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. 

Disclaimer

The University of Michigan (U-M) “Family Helpers” acts only as a “posting board” and does not conduct background checks on Family Helpers or those individuals seeking the assistance of Family Helpers. The responsibility for background checks rests solely and completely with all posting board users. The Family Helpers posting board is not a U-M program or service, and U-M is not responsible for any postings to the website. The fact that U-M allows for this posting board does not create an employment relationship, nor does U-M act as a guarantor of users or services provided. 

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.
  • Faculty and staff members are not eligible to register as Family Helpers. 

Please email the Work-Life Resource Center with any questions. 

Disclaimer

The University of Michigan (U-M) “Family Helpers” acts only as a “posting board” and does not conduct background checks on Family Helpers or those individuals seeking the assistance of Family Helpers. The responsibility for background checks rests solely and completely with all posting board users. The Family Helpers posting board is not a U-M program or service, and U-M is not responsible for any postings to the website. The fact that U-M allows for this posting board does not create an employment relationship, nor does U-M act as a guarantor of users or services provided.