This prestigious award given by United Way of Olmsted County's Women's Leadership Council recognizes a community woman whose service or achievements are outstanding examples of living united to advance the common good in our community by giving, advocating and/or volunteer service to United Way of Olmsted County or United Way partners.
The award was first established in 2009 in recognition of Maude Finch, a recording secretary of Rochester Community Chest. When paid $20 for her clerical services in 1925, Finch donated those proceeds back to the organization for the common good. United Way of Olmsted County tracks its history all the way back to Rochester’s Community Chest in 1925 and is proud to have the Women’s Leadership Council continue to recognize women embodying Maude Finch’s giving spirit in the community.
“The Maude Finch Award is important because it recognizes women in Olmsted County that are making a difference,” said Women’s Leadership Council member Gail Sauter. “Many times these individuals are taking the lead role or tirelessly working behind the scenes to support an organization or event. It’s important to recognize their impact on improving people’s lives.”
Nominees are recognized for their action, results, and time in one or more of the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, health, income, and basics needs. The nominee’s service or achievements should have contributed to creating a better community by helping to improve people's lives.