From free coffee to life insurance, businesses are offering some great deals for those working on the COVID-19 front lines.
The coronavirus pandemic has come to dominate 2020 in ways no one could have imagined. And for the nurses, clinicians, paramedics and everyone else on the front lines, the impact is even more dramatic. For these workers, exhausting shifts, frustrating lack of resources and extended time away from loved ones have all become parts of daily life.
To help ease the pain for these workers, and to honor their service, many of the nation’s favorite brands have come together to offer a series of pretty appealing perks. From free coffee to special access to Microsoft’s AccountGuard data protection, here’s a quick rundown of how to accept their thanks by grabbing some of the special deals set up for you, available all across the country.
Special Offers for COVID-19 Health Workers
“Inspired by the generosity of our partners (employees), we are offering all front-line responders a free tall brewed coffee at participating stores in the US,” tweeted Starbucks.
Front-line responders include not only nurses, clinicians and paramedics, but also police officers, firefighters and researchers, points out ClickOrlando’s Michelle Ganley, who goes on to run down some other cool offers available for healthcare workers on a nationwide basis:
- Free donuts from Krispy Kreme, every Monday through May 11
- 20% off any burger and fries at Steak ‘n Shake through April 7
- Free rides for front-line healthcare workers from Uber, which includes patients’ homes as well as care facilities
- Free footwear from the new “A Free Pair for Healthcare” from Crocs — free shipping included!
Roadside Services from AAA
AAA is offering free roadside assistance and services to front-line healthcare workers during the end of April, which includes tire changes, jump starts, tows, battery service, fuel delivery and other emergency needs.
The offer is available for AAA non-members, who can call 833-222-3284 for assistance 24 hours, seven days a week, reports Nashville’s WSMV-TV. Those who take the AAA up on the offer are asked to follow some basic safety precautions, like follow current social distancing guidelines and avoiding shaking hands with service techs.
Wireless Service from AT&T/FirstNet
Front-line nurses and doctors are eligible for three months of free wireless service on FirstNet, AT&T’s network for first responders. This special offer is designed to help ensure not just the continuity of caregiver communications, but also the day-to-day needs of front-line health workers are given due priority.
Created because of recommendations from the 9/11 Commission to keep the public safety lines of communications as open as possible at any given time — especially during a crisis — FirstNet’s users include paramedics, firefighters, police officers, and everyone involve in emergency management.
Access to Advanced Account Protection from Microsoft
Microsoft’s highest level of online protection is being made available at no cost to healthcare providers, as well as those who work for human rights and humanitarian organizations, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Often used by politicians, AccountGuard offers thorough security for commonly used software, services and apps like Office 365, Outlook.com and Hotmail.
The company made the offer while warning that “most of the attacks on healthcare organizations during the coronavirus pandemic have been executed through email,” writes Christine Fisher for Verizon Media’s Engadget.
More Offers Available Locally
To get these deals, you can expect to be asked to show your work ID or employee pass. And this isn’t all, either — a lot of similar offers can be found from the businesses in your neighborhood, as this rundown of free stuff for health workers in St. Louis makes clear. A quick Google search should show you what’s available in your local area.
Scooter Rides for Healthcare Workers in D.C.
In Washington, D.C., healthcare workers can get free 30-minute rides on Lime scooters, which are returning to the District after a brief hiatus. A scaled-down presence will see 50 scooters made available in “areas where people need it the most,” reports Marcella Robertson for WUSA-TV.
“I think it’s the least we can do as a company to make sure we’re showing our appreciate to them and making sure they can get to and from where they need to go,” said Lime’s Robert Gardner. “We’re doing everything humanly possible to make sure our vehicles are clean safe and not transmitting COVID 19.”
Life Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts & Connecticut
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has announced a new program to provide “free term life insurance to the brave and resilient frontline healthcare workers across Massachusetts and Connecticut risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company stated in a recent news release.
The program, which covers workers actively employed at licensed hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency settings in the two New England States, offers “no-cost policies of up to $25,000.”
“We can never repay healthcare workers for their selfless efforts during this crisis, but by helping them protect their loved ones, we hope we can contribute to their peace of mind as they work to protect us all,” said the company’s CEO.
Looking for a Chance to Fight COVID-19?
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