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COVID-19 Work from Home Resources

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans—and many more worldwide—are now working from home. For many, this is a period of enormous stress and adjustment. Fortunately, a wealth of online resources, ...

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Our latest blog outlines tips and tools for working remote during the #COVID19 pandemic. Check out these resources from VFI and #MSPartners @CarolLynnGrow and @meetdux.

Microsoft is lending our support to this initiative to help New York meet the challenges of fighting COVID-19. This is a time for industry to come together with government to tackle this crisis. https://t.co/7dV3ubkt6U

Our youth need broadband access to achieve their American Dream. New research from partner @4H highlights the importance of @Microsoft's mission to close the broadband gap. Learn more: https://t.co/jNuc07Hl08

Attn entrepreneurs and #womenintech: @GlobalWIC is seeking feedback from tech leaders to better understand the financial effects of COVID-19. Take the short survey below to contribute: https://t.co/DpOAJ3n5sR

The #FemaleFoundersComp continues to make strides in funding women-led enterprise tech startups. I'm inspired by the innovation of these 20 incredible finalists and can't wait to see their creative ideas! @M12vc #WomenInTech https://t.co/alFA7aePx9

With the same commitment to #datasecurity and #dataprivacy #MSFTAdvocate #Microsoft @Archive360 https://t.co/xN18gmG2Ql

How is @Microsoft supporting tech professionals in the wake of COVID-19? Read on: https://t.co/1LIzCOqGhp

Important @BuzzFeedNews article lists philanthropies helping feed people during this Covid-19 crisis. Proud that Microsoft was a seed funder for one of those profiled, the @SeattleFdn fund which keeps growing as the need does. https://t.co/lcciBuvR1T

A joint industry statement on COVID-19 from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube:

"Its executives, with headquarters just a few miles from one of the country’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, were among the first to confront the impact." Learn more about @Microsoft's response: https://t.co/qnk9fbELYi

Internet inequality ❌
Increasing #cybercrime 💢
The safety of your #data 🔓

@Bradsmi and @CarolAnnBrowne discuss the need for effective tech policies.

https://t.co/c3IjTdn769

#ICYMI: @Microsoft is on track to meet its target of expanding high-speed internet to 3 million Americans living in unserved areas and closing the #broadband gap. Read more: https://t.co/2Ygqw4TXNo

Want to learn how you can help shape the next generation of tech innovators? Save the date for our 4/8 webinar highlighting the @TEALSProgram. #STEM #CSEd

Why can't every day be #InternationalWomensDay? Let's continue talking about the women, and resources, that empower #WomenInTech to break down gender barriers and create a path to the boardroom! #EachforEqual #WomensHistoryMonth https://t.co/f5r1nV9YJT

Thank you Congress for passing the Broadband DATA Act. We’re eager to see it signed into law & implemented by the @FCC. This bill will be a big help in ensuring we have better data to address the rural broadband gap. #digitaldivide

March is #WomensHistoryMonth.👩

Get to know the incredible accomplishments of these Nobel Prize-winning women who changed science: https://t.co/NsCWSm7Hia

Chairman @AjitPaiFCC's recent vote to move forward with rulemaking to help close the #broadband gap, could change the lives of millions of Americans. Read on for the VFI community's response to this important action and take a look at the road ahead. https://t.co/aXoFur24G3

Proud to be a @vfiorg Task Force Advisor - https://t.co/YwzALAki8g #TVWS #CloudAct #advocacy #Microsoft #Broadband

Meet Willie - Our spotlight for #MentorMonday. He is a TEALS volunteer with Mr. Yearwood at Medgar Evers Prep in Brooklyn, NY to teach Java (AP CS A) to HS students. https://t.co/1xyEr756gG

Save the Date: On 4/8 VFI will be hosting a webinar highlighting @TEALSProgram, a program that links tech volunteers with high school teachers to help students learn valuable CS skills. Learn how you can shape the next generation of innovators! https://t.co/mk04Ogjvte

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