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Doing Good is Good for You.

2013 Health and Volunteering Study

OUR STORY

Do Good. Live Well.


Four words we believe can change the world. One person at a time. All it takes is one individual reaching out to another and suddenly communities are improved and multiple lives are impacted.


Since 2009, “Do Good. Live Well.” has been UnitedHealthcare’s volunteer initiative with a mission to decrease hunger and obesity. Through partnerships, financial support and the helping hands of our employee volunteers, we’re able to help build healthier communities.


With so much need in our world, choosing one or two causes can be a daunting task. Tied to our corporate mission of helping people live healthier lives, we have identified three areas where we focus our attention and resources. We believe that we all have a stake in building a healthier future, and it begins with getting involved:





REDUCING NEED
HUNGER
It seems impossible that anyone could go hungry for even one meal, in a country so rich with resources. Yet there are whole communities where hunger is an epidemic. That’s why we work to help ensure people have access to fresh, nutritious food. If you’re interested in helping, there are many programs that need volunteers, from working in a soup kitchen to staffing a mobile pantry.
RESTORING HEALTH
OBESITY
Obesity has become one of the leading contributors to poor health. As a way to combat the rising incidence of illness due to poor nutritional health, programs aimed at putting a stop to the root causes of obesity and teach about nutrition and fitness are springing up all over the country.

If this issue is important to you, find out how you can help.
RENEWING HOPE
MILITARY & VETERANS
To honor those who have served our country, we are involved in many activities that benefit members of the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to express how grateful we are to those who served our country, particularly when they find themselves in times of need.

Find an organization near you to lend a hand.

OUR IMPACT

Building Healthier Communities

By engaging our 80,000 employees across the country and developing partnerships with local and national organizations, we are able to support the priorities of local communities. We believe that touching lives in a personal way and making resources available for improved health decisions has a cumulative effect. It is through grassroots community partnerships and the collective impact achieved by similar efforts, that the issues of hunger and obesity in broader society will be resolved.

RECENT PROJECTS

Friday, July 15, 2016

Our 20th Playground Build

Dream Weavers of Georgia
Since 2010, UnitedHealthcare has built 19 playgrounds with the nonprofit KaBOOM! in communities across the country where we live and work. We’re excited to have built our 20th playground at DreamWeavers of Georgia in Alpharetta. DreamWeavers is dedicated to enriching the lives of foster children who are placed in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services due to abuse and neglect. The new playground will serve as a “live lab” to teach parents how to parent their children and to assist in the reunification of families. It will also offer a safe, controlled space where treatment team members can observe the children in play in a natural environment.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Team8 Tour – Chicago

Tarkington School of Excellence
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative has teamed up with CBS EcoMedia and The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation  for the “Team8 Tour,” a series of volunteer projects and youth programs designed to help build character, teach critical life lessons and encourage healthy choices that will impact thousands of young people across the country. Volunteers supported a “food and fitness” day for more than 1,000 students and families in the Marquette Park neighborhood. At the Tarkington School of Excellence, our volunteers worked with students to rebuild and replant a large vegetable garden, construct compost bins, benches, planter boxes, birdhouses and other fun activities. Following the volunteer project, former Mexico National Team player and ESPN soccer analyst Monica Gonzalez and players from the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team led a short community walk to nearby Freedom Field, where they conducted a free soccer clinic for girls in the neighborhood.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tenn. Mobile Pantry Program Kick Off

Franklin, Tenn.
For the fifth consecutive year, we're supporting Second Harvest Heartland of Middle Tennessee's mobile pantry program. With our funding, the food bank has been able to distribute nearly 3 million pounds of food since 2012. Our volunteers staffed a mobile pantry in Franklin, Tenn. with the help of Gnash, the Nashville Predators mascot and our very own Dr. Health E. Hound.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Team8 Tour – Jersey City

St. Anthony High School, Jersey City, NJ
UnitedHealthcare’s "Do Good. Live Well." employee volunteer initiative has teamed up with CBS EcoMedia and The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for the "Team8 Tour," a series of volunteer projects and youth programs designed to help build character, teach critical life lessons and encourage healthy choices that will impact thousands of young people across the country.  Our volunteers will work side by side with St. Anthony’s student-athletes, including members of their 2016 State Champion boys basketball team, to renovate the school’s weight room, and create new outdoor fitness and recreational areas, including nutrition education stations, outdoor basketball court and more. For over 50 years, St. Anthony’s has been committed to fostering an environment marked by academic and athletic excellence, with every graduate being accepted to college for the last 21 years. Led by St. Anthony’s President and Hall of Fame basketball Coach Bob Hurley, their boys basketball team has won 28 State Championships and 4 National Championships with 9 undefeated seasons. Despite that success, St. Anthony’s faces significant financial challenges with Coach Hurley behind recent efforts to raise enough money to keep St. Anthony’s doors open.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Park Beautification with the Philadelphia Freedoms

FDR Park, Philadelphia
UnitedHealthcare has teamed up with Billy Jean King and the Philadelphia Freedoms to promote tennis as way for kids get and stay physically active. In addition to providing free clinics to kids across Philadelphia this summer, we have partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy to make improvements and create a welcoming environment in Philadelphia parks. On Wednesday, Aug. 10 we need your help! We’re looking for 50 volunteers to join us at Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Park and help with everything from sanding and painting to mulching and removing invasive plants from the lake, and more. Following the volunteer project, Billy Jean King and Philadelphia Freedoms staff will conduct a free, pop up tennis clinic on the tennis courts at FDR Park. Volunteers are welcome to attend!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dodgers Day of Service & Play & Team8 Tour – Los Angeles

Multiple summer programs/schools in Los Angeles, CA
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative has teamed up with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 4th annual “Days of Service & Play” to enrich the lives of undeserved youth in our community. We're also partnering with CBS EcoMedia and The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation  for the Los Angeles stop of our “Team8 Tour,” a series of volunteer projects and youth programs designed to help build character, teach critical life lessons and encourage healthy choices that will impact thousands of young people across the country. More than 100 of our volunteers will help beautify and renovate four summer program sites and schools including Towland Way Elementary, Downey Recreation Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Carson and Dorsey High School.

DO GOOD

Putting Compassion in Action

When communities come together the most amazing things happen; neighbors begin helping one another, smiles come more easily and the health of the community improves.
Learn how you can DO GOOD in your community:

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Some of the greatest need is just around the corner. Find ways to help improve the lives of your neighbors and community members. Through our VolunteerMatch tool, we’ll connect you with organizations and causes you care about in your area.

OFFERING YOUR SPECIAL SKILLS & TALENTS

The most profound volunteering opportunities often involve the assistance of professionals. Locate the need in your area that fits your specified skill.

LIVE WELL

Healthy Benefits

We all know that doing good things for others makes us feel good, but did you know volunteering benefits your overall health? UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute released the Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study. The study reveals that U.S. adults who volunteer report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier and lowers their levels of stress, leading to feeling better than adults who do not volunteer.

There seem to be only good reasons to help others.

When we volunteer, endorphins flood our brain, creating an undeniable feeling of happiness. Simultaneously, our immune system receives a nice boost, we reduce the impact of stress in our bodies and blood pressure can drop.1

Socially, meeting and interacting with new people in new surroundings begins to build networks and communities of like-minded people, creating a sense of belonging.

Emotionally and spiritually, the experience of helping others can connect us to a higher purpose, giving us a sense of value and improving our self-worth.

And the earlier you start volunteering, the better. Research2 shows that individuals who begin volunteering when they’re young, have greater health outcomes later in life, including living longer.

You can start right now and LIVE WELL.




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Celebrating Mobile Pantries in Tennessee



For the fifth consecutive year, UnitedHealthcare volunteers staffed a Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Mobile Pantry. The volunteer project, which took place on June 10 at OneGenAway in Franklin, celebrated our partnership with this great organization, whose mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in the community. “UnitedHealthcare […]

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A Sweet Start in the Heart of N.C.



Following up some truly amazing days in Houston, the Team8 Tour continued its journey of building healthy communities with a visit to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County was the hub for a day full of volunteerism, fresh fruit, outdoor activities, healthy lifestyle lessons, and community support for the area’s […]

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Packing “Bags of Hope” in Phoenix



I can’t help but wonder, as I usually do, about logistics for the day’s Do Good. Live Well. “Pack the House” volunteer project at Kitchen on the Street in Phoenix. I was a little nervous since this is my first time at Kitchen on the Street. When we arrived Lisa Scrapinato, CEO of Kitchen on the […]

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Magic in the Air in Orlando



I was standing on a second-floor balcony at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando and I’m not certain, but I think it was the exciting scene below me which made my hands tremble as I held up my camera. I focused in on 200 volunteers including Orlando Magic players Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo, UnitedHealthcare employees […]

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Teaming Up toward a Greater Cause



With such a unique opportunity to make a difference for thousands of our youth across the nation, it’s important that we come together to address the challenges facing our youth. When we stand alone, it’s possible to achieve something good. When united toward a group effort, we can achieve something extraordinary. Having recently kicked off […]

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Putting Hunger in the Penalty Box



One in six people in Middle Tennessee don’t know where their next meal is coming from. To help feed these hungry neighbors, we teamed up with the Nashville Predators on March 24 for our fourth game-day food drive since 2014. With the help of our employee volunteers, we’ve collected enough food and funds from all […]

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