Smith, a lifelong volunteer, says her first experience was for UNICEF as a child. “We’d take our little box around at Halloween and ask the neighbors to put dimes in our box along with candy in our bag,” says Smith adding that it was a two-fold mission, no either or. “I think I was drawn or directed, possibly early on, to doing things that were not just about me,” says Smith who has spent her life giving back in extraordinary ways.
In the years since, the volunteerism that began with a UNICEF box at Halloween has earned Smith well-deserved accolades including, Delta Delta Delta's Woman of the Year and namesake of Ginger Hicks Smith Museum and Archives at the sorority's international headquarters, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, Emory’s Community Builder Award and Fraternal Chapter Adviser of the Year Award. She’s served as a community leader at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church for many years and was instrumental in facilitating Emory’s participation in the Decatur Book Festival. And Smith is currently the class agent for St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, connecting and fundraising, and of course still breaking records.