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Helping University Park older adults age in community

Helping Hands University Park

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 mmission. By engaging a wide range of residents, we enhance the quality of life for our entire community.

Helping Hands University Park, Hyattsville Aging in Place, Neighbors Helping Neighbors-College Park, and Explorations on Aging College Park have joined together to launch a new, on-line informative series to entertain, engage, and educate attendees, especially our older residents residing along the Route 1 Corridor. These Corridor Conversations programs will be 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.

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 U.S. Regiment of 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.

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

Join author and educator Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., to learn about how myths and universal patterns apply to contemporary life. Pearson has developed tools and methods to help people recognize invisible patterns that can inspire and influence your actions and others. Learn how you can better understand your story and chart a path through difficult decisions.

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.

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.

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.

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 plants, the Horizon flyby taught us a lot about our distant neighbor and its moons, four of which were discovered between 2005 and 2012.


COVID vaccines are now being given in Prince George's County:

  • ​Individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine in each phase will be required to sign up for an appointment. No walk-ins are permitted.

According to STATE 

1A 1B and 1C can get vaccine 

You can go 50 miles from your residence to get vaccine.

According to Prince George's County government:

1A. 1B.  Must be a PG resident.

At the current time 1C can pre-register and will be contacted when they’re vaccinating 1C.

 Note:  PG will only let PG residents get vaccine at COUNTY sites. They can’t limit STATE sites. 


There are 3 THINGS YOU CAN DO: 


  1. Register on STATE SITE which doesn’t ask for COUNTY of residence since you can go 50 miles from your house but only to a STATE vaccination site: COVIDVAX.maryland.gov

  2. Register on your COUNTY site: 

    1. Prince  George’s Residents: https://covid19vaccination.princegeorgescountymd.gov

    2. You will be contacted by  phone, text, and email when you will be eligible to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination.

  3. Montgomery County: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccinAfter you register on these sites, you have to go to INDIVIDUAL “vendors” to “pre-register” - you’re getting a place in line.

You’re usually not scheduling an appointment. 




  • For others, they tell you on their site when appointments will open up and you have to register to get an appointment.




ADVENTIST HEALTH CARE – NO vaccinations are being done inside Adventist Hospitals – STATE SITE

They are given in 3 localities: Rockville; Takoma Park; Ft. Washington

They aren’t given every day…it depends on vaccine availability.

They are giving 1A  1B and 1C for AGE Qualifiers ONLY (65 and up)

https://www.adventisthealthcare.com/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/   -

you can register for ALERTS for them to notify you when spots are available.


Giant Food State Site

Does max of 40 shots when vaccines are available-2/3 days a week. When you go to register for an appointment, it will tell you if there are openings and when they are opening up.


University of Maryland Medical System of the CAPITAL REGION hospital in Cheverly MD - PG ONLY 

301 618 3150 for more info there 

301 642 8037 message about how to register. 

www.UMMS.org- follow steps 


Doctors Hospital Lanham – Luminis Hospital system - PG ONLY 


Six Flags in Bowie: https://massvax.maryland.gov/


Medstar Montgomery - Formerly Montgomery General – MC only

Recorded info about registering 301 570 7770 


(Note to register click on 3rd QUESTION when you get to vaccine on the website)


Holy Cross Hospital -  MC county only


Google: Holy Cross Hospital Covid vaccine to get to site. They periodically get appointments.  You have to keep going on their site(s) on which they announce when more spaces are opening up. 

Of Interest ...


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. 


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.



We welcome UP seniors to join us as members & volunteers. We welcome all UP residents 18 + to join us as volunteers.

Email: HHUniversityPark@gmail.com

Phone: 301-892-6636


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