How do I find a worker?

The answers you find here are intended to serve as suggested best practices for domestic employment, and have been crafted by Hand in Hand with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. They are designed to help you take steps toward creating a mutually beneficial domestic employment relationship—and help set a framework for conversations with the domestic worker(s) you employ. Please understand that these suggested best practices may differ based on the particular domestic employment relationship and that these possible best practices do not constitute legal advice.

There are many ways to go about hiring a domestic worker.

Check out the list of National Domestic Workers Alliance-affiliated worker-run hiring halls and coops, which can be found in a growing number of cities. Check to see if your home city has a hiring hall or co-op in the list below.

Turn to trusted sources, such as friends, family, or people within your network who have the same care and employment needs as you, and can provide relevant advice and support.

Check out community listserves; current and future employers, especially parent employers, will often post information about domestic worker opportunities on these lists, including nanny shares.

And if none of these options work, email us at

Here’s the list of NDWA-affiliated worker hiring halls and co-ops:


Graton: Graton Day Labor Center,

Los Angeles: IDEPSCA, Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California

Oakland & San Francisco: Mujeres Unidas y ActivasCaring Hands Workers Association 

San Francisco: La Colectiva de Mujeres


Denver: Centro Humanitario


Atlanta: Atlanta Domestic Workers Alliance, (646)334-9503


Boston/Allston: Brazilian Women’s Group

New York

Hempstead: Unity Housecleaners Cooperative, (516) 565-5377

NYC: Apple Eco-Cleaning,

 Si Se Puede! (718)633-4823

Staten Island: Las Mujeres de Santa Maria,

Washington State

Seattle: CASA Latina


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