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Helping University Park older adults age in community

HHUP participated in the 2021 4th of July UP Parade with Linda Verrill, driver, Edda Osborne, Bob Saks & Loretta Vitale Saks

Helping Hands University Park

WHO WE ARE: 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 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.

3rd Wednesdays


@ every 6 weeks

every Wednesday at 3pm

Image by Clément Falize

Edda Osborne, HHUP member & Spanish instructor

Helping Hands University Park, Hyattsville Aging in Place, Neighbors Helping Neighbors-College Park, and Explorations on Aging College Park have joined together to launch an on-line informative series to entertain, engage, and educate attendees, especially our older residents residing along the Route 1 Corridor. These Corridor Conversations programs are held monthly, with attendees able to join via telephone or Zoom. Presentations begin at 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged as early as 1:30 for conversation or to work out any technical glitches. When possible, programs will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. We will be expanding this list as new programs are ready.

To register for any or all of these events, click here.


Flour In Her Veins

Saturday, October 23, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Cheryl Harrington says she learned early that she had flour in her veins. She worked in her parents’ homestyle bakery in Massachusetts before going to college, and she never lost her love of baking. Even during her career with the Prince George’s County Council, Cheryl made wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and other goodies for friends. After years being encouraged to start her own bakery, she opened Shortcake Bakery in 2011 where she creates baked sweet baked goods, savory meat pies, quiches, brunches and more. Cheryl will get us ready for the holiday season with ideas about cookies, pies, and her famous Nantucket Cranberry Pie.

Diaries and Journals: Tools for Life
Saturday, November 6, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Award-winning author Mary Amato began keeping a journal at the age of seven and she has used writing as a way to find comfort, insight, and meaning throughout her life. She’ll talk about the differences between diaries and journals, share some examples that range from funny to poignant, and share the how, when, why of writing for the self. Mary writes fiction, poetry, and essays. She also teaches songwriting and is the co-founder of Firefly Shadow Theater. In real life, Mary lives in Hyattsville. In cyberspace, Mary lives on www.maryamato.com.

Get Your Movement On!
Saturday, January 8, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m.

The holidays were wonderful — you may have put on a few pounds and loved it! Now’s time to get back into movement — and where better to do it than via Zoom, sitting in your favorite chair or moving to your favorite music! Wear comfy clothes and shoes and join Brooke Kidd, founder and director of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier to learn more about what’s possible, their programs and … to get your movement on!

History Of The Lakeland Community In College Park
Saturday, February 26, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Join us to learn more about Lakeland, the historic African American community of College Park. Formed around 1890 on the doorstep of the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland, the story of Lakeland is the tale of a community that was established and flourished in a segregated society, developing its own institutions and traditions, including the area’s only high school for African Americans, built in 1928. The Lakeland Community Heritage Project, was formed to preserve Lakeland’s history and the stories of its people through photographic archives and oral histories.


A Virtual Tour Of The College Park Aviation Museum

Thursday, September 23, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Join us for an online tour of Route 1’s aviation history hosted by Tom Wilson from the College Park Aviation Museum. The museum collection contains artifacts, photographs, newspaper articles, and other records documenting the history of College Park Airport, the oldest airport in continuous operation in the world, and local aviation. We will also see the current exhibition “Tails of Flight,” featuring famous aviators and the pets that flew with them.

Scattered Clouds: Finding Poetry in Washington, D.C.
August 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Join Reuben Jackson for a reading from his latest collection of poems, Scattered Clouds, and a discussion of how growing up in Washington, D.C., continues to influence his writing. A Hyattsville resident, Jackson curated the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington Collection and is an archivist at the University of the District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. His music reviews appear in numerous media outlets, and his poetry has been widely anthologized.

Pluto: Planet Or Not?
Saturday, July 24, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Learn about Pluto’s five moons and the 2015 Horizon flyby from University of Maryland professor Douglas Hamilton. Discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. The largest of the dwarf planets, the Horizon flyby taught us a lot about our distant neighbor and its moons, four of which were discovered between 2005 and 2012.

Art Works. It really does
Saturday, June 26, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Join artist, educator, and nonprofit leader Barbara Johnson on an exploration into the many ways art works to support our wellbeing. You needn’t be a professional to experience the benefits of creativity. From experiencing art created by others to engaging in the act of creating your own artwork, art really does work to make our lives richer, happier, and even healthier. Come prepared with some blank paper and whatever drawing instrument you have around the house (pencil, pen, marker, paintbrush and paint) to participate in some short experiential artmaking. Barbara is founder and executive director of Art Works Now.

The Great Caterpillar Factory & Backyard Birds
Saturday, May 22, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

It’s May and the great caterpillar factories of eastern North America are in full production. You’ll hear their engines humming as they munch away in woodlots or mature trees. For songbirds, this is a sign the bounty that fuels the mating, nest-building and parenting is going on right now in our backyards. Join science writer and College Park resident Rick Borchelt for a look at some of the common birds that depend on these caterpillar factories in suburban landscapes

The Bard In April
Saturday, April 24, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with a look at what goes into producing a theatre classic. Join Hyattsvillian Janet Griffin, newly retired director of public programs and artistic producer for the Folger Theatre, to learn about the theater’s 2008 production of Macbeth, what went into developing the staging in order to make a nearly 400-year-old play fresh and exciting. We’ll also view a video from the 2008 performance and hear from the directors.

Understanding The Power Of Stories In Our Lives
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Join nationally recognized author, educator, and former neighbor Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., to learn about how the power of myths and ancient stories apply to our lives today, and how they can inspire and influence us.  Dr. Pearson has developed tools to help us recognize these stories.  Discover how your story, once recognized, can help you better understand your life and chart a path through difficult decisions.

Black Lives Matter … 1887 To Today
Thursday, February 25, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of the history of our Route 1 neighbor, North Brentwood. We’ll learn about the history of North Brentwood, the first African-American incorporated town in Prince George’s County. From its connections to the 19th Infantry Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement to today, North Brentwood holds a unique place in Route 1’s Black history. Learn about the early days of North Brentwood, its varied relationships with its surrounding communities, its growth through self-sufficiency, and its development today. Chanel Compton, board chair and former executive director of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and executive director of the Banneker–Douglas Museum, Maryland’s official state museum of African American History and Culture, will lead the session, which also includes North Brentwood Mayor Petrella Robinson, a lifelong resident of the town.


Fully vaccinated volunteers have resumed providing transportation for HHUP members who:

  • have completed their COVID vaccinations

  • will wear a mask in the car (if requested)

  • will sit in the back seat, passenger side (if requested)

Contact HHUP if you need transportation or any of our other services -- 301-892-6636 or HHUniversityPark@gmail.com

Of Interest ...



Thank you for enriching my life in so many ways, and most especially for giving me the confidence that I can continue living alone.



Our members are always so thankful. What they don't realize is that I get more out of providing  assistance than they can possibly imagine.


... By its work HHUP has made UP a more welcoming place for me -- a place I want to continue to age into.


Member Catherine Turner, Pilates instructor. Photo by volunteer Sabrina Meyers

HHUP members in Chair Yoga class

Member Gerry Hendershot receives holiday gift bag from volunteer Tom Wachs.