people are fortunate enough to earn their livelihoods
in jobs that directly help to create a more peaceful,
just and sustainable world. But much of the efforts
to make life better for our communities and our world
are done by volunteers -- people who work for a better
world without pay. Volunteers ARE creating a better
world, one person and one act of kindness at a time.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." -- Muhammad
life and mine should be valued not by what we take... but by what we give."
Allen (Founder of Easter Seals)
"If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful
thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever." Kofi
us remember the large numbers of citizens who, day in and
day out, through acts of volunteerism large and small, bring
hope to so many of the world's disadvantaged. Let us ensure
that this wonderful resource, available in abundance to
every nation, is recognized and supported as it works towards
a more prosperous and peaceful world.
past year's natural disasters have highlighted the invaluable contributions of
volunteers in our communities. They have volunteered their time, energy and skills
to save lives and to rebuild communities. In this they joined countless people
around the world who volunteer every day in response to 'silent crises'. These
often unsung heroes understand all too well that poverty, disease and famine are
just as deadly and destructive as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis."
-- Kofi Annan
"If we are
to make poverty history, we must have the active participation of States, civil
society and the private sector, as well as individual volunteers. -- Kofi
is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.
-- Aristotle (384-322
every act of your life as if it were your last." -- Marcus Aurelius
Can I see another's
woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind
relief? -- William Blake
are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion,
unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. -- Erma Brombeck
When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all
we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined. --
being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant
easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. -- Tom Brokaw
made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
-- Edmond Burke
the best way to
help people prevent hunger is in self help programs -- Wallace
"Every human being is important and all human beings owe something to their fellow
inhabitants of this planet." -- Wallace
Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world
a better place. -- Rosalynn
is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had
better get on with it. -- Rosalynn
work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children. -- Pablo
to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than
any other venture of life. -- Carrie
wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future
in the distance, Give yourselves. -- Carrie
have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to
help." -- Jackie
"Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly
it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people."
-- Harry Chapin
make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what
-- Winston Churchill
we help others, we cannot help but help ourselves."
who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured
are all like one-winged angels. It is only when we help each other that we can
fly. -- Luciano de Crescenzo
compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world
not be a completely different place? -- Sheryl
compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our
decisions, would our world not be a completely different
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. -- Marie Curie
…So, take what's inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can't
speak for themselves, use bold voices. And make friends and love well, bring art
to this place. And make this world better for the whole human race. -- Jamie
prime purpose in this life is to help others. And
if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
believe that individuals can make a difference in
society. Since periods of change such as the present
one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each
of us to make the best use of our time to help create
a happier world. -- The
"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect
and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members
and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we
all live." --
believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings
will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility.
We must all learn to work not just for our own self, family,
or nation but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal
responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best
foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural
resources, and through concern for future generations, the
proper care of the environment."
are not servants. Volunteers are partners working together
for improving America's future."
-- Mayor Richard Daly
can’t think of any more important value to instill
in our children than the desire to help others. I
feel strongly about setting an example for them. Real
problems can be solved by the next generation if we
instill in them the right values.
younger, anyone can help. We've learned that our legislators
listen, and people with passionate and thoughtful concerns
make a difference every day. We've had constituents
initiate legislation, lobby for it, organize meetings
and events, and, of course, call, mail, e-mail and visit
legislators to express their views. It's really great
to see how much difference that individuals can make.
is when you have done your work honestly, when you
have contributed your share to the common fund that
you begin to live.
my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which
we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment
to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make
myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my
fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life.
We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on
this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic
of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of
yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man.
Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my
brother's keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered
in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.
I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation
to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality
but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think
me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging
myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow
beings starving to death. "
“I believe we are put on this earth to be of service.
It’s how I find meaning in my life. And it's fun!”
countries are now experiencing the benefits to be gained
when individuals are provided the necessary means to undertake
voluntary action in their own communities."
-- Ad de Raad, Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers
the important progress underway, much work remains to be
done in terms of recognizing and harnessing the full potential
of volunteerism for development. It is indeed events like
International Volunteer Day that help to highlight the impact
volunteers are having in every region."
-- Ad de Raad, Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers
I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in
vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain,
or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall
not live in vain."
-- Emily Dickinson
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
-- Bill Lane Doulos
debt that each generation owes to the past it must pay
to the future.
is the voice of the people put into action. These actions
shape and mold the present into a future of which we can
all be proud.
-- Helen Dyer
on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow
-- perhaps it all will."
"Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very
purpose of life and not something you do in your spare
is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose
of life and not something you do in your spare time."
hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner
and outer life depends on the labors of other men,
living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order
to give in the measure as I have received and am still
receiving." -- Albert
deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds."
-- George Eliot
Revere earned his living as a silversmith. But what
do we remember him for? His volunteer work. All activism
is volunteering in that it's done above and beyond
earning a living and deals with what people really
care passionately about. Remember, no one gets paid
to rebel. All revolutions start with volunteers.
is so pervasive it's invisible. We take for granted
all the things that have been pioneered by concerned,
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of
this life that no man can sincerely try to help another
without helping himself."
laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent
people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation
of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to leave the world a bit better whether
by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social
condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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."
-- Edward Everett
world is a giant community now. This excuse of distance,
time, doesn’t work...We’re all so connected. We can’t
spend every second of our lives worrying about another
family miles away but we somehow have to factor it
in where we can."
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace! Where there
is hatred let me sow love; Where there is injury,
Francis of Assisi
that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing
that you have received - only what you have given: a full
heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.
Francis of Assisi
wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve
-- Anne Frank
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.
best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in
the service of others."
best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the
service of others."
“Whatever community organization, whether it's a women's
organization, or fighting for racial justice … you will
get satisfaction out of doing something to give back
to the community that you never get in any other way.”
someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a
kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a
lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
-- Loretta Girzaitis
who does nothing for others does nothing for himself
"If every American donated five hours a week, it would
equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers."
you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll
remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become
like a wildfire."
have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people
convinced that they are about to change the world. I am
more awed by ... those who ... struggle to make one small
difference after another."
-- Ellen Goodman
of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being
happy is doing things for other people. "
-- Dick Gregory
expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore,
that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature,
let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall
not pass this way again.
-- Stephen Grellet
-- "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 something that I can do."
-- Edmund Everett Hale
community service, we would not have a strong quality of
life. It's important to the person who serves as well as
the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and
-- Dr. Dorothy I. Height
"If you ever need a helping hand, it is at the end
of your arm. As you get older you must remember you
have a second hand. The first one is to help yourself.
The second hand is to help others."
your sister's boat across the water, and yours too will
reach the other side." Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind."
-- Eric Hoffer (1902-83)
heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the
depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives
-- DeAnn Hollis
is but one unconditional commandment ... to bring about
the very largest total universe of good which we can see.
-- William James (1842-1910)
our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy
rather than depressed."
-- Gerald Jampolsky
Go out and do something for somebody. Go out and give something
to somebody. It will take you away from yourself and make
-- Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905)
you are to do a thing, though it can never be known
but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were
all the world looking at you and act accordingly."
I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond
to the needs of others with kindness and compassion."
cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore
the fact that millions of people are out there suffering.
I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently
from other people. I think we all want justice and
equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of
us would like to believe that if we were in a bad
situation someone would help us."
what a harmonious world it could be if every single person,
both young and old shared a little of what he is good at
-- Quincy Jones
unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be
the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. -- Helen
is done in charity, however small and of no reputation it
be, bringeth forth good fruit.
-- Thomas à Kempis
is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and
belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man
stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot
of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends
forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other
from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down
the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
the suffering of any human being diminishes all of
us, it’s our responsibility to try to ease that suffering.
It is not a matter of titles, but of responsibilities.”
do believe there is enormous possibility to change
man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
-- Knights of Pythogoras
opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones
surround us every day."
-- Sally Koch
the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to
-- Sheldon Kopp
always thought that the best solution for those who
feel helpless is for them to help others."
San Suu Kyi
wouldn't I help? What good reason do I have as a human
being with power and a sense of empathy and morality,
why wouldn't I do something?"
give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality
of its own."
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service
of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether
I am afraid."
-- Audre Lorde
can work together for a better world with men and
women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic
goodness of humankind."
one of us can make a contribution. And quite often
we are looking for the big things and forget that,
wherever we are, we can make a contribution... just
imagine what's happening if there are billions of
people out there doing something. Just imagine the
power of what we can do."
every act of your life as if it were your last."
-- Marcus Aurelius
measure of a life is not its duration, but its donation."
-- Peter Marshall
things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do
ye even so to them."
-- Matthew 7:12
all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all times you can
To all the people you can
As long as you can."
-- Bernard Meltzer (My Golden Rule)
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
--U.S Senator Barabara Mikulski
know, there's a lot of talk in this country about
the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more
about our empathy deficit - the ability to put ourselves
in someone else's shoes; to see the world through
the eyes of those who are different from us - the
child who's hungry, the steelworker who's been laid-off,
the family who lost the entire life they built together
when the storm came to town. When you think like this
- when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern
and empathize with the plight of others, whether they
are close friends or distant strangers - it becomes
harder not to act; harder not to help.
"What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual,
caring approach that no government program, however
well-meaning and well- executed, can deliver."
We are all part of the human family and we should
be about doing what all good families do - caring
for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Founder, Mercy Corps
"My involvement with UNICEF is particularly important
to me because it is UNICEF that introduced me to volunteerism,
thereby helping me to set my own personal standard
of contributing my time and giving back to others.
Working on behalf of UNICEF‘s lifesaving efforts is
one of my most valued roles."
"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good
thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now,
and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this
we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have
done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
me to feel another's woe,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me."
-- Alexander Pope, The Universal Prayer, 1738
Our generation has the ability and the responsibility
to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful,
stable and peaceful place.
Our generation has the ability and the responsibility
to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful,
stable and peaceful place.
you think the efforts of one individual will be nothing,
then you have never been to bed with a mosquito".
~ Betty Reese
are two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for
what we receive, and the larger kind we feel for what we
-- Edward Arlington Robinson
a good person do good deeds with the same zeal that an evil
person does bad ones."
-- Shalom Rokeach
somehow every volunteer vanished tomorrow, so much of this
country would come to a standstill: schools, hospitals and
libraries. You can’t name an institution that doesn’t depend
-- Al Roker
joy can equal the joy serving others.'
-- Sai Baba
I feel the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity
to do more.
know that once you decide to look at life outside
of the narrow limits of just your world and start
to understand that you can make a difference in very
simple ways - in volunteering and all the way up to
bigger world problems."
man can do only what a man can do. But if he does
that each day he can sleep at night and do it again
the next day."
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.
is not enough to merely exist. It's not enough to say, 'I'm
earning enough to live and support my family. I do my work
well. I'm a good parent.' That's all very well. But you
must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every person has to seek in his own way to make his own
self more noble and to realize his own true worth. You must
give some time to your fellow man. 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
must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little
thing, do something for which you get not pay but the privilege
of doing it.
gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention
of the giver or doer."
"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community...
and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for
it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up
when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief
candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which
I have got hold of for a moment and I want to make
it burn as brightly as possible before handing it
on to future generations."
I think service to others is the real key to winning
our own personal freedom and the road to our own happiness,
our own personal contentment and fulfillment.
It's important to see what we can do to make a difference,
but it's more important to me to do it every single
deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
-- Dodie Smith
who volunteer often agree in the beginning that they thought
“they were doing something for others.” It doesn't take
them long to realize they are the ones who are richer for
the experience. It's the absolute truth. Make A Difference
Day is your chance to find out.
-- Harry Smith (NBC News)
A Difference Day is a great way to introduce kids to the
rewards of volunteering.
It's fun, it's focused and it's empowering to know that
millions are motivated to do the same.
-- Kate Snow (NBC Nightline)
slept and I dreamed that life is all joy, I woke and I saw
that life is all service. I served and I saw that service
is joy. "
-- Rabindranath Tagore
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.
"It is not how much you do, but how much love you
put in the doing."
"It is not how much you do, but how much love you put
in the doing."
to others selflesly and anonymously, radiating light throughout
the world and illuminating your own darkness, your virtue
becomes a sanctuary for yourself and all beings.
-- Lao tzu (570-490 BC)
in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or
accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
-- Danny Thomas
I want a different world. One where I don’t wake up
thinking I’m so lucky to be able to feed my daughter,
and able to give people a clean drink of water. I don’t
want images of starving babies at the breast in my mind.
I want that to change. And if I want that, I had better
do something about it.
Let ... individuals make the most of what God has
given them, have their neighbors do the same, and
then do all they can to serve each other. There is
no use in one man, or one nation, to try to do or
be everything. It is a good thing to be dependent
on each other for something, it makes us civil and
Truth (c. 17971883)
"Everyone must find a capacity in which they can serve,
because we all benefit from society."
shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing
back. People complain about their taxes, yet they
do nothing for the community. That makes me furious.
help rather than advice."
-- Luc de Vauvenargues
The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change,
the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.
Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.
"My satisfaction comes from my commitment
to advancing a better world."
all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the
ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times
you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever
-- John Wesley
of us alone can save the nation or world. But each
of us can make a positive difference if we commit
ourselves to do so."
every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you
may not see."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In every community, there is work to be done. In every
nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart,
there is the power to do it.
we give of our time, talents and resources to tend the needs
of the sick, offer food to the hungry and teach the dependent
to stand on their own, we enrich ourselves spiritually beyond
our ability to comprehend."
-- Joseph B. Wirthlin (1924-)
kindnesses...will broaden your heart, and slowly you will
habituate yourself to helping your fellow man in many ways."