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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.

Feeling blue? Volunteering can help!
93% of U.S. adults report an improved mood thanks to volunteering!
Volunteering can make you happier and healthier according to our latest study!
Find YOUR volunteer opportunity!

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

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Do Good Week – Notes to Seniors

Miami
This year during the second annual Do Good Week, Nov. 12- 18, we’re going a step further. For three days in Miami, "Do Good. Live Well." will promote random acts of kindness and volunteering throughout the city. UnitedHealthcare employees and the public are invited to join us as we create compassion, spread kindness and promote the positive…we need you to help us highlight the GOOD in the world! To brighten the day of area seniors, volunteers will write cheerful notes that will be delivered to senior centers and housing complexes.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Do Good Week – Kindness Kit Packing

Miami
This year during the second annual Do Good Week, Nov. 12- 18, we’re going a step further. For three days in Miami, "Do Good. Live Well." will promote random acts of kindness and volunteering throughout the city. UnitedHealthcare employees and the public are invited to join us as we create compassion, spread kindness and promote the positive…we need you to help us highlight the GOOD in the world! Volunteers will work assembly line style to pack supply kits that will be distributed to the homeless and those affected by the recent hurricanes.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

NB3FIT Soccer Clinic

W.D. Caroll Elementary School - Bernalillo, NM
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteer initiative is proud to partner with the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation to help support the health and fitness of Native American children across the country. As a gold sponsor of NB3FIT WEEK, Nov. 5-11, 2017, we will help engage more than 12,000 Native American youth in health and physical activity nationwide. To support this initiative, volunteers will join us at the NB3FIT Soccer Clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at W.D. Caroll Elementary School in Bernalillo, N.M. Volunteers will help run the clinic and make some facility improvements around the school. Title 1 school provides free and reduced price lunch to 100 percent of its 405 students in kindergarten through second grade.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Nov. 12-18, 2017

Do Good Week

UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteer initiative is encouraging the public to participate in the second annual Do Good Week, dedicated to promoting all things good. The week-long social media and community service campaign will run from Nov. 12 - 18, 2017. In its inaugural year, more than 6.5 million people were reached with the hashtag #DoGoodWeek. The goal of the campaign was to change the conversation, for just one week, to something positive. This year we’re going a step further and are encouraging participants to take action to inspire a movement. During Do Good Week, the public is encouraged to commit to doing something good, and then use social media and the hashtag #DoGoodWeek to share their story. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate kindness and positive news across the country, including volunteerism, random acts of kindness, paying it forward and much more. For more information about Do Good Week, go to DoGoodWeek.org or follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Imagination Playground Unveiling

Salt Lake City
As part of our ongoing effort to Build Healthier Communities and decrease obesity, "Do Good. Live Well." is teaming up with KaBOOM! to give an Imagination Playground to Utah Community Action. An Imagination Playground, like the one pictured above, is a mobile play system made up of big, blue blocks which come in many unique shapes and sizes and has a dual ability to provide physical play as well as STEM learning component. More than 1,000 children who are enrolled in Utah Community Action's Head Start program will get to use the Imagination Playground each year! Volunteers will work on some painting projects at the James R. Russell Head Start facility, in addition to helping out in the Head Start classrooms. This volunteer project will conclude with the unveiling of the new Imagination Playground, when the kids will have their first opportunity to play with it!

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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OUR BLOG



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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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