Have you had a chance to check out the UnitedHealthcare/VolunteerMatch Do Good. Live Well. Survey? The new report, one of the most comprehensive of its kind, analyzed findings from a survey of more than 4,500 Americans over the age of 18 in order to identify the health impacts of volunteering. Everyone who works with volunteers should know what’s inside.
The survey found that 68% of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier. The survey also explored the emotional benefits of volunteering and attitudes toward workplace volunteering.
The survey demonstrates the value in producing in-depth, quality material that illuminates the positive social impact that volunteering has on a broader community. Since its release, the survey has been read and reviewed by a broad audience of media and industry experts. The business press, in particular, has used the findings as a jumping off point for reporting on volunteering perceptions, how firms are encouraging engagement and what is being communicated to employees who volunteer. Major news sources reporting on the survey include Reuters, CBS Money Watch, Forbes.com and Business Wire.
Nonprofits and businesses are also incorporating the survey into their communications. For example, the American Red Cross Retiree Association and state CASA organizations quoted stats about the connection between positive health and volunteering in their monthly newsletters. UnitedHealth Group itself used the research to educate employees and promote volunteering in conjunction with UnitedHealth Group-sponsored service events.
UHG has also gone a bit further — utilizing the survey via newsletters and industry publications to educate customers, consultants and stakeholders. The report is now a strong foundation for the company’s “Big 5” volunteer events (in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation), as well as its grant programs like Youth Service America’s National Service Briefing. Not only has the survey uncovered important correlations between health and volunteering for the entire sector, it demonstrates how one company’s commitment to volunteerism and measurable impact can sustain a healthy employee volunteer program.
To learn more about the survey results, methodology or to download a copy, go to www.DoGoodLiveWell.org.