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Our village is saying

Otter caregivers make more than $21/hour on average

“I got laid off a few months ago and being able to do this helped me pay my bills.”

Keisha, Caregiver
Mom of 1

“We found an awesome caregiver, our kids got to spend time with other kids, and we didn’t have to worry about safety”

Elisa, Careseeker
Mom of 2

It feels good to be rewarded for my work taking care of kids. I was doing this before but I wasn't getting paid and this feels really different.”

Jess, Caregiver
Mom of 2

“Our caregiver and her family feel like part of our family. I can’t imagine these past few months without Otter.”

Patricia, Careseeker
Mom of 2

“The matching process really helped me feel comfortable trusting our caregiver.”

Serenity, Careseeker
Mom of 2

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Helen Mayer founder story
The origin story

Helen Mayer founded Otter to help every family find their village.

Helen was raised by a stay-at-home mom and started Otter in 2020 while she was a stay-at-home parent to her toddler twins.

Helen Mayer
Helen Mayer

“I feel so lucky to get to tackle a problem I'm passionate about with people I admire.”