Governor Recognizes UnitedHealth Group’s Generous Support of $500,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund


September 21, 2017
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Today, Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida thanked UnitedHealth Group and its employees for more than $1.5 million in donations to Hurricane Irma recovery efforts including $500,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund, which was activated by Governor Scott to aid people affected by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities in times of disaster.

Governor Scott said, “The Florida Disaster Fund is a great way to directly support our Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts, and I’d like to thank UnitedHealth Group and its employees for this contribution. Hurricane Irma caused destruction across Florida, and we will continue devoting every resource available to help our residents get back to their normal lives.”

“We are deeply concerned for the people affected by Hurricane Irma, and we are committed to supporting local communities as they recover and rebuild,” said David S. Wichmann, Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealth Group.  “By working with Volunteer Florida and other organizations focused on helping people recover from Hurricane Irma, we hope to ensure all Floridians affected by this storm are able to recover as quickly as possible. Our employees’ generosity and spirit of giving is demonstrated through actions to ensure easy access to care for the people we serve as well as direct donations to recovery efforts.”

Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus said, “Volunteer Florida is exceptionally grateful for UnitedHealth Group’s support of the Florida Disaster Fund. This donation will help us support our disaster relief organizations and the Florida families, businesses and communities they serve.”

UnitedHealth Group is also pledging a 2:1 match for employee donations toward disaster-relief efforts, and providing incentives and support to those who volunteer. To date, UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare and Optum employees have donated more than $550,000 through the 2:1 match employee donation program.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter.

About the Florida Disaster Fund:

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

How to Donate:

Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website or by check to the below address. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL  32311

For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact or call (850) 414-7400.