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Social responsibility

Together we can help our communities thrive.

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Our commitment to social responsibility

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to live a full and healthy life. Our focus on social responsibility is a key part of how we can help make it happen.

We fund a range of education programmes, including scholarships and mentoring, in the North West. We are proud to support local charities doing important community work — from mental health support to blood transport volunteers — through donations and volunteering.

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Making a positive difference

Our work in the local community focuses on creating opportunities for people to develop their potential.

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Giving back

We donated almost €200,000 to charities, including blood transportation charity BloodBikes and charities supporting those experiencing homelessness and mental distress (Alone and Pieta House) in Ireland as they face hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Community fundraising

In 2019, almost 1,000 team members have given up time to help local causes, raising more than €250,000.

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Doubling our impact

The United Health Foundation matches Optum employee contributions, euro for euro, to nearly all charitable organisations, doubling their impact. Additionally, employees can earn a charitable grant after tracking 30 hours of volunteer time.

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Giving and volunteering

Supporting our communities

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We are proud to be a long-standing contributor to our local community. Through corporate donations and employee volunteering efforts, we support dozens of amazing Irish charities.

SEE HOW

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Grants and programs

Developing the next generation of talent

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Our work in the local community focuses on creating opportunities for people to develop their potential. We fund a range of education programmes, including scholarships and mentoring programmes in the North West. We are proud to help support Ireland’s next generation of health care and technology talent.

SEE HOW

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Developing a diverse workforce

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Optum Scholarship Launch with partners from Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ulster University and National University of Ireland, Galway. 

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We are helping to support Ireland’s next generation of technology talent, including young women who are often under-represented in tech roles. Optum Ireland’s Health Care Scholarship Programme supports people in County Donegal access college and university education in health, delivering €7,000 scholarships in partnership with LYIT, NUI Galway and Ulster University. 

We work with schools and school leavers to promote STEM careers, including funding a year-long certified coding programme at Loreto Secondary School — Letterkenny’s largest girls school — and running careers sessions for female final-year students to help encourage them to consider tech as an option.