Please be thoughtful of the health impact your interactions have in hiring or being a Family Helper regarding the coronavirus pandemic. For general guidance, please see the COVID-19 information.
The Family Helpers Posting Board connects currently enrolled U-M students, recent U-M graduates, and benefits-eligible U-M retirees who are available to hire for occasional, partial week, part-time, or short-term support to currently employed or enrolled U-M employees and students. Services offered may include child care or babysitting, personal care (PCA support), elder care, pet care, tutoring, house sitting, and house or yard work.
Using the Family Helpers Posting Board
- Currently enrolled U-M students, recent U-M graduates, and benefits-eligible U-M retirees who are available for hire can register and post a Family Helper Profile, or edit their existing Profile (please note: our review and check for U-M affiliation may take 1-2 business days, so access will be delayed). Following our approval of Profiles or Profile-edits (1-2 business days), Family Helpers can view and respond to Help Wanted Posts
- Currently employed (active) U-M employees or currently enrolled U-M students who want to hire a helper can view Family Helper Profiles and inquire with Family Helpers individually or create a Help Wanted Post or edit their existing Help Wanted Post space (please note: our review and check for current U-M affiliation may take 1-2 business days, so access will be delayed)
- Services are provided in the Ann Arbor-area homes of currently employed or enrolled U-M faculty, staff, and students, and for those in their household.
- Most Family Helpers are full-time U-M Ann Arbor students with school-related obligations. Therefore, if you need more than part week or occasional help (especially during the school year), or if you are not receiving responses, search Care.com, Additional Child Care Options, Child Care or Elder Care resources. Also, you could indicate that you're willing to hire two or more helpers to fill your job (e.g. daily before or after school care is not possible for many helpers due to their school schedules).
- If you live outside of the Ann Arbor area, use Care.com, Additional Child Care Options, Child Care or Elder Care for local resources.
- There are fewer job-seeking Family Helpers during summer and U-M breaks, and more starting in later September and October as students settle in.
- Many Family Helpers do not have cars, and may need to walk, bike, bus, or request a ride.
- Please read your email daily, as email through the Family Helpers system is the only way to communicate initially.
- We automatically delete any personal or contact information in Profiles and Help Wanted Posts (e.g. last name, phone, email), but you can share information as you wish after initial emails through the system.
- Posts requesting care for unrelated children cannot be approved (e.g. group care, nanny shares, pods).
- Faculty and staff members are not eligible to be Family Helpers.
- The Family Helpers Posting Board is only for eligible, registered and approved Family Helpers, and currently employed or enrolled U-M affiliates. Do not share or forward any information or emails related to Family Helpers.
Please email us with any questions.
The “Family Helpers Posting Board” acts only as a “posting board” and does not conduct background checks on individuals using the Family Helpers Posting Board. 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. All users are encouraged to review and comply with applicable State of Michigan Child Care Licensing Rules, and any other applicable law and regulations. The U-M Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by U-M.