Explore the value of Volunteering
One value that was sewn into the stitching of our character at a very early age had to do with our responsibility to help others....We were expected to be of assistance to our neighbors... “Being neighborly”... was synonymous with being kind, friendly, and helpful to our neighbors and something that we were encouraged to do on a regular basis through firsthand experience. It was a bit like mandatory community service.
One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.
Carrie Chapman Catt
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.
Heather French Henry
The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.
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 second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Subscribe to our FREE
inspirational quote emails!
Personal Stories About ‘Volunteering’
Sundays With JesseSubmitted by Anonymous
It all started after I had volunteered with our church's Vacation Bible School program. Working with the kids made me realize how much I loved teaching and interacting with them. It wasn't long before I had signed up for working with the children's Sunday school as well. My assignment, however, was not what I had...
Volunteers Make Homes For Homeless YouthSubmitted by Kerry Williams
Thanks to generous grant support, my organization has built nine units of permanent supportive housing for homeless youth -- the first of their kind in the state of Michigan. Funding came together through a unique public-private partnership to bring them from dreams to reality. The units were complete in August,...
Lessons Learned From Sitting With The DyingSubmitted by Sam A
Hospice – Lessons Learned Reprint - Originally Published in the Heartland Volunteer Newsletter, June 2011 By: Sam Aspley, Heartland Volunteer People come to Hospice because something brought them there, like a spiritual calling, turning point or event. “What sent you to us?” is the question commonly asked at...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Volunteering’
Jim WSubmitted by Joe
My hero is my dad for a lot of reasons. His intelligence, creativity, and caring personality are what make him my hero. I’ll start with his intelligence. He graduated Aitkin High School in 1984 as one of the biggest rednecks. He then went to a four year college to become a mechanic which is what he still is...
Marisa ThomasSubmitted by Barbara Dowling
Marisa Thomas is a shining example of a leader who is empathetic to the needs of so many lives in our community. Over the years, she has dedicated her time, talents and resources in mentoring at-risk youth, as well as being an ESOL tutor for new immigrants - instilling encouragement, purpose, and warmth amidst...
Linda HonnoldSubmitted by Gwendolyn Wier
Linda Honnold is inspiration and very well stands for your entire list of values. She is kind hearted, charitable and compassionate. She is an avid volunteer and organizer and among many others has become a cog in the wheels for the volunteer organizations in Jacksonville, FL. Linda can keep a large group of...
Explore Another Value
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CLASS AND GRACE
DO THY BEST
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
DO YOUR PART
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
I am not some "bored stay at home Mom"! I work and I volunteer! It is a rewarding expireance to volunteer and it's sad more people don't do it.
Shelley, Cincinnati, Oh
All accidents are striking, but one good thing is that people show their best side, solidarity, I see this a lot in my country, voluntarily serve in the churches and our families.
Anderson, Colatina-ES, Brasil
Volunteering is fun! I love it. I'm going to do it today.
I just love to volunteer ?
I became a Boy Scout Leader 4 years ago by accident. To see the boys grow up into good young men is a reward I could never have imagined. I look to this site often for inspiration to pass along. Unconditional giving is what we are all called to do.
Bryan K., San Diego, Ca.
I've been volunteering with a local animal rescue group for 2 1/2 yrs now. I've fostered over 70 cats in my home and it's been the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life.
Linda, Knoxville Tn
When I donated blood for the first time, I was really scared but looking around at other volunteers made my fear vanish.
Himanshu Badjatya, Madhya Pradesh
I love this foundation.When i saw their advert on CNN,I Loved it so much and i checked their website.This must be a website from America people.It is so great.for volunteering,there was a day i donated one pint of my blood to health workers for their patients who need blood in their hospitals.many patients need blood due to road traffic accident,complications of childbirth and many other diseases.I was so glad that a donated my blood.It was just a humble service to humanity.I was so glad that i saved lives of others.SO BE GOOD,Donate your blood for the sake of others who need it.
Ikeazor Anieto, Lagos, Nigeria
I've been doing a LOT of Volunteering lately(with young children, teens, adults, ect.) at a Museum, and when the kids' face lights up when you make a doll out of corn husks, or make a cobbler on the open fire, It's priceless!!!
Holly M., Scotland
I love this foundation. There was a day when I donated one pint of my blood voluntarily to health workers for their hospital patients who need blood.
Ikeazor Anieto, Lagos,Nigeria
Sometimes we get information, sometime we don't; Sometime we do right things rightly, sometime we don't;Sometime we travel far, sometime we dwell dormant. No matter how many of those are SOMETIMES; How many times do we do what we do for MANKIND?
If you have never thought of living for people, then you better start now before it is too late. This is what other people call Volunteering.
Chavala, F., Dar-es-salaam,Tanzania
What a great idea. I was just praying for something, and I saw your commercial. How can I help?
Steve F., Arizona