U-M Family Helpers

University of Michigan Family Helpers are current U-M students or U-M benefits-eligible retirees who offer occasional/short-term/part-time services to U-M families. Services may include child care, tutoring, elder care, house sitting, yard work, running errands, pet care, and housekeeping.

Each U-M Family Helper has passed a State of Michigan (only) background check, and has created a personal profile. Any current U-M faculty, staff member, or student may log in to view profiles, and contact potential Family Helpers (please read their "Overall/Specific Availability" carefully, and only contact those whose availability matches your needs). Also, current U-M faculty/staff/students may post a Help Wanted Ad, and Family Helpers are encouraged to check these ads/job opportunities frequently. Rate of pay and other details are negotiated between the U-M family and the Family Helper.

Important note: full-time and early a.m./late p.m./every-day schedules are not possible for most busy students and many retirees. To find a caregiver who can provide more support for your family, you may want to consider Care.com/Sittercity.com or nanny agencies (see Additional Child Care Resources, below), search for a licensed child care center or home (see Find Child Care Now, below), search elder care resources (below), etc.

For current U-M affiliates (faculty/staff/students only) in need of assistance in your home/resources:

For current U-M students/U-M benefits-eligible retirees:

  • Become a Family Helper (for current U-M students/U-M benefits-eligible retirees only -- please note that background checks are not conducted on U-M families who are seeking a Family Helper)
  • View all Help Wanted Ads (for approved Family Helpers only -- please check these postings frequently for job opportunities!)