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"As long as we live; The future is bright; even if the road continues to be torturous!"

--Asavela Peko        

Volunteerism is currency that appreciates.

--Website of Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC        

"Be the change you want to see in the world"...and, if you can't be that change, then either get out of the way of the person who wants to be that change or support the individual with your financial resources.

--Mahatma Gandhi...modified by Nicole S. Lawrence        

Men have always volunteered, they just called themselves coaches, trustees, and firemen!

--Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize        

Volunteering is so pervasive it's invisible. We take for granted all the things that have been pioneered by concerned, active volunteers.

--Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize        

Anything can be accomplished as long as you don't care who gets the credit.


Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself.

--Thomas Jefferson        

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.


--Benjamin Disraeli        

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.

--Karl Reiland        

The moral test of a society is how that society treats those who are in the dawn of life -- the children; those who are in the twilight of life -- the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.

--Hubert Humphrey        

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve...You don't have to know the secod theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

--Martin Luther King        

Our nation will succeed or fail to the degree that all of us -- citizens and businesses alike -- are active participanats in building strong, sustainable and enriching communities.

--Arnold Hiatt, President, The Stride Rite Foundation        

In American Society today, we need to have volunteerism. I truly believe that it is the glue that will hold us together and it will be the energy that will take us into the 21st century.

--U.S Senator Barabara Mikulski        

What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual, caring approach that no government program, however well-meaning and well-executed, can deliver.

--Edward James Olmos        

You tell me and I forget. You teach me and I remember. You involve me and I learn.

--Ben Franklin        

In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life and they lost it all -- security, comfort and freedom.... When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

--Edward Gibbon        

It's not how high we jump off our feet in church, it's what we do with them when we hit the ground!

--Governor Tom Ridge        

Volunteers are not servants. Volunteers are partners working together for improving America's future.

--Mayor Richard Daly        

The era of big government is over, but the era of big challenge is not. We need an era of big citizenship. There are many important people at this summit, but the most important title is 'citizen.' This is our republic. Let us keep it!

--President Bill Clinton        

We are not here to enjoy the things on earth, but to pass them around. The people who do it are the happiest people you know!

--President George Bush        

We are not going to dwell on those things that divide us. We are going to rejoice in those things that keep us together to make this a better country- to reach down and back to touch every young person in need!

--Gen. Colin Powell        

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

--Henry Drummond        

Bloom where you are planted.

--Mother Jones        

If you don't believe one person can make a difference, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.

--Anita Roddick        

Your corn is ripe today, mine will be so tomorrow. 'Tis profitable for us both that I should labor with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains upon your account . . . Here then I leave you to labor alone; you treat me in the same manner. The seasons change, and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security.

--David Hume        

May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.

--Thomas Jefferson        

The greatest poverty that can afflict the human spirit is the loss of a generous heart. You will know that success has slipped away when your passion for helping others grows cold.

--Bill Lane Doulos        

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

--Thomas Paine        

In proportion as one renders service he becomes great.

--Booker T. Washington        

In my career, I learned that giving your services for free gives you a good return on your investment, not just financially but morally. It supplements your personal integrity.

--Stevie Wonder        

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson        

I feel the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

--Jonas Salk        

Reach for the stars. You might not get them, but you won't wind up with a handful of mud either!


Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

--Marilyn Von Savant        

The debt that each generation owes to the past, it must pay to the future.

--Abigail Scott Dunaway        

If your ship doesn't come in. Swim out to it.

--Jonathan Winters        

A volunteer is like a rare gem. When placed in the right setting and cared for, they will shine and give pleasure to all who see them.


He who has never fallen knows no heights.


Whatever you can do, or dream you can... begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.


There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.

--William f. Halsey, Jr.        

When people forget themselves, they usually do things others remember.

--James Coco        

When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.

--Bel Kaufman        

Go out and do something for somebody. Go out and give something to somebody. It will take you away from yourself and make you happy.

--Joseph Jefferson        

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt        

Happiness is thinking of myself; joy is thinking of others.


Our good works are like stones cast into the pool of time; though the stones themselves may disappear, their ripples extend to eternity.


The only one who likes change is a wet baby!


When we dream alone, it is only a dream, but when we dream together, it is the beginning of reality.


We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

--Martin Luther King        

Some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them!