The American Legion, chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. Post 36 in Chestertown is the ideal location for business meetings, weddings, outdoor events with hall rental, bar and dock available.
CASA of the Mid-shore is a private, non-profit organization created to advocate for children who are under the protection of the Circuit court because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. As officers of the court, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are empowered by the courts to provide judges with important information they need to ensure that each child’s rights, needs, and best interest are being met.
Founded in 1999 with 47 singers, the Chorale is now nearly 100 voices strong. Under the leadership of Doug Cox, the Chorale annually presents major winter holiday and spring concerts among its programs, as well as providing choral support for the National Music Festival at Washington College in June. The Chorale welcomes those who want to sing for the joy of it. No audition is required.
The Chestertown Tea Party Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend. The Festival starts on Friday evening with a downtown Block Party. On Saturday, you can participate in the classic Distance Run, watch the parade and the colonial re-enactment, enjoy food, entertainment and crafts. Sunday’s events include wine and beer tasting, raft race, food and entertainment.
The Compass Regional Hospice team serves individuals, families and the community by providing comprehensive, professional, compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement support and education. Compass Regional Hospice, a leading authority on end-of-life issues, provides the highest quality program for patients and families while maintaining a fiscally sound and progressive organization led by compassionate, committed, caring, and trustworthy professionals and volunteers.
Crossroads is a 501(c)3: private, non-profit organization founded in 1983 to provide psychiatric rehabilitation services that help people recover from sever and persistent mental illness and to reduce the stigma associated with the disease. Operating for over 30 years, Crossroads was originally established to serve adults in Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties though a day program. We now serve all five counties of the mid-shore: Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester. Our services have grown over the years in type, (e.g., residential and vocational), and persons served, (e.g., children, youth and homeless).
Delmarva Community Transit (DCT) is a subsidiary of Delmarva Community Services, Inc., celebrating its 40th year of service. DCT provides public transportation for all citizens and specialized transit services for seniors, individuals with disabilities and others. The DCT one stop office helps individuals learn about transit options and teaches how to use transit.
FOR ALL SEASONS, INC. is a private, non-profit human services agency offering outpatient mental health services, including psychiatry, for children, youth and adults, and crisis support for victims of rape, sexual assault and other traumas. We provide support and services to all individuals, groups, organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Shore to assist, maintain and enhance social functioning regardless of ability to pay.
Since its inception in 2002, the Prince Theatre Foundation has enjoyed success in various community endeavors: Producing top of the line theatrical and musical productions such as the Short Attention Span Theatre, Songs for a New World, Wit, Company, Route 66, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Stories of Our Elders, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Arsenic & Old Lace and Live from WVL Radio Theatre: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Providing quality educational, enriching experiences in the arts for children and adults, such as Playmakers’ Summer Camp, Hedgelawn multi-cultural performance series, Artists-in-Residence Programs and after school drama programs in Kent County Public Schools and Wye River Upper School. Partnering with over a dozen community organizations for fundraising and other events that benefit us all. Both the theatre, and the foundation that calls it home, are recognized and valued as a unique community center for the arts on the Upper Eastern Shore.
Global Cancer Initiative conducts Molecular Level Screening programs for the early detection of cancer in international countries. Currently screening 36,000 women for cervical cancer in Vietnam. Developing new projects in Central America.
Contact: Richard Thorp
99 Talbot Boulevard - Chestertown, MD 21620
(p) 410-490-1930, (f) , Email
Contact: Suzanne Einstein
P. O. Box 16 - Rock Hall, MD 21661
(p) 410-935-3491, (f) , Email
A not-for-profit membership cooperative serving our members who prefer to remain in their home as they “age in place”. HomePorts provides referrals for service providers and contractors.
The principal purpose of Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center is to stimulate and support entrepreneurship in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties. Eastern Shore Entreprenuership is organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The Center’s primary focus is to facilitate the creation and support of businesses exhibiting significant growth potential and the capacity to substantially contribute to the social mission of improving the overall economic health of the Region.
For almost 50 years,the Humane Society of Kent County has provided animal control services, worked to prevent animal cruelty and provide homes for unwanted animals.
We are a local, non-profit recycling organization founded in 1989 to serve our mid-shore community by recovering materials that were once considered waste, and using these resources to create local jobs and to provide raw materials for in-county and out-of-state manufacturers.
KART is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities enhance their developmental growth, physically, emotionally and cognitively.
Kent Center is a small not-for-profit charitable organization, which provides highly personalized, 24-hour a day services for adults who have a broad spectrum of developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, and/or physical disabilities. Our mission insists on the safety and well-being of each individual through: RESPECT – We take great pride in our philosophy of “individuals first.” It is our culture, overtly practiced and lauded by the individuals we serve and their family members. DIGNITY – Kent Center is fiercely committed to insuring that people with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities all people enjoy and provides the necessary supports to enable each person to live and work as independently and happily as possible. INDEPENDENCE – We provide enriching opportunities and choices with the single goal of enabling our individuals to independently live, work and contribute positively to our community to the greatest extent of their abilities.
Providing support for athletic programs at Kent County High School
The Kent County Learning Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide local, supportive educational opportunities for Kent County businesses and all Kent County residents. We currently offer free tutoring for elementary through college level students; GED preparation classes; and continuing education courses in Spanish, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Photoshop. With adequate enrollment, college credit courses can be offered. Businesses training eight (8) or more people may customize courses to meet their particular needs. All classes are taught by Chesapeake College staff. The Kent County Learning Center is staffed by 40+ volunteers with advanced degrees. This unique resource allows the Kent County Learning Center to provide free one-to-one- tutoring and childcare services to any student enrolled at the Learning Center.
The goal of this coalition is to support kent County Public Schools in achieving “Top Five in Five years” – to see our community schools ranked in the top five public school systems in Maryland within five years.
Contact: Linda Dawson
800 High Street - Chestertown, MD 21620
(p) 443-282-2029, (f) 410-810-1820, Email
The League of Women Voters of Kent County, MD is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens and influences public policy with education and advocacy.
Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc., (MCE), founded in 1998, is a 501(c)3 that empowers businesses to grow, create jobs, and generate wealth on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and across the state. MCE offers micro and small business loans for $500 up to $150,000. We provide business consulting, mentoring and a wide variety of business education classes. MCE has a Women’s Business Center that focuses on the needs of women entrepreneurs.
mental health, substance abuse, psychological, addictions, public mental health
Connecting private resources with public needs in order to enhance the quality of life for all citizens, of all ages, on the Mid-Shore. Grants • Scholarships • Donor Services • Nonprofit Services Serving Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.
The National Music Festival (June 3-16, 2012) brings together music mentors and gifted pre-professional apprentice musicians each June for 25 concerts and over 200 free open rehearsals of orchestral music, chamber music, and more.
Established in 2004, Rebuilding Together repairs and rehabilitates the home of low-income homeowners who are elderly, disabled or families with young children.
Service Club – our motto is “Service above self” We meet every Tuesday at noon at the Fish Whistle restaurant for lunch. For additional information, contact Les Moorhouse at 443-480-1408
Contact: John Murray
P.o. Box 247 - Chestertown, MD 21620
(p) 410-739-6514, (f) , Email
We are an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Awards made to women and girls making a difference in their lives, as well as the community.
Sumner Hall is a historic building that honors the service of African-American Civil War veterans from Kent County, MD. Authentically restored and re-opened to the public in 2014, Sumner Hall serves the community as a museum, educational center, performance venue, gallery and exhibition space, social hall and community center. A 501(c)3 organization, Sumner Hall is supported by membership fees, grants and contracts.
Advocacy and service provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Service includes employment, residential, family supports and more.
The Community Food Pantry serves low income families food for approximately one week of meals. Families are eligible monthly and are primarily referred by the Department of Social Services. The Pantry relies on local donations.
Because of the vital importance of the availability of excellent healthcare services in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation raises charitable funds to support and enhance services provided by University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, University of Maryland Chester River Home Care & Hospice and University of Maryland Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for the benefit of the people who live in or visit our community.
The Upper Shore Regional Council is a regional planning and development organization serving Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. We exist to foster and support the physical, economic and social development of the region.