When the world needs help most, it’s heartwarming to learn that people are stepping up to assist others.
In an effort to share a message of good news (to hopefully lift your spirits today), my friends at the Sway Group recently shared a list of companies and organizations providing FREE aid and services to help right now due to COVID-19. I’m continuing to add more resources to this growing list, as I hear about services or get messages from companies.
Feel free to share this with anyone who needs support. When we all help each other, we make the world a better place.
Entertainment & Fitness
- Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’
- Here’s how to try every major streaming service for free during the coronavirus quarantine
- Peleton is offering its fitness app free for 90 days. To inspire you to stay fit and healthy, use the app to do at-home workouts.
- Live Animal Cams: San Diego Zoo; Houston Zoo; Georgia Aquarium Beluga Whale; Smithsonian Zoo Elephants
- Download over 300,000 books from the New York Public Library for free
- As shared on NPR, “Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat. Planet Fitness is offering “Home Work-Ins” streamed live at 7 p.m. ET daily on its Facebook page.”
- NPR goes on to share news about sports entertainment programs. “Starting Friday, the National Hockey League is making all games played during the suspended 2019-2020 regular season available to stream on-demand. Additionally, the league launched “NHL Pause Binge” on its website and YouTube channel, allowing fans to view documentaries and “full-length classic NHL games dating from the 1950s to the present day. The NBA and NFL are providing similar offerings through NBA League Pass and NFL Game Pass.”
- As reported by NBC, “A new, free streaming service to enable churches to continue reaching their congregations during the COVID-19 restrictions has been developed by Church Web Works, a leading supplier of web services to churches across the United States. The advanced service, called Church Live, enables churches to put their services online as soon as this Sunday. An online giving service with no setup fee is included.”
- NEOU is an on-demand and live fitness streaming service built on a community of subscribers with workout and wellness classes for everything from dance to yoga to HIIT boot camp, dance, barre, yoga, Pilates, kettlebell, boxing, meditation and more. Workouts are instructed by elite trainers and available anytime, anywhere. Find beginner to advanced workouts, programs, and challenges to help you reach your individual goals. NEOU is offering 30 days of free access for those stuck at home during this time. This means unlimited streaming of on-demand fitness classes taught by elite trainers – everything from yoga to strength training to kickboxing to HIIT to NEO Kids. To redeem your free trial of NEOU, please click here. No credit card required.
- To help you keep your family entertained at home, Stingray is offering 3 of their entertainment apps for free for 1-month, including: Stingray Karaoke, Classica and Queel. Have a karaoke party with the fam at home, watch full-length concerts from top artists, or even catch up on the biggest opera and ballet from around the world. Stingray Karaoke can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Unlimited access to the entire song catalog is available until April 18, 2020. Stingray Qello can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play, Amazon and the Roku Store, and it is also available directly on the web at www.qello.com. Limited access to selected titles is available until April 18, 2020. Access to all titles on Stingray Classica is available for one month by visiting www.stingray.com/freemonthclassica and entering the gift code freeview.
- TheOptimal.Me wants to help you stay healthy and moving during this time of self-isolation. To help mid-lifers and senior citizens maintain their mobility and flexibility and help reduce the stress of self-isolation, they are offering 30 days of unlimited, online functional movement classes for free (no obligations, no credit card required).
Education, Personal Growth, and Higher Learning
- Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3 pm where they will highlight one of their animals and include an activity you can do from home with your children
- Education companies offering Free Subscriptions due to school closings
- Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed
- Raddish Kids – A cooking subscription box for kids. Giving out a free kit.
- My Little Sous – Free Kitchen Academy kit
- Extramarks to give free access to app until April 30
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Every day.
- As shared on AT&T’s website, AT&T Creates New $10M Distance Learning & Family Connections Fund. They state: “We created a new Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning. The fund also will provide resources to maintain meaningful connections and bonding opportunities for those isolated from family and friends. Our first contribution of $1 million will go to Khan Academy. This collaboration will improve and expand online learning resources to meet growing demand from parents, teachers, and students, including those who rely on free resources and need Khan Academy the most. It will also support the development of new resources designed specifically for COVID-19 school closures. With an estimated 47 million students now learning from home in the U.S. alone, Khan Academy is meeting a critical need. Our collaboration comes alongside a $1 million contribution from Google.org for this online learning initiative, as we both commit to supporting distance learning.”
- As reported by Yahoo, Yale University is offering free online enrollment to one of their most popular courses “The Science of Well-Being” by created by Laurie Santos, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Yale, starting today (March 20th). Learn skills on gratitude, happiness, and more. If you are in need of something positive to focus on right now, this is a great place to start. The online course will go for 4-weeks.
- As reported by CNN, “Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed. The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher. The website, which is divided into four sections based on grade level, currently has five days’ worth of content. An additional 15 days of content is on the way, Scholastic said in a news release. The courses provide approximately three hours of learning per day, including writing and research projects, virtual field trips, and geography challenges. The website is accessible on any device that has the internet and no sign up is required. It will remain free and open indefinitely, Scholastic said.”
Guardian Adventures is offering free online educational adventures for kids on April 3rd. “One of our first free public adventures is coming up which focuses on proper hygiene during a Zombie Virus Outbreak. We are using this fantasy element to help kids cope, discuss, and understand the importance of social distancing. Parents can access the event by going to the link here and filling out the form. We are also offering full-day Online Spring Break adventures with scholarships available for families who are experiencing financial hardship.”
- studio BE, which offers mindfulness training for corporations has opened its e-learning platform to assist right now. Because the need is urgent, they are waiving the portal set-up fee in order to make their content available as quickly as possible. They will provide you with two specialized trainings: one emphasizing resilience and the other focusing on steadiness, both qualities of particular value at this very moment. In addition to these courses, they will include a condensed library of guided meditations and micro-practices to support you at home or at work. All of these programs can be accessed today for free.
- The Pathways Pain Relief app is offering 30 days free access to all content and tools. Pathways offer a chronic pain therapy program, hundreds of meditations and mindfulness exercises, relaxing and energizing guided breathing routines, and more. You can download the app for free on the Apple AppStore or Google Play. Once you’ve registered an account, simply send an email to email@example.com and they’ll upgrade you.
- The language learning platform, Babbel, is offering those affected three months access for free to its app and platform, in any and all of its 14 languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English. To receive free three-month access, students (or their parents or guardian) need only apply via this link using a valid school email addresses:https://welcome.babbel.com/en/student-discount/ They will receive a coupon code for 3 free months. The Babbel app is available on iOS, Android, and desktop.
- Student Success Agency, a digital platform impacting 25,000 students from 150 schools across the country with advising, tutoring, and guidance anywhere anytime from their cell phones is offering FREE virtual student support services through the end of the year in these key areas: tutoring & homework, SAT/ACT prep, college scholarship advising, essay writing, and strategies for adjusting to at-home learning. More info can be found here: https://studentsuccess.co/support/
- In an effort to help families deal with this crisis, Resility Health is offering a new series of guided meditations and lessons to reduce stress and build resilience that we are preparing to release to help people manage stress and anxiety about the virus. They know that the coronavirus threat is creating a great deal of stress and anxiety, and it’s important that we manage our body’s response. They have released the new series on our mobile app and they are free to anyone who downloads our app (iOS and Android).
- Rosetta Stone Inc. has announced it will be giving three months of free language learning to all elementary, middle and high school students worldwide. That means parents who are looking for more homeschool hours and less time glued to Tiktok videos, can rejoice! Parents/students can visit www.rosettastone.com/freeforstudents to claim a free subscription for a language of their choice. Language learning exposes children to new cultures and opens their minds to new experiences and can be a welcome respite for parents looking for something new and educational to do with their children during this time.
- This week, thousands of teachers across the country are preparing for a new way of learning: virtual education. With bumps in the road expected, a Colorado tech company is offering its services for free. The work Code Blue Computing does will be done remotely, and the business plans to offer help on a range of issues that could be encountered. If you need to use its services, managing partner and president, Jeri Morgan, asks that you contact them through their website at https://codebluecomputing.com
Unhustle™ wants to help ease your fear, overwhelm and anxiety and begin your way of living based on courage, simplicity, well-being, joy, and purpose. Access short daily videos with practical advice on how to survive and thrive personally and professionally during this crisis and beyond. To learn more, visit https://unhustle.com/reset/
One Year No Beer (OYNB) is a behavior change platform offering community and behavior change support for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol. Built on the foundations of the M.E.N.D approach (Mindfulness, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!), we deliver daily content to our members offering leading habit change techniques, positive psychology and guidance to help them replace their existing drinking habits, with a refreshed, positive mindset. Since launching in 2015, we have helped over 70,000 people worldwide and proudly welcome thousands more every month. If you or someone you know is working on alcohol addiction recovery, their service can help. They are currently setting up free 30-day access to their Alcohol-Free challenge, and adapting the program to be more relatable in the current scenario.
- ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is offering free services right now to prostate cancer patients and their families across the nation during these trying times. These virtual support services are especially crucial as cancer patients are at a high-risk for COVID-19, and thus unable to attend support groups or medical visits. More info can be found on social media at fb.com/zerocancer and twitter.com/zerocancer. For comprehensive patient support that includes insurance case management and other financial assistance, ZERO360 is just a toll-free phone call away.
- To assist you with stress management, HearMe allows anyone to instantaneously text with an empathetic listener—trained volunteers who can understand what members may be experiencing and want to be there for them. Listeners go through specialized training to learn effective strategies commonly used in counseling, doctor-patient relationships, and crisis interventions. You can download the app for FREE from the iOS App Store or Google Play.
- For those trying to juggle working from home while homeschooling kids, artist & environmentalist, Katherine Homes, is offering her digitally traced designs as free coloring page downloads. To access, visit: https://www.katherinehomes.com/collections/coloring-pages?mc_cid=bca79d2e42&mc_eid=1d43c68848
- Jaime Pfeffer, a meditation expert and happiness coach, is offering a free morning meditation for people stressed-out by COVID-19. The meditation, called Jumpstart Your Day, is an 11:44-guided visualization designed to help users create a wonderful day.
- If you want to learn how to code, CodeCademy: Offering 10,000 scholarships for their Pro membership plan to learn to code online.
- Brainly is opening up their free plan to unlimited questions, giving all students equal access to their platform at no cost. Now students can get the homework help they need from peers who understand the content. Online, for free.
Business & Connectivity
- Comcast is opening the Xfinity WiFi network nationally for free, waiving late fees, and helping low-income families get connected.
- Spectrum to offer free broadband and WiFi to students without it
- Zoom is giving K-12 schools their video conferencing tools for free
- Microsoft’s solution for COVID-19 is a free Teams subscription for six months
- As shared in a media announcement via email, “American cybersecurity firm, PC Matic, announced that the company will offer its suite of cybersecurity and remote-management tools free of charge to California K-12 schools utilizing e-learning in response to the ongoing threats of COVID-19. Additionally, the company announced it would extend this offer to California non-profit organizations that are aiding in COVID-19 relief efforts. Schools or non-profit organizations that are interested in utilizing this solution should visit www.pcmatic.com/covid19 for more information.”
- Zoho’s Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance is for existing customers and today’s press release is below for more information. For new small business sign-ups, Zoho launched Remotely, a virtual productivity platform of 11 collaboration applications, provided to businesses of all sizes around the world for free, so that companies could effectively make the transition to remote work. Since its release, more than 5,000 new companies are running on the platform, and that number is increasing every day. Zoho has seen an average of 500% growth in usage of our collaboration apps and 1,000% growth in daily new users of Zoho Meeting.
- PoP! Communications is offering free 45-minute coaching calls (via Zoom/Skype/WhatsApp) to help struggling authors on ideas and strategies for book promotion & content marketing. To schedule a consultation, connect /message Sarah on social media to schedule.
- To assist small businesses with their websites, Yael Consulting (which has over a decade of Google Ads consulting experience) is currently offering free 30-minute consulting sessions. During the sessions, they can point out the biggest issues your website is making with Google Ads, help you fix these issues and teach you how to continue to improve your account on your own. They will also share creative ideas to help your business online during this time. To sign-up for a free session, just visit Yael Consulting’s website and click on the red banner on top and fill out your information. You should receive a response within 24-hours.
Integrate Agency is offering FREE communication/marketing consultation to any business owner in need through March 30th. With so many changes happening quickly, it is a great resource to be able to talk through communication plans, pivoting marketing to digital-based tactics, etc. Business owners interested can schedule a consultation here. They can help you find virtual and digital marketing solutions that can help your business thrive during this time of unique uncertainty.
The COVID-19 Communications Hotline, created by REED Public Relations, is offering COVID-19 communications counseling for FREE through a 45-minute Zoom video conference call. A member of their crisis communications team will answer burning questions and talk strategy. They can assist your company with a communications strategy to help your business during this challenging time.
- To offer support in this difficult time, password manager Dashlane is providing 3 months of free Dashlane Premium subscriptions for any new individuals who need a password manager and password sharing. This also applies to Dashlane Business subscriptions for corporate accounts. You can use their system to put all your passwords, payments, and personal info in one place, logging you in instantly to the websites and apps you use daily and letting you fly through forms when filling in the information, making the internet easier than ever to access.
- Lead From Anywhere is a group founded by Julie Bee of BeeSmart Social Media. They created a Facebook group to give small business owners and entrepreneurs tips and tricks to lead from anywhere. They are discussing culture, leadership, and telecommuting tools to help get through this time. All of the content is completely free, and Julie is sharing her experience as a business owner that can lead from anywhere.
Kangaroo – the company making home security widely accessible, easy to use and more affordable than ever – is making available now a program designed to provide security to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, free of charge. Knowing how many SMBs have been impacted by COVID-19, Kangaroo is offering free security products to help those who may be unable to be physically present at their location, but still want to ensure the business they worked so hard to build will be protected. Business owners receive a free security kit along with free service that includes professional-monitoring via Kangaroo’s Complete premium service for three months at no charge (all shipping costs will also be covered by Kangaroo).
Brightest is doing free match-making between COVID-19 relief organizations who need support/help and people who can help, volunteer, or offer resources. They are also offering their software free for 6 months to any mutual aid network, non-profit or group/project fighting COVID-19. To learn more, click this link.
- To help business owners, creative agency Reicura is offering a free 20-minute consultation on sales & marketing strategies for small businesses suffering from a downturn during this period. They are providing guidance on how they can pivot in the areas of marketing, PR, advertising, and social media.
- If you or someone you know owns a restaurant, here is a service that can help. The restaurant reservation and rewards platform Seated instituted a help hotline to support restaurant operators during this crippling time for the industry. Restaurant operators will now have access to free counsel from a team of experts including Cohn Reznick, the leading finance and accounting advisor to the hospitality industry, and Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, the leading law firm to the hospitality industry. The team will be answering questions and providing business advice to help operators navigate these turbulent waters and prepare for recovery.
- The tech platform wellnessirl.com is a monthly membership club where healthcare providers can find events, products, and services geared towards reducing and eliminating stress and burnout. This platform will also assist with stimulating the economy for small local businesses introducing them to the community of healthcare providers. In an effort to help small businesses during this time they are waiving all fees.
- To help your business during this “work from home” period, for a limited time only, Wundamail is giving away their work from home software FREE to any business or organization that needs it. Their software is purpose-built for managing people remotely and will keep your team on track in the coming weeks.
- All companies, but especially small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need to start thinking of the PR implications of coronavirus (officially known as COVIDー19) and any potential business impacts, risks or crisis scenarios. Z Group PR is offering free social media audits and publicity plans for businesses in order to help them market their way through a downturn.
- To help US-based small businesses keep safe from cyberattacks, such as ransomware, ProvenData.com has launched the COVID-19 Relief Campaign for Small Businesses. Through this initiative, Proven Data is offering free security consultations for small businesses to help them determine how cyber threats may affect their organization and cyber safety. They are encouraging small businesses to be proactive and understand the cyber risks that are elevated in the wake of COVID-19. Additionally, they are extending ransomware recovery services to hospitals for free to show their support.
- Parabo Press wants to help you celebrate the positive things in life by way of printing up photographs. They say “We want to do what we can during this scary time for our little planet, by encouraging everyone to keep celebrating their best moments and memories. So, we are offering a free set of our bestselling 4″ Square Prints to anyone who needs a reminder to focus on the positive! We’re giving away one free set of 20 Square Prints to anyone who uses the coupon code HAPPY through the end of April.”
General & Financial
- Alibaba’s Jack Ma joins Twitter and his first tweet is about donating masks and coronavirus test kits to the US.
- UHAUL is giving away free 30-day storage to college students
- Igloo is going to donate 100% of profits from the sale of all Playmate coolers on igloocoolers.com for the next month to the CDC Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund
- As reported by WMC Action News 5 “Amid the coronavirus outbreak in the Mid-South, United Way has arranged a way for people to get help with their taxes – without leaving their car. Starting March 24, everyone who qualifies for Free Tax Prep with an individual or family income of $54,000 or less in 2019 can file their taxes using a low-risk drive-thru, drop-off service. Although the tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15, everyone should still be preparing to file – if they haven’t already.” Check with your local United Way about services available.
- As reported by Yahoo, government officials are trying to get funds to Americans in need via an economic stimulus bill. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his plan. Within the nearly 250-page bill is a proposal that would send up to $1,200 per person in a one-time payment. There would be an additional $500 per child. The payments would be based on income, so individuals making up to $75,000 annually ($150,000 in the case of a married joint return) would get the full $1,200. Income is defined as wages, Social Security benefits, and any pension income. It appears that potential recipients would have the option of using their income from either 2018 or 2019 to calculate the benefits they receive. The payments would gradually decline for individuals making between $75,000 and $99,000. Anyone making over $99,000 (or a family making over $198,000) would not get a check. The plan will “put cash in the hands of the American people,” McConnell said. “The Senate is not going anywhere until we take action.””
- As shared in a media announcement via email, “On Monday, March 23, Boma Global will host COVID-19 Summit, an online 20-hour live streaming event about the local and international impacts of COVID-19, convening leading financial, technology and health experts from 10 countries on five continents. This unprecedented virtual event will illuminate the early lessons of this epidemic and explore specific plans of action to address it and is free of charge to the public and members of the media. Facebook and Zoom will make this program available on their platforms at no-cost to all viewers worldwide. Confirmed speakers for the Boma COVID-19 Summit feature leaders in the specific fields of microbiology, infectious diseases, and bioluminescence, as well as recognized leaders in technology, policy, and business. Confirmed speakers include Frédéric Bizard, Dr. Larry Brilliant, Dr. Daniel Kraft, Dr. Divya Chander, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, Professor David Murdoch, and Dr. Rich Kuder. To register for the event, sign up at this LINK.”
- Every person hired in the U.S. is required to show employment verification documents in-person to their new employer who must complete an I-9. When the Department of Homeland Services announced on Friday that those working from home could temporarily accept documents by email, fax or video, it freed businesses working from home — who wanted to hire but weren’t willing to risk their health or lives to look at documents in-person — to hire. Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute (CICI), which trains businesses on I-9 compliance, immediately put together a free webinar on how to follow the new rules and policy free to those who attend. An email to CICI clients on Friday resulted in a flood of hundreds of registrations nearly filling the first “I-9 Compliance and Onboarding Under Threat of COVID-19” webinar. The webinars will be taught by lawyers who are leading experts in the corporate immigration compliance field, including nationally renowned attorney Mira Mdivani (who has written three books on I-9 compliance), Danielle Atchison, and Leyla McMullen. CICI will continue to offer free webinars as long as there is demand. For more information, visit HERE. To register for the 2 p.m. CDT March 27, 31 or April 2 webinars, email your name and company to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To help retirees who may now be wondering what is the best way forward in such a volatile market, Kindur— a financial technology company dedicated to helping Baby Boomers feel prepared moving into retirement, has opened up a free hotline for anyone in need of guidance. Schedule a free 15-minute call with a retirement advisor at Kindur, text Kindur at (800) 961-3572 with questions, and visit their Facebook page as they are hosting daily events on Facebook Live (@MyKindur) starting March 19th at 1:00 PM EST to answer any questions.
- DailyPay, the leading provider of the daily pay benefit, announced it is waiving fees for access to earned income, effective this week. DailyPay has coordinated this multi-million dollar effort for all employees of companies who offer DailyPay; the waived fees will be in effect until further notice. DailyPay users can now access their earned pay at zero cost without having to wait for the company-defined payday. For companies not yet working with DailyPay, they invite you to join the DailyPayNation movement at zero cost and enable your employees to have immediate access to their funds today. This is a great benefit to small businesses who are having cash flow challenges.
- To assist you with job-hunting, The Job Sauce is offering free resume feedback to job seekers at all levels, from recent graduate to executive. Layoffs have started and they want to help professionals be prepared for their next career move, whether it’s their choice or not.
Credit card expert, Sally French of the Wirecutter Money (a NY Times publication) provides guidance via this free resource for people who can’t pay their credit card bills due to the Coronavirus. She spoke directly with representatives of major banks to summarize which services each one is offering for their customers, such as American Express, BoA, Chase, and Discover to name a few. In addition, they explain why banks are being helpful at this time, what to do if your bank isn’t on the list, and what to know about minimum payments. Readers will walk away with a firm understanding of what to do should they run into financial trouble with their credit cards during this time.
Health & Food
- Disneyland will donate all of its excess food to a local charity during the park’s temporary closure
- CBS 4 Indiana reports that “Burger King is trying to help ease parents’ stress of trying to feed their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on Monday (3/23/20), the restaurant chain will offer two free kids meals for every adult meal ordered. Meals must be purchased online or through the app. Burger King says customers can redeem the offer one time every day through April 6.”
- One of the most powerful tools at our disposal and a few things we can control right now is the food we put into our bodies. During the COVID-19, when heath is paramount, ZEST Nutrition is offering a limited number of free 20-minute virtual nutrition appointments with a Registered Dietitian to residents of AZ, CA, CO, MI, NJ, & VA. Appointments can be booked at www.ZESTNutritionService.com/services
- SimplyDoc is offering its single license telehealth service for free for 30 days, allowing physicians to quickly set up and hold HIPAA compliant video calls with patients without taking on the additional expense. Telehealth is the best way to triage possible coronavirus cases, as well as to offer continuity of care to all patients during the COVID-19 outbreak without risking the health of the patient, provider, clinic staff, or the general population.
As I continue to learn about more aid and services available, I will add those findings to this list. During this challenging time period, I encourage you to do your best to stay positive, be proactive in helping yourself, your family, and your community, and keep moving forward. Always remember, you are stronger than you even realize. Wishing you all wellness, health, and blessings.