About Us

Our Team

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Our amazing volunteers are committed to helping others. We take our desire to help and create community and turn that into action within University Park. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information! Call 301-892-6636.

Our History

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Inspired by the growing Village movement, a small committee began meeting in 2015 to discuss creating a grassroots organization to assist our seniors in aging well in our community. Eventually, our founders decided to ask for Town Council approval of our establishment as an official Town Committee. This was approved in 2017.

Our Mission

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Helping Hands University Park is a Town Committee with the mission to help residents remain in their homes as they age. We do this through volunteer services, educational programs and social activities, and partnerships that complement our mission. By engaging a wide range of residents, we enhance the quality of life for the entire community.

Become a Volunteer

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Volunteers are the backbone of HHUP. The dedication, skills and experiences you bring to HHUP and the quality of services you provide will fulfill the needs of our members and will benefit our entire University Park community. 

Become a Member

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Are you a University Park senior? If so, join us. No dues required. Become as active as you wish to - attend our monthly lunches, join a committee, help with our phone tree, call for a ride or help with minor repairs, etc.

Become Active Behind the Scenes

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Get the word out about HHUP. Help us organize programs, new clubs, arts activities. Engage in outreach within University Park and beyond. Email HHUniversityPark@gmail.com or call us at 301-892-6636.

The HHUP temporary assistance fund (taf)

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What is the TAF?

The Temporary Assistance Fund (TAF) is intended to help HHUP members who are in need of temporary services and/or financial assistance.  Funds disbursed from the HHUP Temporary Assistance Fund shall be used for the following purposes:

  • In-kind or monetary assistance 
  • Food/Nutrition
  • Housing – temporary emergency assistance or crisis situations to avoid foreclosure or eviction 
  • Medical – small co-pays, urgent care visit
  • Services, such as short-term health care aide assistance

The on-line TAF Application is available here.

Introduction & Background

Helping Hands UP (HHUP) is a Town of University Park (UP) special committee formed in 2017. It is a community-based, volunteer organization focused on helping aging and disabled University Park residents remain in their homes as long as they wish to. HHUP does this through volunteer services, educational programs and social activities, and partnerships with other individuals and organizations that complement our mission. By engaging a wide range of residents, HHUP enhances the quality of life for our entire community.

HHUP receives a monetary stipend from UP to help defray administrative and operating costs. HHUP has also received monetary donations from HHUP members. These donated monies are managed by the Town of UP and reside in a separate fund that carries over from one budget year to the next. 

On November 19, 2018, the UP Town Council voted to approve HHUP fundraising to raise money for a Temporary Assistance Fund (TAF), provided that HHUP develop a policy for administering the funds, subject to the approval of the UP Council. This fund is intended to help HHUP members who are in need of temporary services and/or financial assistance. 

Program Limitations

To ensure equitable distribution of funds, the following limitations are placed on HHUP TAF disbursements:

  • Total grants to an individual will not be greater than 1/5 of the HHUP TAF assets.
    • NOTE: Currently, HHUP has about $1,000 available for TAF disbursements. The 1/5th figure will be re-evaluated after one year.
  • Funds are provided to, or expended for, an individual for no more than 2 months at a time.
  • TAF eligibility and disbursement criteria will be evaluated one year after implementation, with changes made as determined necessary.

Fund Eligibility Criteria

Individuals eligible to receive funds from the HHUP TAF must meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are disabled or elderly members of HHUP or meet the basic eligibility criteria for HHUP membership and complete a membership application at the time of request of funds.
  • Monthly expenditures should be 60% or more than monthly income.
  • They have been residents of UP for at least 1 year (residency determined by address on major identification documents) 

Need Determination Procedures

An HHUP sub-committee composed of the Chair and Treasurer will review requests for funds and will determine whether the applicants meet the eligibility criteria stated above.  

A UP senior or an individual concerned about a UP resident may submit the TAF application to the two-person TAF Committee for review. Committee members will then arrange to meet with the UP senior and/or individual who submitted the application. Committee members will then decide whether and how much to pay for the expressed need. Payment will be made to whoever is providing the service, or to the UP senior if a receipt for services already provided is shown.

Options for Complementary Support

The HHUP Steering Committee leadership will utilize available resources to assist each applicant in finding a long-term solution to the events that led to needing financial assistance. The committee will contact the Town of University Park Police, as appropriate, to request assistance. The committee may also, with the resident’s permission, contact friends and relatives for assistance.