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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

Sunday, April 14, 2019

D-back Greens Harvest

Chase Field
We're teaming up with the Arizona Diamondbacks to celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at D-back Greens. These vertical urban gardens are located outside the main gates of Chase Field. They have 180 square feet of planting space and contain herbs including basil, oregano and rosemary. The herbs harvested from D-back Greens will be used in Chase Field concessions. As the seasons change, volunteers will help harvest, clean out and re-plant the gardens.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Pack the House

Chase Field
We're teaming up with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second of three projects this year to support Kitchen on the Street’s Bags of Hope program which feeds more than 900 children in the Phoenix area each weekend. For the sixth consecutive season we’re going to “Pack the House” and provide 49,000 meals to hungry kids in Phoenix.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Supporting Senior Housing

Mercy Place Belmont
UnitedHealthcare is providing more than $36,000 in grant support for Mercy Place Belmont, an independent-living apartment complex for 40 low-income seniors. Mercy Place serves residents earning below 50 percent of the area median income, and each resident pays only 30 percent of their income towards rent. To celebrate this grant, on Friday, April 5 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will spend the morning at Mercy Place Belmont, making improvements to the facility's grounds. Volunteers will help get the facility's community gardens weeded, tilled, and planted for spring, pressure wash the retaining wall and stain the corral.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

May 1 & 2, 2019

The first stop on our 2019 Team8 Tour!

Benjamin Franklin High School, Baltimore, MD
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and UnitedHealthcare will begin the 2019 Team8 Tour with a two-day stop at Benjamin Franklin High School in the Baltimore neighborhood of Brooklyn Park on May 1 and 2. Our volunteers will focus on building out the school's fitness spaces, enhancing coaches offices and organizing the school's on-site community food pantry. Through these projects, we aim to support this school in their efforts to be a safe haven for their students, faculty and the community.

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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That’s a wrap on Do Good Week 2018!



UnitedHealth Group employees across the country recently took part in the third annual Do Good Week, the only week-long national movement that actively encourages people to inspire kindness and promote good news. From Nov. 11-17 the hashtag #DoGoodWeek reached 10 million people and Do Good Week TV and print coverage received more than 11 million […]

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Join us for #DoGoodWeek



What if, for just one week, all you saw on your social media channels was positive content? Do Good Week, this year taking place Nov. 11-17, is the only week-long movement that encourages people to actively demonstrate kindness and compassion, and share positive stories using #DoGoodWeek to show there IS good in the world! Now […]

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Completing our 300th project!



On Wednesday, July 18, the Do Good. Live Well. team reached a HUGE milestone with our 300th project in UnitedHealthcare’s own backyard – Minneapolis, Minnesota. UnitedHealthcare teamed up with the New England Revolution and Minneapolis Park & Recreation to host a free Youth Soccer Clinic at the beautiful Farview Park in North Minneapolis. Since 2011, […]

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Building Healthier Communities



Only one in four kids in the U.S. are getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity. Children are not getting enough physical activity at home, in schools and in their communities. For the 14 million kids living in poverty in the United States , play is too hard to come by as their families face […]

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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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