Volunteering and community involvement are important aspects of our culture at UnitedHealth Group.
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 they feel better, both physically and emotionally than adults who do not volunteer. The study also illustrates that employers benefit from employees who volunteer in terms of better employee health and in professional-skills development that employees use in the workplace.
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Involve: Our Volunteer Program
At A Glance
- Approximately 81 percent of UnitedHealth Group employees and 98 percent of executives volunteer their time to charitable and nonprofit programs, totaling nearly 430,000 hours of volunteer service in 2013.
- Employees who volunteer 30 or more hours per year get a boost from UnitedHealth Group: We donate $200 on the employee’s behalf to a nonprofit organization.
- UnitedHealth Group employees use the VolunteerMatch database to find volunteer opportunities in their communities. Since tracking began in 2007, we have marked 1.7 million volunteer hours logged, bringing our total value of volunteering to $36.2 million.
Involve, our volunteer program, is primarily about engaging in hands-on, face-to-face activities in the communities where we live and work. Volunteerism is a year-round activity often lead by our company-supported volunteer councils. Employees can participate in company-sponsored projects, events coordinated by their local volunteer councils or they can volunteer on their own.
Volunteers in Action
- Nationally established community relationships are providing a platform for connecting volunteers to key partners and causes. Among our national partners are Project Sunshine (arts and crafts projects for a pediatric hospital network) and the YMCA (diabetes prevention and healthy family programs).
- UnitedHealth Group supports three National Walk Teams: the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
- UnitedHealth Group’s award-winning Legal Services Pro Bono Program has touched many lives. Each year, the Legal Department provides legal assistance to youth, the elderly, first responders and nonprofit and charitable organizations.
- Our Executive Board Matching Program matches individual contributions made by executives who served on boards. Currently, 46 percent of Executive Leadership Team members serve on nonprofit boards.
Microvolunteering: Volunteering Online
UnitedHealth Group employees complete microvolunteering challenges posted online by nonprofits across the United States and around the globe. Online microvolunteering leverages employees' unique skills in small bursts of time - during breaks, lunch or outside of work, allowing them to put UnitedHealth Group's values and mission into action no matter how much time they can give.