Helping University Park Seniors Age in Community

Helping University Park Seniors Age in Community

Helping University Park Seniors Age in CommunityHelping University Park Seniors Age in CommunityHelping University Park Seniors Age in Community

Helping Hands University Park (HHUP), established to help our older residents age well in their homes.

Helping University Park Seniors Age in Community

Helping University Park Seniors Age in Community

Helping University Park Seniors Age in CommunityHelping University Park Seniors Age in CommunityHelping University Park Seniors Age in Community

Helping Hands University Park (HHUP), established to help our older residents age well in their homes.

THE LATEST covid-19 INFORMATION

From the office of County Council Member Dannielle Glaros:

The County has a  COVID-19 hotline operating at 301-883-6627.  Please call the hotline and not 911 if you need to speak to someone about the virus. Contact a doctor if you develop the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath. Symptoms may develop 2-14 days after exposure.


Before calling a doctor for yourself or a family member, perhaps check this out first. It is a self triage tool.
https://gehrcovidtriage.akidolabs.com/?fbclid=IwAR0OhmelFzT6QF9-RmmdNYdJp5UjotnobEZKLKjsmGO6o8W0WyDSs1efrc4

More useful information in the article:
https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/20/self-triage-tool-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1-c9yeHD0Z9lVY3LDTAeprsscI6y1CcXV1UAJwhFlS7qDqwQjTW_dzm6k


Special coronavirus enrollment period began last Monday and ends April 15 for uninsured Marylanders. Coverage begins April 1.

https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/coronavirus-sep/?fbclid=IwAR2hIaSU84tJRf0dVnHqsmumB5jKJ6LjWoIvasxsHq1_ONNlJ2lwl5HPyrA

The Prince George's County Health Department continues to work closely with other agencies and is taking steps to keep Prince Georgians safe and healthy. Here are some resources to assist:

Prince George's County Health Department

Center for Disease Control and Prevention




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testimonials

From grateful HHUP member during current Coronavirus pandemic

From grateful HHUP member during current Coronavirus pandemic

From grateful HHUP member during current Coronavirus pandemic

"The young couple who volunteered to get our groceries have already done the shopping, bringing the groceries to us at 7:16 am.  Wonderful and they have only lived in UP for two years.  I want to thank you and Helping Hands  for the wonderful service provided to our community."

From HHUP member

From grateful HHUP member during current Coronavirus pandemic

From grateful HHUP member during current Coronavirus pandemic

"It is nice to know I can call somebody for help when I need it and that somebody cares about us seniors. We still have a lot to offer and share with the community."

Census 2020

HHUP will help you complete the census form - call us at 301-892-6636!

The 2020 Census has arrived!  Prince George's County lost out on $363 million over the past 10 years due to under counting. Please commit today to filling out the U.S. Census to ensure our future! The census is Safe, Easy and Accessible.

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About Us

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Our Team

Our History

Our History

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.

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Our History

Our History

Our History

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.

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Our Mission

Our History

Become a Volunteer

Helping Hands University Park (HHUP) creates a community of engagement as we help neighbors remain in their homes as they age. We do this through volunteer services, e.g. transportation, small repairs, and educational and social programs. We partner with other Villages and organizations that complement our volunteer activities. Through these efforts, Helping Hands University Park enhances the quality of life of the entire community.

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Become a Volunteer

Become Active Behind the Scenes

Become a Volunteer

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.   Click Volunteers to complete the Volunteer application..

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Become a Member

Become Active Behind the Scenes

Become Active Behind the Scenes

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. Complete the application and a member of our HHUP Membership will contact you.

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Become Active Behind the Scenes

Become Active Behind the Scenes

Become Active Behind the Scenes

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. Complete it for yourself or for a UP neighbor about whom you have concerns.

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.

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taf donations welcome

Your  gift enables us to begin awarding TAF grants to needy, deserving neighbors. Please send your tax deductible donation, payable to HHUP TAF, to UP Town Hall, c/o HHUP, 6724 Baltimore Ave., University Park, MD 20782. We have been awarded a $1,000 Prince George's County grant for the TAF!!!