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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

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Teaching Gardens Farmer’s Market

Wilson High School
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative is partnering with the American Heart Association in Los Angeles on their Teaching Gardens: Farmer’s Market program. The program has two goals: empower youth to develop business literacy while taking pride in their hard work and increase healthy food accessibility in communities that are known food deserts. Students will research fruits and vegetables that are culturally competent to their community and will plant the appropriate seedlings, tailoring their Farmer’s Market to the community needs, therefore in-creasing access to fresh fruits and veggies most needed by their neighborhood.  

September 19, 2019

Supporting Fresh Food Distributions in Duluth, MN

Duluth, MN
On Sept. 19, Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will celebrate a grant to support 200 fresh produce distributions in the Northern Lakes area. Volunteers will distribute fresh produce in Cloquet, MN in the morning as well as sort and pack food at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank in Duluth in the afternoon. The Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Northland where they rescue and redistribute over 5.8 million pounds of nutritious food, enough food for 4.7 million meals, to approximately 44,000 people in need annually.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Rigamajig Grant and Service Project

Kingswood Community Center
As part of our ongoing effort to Build Healthier Communities and decrease obesity, "Do Good. Live Well." is teaming up with KaBOOM! to give a Rigamajig to the Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington, DE. A Rigamajig is a new large-scale building kit used for hands-on free play and playful STE(A)M learning. Approximately 250 children who participate in the Community Center’s programming will get to use the Rigamajig each year! On Tuesday, Sept. 17 volunteers will help paint, work on wood benches and other some other service projects. The volunteer project will conclude with the unveiling of the new Rigamajig, when the kids will have their first opportunity to play with it!

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

Visiting Richmond on Stop #5 of the Team8 Tour

Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond - Petersburg Club
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative will continue the fourth annual Team8 Tour with a stop at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond – Petersburg Club on Sept. 25. The stop will help support the club in its effort to be a safe haven for local children and a resource for the community. UnitedHealthcare volunteers will revitalize the club’s park and athletic fields, landscape, and host a multisport clinic for youth club members.  

Sept. 9, 18 &, 26, 2019

Supporting Mobile School Pantries in Utah

Six Elementary Schools in the Salt Lake City, UT area
As part of our Empowering Health commitment, UnitedHealthcare provided a grant to the Utah Food Banks to fund fresh produce distributions to students and their families at six of 29 schools served in the Salt Lake City area. This grant will help to expand access to fresh and healthy food to students in need at Douglas T Orchard Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Magna Elementary, Pleasant Green Elementary, West Valley Elementary and Whittier Elementary during the 2019-20 school year. We will celebrate this grant with three opportunities for volunteers to help distribute food to students at Douglas T. Orchard Elementary on Monday, Sept. 9; Lake Ridge Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 18; and, Magna Elementary on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019

Our 10th Playground with the New England Patriots

Foxborough Regional Charter School
As part of our ongoing effort to Build Healthier Communities and decrease obesity and increase physical activity, "Do Good. Live Well." is teaming up with the New England Patriots and KaBOOM! for our 10th consecutive playground build together and the 31st playground we’ve built with KaBOOM! since 2010! More than 200 volunteers from the community will build an engaging and safe play space that will help enhance their student’s health and well-being. More than 2000 children will have the opportunity to use this new playground annually!

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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