Our Members

   

Helping Hands UP's services are is available at no charge to residents of the Town of University Park.  


HHUP’s mission is to help disabled and aging University Park residents remain in their homes. We do 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, we enhance the quality of life for our entire community.  We ask that you register to become a member so that we can better serve you.  Click here for the membership application  or call 301-892-6636.


SERVICES:

 
Services our Members may request will generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Errands:  Shopping for the Member; Picking up prescriptions, etc.
  • Warm Weather Outdoor Chores:  leaf removal, etc.
  • Cold Weather Outdoor Chores:  Snow removal, etc. 
  • Indoor Light Chores:  Changing light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, or simple repairs;  Watering plants, etc.
  • Small House-Sitting Tasks:  Watering plants; Collecting mail; Picking up newspapers, etc. 
  • Personal Contacts & Friendly Visits:  Friendly visits to Members; Telephone check-in or visiting by phone; Help with exercise, going for walks, etc.
  • Technology Assistance:  Help with computer or internet use; Help with household electronics (TV, DVD player, remote, etc.)
  • Respite Services for Caregivers: Sitting with a loved one for a few hours while the caregiver runs an errand, goes to a meeting, etc.
  • Transportation:  Medical appointments; Shopping or other errands; Religious services, community events, etc. 

ACTIVITIES:

  • Social gatherings
  • Walking groups
  • Classes, lectures
  • Inter-generational programs
  • Performances, concerts

Testimonials

  • “My problem is with the repairs that are too small to call in a professional but that, one by one,  make a nice house shabby. Helping Hands helped change a garage light fixture  and helped put in our heavy storm door.” — Bob S. 
  • “I’m disabled due to a stroke. Helping Hands UP matched me with a resident volunteer who walked with me on my block and accompanied me to Spicknall’s Farmstand. Plus, through Helping Hands, rides have been provided so I can continue my physical therapy.” — Diane T. 
  • “I really enjoyed the musical performance at the Clarice with the reception afterwards that was organized by Helping Hands. They even provided transportation. I saw folks I hadn’t seen in years.” — Mary G.
  • “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.” — Victor A.

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