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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Herman Melville

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  Seneca

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity. Confucius





Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. Author Unknown

The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.  Leo Rosten

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For me, when I was a kid, volunteering was the last thing I was thinking about. When I see kids doing it now, it amazes me. It’s very impressive, it gives them something productive to do as opposed to getting in trouble. For them to take time out at such a young age is remarkable. I think all kids should take a little time out to volunteer. Derek Jeter

I did most of my volunteer work when I was in college because I knew of more ways to get involved. In high school, we’d do things like, there was a homeless shelter near our hometown and our church group decorated one of the rooms. In college, I was in a sorority, and we did a lot of things, like pick up trash on the highway. Carrie Underwood

You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time. Rob McKenna

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. Stonewall Jackson

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.  Author Unknown

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Kindness is the greatest wisdom. Author Unknown

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  James Matthew Barrie

Real charity doesn’t care if it’s tax-deductible or not.  Dan Bennett

God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through. Author Unknown

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.

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Exercise your purchasing power as a consumer, volunteer and bring joy to those in need, and share your experiences, tell your stories, and inspire others along the way. Blake Mycoskie

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. Julius Caesar

From my early school days, I was brought up with the belief that we have a duty to use our talents, to volunteer and to make a contribution. Michael Hintze

I catch myself judging myself as that 13-year-old boy, who, of course, rightfully points out that he is only a child. And my membership – well, I was drafted into the Waffen-SS and didn’t exactly volunteer, which was just as idiotic. I wanted to be on the submarines and then ended up with the Waffen-SS. Gunter Grass

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. Albert Pike (Thanks, Carl)

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Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. Thomas Carlyle





Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. James Russell Lowell

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. Betty Reese

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.  Author Unknown

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People who volunteer at the recycling center or soup kitchen through a church or neighborhood group can come to feel part of something ‘larger.’ Such a sense of belonging calls on a different part of a self than the market calls on. The market calls on our sense of self-interest. It focuses us on what we ‘get.’ Arlie Russell Hochschild

Virtually every society that survived did so by socializing its sons to be disposable. Disposable in war; disposable in work. We need warriors and volunteer firefighters, so we label these men heroes. Warren Farrell

My record was so bad that I was first rejected by the Peace Corps as a poor risk and possible troublemaker and was accepted as a volunteer only after a great deal of explaining and arguing. Paul Theroux

I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis. Dalai Lama

Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too. Albert Schweitzer

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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.  Dr. Seuss

The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering:  Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. Ivan Scheier



Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. Author Unknown

Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time. James Durst

No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy. Knights of Pythagoras  (Thanks, Jim)

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Many schools include a service project as part of their curriculum, and many corporations have in-house projects for their employees or give them time off to do volunteer work. George H. W. Bush

Working in an underdeveloped land for two or three years, the volunteer will often find that his work is routine and full of frustration. Sargent Shriver

I didn’t volunteer; they asked me. I felt a duty to testify. Ramsey Clark

While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate. Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Nyasaland was the perfect country for a volunteer. It was friendly and destitute; it was small and out-of-the-way. It had all of Africa’s problems – poverty, ignorance, disease. Paul Theroux

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Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. Henry David Thoreau

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back. Maya Angelou

Volunteers do it for free. Author Unknown

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Author Unknown

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Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need. Gillian Anderson

I am a pet person. My dog actually lives in Georgia now. But I work with animal trainers and pets quite often. I also volunteer at different places like animal shelters. It’s good to be around pets. They kind of put things into perspective. They’re easygoing, loyal, and they seem to get it, even when humans don’t. Alyson Stoner

To me, one of the best faces America has ever projected is the face of a Peace Corps volunteer. That face symbolizes this country: young, curious, brimming with idealism and hope – and a real, honest compassion. Teresa Heinz





A good mother remembers to serve fruit at breakfast, is always cheerful and never yells, manages not to project her own neuroses and inadequacies onto her children, is an active and beloved community volunteer. She remembers to make play dates, her children’s clothes fit, she does art projects with them and enjoys all their games. Ayelet Waldman

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  Nelson Henderson

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I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  Mother Teresa

They are also heroes who cheer the parade and return quietly to their uncelebrated lives.  Robert Brault

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

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. Author Unknown

Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have.  Christopher Morley

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I worked at an old folks’ home once in Harlem, and I was an activities volunteer. I used to do all these plays with the old people. I did ‘The Wizard of Oz;’ it was adapted. There was a guy there who played the harmonica, so we had an overture, and The Wizard was 96. Tony Danza

I used to work as a volunteer in a hospice, but I don’t have any nursing skills or cooking skills or anything, so I was what they call an escort. I would take people to the support groups every night, and I would have to sit sort of on the sidelines so I could take them back to hospice at the end of the meeting. Chuck Palahniuk

Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. Peter Drucker

It’s amazing to me the number of people who will volunteer to help at church but won’t lift a finger to help at home! Joyce Meyer

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

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The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.  Eric Hoffer

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. Malayan Proverb

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. Oscar Wilde

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.  Jean Baptiste Massieu

I did not volunteer for the Waffen SS, but was, as were thousands of my year group, conscripted. I did not then know as a 17-year-old that it was a criminal unit. I thought it was an elite unit. Gunter Grass

Leaders receive and give assignments. This is an important part of the necessary principle of delegating. No one appreciates a willing volunteer more than I, but the total work cannot be done as the Lord wants it done merely by those doing the work who may be present at meetings. James E. Faust