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Women United

Women United

The collective caring power of Women United members strengthens Olmsted County. With a focus on improving the lives of children and youth by helping them reach their potential, Women United creates opportunities to advance the health and vitality of our community through annual investments, signature programs and events.


Signature Program: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides one book each month to over 6,000 children in Olmsted County from birth to age 5. Since its start in 2006, over 11,500 Olmsted County children have benefited!

Signature Event: Power of the Purse is a community fundraising event hosted by the Women United group. The event features a key-note speaker that speaks to one relevant community priorities determined by Olmsted County as well as a silent auction of purses and experiences. Contact us to learn more about the virtual event on December 1st, 2020

Maude Finch Award: Recognizes women embodying Maude Finch’s giving spirit in the community. Maude Finch, a recording secretary of Rochester Community Chest, took her $20 payment for her clerical services in 1925 and donated those proceeds back to the organization for the common good. United Way of Olmsted County tracks its organizational history back to Rochester’s Community Chest and is proud to have the Women United continue to recognize women embodying Maude Finch’s giving spirit in the community. Meet past Maude Finch Recipients.

As a Women United Member you will... 

  • Change Lives: Your support of United Way’s work in education and youth development through Women United membership prepares children and youth for success in school and beyond.

  • Have Direct Community Involvement: Learn firsthand about community partnerships and programs. Visits to local programs that are initiates and/or supported through the United Way provides insights into how your support makes a difference.

  • Network with Local Leaders: Meet women with a shared interest in creating lasting change. Gatherings and volunteer opportunities provide time to socialize as well as learn. The most popular event is the Power of the Purse fundraiser presented by Women United.

  • Celebrate Women: The Maude Finch Award recognizes women’s achievements in advancing the common good with service, volunteerism and leadership. Women United presents this annual award at the Celebration of Caring & Giving.

  • Get Acknowledged: As a member of a caring and committed group of women, be recognized in our community as an example of what Living United is about.

Start your membership by...

Making a minimum annual leadership contribution of $650 or more directed to United Way of Olmsted County.

  • Personal donation check or credit card

  • Gift of stock or securities

  • Donation through payroll deduction

Membership gifts can be made at any time during the year. Be sure to check the box next to Women United on the online form. You may also wish to print the form and mail in a check to: 903 West Center St, Ste 100 Rochester, MN 55902.

Work-place Donors: Did you pledge or donate at least $650 through your workplace? Email us to connect your contribution to a Women United membership and receive benefits today.

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