“Step Up to Sit” babysitting program

The United Way of the Bemidji Area and Greater Bemidji have partnered to match workers in need of child care with available babysitters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release, the “Step Up to Sit” program was launched in Rochester, Minn., by two sisters, who designed a website that matches babysitters with parents. Greater Bemidji and the United Way have partnered with the program creators to bring the resource to the Bemidji area.

Individual babysitters will be matched to one single family, which limits potential transmission and allows workers to do their jobs.

The program is currently recruiting babysitters and registering families who need babysitting.

In order to participate, interested babysitters or parents can sign up at the Step Up to Sit website.

Babysitters can volunteer their time or choose to charge for their services. Payment will be arranged independent of this site between families and babysitters.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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