To Connie Robertson, only a life lived for others is a life worth living.
It’s those words of Albert Einstein that are detailed onto a plaque Robertson, 67, recently received when she was honored by her company, Merry Maids, when she was named Humanitarian of the Year.
“It’s nice to be rewarded for what you’ve done,” said Robertson, who has resided in Cass County for almost 40 years and owns the Merry Maids franchises in Cass County and Miami County, Kan.
She was the only recipient of the award handed out at a corporate-sponsored seminar in Nashville representing 600 franchises.
Merry Maids is one of the oldest home cleaning services in the United States, offering basic home maintenance including vacuuming, dusting, bathroom and kitchen cleaning, and interior window cleaning services.
Robertson believes it important to pay it forward by helping people in the community as she runs a business.
“I just feel like that you should give as much as you can financially and physically,” she said.
Robertson, who has been the franchise owner in Cass County for 14 years, received the award for her staff’s participation in the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer awareness walk for the past three years, along with a program she’s started in the last two years, called “We Care” that provides a free home cleanings for cancer patients.
“It’s very rewarding,” Robertson said of her work in helping it others. “But it’s just what you should do.”
Robertson’s initiative with supporting breast cancer awareness became all but personal after her staff’s first walk in 2010. Not too long after the event, Robertson was diagnosed with breast cancer – shedding another perspective on something that was already important to her.
The “We Care” program provides free cleanings each month for six to eight individuals in the community undergoing cancer treatment.
“A lot of times they call us when they start going into treatment when they realize they can’t (clean for themselves),” Robertson said. “They’ll call us wanting to check on our services. We’ll throw in a free cleaning.”
Robertson has been in remission from her own journey with cancer, yet still didn’t feel deserving of the award.
“It’s what you should do - you should pay back,” she said.
Robertson said her employees also get satisfaction from helping those in need. They also provide services at Hope Haven, in which Robertson serves on the board.
Merry Maids is also involved in the local chambers.
“We try to stay active,” Robertson said.