Free service connects OSU community with care providers

Oregon State University students, staff and faculty now have free access to Care.com, a website that offers access to area care providers for children, the elderly and pets. The university has signed a one-year contract with Care.com to provide free access for students and faculty, connecting them with providers in their local community and beyond.

In addition to care, members can find providers that will provide housekeeping services, errand running services and planning your child’s birthday party.

Stephanie Duckett, director of Childcare and Family Resources, said there was a gap in the services their office could provide in finding reliable, quality care providers.

“We also recognize that families come in all shapes and sizes and wanted an organization that reflected our own desires to be maximally inclusive,” she said. “We ultimately chose Care.com because their site was demonstrably inclusive of all the types of care one could need: eldercare, babysitting, pet care, housekeeping and more.”

An added bonus for OSU members is that most of the providers in the Corvallis area are OSU students.  The students have services to offer (often in their field of study) and are looking for some extra income to pay for tuition, housing and food.  OSU members can support those students by hiring them to provide the services they need.

If OSU members do not live in Corvallis or they have an elderly parent in another state, they can still use the Care.com services.  Care.com has providers all over the United States.  OSU members are able to search for providers by area code.

Users can post a job through Care.com, describing what services they need and times they need those services provided. Providers will respond to the post, and then the user can select the appropriate applicant.

To use the service, log on to http://www.care.com/osu  Sign up in with your ONID e-mail address and you will have instant access to providers in the Corvallis community.  You can request background checks on all the providers, listen to recorded interviews with references, see when they are available, what their qualifications are and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

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