103 Volunteer Quotes on Volunteering, Serving and Giving Back

Volunteers are individuals who assist others without getting any compensation.

Volunteering is a great way to create an impact in the world and change people’s lives.

When we help others and give back to community, we create a positive ripple effect that affects many lives.

Volunteer Quotes on Volunteering, Serving and Giving Back

We have handpicked some of the best volunteer quotes on the joys of volunteering, helping, and giving back to motivate you to make a difference.

Volunteer Quotes


Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. ~ Allen Klein.


Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement. ~ Max Lucado.

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do. ~ John Adams.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Muhammad Ali.

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

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~ Unknown.

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. ~ Ronald Reagan.

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

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.

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


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~ David Thomas.

It is true that many of the Sea Shepherd crew members are inexperienced, but the fact is that these volunteers bring a passion to the project that cannot be found in a hired crew. ~ Paul Watson.

Best Volunteer Quotes

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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


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

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I’ve seen far too many Christians who are more than willing to travel halfway around the world to volunteer for a week in an orphanage, but who cannot bring themselves to take the personal risk of sharing Jesus with the coworker who sits day after day in the cubicle right next to them. ~ Lee Strobel.

Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ~ Sherry Anderson.

Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place. ~ Natalie Portman.

True discipleship is for volunteers only. Only volunteers will trust the Guide sufficiently to follow Him in the dangerous ascent which only He can lead. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. ~ Tom Brokaw.

It 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. ~ Albert Schweitzer.

Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards. ~ Elbert Hubbard.

Powerful Volunteer Quotes

When the citizens of a nation will no longer volunteer to defend it, then it is probably not worth saving. No nation has the right to survive with conscript troops, and in the long run, no nation ever has. ~ Robert A. Heinlein.

In the Peace Corps, the volunteer must be a fully developed, mature person. He must not join to run abroad or escape problems. ~ Sargent Shriver.

Give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. ~ Epictetus.

Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh I donno, I sing in the shower? Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I’ll hit somebody with my car. So sue me – no, don’t sue me. That is opposite the point I’m trying to make. ~ Michael Scott.


What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. ~ Aristotle.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~ Steve Jobs.

I’m going to help the committee regardless of any position I have. I will volunteer to be a summer intern. ~ Trey Gowdy.

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.

Volunteers 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 Bombeck.

Volunteerism 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.

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.

Famous Volunteer Quotes

The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable. ~ Oscar Arias.

Teach 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.

Most kids will not volunteer to eat veggies. At times you must step up to the plate and enforce the rule of authority as a parent. ~ Lee Haney.


There are no victims, only volunteers. ~ Robert Anthony.

Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds. ~ William J. Clinton.

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves. ~ Horace Mann.

There are three ways of trying to win the young. There is persuasion, there is compulsion, and there is attraction. You can preach at them: that is a hook without a worm. You can say, You must volunteer, and that is of the devil. You can tell them, You are needed. That appeal hardly ever fails. ~ Kurt Hahn.

We pass through this world but once. ~ Stephen Jay Gould.

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

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


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

One of the gratuities about being a director is that you can volunteer yourself out of difficult details. ~ Steven Spielberg.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Without volunteers, we’d be a nation without a soul. ~ Rosalynn Carter.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~ Helen Keller.

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay. ~ Robert Orben.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. ~ Albert Einstein.


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

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. ~ Willie Nelson.

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.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James.

Top Volunteer Quotes

Every person can make a difference, and every person should try. ~ John F. Kennedy.

In the knowledge economy everyone is a volunteer, but we have trained our managers to manage conscripts. ~ Peter F. Drucker.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. ~ Audrey Hepburn.


No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. ~ James Allen.

There are many ways of seeing the world. You can hang upside down from a meteor, volunteer to be the fourth stage of a three-stage rocket, or simply get in a balloon and keep going. But if it’s sheer, unadulterated discomfort you’re looking for, just stay on land. ~ Michael Palin.

We don’t recruit volunteers; we release leaders. Volunteers do good things but leaders change the world. ~ Craig Groeschel.

It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion – these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor in giving, and that was honor enough. ~ Scott O’Grady.

Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ~ Booker T. Washington.

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

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.


Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. ~ Jim Rohn.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. ~ John Bunyan.

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

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

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.

Wise Volunteer Quotes

Help one another. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time. ~ James Durst.


Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we’ve touched. ~ Will Fetters.

I grew up with the word volunteer as a very powerful word in my family. I was inspired by my mother and by how selfless our family was toward others who didn’t have enough. ~ Eva Longoria.

Even if you just change one life, you’ve changed the world forever. ~ Mike Satterfield.

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill.

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

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

Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world. ~ John F. Kennedy.

There’s tons of information on the Internet, so if you type in cancer, they’ll give you 15, 000 different options to get involved with cancer. It’s very easy to get involved if you want to get involved, especially to volunteer your time. ~ Chelsea Handler.

You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man. ~ Seth Parker.

There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up. ~ Bernard Meltzer.

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~ Unknown.


Games are unnecessary obstacles we volunteer to tackle. ~ Jane McGonigal.

Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better – even if you never know it. ~ Greg Louganis.

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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.

It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act. ~ Dalai Lama.

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.


If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart. ~ Rumi.

I’m happy to volunteer for the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet. The Red Cross is an organization that responds to those in need and it is an honor to help them with the lifesaving role they play everyday in communities nationwide. ~ Peyton Manning.

Great Volunteer Quotes

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

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart. ~ Elizabeth Andrew.

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. ~ Helen Keller.

I urge young people to consider public service, whether they do it now by volunteering in their community or prepare for public service as an adult. ~ John Walters.


Each good deed strengthens our angel wings. ~ Terri Guillemets.

As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness. ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. ~ Joseph Addison.

The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically. ~ Kurek Ashley.

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