Becoming a Volunteer 


Anyone over 18 from University Park or the surrounding areas with a passion for supporting our seniors is welcome to volunteer. There is no upper age limit! Volunteer drivers must be over the age of 25, although the HHUP Committee may make exceptions.

Teens between 14 and 18 are welcome to volunteer with HHUP, but must provide a reference from a teacher or neighbor. The Volunteer application form must be signed by the young adult, as well as by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 14 may volunteer with the presence of a parent or other adult who is an HHUP Volunteer.

Youth attending Prince George’s County public schools may earn community service hours for performing volunteer work with HHUP.

Application and Background Checks

All Volunteers complete an application that outlines their availability, interests, and skills. Click here to access the volunteer application.  While HHUP does not formally interview each Volunteer, we may call a Volunteer to clarify information or follow up on information provided in the application. For the safety of our Members, background checks are conducted on all Volunteers; for Volunteer drivers, a motor vehicle (MVA) records check is also required. There is no charge to Volunteers for either the background checks or the MVA check, though Volunteers may offer to pay the relatively low cost. Volunteers may be declined based on the results of their background checks. Volunteers can request a full copy of the result at time of submission. All information is kept confidential.

Volunteer Training

All Volunteers who will have contact with Members are required to attend a training session prior to their first assignment. We also strongly encourage Volunteers to obtain CPR certification, though this is not required. For the health and safety of Members, Volunteers are also strongly encouraged to receive annual flu shots.


  • “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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Downloadable HHUP Volunteer Manual

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