Pittsburgh native Lauren Smith and her mother, retired school teacher Kay Smith, have come a long way in helping the Red Cross.
From creating a middle school student club to creating a volunteering organization system, these two ladies have served the Red Cross in numerous ways.
Since a very young age, Lauren has had a passion to help out those in need. She even managed to capture one spot they offered to her middle school for the Red Cross Leadership Development Camp held at Grove City (Pennsylvania) College, an experience she was very excited to partake in. Upon returning, she went on to create a Red Cross Student Club for her school. Lauren led the club successfully making friendship and disaster kits, painting houses, and contributing to service projects in her community.
Lauren’s success in creating the club, combined with hours of volunteering at Pittsburgh’s Red Cross headquarters, led to her selection to participate on the volunteer staff of the leadership camp. She continued to be involved with the Red Cross as a volunteer during her high school years and reached over 1000 total volunteer hours.
After 32 years in the education field, Kay Smith retired as a school teacher. Seeing her daughter succeed with the Red Cross inspired her and she herself joined the organization. Kay has been flexible by doing many things from supervising casework to serving meals to even driving the Emergency Response Vehicle. She was the first Red Cross Volunteer from Pittsburgh to go to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and recently served as a disaster volunteer for Hurricane Sandy.
Continuing the tradition, Lauren currently serves on the Greater Miami and the Keys Board of Directors of the Red Cross South Florida Region. She is also a managing director in the Miami office of Diversified Search, the 10th largest executive search firm in the country. Lauren believes the lessons she learned early in her life at the Red Cross significantly contributed to her professional success. Her mother Kay now lives in St. Lucie County and is helping to lead volunteer staffing for the region.
Throughout the years and through two generations, Lauren and Kay Smith have generously donated valuable time to the Red Cross. Their selfless actions have undoubtedly helped many in need.