Helping Hands University Park (HHUP), established to help our older residents age well in their homes.
Saturday, August 8, 2-3:30pm - Dr. Stephanie Trifoglio, a geriatrician who has practiced in our area for decades, will look at the risks of COVID-19 for seniors, as well as provide the latest information on the virus. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. The discussion can be accessed via telephone or as a Zoom meeting. Either way, preregistration is required. The Zoom room will open at 1:30pm for chatting and getting help with Zoom. The program will begin promptly at 2pm. To register: Visit tinyurl.com/COVID19forSeniors or call 301-892-6636. Registration closes at 5:00pm on August 7.
Sunday, August 9, 4:00 to 5:30 pm - Poetry Open Mike sponsored by HHUP and UP Poets. All are welcome. Read a poem, hear a poem, discuss a poem, repeat. A poem you wrote or one that you like. Each reader has about 3 minutes to read, followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion. Any subject is OK, but the theme for August is “Dog Days,” poems about dogs or hot weather. To read some good dog poems go here; find some hot weather poems here. Here’s a verse from Emily Dickinson: “A little Dog that wags his tail/And knows no other joy/Of such a little Dog am I/Reminded by a Boy.” For a Zoom invitation, email Loretta Vitale Saks (firstname.lastname@example.org). Do you have a poem you’d like to read? Send it to Gerry Hendershot (email@example.com) or Deborah Rosenfelt (dsr@UMD.edu).
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.
To get up-to-date information on COVID-19 check out the following links:
The Johns Hopkins University has an excellent website for charting COVID-19 worldwide as well as locally:
The State of Maryland provides information on the following website. It takes a little while to fully load, but is includes a map with data by county and by zip code.
Also, Prince George's County has specific helpful information from the following link: https://princegeorges.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/9491556559cb4bba8ead3aa72ac3edcf
"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."
"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."
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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.
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.
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 th
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.
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..
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.
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 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:
The on-line TAF Application is available here. Complete it for yourself or for a UP neighbor about whom you have concerns.
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.
To ensure equitable distribution of funds, the following limitations are placed on HHUP TAF disbursements:
Individuals eligible to receive funds from the HHUP TAF must meet all of the following criteria:
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.
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.
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. In 2020 we have been awarded a $1,000 Prince George's County grant for the TAF!!!