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Volunteer Quotes


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 Bombeck

Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. --Mother Teresa

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra.

Snowflakes melt alone - but together they can be traffic stoppers!

Teamwork allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being. --Goethe

We ourselves must be full of life if we are going to make life fuller for others. --David Sawyer

We can do no great things -- only small things with great love. --Mother Teresa

I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living -- the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals. --Marian Wright Edelman

I can't be found in myself; I discover myself in others. That much is clear. And I suspect that I also love and care for myself in others. --Hugh Prather

If you want to innovate, to change an enterprise or a society, it takes people willing to do what is not expected. --Jean Ribould

Giving kids clothes and food is one thing but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people. --Dolores Huerta

We need love and creative imagination to do constructive work. --Paula Ollendorf

Work is love made visible. --Kahlil Gibran

We ourselves must be full of life if we are going to make life fuller for others. --Davod Sawuer

No man or woman, even of the humblest sort, can really be strong, gentle, pure and good without the world being better for it; without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness. --Phillips Brooks

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on . . . The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully. --Walter Lippmann

Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like. --Francois de La Rochefoucauld

No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers. --Ronald Reagan

Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people's lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer. --Jimmy Carter

Service to youth is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth. --Jane Deeter Rippin

How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving. --James Cash Penny

Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship and confidence. --Brian O'Connell

The soul is healed by being with children. --Feodor Dowtoevski

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

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 ave sought and found how to serve. --Albert Schweitzer

I have been the recipient of love and service, therefore I can love and serve. There is great satisfaction in service to others, in ... seeing people and their conditions change. --Clarence E. Hodges

We seldom stop to think how many people's lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed. --Ivy Baker Priest

We're put on this earth not to see through each other but to see each other through. --Anonymous

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Caring must strengthen into commitment and commitment into action if we are to preserve and nurture one of the greatest forces for rebirth and renewal this nation has ... voluntarism. --Marlene Wilson

Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one's ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them. --Harriet Naylor

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 only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. --Martin Luther King Jr.

It is a rare and high privilege to be in a position to help people understand the differences that they can make not only in their own lives but in the lives of others by simply giving of themselves. --Helen Boosalis

Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. --Anonymous

A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization --George Bush

Though government has an important role to play in meeting the many challenges that remain before us, we are coming to understand that no organization, including government, will fully succeed without the active participation of each of us. Volunteers are vital to enabling this country to live up to the true promise of its heritage --Bill Clinton

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. --Booker T. Washington

There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through . . . sharing together, praying together, suffering together and working together --Mother Teresa

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. --George Washington Carver

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. --Anne Frank

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. --Mahatma Gandhi

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else. --Benjamin Franklin

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. --Eleanor Roosevelt

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

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. --Edmund Evertt Hale

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

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. --Aesop

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

You will find as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others. Source Unknown

The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have. --Leonard Nimoy

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