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88% of U.S. adults report increased self-esteem by giving back.
Did you know volunteering can help reduce stress!

Doing Good is Good for You.

Our latest study affirms the positive effects volunteering can have on your physical and mental health.

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93% of U.S. adults report an improved mood thanks to volunteering!
Volunteering can make you happier and healthier according to our latest study!
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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:

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.
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.
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.


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.


Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Packing the House in Phoenix

Kitchen on the Street
Arizona Diamondbacks staff and UnitedHealthcare employees will culminate their joint “Pack the House” initiative, which is providing 49,000 meals for children in need – one meal for each seat at Chase Field.   Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and D-Backs staff will be packing food to support Kitchen on the Street’s Bags of Hope program – aimed at fighting childhood hunger – at Kitchen on the Street’s headquarters. This is the fifth year of the partnership among Kitchen on the Street, the D-Backs and UnitedHealthcare, which will resulted in 208,000 meals for hungry children in the Valley.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

#24 Playground Build with help from the Patriots!

Bridge Boston Charter School
More than 200 volunteers from the Boston area, the New England Patriots and UnitedHealthcare will come together to build an engaging and safe play space at the Bridge Boston Charter School. The 2,500 sq. ft. playground will help enhance vulnerable children's health, achievement levels and overall well-being. nearly 300 children will have an opportunity to use this new playground every year!

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Day of Service and Play with the Dodgers

Allesandro Elementary School - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Dodgers and UnitedHealthcare teamed up for the fifth annual “Day of Service and Play.” This year’s project took place at Allesandro Elementary Schools where the LA Conservation Corps and volunteers put the finishing touches on the school’s new walking path, including adding signage and painting images and motivational phrases on the path. The path will allow students to be active and work towards the goal of joining Allesandro’s "100 Mile Club." Representatives from Playworks were also onsite and brought the power of play to the students by playing four square, catch and dodgeball.


Saturday, Oct. 21. 2017

Mobile Pantry & Health Fair

Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Since 2012, "Do Good. Live Well." has proudly sponsored Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee's mobile pantry program. The partnership has provided more than 3,000,000 healthy meals to almost 40,000 food insecure households in 33 counties. This year we're proud to team up with the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee to sponsor the program. On Saturday, Oct. 21 our volunteers will be in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. at a free health fair and food distribution hosted by Healthy Tennessee and UnitedHealthcare. We’ll be helping to distribute food directly into the hands of our hungry neighbors.

Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 24 & 25, 2017

Team8 Tour Stop #7

Indiana School for the Deaf
The sixth stop on the 2017 Team8 Tour will take us to Indiana Oct. 24-25, where we'll visit the Indiana School for the Deaf. Nearly 60% of the students live on campus on weekdays during the academic year and many come to school Monday mornings having eaten very little since heading home Friday afternoon. We invite YOU to join the Team8Tour and provide some much needed support to these deserving kids who are challenged with access to healthy food and fitness opportunities, and are not getting stronger due to poor nutrition.
  • Build a new fitness room - installing new equipment and organizing donations
  • Stock the food pantry - transporting donations to pantry, restocking and organizing food
  • Improve the school's kitchen and the overall facility - installing new equipment, organizing, cleaning, etc.


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:


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.


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


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.




Making Healthy Easy

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. In my case, that simple thing was a carton of fresh strawberries. I recently volunteered for one of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” fresh produce distribution projects in St. Paul, MN where I had the opportunity to make healthy easier for those in need. It […]


Changing a Life in Six Hours

Since 2010, “Do Good. Live Well.” has built 22 playgrounds in 20 cities and 13 states with the non-profit KaBOOM!. We’re proud to say these play spaces are providing healthier, more active lifestyles for nearly 700,000 kids nationwide. I’ve had the honor to witness many worthy children jump up and down, yell with excitement or […]


Breaking A World Record in Arizona

It was cold at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 when we arrived at Avondale Middle School in Avondale, Ariz. Cold, as in ~40 degrees, which is FREEZING by Arizona standards, but not quite so cold for this Minnesotan. But cold was just a small distraction. The environment on the field at Avondale Middle […]


Team8 Tour – Denver

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF), UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Northfield High School, today concluded its eighth and final stop on the Team8 Tour. Activities at the school included building and stocking a new food pantry, lessons on simple no-cook recipes for students, […]


Senior Hunger in Minnesota

UnitedHealthcare employees have big hearts when it comes to helping their elderly neighbors in Minnesota who are struggling with food insecurity. In August, volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and kids from Mankato worked side-by-side at Vikings Training Camp to assemble hygiene kits. These kits contained basic non-food necessities such as soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste that were […]


Supporting Harry Chapin Food Bank

As part of our mission to fight hunger, UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative donated $15,000 to help support five Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mobile pantries in November and December. The food given away at these mobile pantries is projected to total the equivalent of up to 33,000 meals, serve about 1,250 households […]

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