Lindsey Smith, Leadership Council, United Way's Young Leader Society

Lindsey Smith, Young Leaders Society member and volunteer
Find out more about the bright personality that's lighting up our Young Leaders Society


Lindsey Smith is one of the newest members of the United Way volunteer community. She moved to Sacramento a few years ago and began working as an event coordinator for a local property management firm. Although she’s not originally from Sacramento, giving back to her community is in her DNA. Only two months after joining United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS), she stepped up to the challenge and joined the YLS Leadership Council. For this month’s spotlight, she was kind enough to chat with us about her experiences with United Way and share what inspires her.

Monica McMillan from Community Engagement: Thanks for sitting down with us. Tell us a little about yourself?

Lindsey Smith: I grew up in Stockton and moved to Sacramento in 2010 to attend Sac State. I graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of science in recreation, parks and tourism administration. Now, I work for FirstService Residential as an event coordinator. We manage Homeowners Associations (HOA). Fun fact: I was born on Christmas.

MM: Outside of your work for FirstService, what do you like to do in Sacramento?

LS: Outside of work I am a part of a few networking groups. I also love being outside after spending a week in the office and I love to bake mini things.

MM: How did you get involved with United Way California Capital Region?

LS: I got involved with United Way because my company has a United Way campaign that my supervisor is in charge of. I started helping her with volunteer projects and providing volunteer opportunities through United Way for my residents in the local community.

MM: What kind of volunteer projects are you doing?

LS: A group of up to 15 residents and myself head to the Placer Food Bank once a month to help with tasks they need completed. The Placer Food Bank is a perfect local volunteer project for us because it is right around the corner from the HOA.

MM: How did you hear about United Way’s Young Leaders Society?

LS: United Way staff person Casey Gray came into one of our regional team meetings to talk about United Way, she then touched on YLS and I joined in September of last year.  A few months later we went and had coffee and she asked me to join the Leadership Council.  Which I am having a blast being a part of!!

MM: What’s your favorite experience from your work so far with YLS and United Way?

LS: I would say my favorite project so far with United Way, YLS and the Leadership Council was when we created cards to put inside the water bottles for the Hydration Station Initiative. I had a blast coming up with sayings and decorating cards for the kids. I cannot wait for them to receive their water bottles and hydration stations. Is it January yet?!

MM: Tell us something that inspires you!

LS: Someone that inspires me is my little sister Riley she has the biggest heart ever. She constantly volunteers her time and is always helping others. She is currently volunteering at the Special Olympic World Games in Southern California.

Something that inspires me is a smile. After an event or a volunteer project just knowing that you were able to put a smile on someone’s face makes all the hard work worth it.

MM: Last but not least, what’s your favorite quote?

LS: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun!” – Mary Poppins

Are you a young professional interested in making a difference? Learn more about the Young Leaders Society and the work they’re doing in the community!