs.

Urban Thrift in Kensington sells donated goods at their retail location and passes along all income to support The Arc. The Arc Montgomery County supports children, youth, adults, seniors and families affected by disabilities like autism and Down syndrome, by providing child care, work skills training, employment, community living services, resources, respite care and advocacy.

Villages of Kensington (VoK) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of neighbors helping neighbors. They formalize, expand and enhance the neighborly assistance already in place in some Kensington locations, working in partnership with existing services. VoK supports the intergenerational quality-of-life needs of all residents in Greater Kensington, including for seniors who want to remain in their homes as long as possible.

Social Nonprofit Organization

KTown Ladies Guild, Ltd.’s mission is to improve the lives of Kensington residents through social interaction, neighborhood sharing, and community support. The Ktown Ladies Guild holds monthly events for women in and around Kensington, including Wine Down Wednesdays at homes and restaurants, Sip and Shop events at businesses, and other events of interest to the group, such as hosting local authors and speakers from community organizations.

The Woman’s Club of Kensington is a woman’s organization whose goal is to enhance the community of Kensington through connections among its residents, to inform its members through speakers and field trips, and to support those in need in the community through benevolent activities and fundraising. The Woman’s Club of Kensington (WCK) holds monthly meetings, frequently with a speaker, and occasional visits to museums, historical sites, entertainment venues, etc.   Annually, WCK selects the charitable organization(s) to support through donations and fund raising activities.