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6 Tools Your Team Needs to Work From Home

Tools are what help you get things done. Whether your office is closed for the day, or your job is primarily remote, these free online resources below make it easier than ever to work from home!

Asana 

Asana is a great app for looking at projects on a bigger scale. Divide your projects into smaller task lists, specify deadlines and communicate in real-time on the app itself. Add your entire team to your project to get a full-scale view so everyone is in-the-know. You have access to create reports and process insights, as well as balance privacy and transparency. This means if you have a client, you can include them on that specific project and are able to run reports to show the progress of their project. 

Basecamp

On Basecamp, divide all of your work into projects and assign them to team members. It is a great virtual toolkit with checklists that make it easy to watch projects move towards completion. There are also message channels so your team or client can talk in real-time. Keep your projects organized by utilizing folders and tabs that are easy to create and find. To-do lists keep you on track and are helpful letting your team know what is due, who is supposed to complete it and the deadline. Basecamp also has an app, so you are able to access all its content even on the go!

Google Drive and Google Hangouts

The services that Google offers never seem to end. Google Drive gives you 15GB of free space and is compatible with numerous file types. You are able to share, store and create documents as well as backup your computer files. Google Hangouts is a free messaging, voice and video chat service. With this tool you are able to hold conferences, meetings and share your screen all in real time. If your team already works with Google, then these two services are perfect for working remotely. Both of these apps are also available on your phone making being organized easier than ever!

Slack

Slack is a great resource that combines the services you and your team already use in the office! The app sorts your different topics of conversation into channels, so it is simple for your team to access information anywhere at any time. With their latest biggest redesign, it is even easier to use and is made for mass remote working. With this tool, you won’t slack on communication!

Zoom

Similar to Google Hangout, Zoom is another great free video conferencing service. It also offers other services like personal video chat conference rooms, a cloud system and personalized apps. So whether you are hosting a meeting or joining, Zoom offers the solution for your company.

Milanote

Milanote is an online visual board that helps your projects stay organized. Their easy-to-use tools include notes and task lists, uploading and sharing photos and videos, saving text, images and videos from the web and more! You can also upload notes and photos on the go from your phone, so they are ready to use when you log back in on your computer. You can arrange your visual boards any way you like with their drag and drop tool. Whether you want to have your own personal board or a shared board with your team, you can do both with Milanote! Creative professionals from Facebook, Nike, Google, Apple, Adobe and more use this tool to keep their big projects organized and on track.

Working from home can either benefit your productivity or decrease it. Don’t let a crisis or day at home slow you down! Utilize these six tools and their services, and you and your team will be sure to not fall behind. Now, see what you can get done!

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Restaurants That Offer Free Meals for Children During Coronavirus Shutdown

As more coronavirus cases are confirmed in the United States, both colleges and schools are shutting their doors. Many local businesses agree that this is an important time to be putting your family first. The restaurants listed below will be offering free meals upon the school systems closing this week.

Chicken Salad Chick: Kids aged 12 and younger eat free on Mondays while the school system is closed. This deal can be for dine-in or takeout; the restaurant only requests that the child be present.

It’s All Greek to Me: Students ages 14 and under are allowed to eat for free Monday through Friday between the 12pm and 1pm time block. Their menu choices include macaroni and cheese, or chicken soup with chips. Located in downtown Fairhope, It’s All Greek to Me will be open its regular hours from Monday through Sunday, 11am to 9pm.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Sushi: The Tillman’s Corner and Foley locations are offering kids ages 12 and younger a free meal off the kids’ menu beginning March 19th and until April 3rd. See store for details. 

Honey Baked Ham: Fairhope (251-928-7362) & Foley (251-923-4361): Any day that schools are closed on Wednesday, come in and grab a free kid’s boxed lunch.

Subway: (Fairhope location only): On March 19th from 11am to 2pm and March 26th from 11am to 2pm, bring your child to Subway for a complimentary bagged lunch. All bags will include a 6” ham and cheese sub, chips and a cookie. *No special orders.

Prodisee Pantry: The pantry will have an emergency food distribution on Tuesday, March 24th from 9am to noon. The pantry asks that each family brings the following:

-Proof that they live in Baldwin County

-A picture ID

Magnolia Blossom Cafe: (Robertsdale): On Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am, Magnolia Blossom Cafe will have 50 free bag lunches available for any school-aged child that is in need of a meal for lunch.

Culver’s (Foley): Genesis Church is partnering with Culver’s in Foley beginning Wednesday. They are providing 100 free kids’ meals for parents to pick up. They will have a drive-thru available. Say that you want to take advantage of “For Baldwin” and you will receive a free meal.

Saraland United Methodist Church: will be the official distribution site for students in Saraland City Schools needing food over the upcoming month-long break. They are partnering with area churches and individuals who would like to help with this need. Needed items include ravioli, Vienna sausage, granola bars, and other items. For a full list of food, or for information, contact the church office at 675-2728.

Feeding the Gulf Coast: The food bank is maintaining regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8-4. Please call (888) 704-FOOD if you need assistance or have any questions.

Spiffy Fox Pizza and Pub: The Spiffy Fox will provide free sack lunches for ANYONE in need due to both the current workplace and school shutdowns, beginning on Wednesday, 3/18.

Baldwin County Schools: Grab-and-go lunches will be available Thursday 3/19 and Friday 3/20 from 11am to 1pm to all students, regardless of free, reduced or paid. The lunches will be available on all of their campuses. Check their website for more details.

Mobile County Public Schools: MCPSS will operate a feeding program beginning Thursday (3/19) throughout Mobile County. Food will be offered free of charge to anyone 18 and younger.  A child must be present to receive the food. Check out the list of schools and times on their social media channels and website. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama: The Optimist Branch will be open Monday through Friday, 11am-2pm for ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast and lunch bags for any youth ages 18 and younger. Check their social media and website for details. 

CIty of Mobile Youth Programs: A limited number of meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis between 3 and 4pm at the following locations: Figures, Sullivan, Seals, Hope, Hillsdale, Laun, Stotts, Mitternight, Rickarby and Springhill. 

During this time of national crisis, young children are some of the most vulnerable and impacted. Stay safe and put your family first while taking advantage of these free meals.