Sheneika Smith

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm a homegrown Asheville native with lots of great memories of this community during its yesteryears. Over time I have developed broad connections with area families, churches, and community leaders/organizations. My work experience covers strategic planning, project management, youth-focused mental health services, workforce development, outreach, and recruitment.

I enjoy the simple things in life, but I have two children who spice things up a notch. They love exploring new things, places, foods, and fashion trends. In 2013 I founded Date My City, a social organization that supports the cultural advancement of Black Asheville, and hosted engaging events to build a deeper connection with Black community members and leaders. I'm excited about joining this organization and co-creating opportunities for families to live free from poverty and injustice.


Give us a glimpse into your role at United Way. How do you help us fulfill our mission? What are you most excited about accomplishing as a team?

As the Volunteer Engagement Director, I'll develop and implement strategic volunteer engagement activities that support organizational goals, events, and opportunities. My immediate responsibility is to transform Hands On from its a traditional program to one focused on engaging volunteers in support of achieving the Bold Community Goal (BCG).