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Quotes on Volunteering
(Words to Inspire)

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I volunteer because it just makes me feel good about myself!

Submitted 4/29/13 by Debra

Time is valuable.
VOLUNTEERING is invalualble.

Value your time.

Submitted 4/19/2013 Vicki Barber

Knowing that you are helping to create a peaceful world and a safer planet is only a fraction of the pride that a volunteer should feel every time they lend an helping hand.

To volunteer; is to contribute your goodness and works to humanity unselfishly, without seeking any rewards.

Submitted 4/17/2013 Dennis E. Adonis (

VOLUNTEERISM...pass down to your Children as Tradition, but more important, it's a gift for a lifetime.

Submitted 2/27/2013 Stacy Mauceri

VOLUNTEERISM proves that - In every straining, there is a training; in every training, there is a learning; and in every learning, there is an earning.

Submitted 2/21/2013 by Chris Ebenezer

"It is imperative to ask our self every morning "what will I give those around me today?"

"One cannot feel self-worth without giving."

Submitted 1/4/2012 by Hisham El Rouby

 Effective volunteer leaders are the "keys" by which we unlock volunteer hands and minds.
Quote from "Develop volunteer leaders worthy of the cause" by John M. Knibb, October 22, 2012 Inside Business
Inside Business The Hampton Roads Business Journal
Submitted by John M. Knibb 11/8/2012

 "A volunteer leader's personal passion for the group's mission is contagious and it motivates." By John M. Knibb
 from the Article: "Develop volunteer leaders worth of the cause" printed in Inside Business October 22, 2012 
 Inside Business The Hampton Roads Business Journal
Submitted by John M. Knibb 11/8/2012

Volunteers are not mere workers.
A worker could be good at working, but not at planning or decision-making. Similarly, the planners and decision-makers could be good at their jobs, but not at executing them. They are specialists, whereas volunteers are all-rounder. They are good as workers, as executioners, as planners, as decision makers, as initiators, and as leaders.

Volunteers work without any personal motivation.
They work to benefit others, not themselves. This makes them workers par excellence, executioners and leader par excellence. The Volunteer Dharma, therefore, is dharma par excellence.

To volunteer is to live in accordance with dharma in accordance with the values of righteousness, selflessness, and above all egolessness. To volunteer is to practice humbleness; to volunteer is to live in synchronicity with Mother Nature, loving, caring, and sharing as She does.

A Volunteer is essentially a Spiritual Practitioner, a Sadhaka, a Karma Yogi one who is striving for the ultimate union with the Supreme through selfless action. Blessed, indeed, are all of you, engaged in this holy work.

Submitted by Anand Krishna 9/26/2012

Volunteers, a precious resource we can not afford to lose.
-Denise Penn

Submitted 13 September 2012 by Denise Penn

Because I know I can contribute, I therefore believe I can volunteer my contribution.
-Preston Tulay, former Peace Corps and UN Volunteer.

Submitted 7 July 2012 by Preston M. Tulay

Volunteers don't just do the work ~ they make it work.
-Carol Pettit

Submitted 15 February 2012 by Carol Pettit

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin

Submitted 8 August 2011 by Christina Lizaso

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
-Albert Schweitzer

Submitted 7 July 2011 by Susie Kapelovitz

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

Submitted 20 July 2011 by Catherine Aird

In doing your best serving others for free, a lot of eyebrows will raise and sneers will curve many a-faces. But in the end those incredulous to what you put up with to help, no longer matter. It's not between you and those snobs, but with whom you have given your hand to lift, and of course to God who Is watching and noting it in your book.

Inspired by Mother Theresa
Original Composition
Submitted 2 June 2011 by Ding Franco

If you're watching to learn....Watch!
If you're watching for a break....Speak up!
If your watching for me to stop....leave!
If you're here to help....Grab a shovel!
Original Composition
Submitted 20 May 2011 by Suzanne Carroll

"Who will comfort those who are alone at the end of their long journey?
Who will hold the hand of those who grieve for a loved one lost?
Who gives a smile to those who have not had companionship in a long while?
A hospice Volunteer.

Most avoid death and those who will soon meet it.
Most are afraid to reach out and make a friend they know they will lose.
Most cringe at the thought of spending time with a stranger, but not you,
A hospice volunteer.

In a patient's darkest hours, you shine a beam of light.
When a family in the time of greatest need, you are there to help.
A smile, a hand, a few hours time - such precious gifts given,
By you, a hospice volunteer."
Original Composition
Submitted 12 April 2011 by Beth Cantrell

"Creativity is the serene wind that sails through our minds, carrying the embers of life."
Original Composition
Submitted 11 April 2011 by Anjan Katta

"Deeds of loving-kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments."
-Jerusalem Talmud, Pe'ah 1:1
"The heart's intention is the measure of all things."
-Maimonides, Letter to Hasda HaLevi, 12th Century
Submitted 21 March 2011 by Louise Goldstein

"I believe in the spirit of sharing and I believe we are what we are because of those around us."
"I am what I am because of other people and they are what they are because of me being around."
"One hand cannot clap on its own but it needs the other hand to make a clap." "Many hands make light work."
- Maasai tribal sayings
Submitted 7 March 2011 by Kores Ole Musuni

"No one cares what you know, unless they know that you care."
- Unknown
Submitted 11 Feb 2011 by Charles D. Powell

"If you see someone without a smile ....give them one of yours"
- Submitted 18 Jan 2011 by Becky Heimbach

"Take Care of People - People before Paper, People before Profits, People before Self and People before Projects"
- Submitted 5 January 2011 by Carol S. Ritter, Speaker on Non-Profit and Educational Leadership,

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and to impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." - Woodrow Wilson
Submitted 13 December 2010 by Lori Farley

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
- Vivian Greene
Submitted 13 December 2010 by Donna Boyland, CAVS

"Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful."
- Unknown
Submitted 5 Dec 2010 by Bernadette Bowie

"When kids volunteer it tells others that they don't have to be perfect or famous
or even grown up to make a difference."

- Kalynn Dobos, age 7
Submitted by Sheralyn Dobos

A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.
- G. Thomas Gale
Submitted by Diane Klebanow

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.
- Erma Brombeck
Submitted by Hope Woods

There is no "I" in Team but there is a "u" in volunteer!
There is no "I" in Team, but we sure are glad there is "u" in our volunteers!Submitted by Debbie Weir

"The road to success is not crowded. Because while most are looking for ways to take, the truly successful people are finding ways to give. With a giving attitude, every situation is an opportunity for success."
- Unknown
Submitted by Gracie Harrison

"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows"
-- St. Francis of Assisi
"When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?"
-- Henry David Thoreau
Submitted by Nancy McGee

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
--Muhammad Ali
Submitted by David Edwards, Secretary, Watkins Elementary School, South Carolina, USA (and also by Kristen Gallagher, OH, USA).

"A man with calloused hands is a man with a soft heart; never trust a man with soft hands as he is the one with a calloused heart."
Submitted by Anjan Katta

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Submitted August 4 2009 by Zoe Mckenzie

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.
-- Chinese Proverb
Submitted August 3 2009 by Jennifer Cali

A New Zealand Maori Proverb
Ko taku rourou
Ko tau rou rou
Ka ora te tangata

With my resources
And your resources
Everyone will benefit
Submitted July 6 2009 by Ann F. Hodson

Let some else acknowledge your virtues. (Waiho ma te tangata e mihi.)
-- A New Zealand Maori Proverb
Submitted July 6 2009 by Ann F. Hodson

How to be of value: Stare into a bucket of water until your reflection appears. Then gently pour the reflection out onto the ground. Soon it will evaporate amd become a cloud. Then it will rain and you will be part of the great cycle of replensihment and growth.
--Michael Leung
Submitted July 6 2009 by Ann F. Hodson

It wasn't the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion -- these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor in giving, and that was honor enough.
--Captain Scott O'Grady
Submitted on June 29 2009 by Kristyna

One Hundred Years From Now...
One Hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house you lived in... what kind of car you drove... what your bank balance was...
but what will matter is that you were important in the life of a child.
-- Adapted from a quote by Forest Witcraft
Submitted on June 17 2009 by Lynn Hamilton

"[I am a co-creator], an active agent in this universe who makes things happen. If I want the world to change, I have to change it."
--Danah Zohar
Submitted on December 2, 2008 by Renee Harms

And of all glad words
of prose or rhyme,
The gladdest are
"Act while there
yet is time"
--Franklin P. Adams
Submitted on November 5, 2008 by Pat Spain

It just feels like through our little projects and visits, we are being the hands and feet of God.
Found in a newspaper and quoted by "Women from Faith" a United Metodist group located in Wolcott, NY..(This would be regarding volunteering in nursing homes.)
Submitted on November 4, 2008 by Linda Geno

Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers.
Submitted on October 21, 2008 by Jobail Brcelona

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
--Lily Tomlin
Submitted on September 29, 2008 by Joyce Flaugher

Opportunity + Preparedness = Success.  Volunteer to help others be prepared for the opportunities afforded them.
Submitted on July 21, 2008 by Rick Wery

If you don't have any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble.    
-- Bob Hope
Submitted on July 3, 2008 by Judi Reed

The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.
-- Ethel Percy Andrus
Submitted on 21 April by Lindsey Garner

In order to motivate others, you must first become a source of motivation by yourself. It simply means that if you want to get anything done through others, you must first do it yourself.
-- Hazrat Ilyas Attar Qadri  
Submitted on 15 March 2008 by Muhammad Umer Attari

If just one person believes in you
Deep enough and strong enough
Believes in you hard enough and long enough
Before you knew it, someone else would think "If he can do it, I can do it"
Making it two.
Two whole people who believe in you.
And maybe even you can believe in you too.
-- Robin and the Muppet Gang, from "It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things to Consider"
Submitted on February 15, 2008 by April

When you volunteer it means you give yourself without any regression, without condition, but with full devotion...
Submitted on February 15, 2008 by Faith Tomaquin

What the mind of a Man can conceive and believe, he can achieve.
Submitted on February 15, 2008 by Albert Kwansa-Adjei

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being.   
Submitted on February 15, 2008 by Elizabeth Ellis

Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!
--author unknown
Submitted on February 20, 2008 by Jana Baker

Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur". When someone breaks a femur, they can't survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves. Isn't that what we in philanthropy are all about? Healing femurs of one sort or another?
Submitted on 8 November 2007 by Leslie Paige

There are volunteering quotations on the following websites that I love getting ideas from:

Submitted on 30 May 2007 by Laura Dilts

Volunteering is not a choice, it's a responsibility.
Submitted on 17 April 2007 by Ashley E. Hyder

Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
--Margaret Mead
Submitted on 2 February 2007 by Maureen Stenquist

Help yourself. Volunteer.
So what's holding you back? Volunteer today.
Don't just stand there. Volunteer.
Do the right thing. Volunteer.
Submitted on 12 July 2006 by Ahmed Amin

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

--Henri Nouwen
Submitted on 16 January 2006 by Mercy Mission Kenya

Silence equals nonexistence. If I don't raise my voice, it's like I never existed.
--Margaret Cho, Comedienne Revolution
Submitted on 4 February 2005 by Jennifer Smerud

Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.
-- Nkosi Johnson, a Zulu boy, born into dire poverty while also being infected with AIDS, who died at the age of 12.  Found in Jim Wooten's new book, "We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love."
Submitted on 4 December 2004 by Ed Madara, Director, American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, USA

A VOLUNTEER is a person who is a light to others, giving witness in a mixed-up age, doing well and willingly the tasks at hand-namely, being aware of another's needs and doing something about it.

A VOLUNTEER is a person who remembers to do the thing to make other people happy, who takes the loneliness out of the alone by talking to them, who is concerned when others are unconcerned, who has the courage to be a prophet and to say the things that have to be said for the good of all.

A VOLUNTEER is a person whose charity is fidelity, who is faithful in an unfaithful world, grateful in an ungrateful world, giving when all about are grasping, listening when others need to tell about their fears and problems.
-- from "The Beacon," newsletter of Birthrite, South Africa
Submitted 18 November 2004 by Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Information Service, Belleville, IL

Paul Revere earned his living as a silversmith.   But what do we remember him for?  His volunteer work.  All activism is volunteering in that it's done above and beyond earning a living and deals with what people really care passionately about.  Remember, no one gets paid to rebel.  All revolutions start with volunteers.
-- Susan J. Ellis
Posted 16 November 2004 by request of a workshop participant who heard Susan say this and wanted it shared.

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. -- Danny Thomas
Submitted on 15 November 2004 by Jack Gomez, Girl Scounts of Shagbark Council, Illinois

At the end of our life our questions are simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well? -- Jack Kornfield
Submitted on 2 November 2004 by Caitlin Rohrer, Girl Scouts, Trillium Council, Pennsylvania

If you insist on measuring yourself, place the tape around your heart rather than your head. -- Carol Trabelle
Submitted on 2 November 2004 by Caitlin Rohrer, Girl Scouts,Trillium Council, Pennsylvania

The highest reward for a person's work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it. -- John Ruskin
Submitted on 2 November 2004 by Caitlin Rohrer, Girl Scouts, Trillium Council, Pennsylvania

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