Our giving! program supports employees and the causes closest to their hearts. Whether it’s donating money in support of medical research to cure disease or helping homeless individuals fight drug addiction, the people of our enterprise continue to find new and creative ways to help build healthier communities.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease that damages and scars lung tissue and makes it difficult to breathe. “That’s why, in memory of my mother, I pledge support to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and the American Lung Association through our giving! program,” Diane continues. “These organizations are doing great work raising awareness, providing disease education and funding research.” United Health Foundation doubles Diane’s impact by matching her contributions, as it does to a broad array of organizations that employees support.
Diane says, “People affected by pulmonary fibrosis need support and researchers need funding to find a cure. Through our program’s match that doubled my gift, I have a greater opportunity to help reach those goals.”
When she’s not involving her niece and nephew, Jennifer takes her pet dog along to help with her volunteer efforts. For the past two years, Jennifer has supported Volunteers of America Utah’s Adult Detoxification Center, volunteering at the center with Stevie, her blind pit bull, who serves as a therapy dog. The center provides a safe, supportive place to promote recovery for homeless and low-income people with substance use issues.
“The guys at the center really relate to Stevie, and how he’s overcome his disability to become a happy, confident pup,” Jennifer says.
From teaching, to mentoring, to improving neighborhoods and helping alleviate hunger, our people partner with thousands of organizations to help make life better for others. Here are a few examples:
UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative aims to improve neighborhoods, alleviate hunger and reduce obesity through partnerships, financial support and the helping hands of employee volunteers.
Our people team up with Project Sunshine to sponsor art activities, offer tutoring and mentoring services and teach kids how to live healthier in an effort to give families and children facing health challenges the confidence and coping skills to confront medical procedures that lie ahead.
Employees walk to raise funds in support of key heart health initiatives, including implementing better data reporting on race and ethnicity to identify health disparities and better serve people most in need of intervention.