Welcome. Hyattsville’s seniors need you.
Seniors are a large group and growing. Seventeen thousand five hundred (17,500) individuals live in a 2.5 square mile area called Hyattsville; 11.6% are 60 years old and older.
Many older residents have lived in the same Ward, maybe the same house, for years.
Hyattsville Aging in Place’s Volunteer Network is our response.
Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP) is working to build a community where every resident is valued and seniors get the help they need to live safely and to stay active. The HAP Volunteer Network has come about to help meet that challenge.
As you prepare to take on the responsibilities of being a HAP Volunteer, you may be feeling a mix of emotions, including the hope that you will make a difference. You may also have some worries and anxieties: Will I know enough? Will I have patience enough? Will the relationship be a good balance between giving and receiving?
Courtney is the membership coordinator at the Chief Executives Organization in Bethesda. She completed a master’s degree in sociology in May and is working several jobs until she finds a full time position. At 25, she’s our youngest HAP Volunteer. Courtney has helped in a city parade, helped a Neighbor with yard work, and helps Lisa answer calls from Neighbors.
Joy T. raised her family in Hyattsville. She has worked as a mortgage loan specialist for 27 years. Joy spends many hours volunteering for the USO at Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, and Reagan National Airport; and she chairs PG County’s Adult Public Guardianship Review Board yet she always makes time to respond to a Neighbor’s need for a ride!
Mosi H. recently retired as executive director of the Housing Initiative Partnership, a nonprofit developer. Since February 2013, she has escorted Neighbors to over 25 appointments! The most of any HAP Volunteer. Mosi also researched and made it possible for a Neighbor with low vision to start receiving books on tape from the Library of Congress.