Candy Robles

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Honoree: Candy Robles

Honored by: UnitedHealthcare

Cause Area: Healthcare

It might be correct to describe Candy Robles simply as a wonderful, serial volunteer. In other words, she has made a good habit out of regularly participating in community activities and fundraising events. For Candy, an executive assistant for UnitedHealthcare, a lot of her volunteer work has come through work-related programs or referrals. But then there are community service efforts she has undertaken that come straight from her soul and through her voice. Over the course of her 10-year career at UnitedHealthcare, Candy has provided help to a diversity of local and national organizations and causes. She has joined with co-workers in preparing Easter gift baskets for the needy and taken part in numerous employee fundraising projects such as fitness challenges, golf tournaments and tailgaters. She has provided support for fundraising and awareness activities for the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Shelter’s Right Hand, the Children’s Foundation, the City of Santa Ana and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. She has also assisted at military ceremonies. She has even volunteered to wear the canine costume of UnitedHealthcare’s popular mascot, Dr. Health E. Hound and serve as an official greeter at the various events. She plays the role to perfection for hours, and her animated ways are guaranteed to get both kids and adults energized. “I love people. And I love helping people,” says Candy about her penchant for giving and her zeal for encouraging others to do likewise. “I truly believe that’s what we’re supposed to do. I think that’s what everybody’s supposed to do and that’s one of the reasons I like UnitedHealthcare ― because they encourage us to do this.” But there is something deeper for Candy that motivates her to take her efforts above and beyond the average level of giving. It has to do with an ongoing sense of loss she feels. Candy had a son with autism. He tragically passed away. And so now, every year, thanks to her gifted voice, she is invited to Chicago to sing the national anthem at the AutismOne Association’s annual conference. “There is something special ― and spiritual ― about Candy’s dedication to supporting causes and making contributions,” states Alex Uhm, chief operating officer for UnitedHealthcare of California, and 2015 co-chair of the organization’s California Social Responsibility Committee. “She believes that somebody has to get out there, get things started and show others what it takes to give. I greatly admire her personal commitment.” Candy, without doubt, has a habit of giving that is fully in keeping with UnitedHealth Group’s mission of helping people live healthier lives and the company’s spirit of volunteerism.


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