In response to the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing regulations, many companies are offering up their services for free to help make life a little easier during these strange and difficult times. Below you will find a list of some great resources to take advantage of while staying safe-at-home.
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is allowing free access to a library of hundreds of titles. These stories offer a screen-free option that may help break up the day for families with students home from school. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.
Genially allows you to create stunning presentations, infographics and more in just seconds. In response to COVID-19 they have made over 150 premium templates accessible for free.
Through May 31st SiriusXM is offering free streaming to hundreds of channels, including commercial-free music, sports, news, talk and entertainment.
It can be difficult to maintain your physical and mental health while being cooped up at home. The following fitness companies are providing free access to their resources to help you maintain your physical and mental health while social distancing.
- At-home workout videos from Gold’s Gym through May 31st.
- Nightly workouts on the Planet Fitness Facebook page.
- Online yoga classes from Core Power Yoga
- Yoga, HIIT, and Barre classes via Down Dog fitness mobile apps through July 1st.
RightNow Media is offering free access to a limited video library to help support spiritual development during the COVID-19 crisis. You can also check with your church to see if they offer full access to the RightNow Media complete library.
Video game software development company Unity is offering free access to Unity Learn Premium through June 20th. The package includes interactive lessons, tutorials and projects for learning game development. Unity is also delivering free virtual classes through Create with Code Live for anyone interested in learning to code. No experience required!
LinkedIn is offering free learning courses on setting yourself up for success while working remotely. Lessons cover a slew of topics including time management, mastering online work platforms, and caring for your mental health.
Scribd is offering free 30 day access to their library of millions of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles and more! No credit card or commitment required.
Apple is offering a commitment-free 90 day trial of unlimited streaming on Apple Music. Stream ad-free radio shows, concerts, and a library of over 60 million songs.
Starz is running a special promotion for their premium subscription service allowing you to access to their extensive library of hit movies and TV shows at only $4.99/month for three months.
Global Citizen has partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring a series of free live-streamed concerts to viewers called “Together, At Home”. The series kicked off with Coldplay’s Chris Martin performing a virtual solo concert on Instagram, taking requests from the audience. Since then, multitudes of artists joined the cause, including John Legend, OneRepublic, Camila Cabello and Lady Gaga.
The NFL is offering free access to the NFL Game Pass now through May 31st. Content includes replays of NFL games from 2009 to 2019 as well as original NFL programming and access to the NFL films archives.
Online Library Resources
Although many public libraries are closed temporarily, their online options are still active and accessible. If you do not have a library card you can use the Libby by Overdrive mobile app to get an instant library card and access thousands of free ebooks and audiobooks. You can also access free books, movies, software, and more from libraries around the world through Internet Archive.
The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Atlantic, the Seattle Times, and the Napa Valley Register are all allowing non-subscribers free access to coronavirus-related content. Some of these sites may require readers to create an account to access the content. Fox is offering free, unlimited new access during the COVID-19 crisis, no subscription or authentication required.