More than 70% of UHC staffers reap benefits of volunteerism

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UnitedHealthcare execs have an ulterior motive for encouraging their employees to volunteer in the community: It’s good for their health.

More than 70% of the health insurance provider’s 78,000 employees volunteer in their communities. UnitedHealthcare emphasizes to employees that the social interaction associated with volunteering can raise self-esteem, encourage friendships, reduce heart rates and blood pressure, buffer the effects of stress and even increase life expectancy.

The company plays an active role in connecting employees with service opportunities.

The company’s United Volunteers program hosts VolunteerMatch, an online database of volunteer roles that employees can search by entering their locations and the kind of community service they’re interested in—like literacy or helping the homeless.

In addition, a skills-based program matches an employee’s skills to a specific community need. Example: More than 60 UHC attorneys and legal staff donated 600 hours of free legal services to people in underserved communities.

Employees also have helped out after floods in the Midwest, hurricanes in the South, wildfires on the West Coast, an earthquake in China and a cyclone in Myanmar.

Contact: Daryl Richard of UHC, (860) 702-5795.

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