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Thursday, Feb. 23. 2017

Mural Unveiling

Alta E. Butler Elementary
Before playing in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes dedicated some of their time to collaborate with volunteers from Playworks and UnitedHealthcare as part of the latter’s “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteer initiative. The players were part of a fun-filled day where they worked with students, families and administration from Alta E. Butler Elementary to help beautify their school, including the painting of a large-scale mural. More than 130 individuals, lead by artist, Francisco Garcia, worked to paint the mural at Alta E. Butler Elementary. In preparations for the mural, Garcia trained a design team of five high school students from the Desiderata Alternative Program in Phoenix. After feedback from the school and community, the design team finalized the mural and created the outline used on paint day. Since paint day, Garcia and more than 30 community members have spent 150 hours finalizing the mural they hope will be a source of pride for the school and community for years to come. This project is a part of a grant awarded to Playworks by Fiesta Bowl Charities and UnitedHealthcare which expanded Playworks services to 35,000 students in Arizona.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

School Beautification at Alta E. Butler Elementary – Phoenix – 12.28.16

Alta E. Butler Elementary, 3843 W. Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ
In addition to setting the Longest High Five Chain World Record last month, and as part of our partnership with the Fiesta Bowl, UnitedHealthcare volunteers had the opportunity to join Ohio State players and the families of Butler Elementary in sprucing up their outdoor play space. With the assistance of Playworks and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, we painted a new mural, update four-square, hop-scotch and tetherball courts, sidewalk paintings and much more!  

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry Food Distributions

Bonita Springs Lions Club
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida partners with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. They provide food for more than 28,000 individuals each week, and last year alone distributed 20.4 million pounds of food, provided 17 million meals, and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need in southwest Florida. As part of our mission to fight hunger, UnitedHealthcare provided support to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and fund a series of five mobile pantry distributions during into the holiday season.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

#22 Playground Build!

Crisis House - El Cajon, Calif.
More than 200 volunteers from the El Cajon community in California and UnitedHealthcare came together to build an engaging and safe play space at Crisis House Community Resource Center. The 2,500 sq. ft. playground will help enhance vulnerable children's health, achievement levels and overall well-being. More than 1,000 children and families will have an opportunity to use this new playground every year!

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Breaking a World Record in Phoenix!

Avondale Middle School Field
The Fiesta Bowl Charities, Playworks, employee-volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, and third through eighth-grade students from the Avondale School District set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest High-Five Chain. The event took place on the field at Avondale Middle School in Avondale, Ariz. The previous record was set on Dec. 4, 2015, by 2,711 participants at Sacred Hearts High School in Taiwan. 3,473 children from Avondale broke that record and now hold the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest High-Five Chain. In addition to partnering on the World Record attempt, Fiesta Bowl Charities and UnitedHealthcare together awarded Playworks of Arizona a $100,000 grant that helped them expand their work to 50 schools, serving close to 35,000 students this year. Fiesta Bowl Charities will also donate the 2016 Cactus Bowl playing field to a school in the Valley. Included in the donation, made possible by UnitedHealthcare, is the installation of the field, a scoreboard and more.  

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Meals for Minds Mobile Pantry Food Distribution

Northgate Elementary School
Kids can’t learn if they're hungry. Because of this, we partnered with Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization which supplies food to different food banks across western Washington, to put a mobile food pantry in one of Seattle’s most in need schools. At Seattle’s Northgate Elementary 75 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, which means getting enough healthy food is a daily challenge for a majority of families at the school. Thanks to the Meals for Minds program it is now easier for these families to get the nutritious and kid-friendly foods they need. Food Lifeline operates an in-school monthly food bank for Northgate’s students, where families fill up grocery bags with 22 pounds of carrots, macaroni & cheese, milk, chicken hot dogs and other kid favorites right at school. Food Lifeline is able to bring the Meals for Minds program to Seattle because of our affiliation with Feeding America. Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare volunteered to help with the mobile pantry food distribution at Northgate Elementary School.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Sacking Hunger in South Florida

Feeding South Florida Warehouse, Pembroke Park, Fla.
We teamed up with the Miami Dolphins and Feeding South Florida for the third consecutive year to help fight hunger in South Florida. During the 2016 NFL season, we're sponsored the Dolphin’s “Sack Hunger” program where we donate 1,200 meals for every sack by the Dolphins’ defense. To make an even bigger difference in our efforts to “Sack Hunger,” more than 100 UnitedHealthcare volunteers joined Dolphins players and staff to help sort and pack food at the Feeding South Florida warehouse.  

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Day of Service to Kick Senior Hunger

Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank, Golden Valley, Minn.
At this project, more than 200 UnitedHealthcare employees packed food for our hungry neighbors alongside current and former Viking players, including Blair Walsh, as well as Vikings cheerleaders, and mascot "Viktor the Viking." Since 2011 we’ve partnered with the Minnesota Vikings, WCCO-TV and Second Harvest Heartland to help decrease senior hunger in Minnesota. In 2016 we provided nearly 200,000 meals to our hungry neighbors in Minnesota. Food shelf visits by people age 65 and older have more than doubled in the last five years in Second Harvest Heartland's service area.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Team8 Tour – Denver

Northfield High School - Paul Sandoval Campus
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. The newest high school in Denver, Northfield has a vision of creating an inclusive and tough academic program, designed to erase academic divides by offering the rigorous International Baccalaureate program to all kids. More than 60 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and the need for healthy food options and physical activity is high. In partnership with Northfield High School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, volunteers spent the day building a new food pantry for kids who may need food at home, packing healthy take-home meals, outfitting a home economics classroom, and leading fitness activities for local students. The day ended with volunteers preparing a community dinner for all event participants, including volunteers, students, Boys & Girls Club kids, parents, teachers and neighbors.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Playground Build with the Patriots

Providence, R.I.
We are all aware that America’s kids are playing less than any previous generation. Declining recess, a lack of safe places to play, overly-structured schedules and too much screen time have replaced balanced and active play…and now we find that one in three kids is obese or overweight. For the seventh consecutive year, "Do Good. Live Well." partnered with the New England Patriots and KaBOOM! as part of our ongoing effort to build healthier communities and decrease the incidence of obesity. Kids and families in Providence, R.I. watched their neighborhood park transform into a playground that will help enhance their health, achievement levels and overall well-being.  More than 1,000 children and families will have an opportunity to use this new playground every year!
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