U-M Family Helpers

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 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.

The Family Helpers Posting Board connects current U-M students, recent U-M graduates, and benefits-eligible U-M retirees who offer occasional, partial week, or short-term support with current U-M faculty, staff, and students only, and for their household family members only, in their Ann Arbor-area homes. Services offered may include babysitting or child care, tutoring or learning support (virtually or in-person), adult or elder care, pet care, house sitting, yard work, or housekeeping. Also, Michigan Medicine COVID-19 Support for families has been added as a services category during this time.

Important Guidelines for the Family Helpers Posting Board

  • Family Helpers services are provided in the Ann Arbor-area family homes of current U-M faculty, staff, and students only, and for their household family members only. Help Wanted Posts seeking a group or pod caregiver for more than one family at a time cannot be approved. Though we understand that families are in need of support due to school closings and other effects of the pandemic, it is illegal in Michigan to provide ongoing and paid care for unrelated children in a home without it being state-licensed for child care. 
  • In addition, most Family Helpers are full-time students with important school-related obligations. Therefore, if you need more than partial week or occasional help (especially during the academic year), though you are welcome to submit a Help Wanted Post within these guidelines, you may want to also explore Additional Child Care Options, Child Care Resources, or Elder Care Resources for other programs and search resources. To increase the likelihood that you'll receive replies from potential Family Helpers, you could also indicate in your post that you'll consider two or more helpers for flexible job-sharing.
  • If you are looking for help and live outside of the greater Ann Arbor area, you may want to also explore Additional Child Care Options, Child Care Resources, or Elder Care Resources for other programs and search resources.
  • Many of our student Family Helpers do not have cars, so are unable to provide transportation, and may need to use the bus system or request a ride to get to and from your home.
  • If you are using the Family Helpers posting board, please read your email daily, as email is the only way to communicate initially. We will delete any personal contact info from Profiles or Help Wanted Posts, but you will be able to share contact info as you wish after initial emails.
  • For added safety and flexibility during the pandemic, families and helpers might consider virtual services in some instances, e.g. tutoring and learning support via Zoom rather than in person.
  • In a typical school year, elementary schools offer before and after school child care for their students -- inquire at your child's school, and enroll early, as programs often need to start wait lists. For Ann Arbor Public Schools, visit their site.
  • Faculty and staff members are not eligible to register as Family Helpers.

With the Family Helpers Posting Board, current U-M students, recent U-M graduates, and benefits-eligible U-M retirees can:

Currently-affiliated U-M faculty, staff, and students can:

Approved Family Helpers can:

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.