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Find Your Inspiration: Quotes for Volunteers

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In this article, we put together volunteer quotes for all occasions. You can jump to any of these types of volunteer quotes by clicking the links below:


Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Quotes 

Thank your volunteers and recognize their impact with these volunteer appreciation quotes:

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

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you.”  —Author Unknown

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  —James Allen

“Volunteers are love in motion!”  —Author Unknown

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

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”  —Jean Baptiste Massieu

"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.” —Mother Teresa

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

Funny Quotes About Volunteering

Why not add some original funny volunteer quotes to your appreciation letters, volunteer training manuals, and more? With other volunteers who understand the nuances of volunteering, you can exchange humorous volunteer stories. 

Incorporate some humor into your company's social media profiles or emails with these funny volunteering quotes:

"If you can't make it funny, make it interesting." – Shane Koyczan

"There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, 'what happened?'" – Casey Stengel 

"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." – Mignon

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." – Woody Allen

McLaughlin "I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." – Lily Tomlin

"Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place." – Josh Billings

"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." – Audrey Hepburn McLaughlin

Inspirational Volunteer Quotes

Even the most dedicated volunteers occasionally struggle with inspiration and drive. Your ability to uplift, engage, and inspire your volunteers will keep them engaged and help them improve in their roles. 

With the help of these motivational volunteer quotes, you may inspire your supporters and increase volunteer recruiting efforts:

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." – Mother Teresa

"Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." – Shirley Temple Black

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

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." – Gandhi

"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

"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

"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

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

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

"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

Famous Quotes on Volunteering

Quotes from famous people on volunteering can boost volunteer program development. Incorporate some of them into your page and be sure to see a difference in your volunteer engagement. 

We put together a collection of famous quotes on volunteering from notable historical figures and statements:

"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." – Barack Obama

"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

"Every person can make a difference, and every person should try." – President John F. Kennedy

"No one has ever become poor by giving." – Anne Frank

"The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer." – Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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

"Spread your love everywhere you go." – Mother Teresa

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

Quotes About the Power of Volunteering

If you still need a bit of extra inspiration to make volunteering a priority, show how volunteers make the world a better place with these quotes about volunteering:

"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." – Unknown

"Volunteering is an act of supreme optimism that things can be better and that we can make them better." – John Bridgeland

"Volunteers don't necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." – Elizabeth Andrew

"Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love." – Mother Teresa

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

Thank You Volunteer Quotes

Have you ever wanted to express your volunteer appreciation

Here are some perfect volunteer appreciation quotes to do just that! A simple "thank you" is always appreciated, but how about saying something that speaks to the heart and encourages them to keep up the good work?

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." – Elizabeth Andrew

"No one has ever become poor by giving." – Anne Frank

"The very best way to help yourself and your community is by becoming an active volunteer." – Patrick Lencioni

Volunteer Quotes Images

Use these quotation images on your website, social media, or in the next email you send to volunteers.


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Keep your supporters inspired and interested in your cause by incorporating motivational volunteer quotes into your organization's messaging. Choose a volunteer quote for your aim and audience when you reach out to your community!

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