U-M Family Helpers

Family Helpers are current U-M students or U-M benefits-eligible retirees who offer occasional or short-term services (such as weekend babysitting) in the family homes of current U-M faculty, staff, and students. Services offered may include babysitting or child care, tutoring or lessons, elder care, house sitting, yard work, pet care, and housekeeping. 

With Family Helpers, current U-M faculty, staff, and students can:

View Family Helper Profiles and contact Family Helpers

Create a Help Wanted Post or edit an existing Help Wanted Post

Current U-M students and U-M benefits-eligible retirees can:

Apply to be a Family Helper and create a Profile, or edit an existing Family Helper Profile

Approved Family Helpers can:

View and respond to Help Wanted Posts

Important Notes:

  • Because Family Helpers have other important obligations, if you need care or assistance two or more days per week and on a regular basis (e.g., full-week afterschool care), or outside of the Ann Arbor area, please search Additional Child Care ResourcesFind Child Care, or Elder Care Resources instead, or indicate in your post that you will consider two or more Family Helpers to job-share. Help Wanted Posts that are outside of these limits may not be approved. 
  • Most elementary schools offer before and after school child care for their students -- inquire at your child's school. For Ann Arbor Public Schools, visit this site or call (734) 994-2300.
  • Many of our student Family Helpers do not have cars, so are unable to provide transportation.
  • Please conduct your own background checks and screening, and consult with references, prior to starting a work arrangement.

Family Helpers is simply a posting board, and not a service or program of the University or Michigan. The Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan. Faculty and staff members are not eligible to be Family Helpers. Please email the Work-Life Resource Center if you have questions.