UnitedHealthcare Employees Donate Thousands of Pounds of Food to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

  • Community leaders and UnitedHealthcare employees announced
    donation to help Catalyst Domestic Violence Services as part of
    Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • UnitedHealthcare employees, volunteers and staff from Catalyst
    Domestic Violence Services load food, children’s books and everyday
    items into a truck for Catalyst’s emergency shelter

CHICO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare employees in Chico today donated more than 3,000 pounds
of food and dozens of boxes filled with everyday necessities to Catalyst
Domestic Violence Services’ emergency shelter in Butte County.

Joined by representatives from the Chico Chamber of Commerce and other
community leaders, UnitedHealthcare employees announced the beginning of
a month-long public service campaign in partnership with Catalyst
Domestic Violence Services to raise awareness throughout October for
Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Over the past seven years, UnitedHealthcare employees have donated more
than 17,000 pounds of food to Catalyst Domestic Violence Services to
help the men, women and children fleeing a violent home and in need of a
safe place to go and to start rebuilding their lives.

UnitedHealthcare also donated a new UnitedHealthcare Children’s
Foundation (UHCCF) reading station and 100 books to support
Catalyst’s Children’s Program, which provides therapeutic, recreational
and educational activities for children of all ages. The reading station
includes a kid-size table and chairs, and copies of the award-winning
Oliver & Hope™ book series.

Each year, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical abuse
by a partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition
Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). About 1 in 15 children are exposed to
intimate-partner violence each year, and 90 percent of these children
are eyewitnesses to this violence. Throughout October, Catalyst Domestic
Violence Service – the only domestic-violence emergency shelter for
victims of domestic violence and their children in Butte County – will
host a series of events as part of a public service campaign to raise
awareness about domestic violence.

Activities taking place throughout the month include a public service
announcement on local radio stations, a Chico Chamber of Commerce
Business Connections morning event and a tabletop display at Chico State
University’s Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC). For a complete
list, visit: www.catalystdvservices.org.

“Every year we see hundreds of families come through our doors,” said
Anastacia L. Snyder, executive director of Catalyst. “They often come
with little more than the clothes they are wearing. The amazing support
we receive from UnitedHealthcare helps us care for these families at
moments of crisis in their lives.”

“Our employees know that their donations are making a lasting, positive
impact in people’s lives,” said Deborah Domer, UnitedHealthcare Chico
site director. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our
partnership with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and raise awareness
of domestic violence in our communities.”

“We are thrilled by the support of the employees at UnitedHealthcare –
what they are able to achieve is truly remarkable,” said Katie Simmons,
president and CEO, the Chico Chamber of Commerce. “The business
community in Chico is proud to support this annual food drive and help
to heighten awareness of the resources available for people who are
experiencing the damaging effects of domestic violence.”

Along with UnitedHealthcare employees, community leaders, including
Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter, joined to load the donated food and
items into the truck.

“We need to shed light on this issue and the devastating impact it has
in our community, our families and our workplace,” Supervisor Teeter
said. “The employees of UnitedHealthcare are leading the way and showing
us how to support each other and raise awareness to help end domestic

Catalyst Domestic Violence Service helps nearly 1,300 victims of
domestic violence annually as they work to leave abusive situations. The
not-for-profit organization offers safe housing for domestic violence
victims as well as counseling and legal assistance with restraining
orders. Established nearly 40 years ago, the nonprofit’s two drop
centers provide services throughout Butte County in addition to its
28-bed confidential shelter and transitional housing program. Catalyst’s
mission is to reduce the incidence of intimate-partner violence through
crisis intervention services, community education and the promotion of
healthy relationships.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 3.6 million Californians with a care
provider network of more than 360 hospitals and nearly 100,000
physicians and other health care professionals statewide.
UnitedHealthcare established its Chico call center in 1998 and is now
one of the largest employers in the community, with its employees
serving health plan customers across the United States through more than
2 million calls annually.

About Catalyst
Catalyst is a
nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of all domestic
violence victims and their children regardless of ethnicity,
citizenship, language, religion, physical disabilities, sexual
orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Catalyst operates a 24-hour
hotline for those in need at 800-895-8476.

About the Chico Chamber of Commerce
Chico Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization serving
over 600 area businesses. Our mission is to be the unified voice of
businesses. For more information about programs and services visit www.chicochamber.com.

About UnitedHealthcare
is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by
simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care
providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees
and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and
6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare
is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a
diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

About UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable
organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access
to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their
parents’ commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to
$5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do
not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be
eligible. UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over
12,000 grants valued at more than $34 million to children and their
families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by
contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE: UNH) employees. To apply for a grant, donate or learn more,
please visit www.UHCCF.org.

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Matt Rodriguez, 714-252-0479
Domestic Violence Services
Anastacia L. Snyder, 530-343-7711
Chamber of Commerce
Katie Simmons, 530-891-5556