10 Free Entertainment / Educational Resources During COVID

If there is a silver lining to the global pandemic we’re facing, it’s the public display of generosity we’ve seen on the news and in our social media feeds almost every day.

From large corporations to small-town businesses, companies and individuals are doing what they can to help us all make it through these never-before-seen days.

While you’ve probably stumbled across many on your own, here are ten resources available free now that weren’t just several weeks ago.

  1. HBO has made 500 hours of programming available for free for a limited time. Watch shows like The Sopranos, Veep, and The Wire, free.
  2. Pure Barre exercise studio is offering Pure Barre On Demand free for 30 days with code EXTENDEDTRIAL.
  3. Coursera is offering more than 400 free Ivy League courses for a limited time during the COVID-19 outbreak. Enroll by July 31, 2020.
  4. Scholastic is offering free, daily online courses on its recently launched “Learn at Home” website for students from pre-K to grades six and higher.
  5. Audible is giving kids everywhere instant access to an incredible collection of stories that will help them learn, dream, and just being kids.
  6. NFL Game Pass is offering free access until the end of May. Watch original programming and games from 2009 – 2019.
  7. PBS Learning Media now includes full films in its “Ken Burns in the Classroom” Hub. Enjoy The Civil War, The Dust Bowl, The War, The Roosevelts, Jazz, College Behind Bars, and The National Parks.
  8. Amazon is offering new and returning readers a two-month free subscription to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited — a library with more than a million free titles.
  9. Sling TV is offering free access to select on-demand movies, television shows, and ABC News Live.
  10. PBS Kids, every parents’ first stop for commercial-free, education-focused programming, has temporarily removed the need to create a login to watch the PBS Kids app.

Enjoy these generous offers while you can! Some may remain free or discounted after the pandemic ends, but others are available for a limited time only.

If I can be of any help to you or your family during this time, please do not hesitate to call me.

Best Regards,

Jack

Need to smile… again? :)

Since my last email highlighting positive news stories, I’ve been on a mission to find even more anecdotes to share with you. If you’re anything like me, you could use a regular dose of “good” amidst the steady diet of discouragement and uncertainty.

 

So grab the popcorn, a soda, and a comfortable seat, and check out another batch of soul-strengthening news that will restore your faith in the human spirit. Let these stories remind you and your kids, once again, there is good to be found in our big, wide world — pandemic or no pandemic.

 

  1. Have you seen the latest episode from John Krasinski’s YouTube channel Some Good News? His weekly show has become wildly popular and shares some of the most uplifting stories from folks around the world during the pandemic. It’s definitely worth your time.

  2. One Winter Park, Florida mom has taken to the streets (or sidewalks, rather)  to spread cheer to her neighbors with amusing messages from beloved cartoon characters.

  3. A creative and practical way to care for nurses and doctors, RVs 4 MDs, a Facebook group, is connecting RV owners with frontline healthcare workers to provide nurses, doctors, and staff members exposed to COVID-19 a safe place to sleep while isolating from their families.

  4. A taxi driver in Spain recently received a standing ovation and a generous cash gift from doctors and nurses to thank him for faithfully transporting Coronavirus patients free-of-charge to the local hospital.

  5. Hit a few hiccups working from home? You’re not alone. Lizet Ocampo, the department head at a nonprofit called People For the American Way, recently went viral for turning herself into a potato on a work video call — and she couldn’t figure out how to turn it off.

  6. Grandma Terry — you gotta love her. The 89-year-old Chicago, Illinois resident sewed masks for 50 of her closest family and friends mailing them all over the country with a handwritten note. She then enlisted the help of others to make 600 more masks for neighbors. What’s even more endearing? She did all while listening to the Beatles.

  7. On Easter Monday, residents in one of the hardest-hit cities when it comes to the coronavirus were given a real reason to smile — residents in the Big Apple just needed to look up.

  8. The sign said, “No Visitors Allowed.” But that didn’t stop one adoring husband from supporting his wife during a recent chemotherapy treatment at the local hospital.

  9. Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of several grocery chains in the South, surprised healthcare workers with free groceries as a way to say thanks for their dedication to caring for patients on the frontlines.

  10. Nurses in Nashville had a ten-minute break before they had to rush back to their floor. What did they decide to do? Pray, of course.

 

I hope you and your family are well and that these funny and uplifting stories provide you at least ten great reasons to smile.

 

Hang in there and stay safe,

10 Ways to Support Local Businesses

It’s no surprise local businesses are struggling.  With stay-at-home orders, school closures, and guidelines limiting group gatherings, small businesses are facing hard decisions as they try to stay afloat.

 

If you’re able, here are several ways you can actively support commerce in your community.

  1. Purchase gift cards or certificates now for personal use later, or get a headstart on holiday gifts for friends and family
  2. Leave a review on Yelp, Google, or Facebook. Let others know how much you enjoy and appreciate a certain local restaurant or service provider.
  3. Think local before placing an order with Amazon or another online retailer. Many local shops would be happy to take your order over the phone and ship goods to your home.
  4. Order carry-out for your family. Consider going in with neighbors to place a larger-than-normal order.
  5. Begin future home improvement projects now as you have time at home. Enlist local contractors and service providers.
  6. Don’t assume businesses are closed. A quick phone call is all it takes to see how your favorite businesses are adapting to the current crisis.
  7. Google “support local businesses” and the name of your town or community to find area-specific initiatives.
  8. If possible, continue to pay your cleaning people, hairstylist, nanny, etc.
  9. Tip generously on take-out and delivery orders.
  10. Make a donation. Although not typical, a cash donation goes a long way and lets your local owners know you care.

When the dust has settled from these uncertain days, you want your community to emerge strong, united, and confident.

 

Social distancing is vital, but you can also bless and encourage local businesses from the comfort and safety of your home. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse, a short phone call, and a generous heart.

 

Stay well,

Jack

You Can Reach Me Throughout the Entire COVID-19 Emergency

It’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing headlines and information surrounding the coronavirus. Headlines in recent days include “Shelter in Place” or “Stay at Home” orders asking citizens to remain at their home unless they need to leave for essential activities and work. And who or what are considered essential?

At the time of this writing, Governor Cooper has not issued a state wide “shelter in place” order but a number of NC Counties including Wake(Raleigh), Mecklenburg(Charlotte) and Guilford(Greensboro) have done so. So if you’re personally impacted by an order or not sure whether your insurance question is “essential”, don’t worry about it.

Either way, we’re here. I hope this gives you peace of mind that I am available today — and will be available tomorrow, to speak with you throughout the duration of this crisis. Our office may temporarily be closed, but I am working remotely to serve you however I can.

Best Regards,

Jack

Going Stir Crazy(Yet)?

What a time for family bonding! 🙂 and as we go into week 2, I thought it’d be helpful to share something more light-hearted than the typical news you’re getting.

I want to pass along along some fun activities to keep the kids busy in case you or someone you know is stuck at home being an employee, teacher, and [grand]parent all at the same time.

Activities

  • Help them make a daily schedule for activities (breakfast, reading, outdoor time, chores, math, online-learning, screentime, supper, etc)
  • Put toys in tupperware, add water, and freeze overnight. The next day, let the kids use salt and warm water to extract their toys!
  • Cook with your kids to show them process, practice measurements, and even cut the meal in half to practice fractions!
  • Go on a scavenger hunt in the yard! “Look for something: soft, red, fuzzy, round, etc”
  • Collect various leaves and rocks from the yard. When you get inside do a bit of online research to identify their names!
  • Have them try https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
  • Put “price tags” on various household items. Have your kids take inventory on the items. You can use different colored tags for different children!
  • Create a budget with your kids! Give them a weekly/monthly/annual salary. From there, help them think through different types of expenses. Depending on their age, decide if realistic prices or simple prices in 10’s-5’s are more appropriate.

Educational resources?

Hamilton Group Funding Referrals Provide 1100 Meals to the community

Just In: Hamilton Group Funding Referrals Provide 1100 Meals to the community.
Simply By referring eight families purchasing homes last month, the Hamilton Group Funding Mortgage team helped provide meals to the community with money donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, their chosen charity.
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New Charity Referrals

None of us are Bill and Melinda Gates, billionaire philanthropists, but allof us can do something to make the world a better place. Navigate Agency will do its part! Announcing the Navigate Agency Charity Referral Program…a small gesture… to make the world a better place. If you refer someone (or yourself) and agree to evaluate your current insurance with us, we will make a donation to a charity of your choice. No purchase necessary! Social responsibility starts with us and we are excited to start building community one quote at a time. Won’t you join us?