Villages of Kensington

Dinner and Show to Celebrate Villages of Kensington, Saturday, October 29, 2016

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington

Dear Neighbors:

Please also see flyer….invite-to-villages-of-kensington-day

Come and join us for an evening of fun: Dinner and a Show to celebrate Villages of Kensington Day on October 29th. Everyone welcome!

Where? Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, All-Purpose Room, 4710 Saul Road

(Park in lower-level parking lot on Franklin Street)

Dinner: 5-7 p.m. Food and Drink provided by Villages of Kensington (VoK) volunteers and Board members

Show: 7-8 p.m. Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Performed by Mini-Musicals on the Move

–You’ll be invited to sing along with the cast!

–Tickets are free and available onsite.

Donations: Will be accepted at the door (we’d suggest $20 per adult)

This money will be used to

–Support services to Kensington residents who join our Village

–Reach out to people who would benefit from our services

–Keep our membership fees low

FUNDRAISING MATCH: All donations on or for VoK Day will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to the first $800, thanks to the generosity of the VoK Board of Directors.

Click on DONATIONS on our website or send a check made out to Villages of Kensington, P.O. Box 118, Kensington, MD 20895. Call us at 301-509-0191 if you have any questions.

(N.B. Villages of Kensington is a 501©3 nonprofit organization; your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.)

Looking forward to seeing you on the 29th.




By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington

Dear Neighbors:

The Villages of Kensington (VoK) is having an OPEN HO– USE and you’re invited!
The mission of VoK is to build a supportive, diverse and intergenerational
network of neighbors helping neighbors to remain in their homes and to be
engaged in their community.

Do come and join us so you can find out much more! You’ll learn about some
of the services we plan to offer, including free transportation, learn how
you can volunteer and/or become a member. You will meet your County Village
Coordinator and learn how the County supports Villages and have a chance to
meet and mingle with neighbors. Enjoy delicious refreshments and have fun!

This event will be located at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, January 31, 2016
from 2-4pm. Please click on the evite and reserve your spot today!

Contact me at if you have any questions or prefer to RSVP to me.

Please check out our website and Facebook below for more information about
your new Villages of Kensington!


Suzanne Bowler, Ph.D.




Please Visit our Booth at the Labor Day Parade: Villages of Kensington

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington

Dear Neighbors:

You are invited to come and visit our exhibit Booth #14 so you can meet us and learn more about our Villages of Kensington (VoK) and how we plan to offer volunteer services, social and educational activities to Kensington residents, based on what people have told us they’d like us to provide. We have made a great deal of progress since the beginning of this year including expanding our Steering Committee to include members from several other Kensington communities, establishing a Board of Directors, creating By-Laws and compiling the preliminary results from our needs assessment survey. Our plan is to open for business as soon as our application for non-profit status, submitted recently, is approved early next year. We hope that many of you will want to join us in this exciting venture.

Meanwhile, come and visit us on Armory Avenue, about halfway between Town Hall and Knowles Avenue. We’ll be on the same side of the street as St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

Looking forward to meeting you,


PS: please see our website and Facebook below.

Suzanne Bowler, Ph.D.
Vice President

Villages of Kensington Progress Report

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington



Dear Neighbors:

It’s been a long time since we last contacted you, and I wanted to share
with you the progress we’ve made since then. Before I begin, however, I want
to thank all of you who took part in our needs assessment survey. I’ve
drafted a report on the preliminary results based on the 50 answers from
Rock Creek Hills and 99 from Kensington Heights. Tomorrow, I’ll share the
highlights with you. Also, if any of you would like a copy of this draft,
let me know and I’ll send you one. Please note it’s not yet finalized into a
professional/technical document, but gives you the facts. Of these, the most
impressive was the willingness of so many of you to volunteer your time to
help your neighbors.

For those of you who haven’t yet completed our survey, please do so at your
earliest convenience. We have a new link as follows: We need to hear from more folks in
our neighborhood so that our results will be statistically valid and more
importantly, that we’ll be carrying out your wishes when we’re “up and

We created this new survey link because we need to be able to accommodate
any additional Kensington communities that would like to join us. So far,
people from Rock Creek Hills-Palisades (RCP) and the Town of Kensington
(ToK) have expressed interest in working with us, and two from each
community have joined our Steering Committee and are working to get
endorsement from their civic associations and neighborhoods. In addition,
several people from Chevy Chase View and Parkwood have approached us and may
also seek membership in the Villages of Kensington. Please be assured that
RCH and other VoK communities will be able to participate in all
decision-making affecting the entire group and will have their own Board
members. However, member communities will be able to maintain their autonomy
in an arrangement similar to Home Rule in Great Britain.

Now, here’s some of what we’ve done so far:

1. Established a Steering Committee which meets monthly and has expanded
to 12 members including ToK and RCP.

2. Developed a Village logo (see above) which looks a lot nicer in
different colors, 3-fold brochure and flyer

3. Created a Village website,
<> – please visit it for information
and updates

4. Set up a Village Facebook, — we’d love to hear from you –
any problems, please contact Rachel Gall at

5. Received confirmation of Incorporation from the State of Maryland

6. Confirmed that VoK will be intergenerational with members within the
20895 zip code, and that members will be charged a fee to cover operational
expenses-one that will be on a sliding scale to accommodate lower-income

7. Began building partnerships with community organizations including
Kensington Park Senior Living and Seabury Resources for Aging with plans to
partner and/or work with social service, healthcare, and religious

8. Participated in community/promotional activities like Kensington’s
Day of the Book last April

Our next big tasks are to complete all the paperwork necessary to become a
viable non-profit organization, e.g., applying for Federal (501c3) and State
tax-free status, and completing and implementing our strategic,
fund-raising, and publicity plans. We will continue work under the guidance
of Pazit Aviv, Montgomery County Village Coordinator, the nationwide Village
to Village Network, the local Washington Area Villages Exchange, and leaders
of neighboring Villages, who have already been most helpful.

From now on, I’ll keep you posted with monthly updates on our progress.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for
your interest in our Village.



Suzanne Bowler, Ph.D.

Coordinator, RCH (Villages of Kensington)

10106 East Bexhill Drive

Kensington, MD 20895


Please take the Survey and respond by March 22

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington


Those of us who are working to form a neighbor helping neighbor network in RCH need your help – a mere 5 minutes of your time!

Quite simply we need to know what kind of help you think you could use now or in the foreseeable future. Hopefully none of us will need shoveling until next winter!!!! More likely we’ll want to find teenagers willing to pick weeds.

But it won’t be all work. We envision the village providing some social and/or educational activities as well, walking partners perhaps.

So please click the link below and fill out the survey by March 22nd There’s only so much that those of us who have agreed to do the organizing work can do until we hear from you.

Really it won’t take you more than five minutes. .


Suzanne Mintz

Presentation on “Villages of Kensington” at the next RCHCA Meeting, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal School

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington

Dear Neighbors:

I’m writing to let you know that we’re going to do a short presentation on our Intergenerational RCH Village at this meeting and answer any questions you may have about what’re we’re up to. You’ll have a chance to meet some of the key members of our Steering Committee and the Coordinator of Kensington Heights who has joined us to form “Villages of Kensington.”

When the weather gets warmer, we’ll organize some more enjoyable social gatherings – maybe a wine and cheese party or potluck dinner, or – my ambition – an English tea – to give you a chance to meet Village organizers and chat with neighbors and share your views about what we’re planning.

Meanwhile, it seems that our Village has generated some interest in other parts of Kensington! Since Kensington Heights has joined us and we sent out our survey, we’ve received queries from several other Kensington communities. Any Kensington community that joins our Villages of Kensington will enjoy considerable autonomy while collaborating with us as a centralized “hub” to handle all the critical work and issues that apply to us all.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t had a chance to do so, please take a look our short community needs assessment survey that’s posted on the RCHCA website or through the link at . Your feedback is essential because, after all, this is YOUR Village, that will reflect what services you’d like to receive, what social gatherings you’d enjoy, and what educational sessions you’d find stimulating and fun.

Let me know if you’d prefer to get an e-mailed survey that you can fill out & send back –

Have a good weekend!


Suzanne Bowler, Ph.D.
Rock Creek Hills Village Coordinator

Villages of Kensington Survey

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington

The “Villages of Kensington” Needs Your Advice!!

A new organization of community volunteers is now being established to help you when you need a hand. The Rock Creek Hills and Kensington Heights neighborhoods are joining together to create the “Villages of Kensington.”

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all members of our community by creating a sustainable, intergenerational network of neighbors helping neighbors. You can help by letting us know what kinds of services and social and educational activities would be most beneficial for you and your family.

Your feedback is essential because our Village won’t work unless it reflects your specific needs and interests.

Click on this link to complete the survey: or access this link via the RCHCA website. It will take only a few minutes to complete. Please respond within 2 weeks.

Thank you!

Questions? Contact Suzanne Bowler (Rock Creek Hills),, or Donna Savage (Kensington Heights),

Rock Creek Hills Intergenerational Village Flyer

By | Intergenerational Village, Villages of Kensington

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Please see this flyer for information on the Rock Creek Hills Intergenerational Village

You can be a part of a new organization getting established to help your neighbors when they need a hand—and you may need a helping hand too sometimes!

  • Do you know someone at home with an injury who can’t get out to do the usual errands?
  • Are there new parents near you who would greatly appreciate temporary help with their yard work, some meals delivered, a ride to the doctor?
  • Are there seniors near you who would enjoy new social activities or assistance learning how to use a computer?
  • Have you ever wished you could get help from a neighbor but felt uncomfortable asking?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions you are not alone. Many communities in Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, and Northwest DC have recently started Village volunteer efforts to provide services to fulfill needs such as these.

We plan to develop an Intergenerational Village right here in Rock Creek Hills and other Kensington communities that would like to join us by training volunteers to meet the needs of our diverse friends and neighbors.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all members of our community by creating a sustainable intergenerational network of neighbors helping neighbors. But it takes quite an effort to get a fully organized Village off the ground so we plan to start small, and then build on our early success. You can help us by letting us know what kinds of services and social and educational activities would be most beneficial for you and your family. Please keep an eye out for our survey and respond as soon as you can.

If you’d like to help plan for this exciting new initiative, learn more about it, or just get on the email list for updates, please contact Suzanne Bowler, Village Coordinator, at or 301-946-0990.