is to perform a service willingly and without pay.

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

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?”


“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973); writer, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner

“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 Penney (1875-1971); founder of J.C. Penney Corporation

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

King George IV (1762-1830); King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941); poet, playwright, essayist

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

Bill Cosby (born 1937); comedian, actor

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); Indian political and spiritual leader

“There is incredible value in being of service to others.”

Elizabeth Berg author

“Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.”

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947); American women's rights activist

“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 (1902-1978); cultural anthropologist

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”

David Star Jordan (1851-1931); Educator, author, peace activist

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”

Edward "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009); US Senator

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About 2 years ago, as a sophomore in High School, I volunteered at a thrift store on the weekends. I didn't have any real reason for volunteering there initially; it was just something to do. I've never had many friends, so I figured that this would be a great opportunity to meet and work with people. I would help stock,…

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Stephanie has worked tirelessly for over two years to provide encouraging cards to children in hospitals and homeless shelters. Last year she delivered more than 1,500 cards made by herself and members of the community to children in need. She also donates care packages with hygiene items to children in shelters using her own money. Stephanie has inspired me by…

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My mom Diane Wall is my hero because she helps me with a lot of things. One time I had to clean my room and sort out my clothes and she helped me. She also helps me with my homework. She also is my hero because she doesn't give up on anything. All the time she is working for hours…

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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 other volunteers running smoothly and spends a…

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Everyday Hero: JoAnn

My mother has spent the past 9 years working with Special Olympics. But her story of love, compassion, and patience doesn’t start there. It started 20 years ago when my younger sister, Natalie, was born. You see, my sister is mentally delayed and has always required extra help; help that my mother never hesitated to give. My mother decided quickly…

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Everyday Hero: Jim

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 today. He…

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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 7 months ago from 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 about 2 years ago from Colatina-ES, Brasil

Volunteering is fun! I love it. I'm going to do it today.
hunter over 2 years ago from renfrew

I just love to volunteer ? Don't you?
Amelia over 2 years ago from paris

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. over 2 years ago from San Diego, Ca.

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