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Inspiring Quotes for Volunteer Coordinators

Some inspiration especially for those who are managing volunteers. Your job is as equally challenging as it is rewarding. Thank you for sticking with it!

“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton

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

“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 Annan

“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

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel

“To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.” ~ Carrie Chapman Catt

“In 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 century.” ~ U.S Senator Barabara Mikulski

“What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual, caring approach that no government program, however well-meaning and well- executed, can deliver.” ~ Edward James Olmos

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Many 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

“Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow — perhaps it all will.” ~ Ecclesiastes

“The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.” ~ Lao Tzu

“It 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.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” ~ Dodie Smith

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” ~ Alan Alda

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

“The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.” ~ Ann Patchett

“It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid?” ~ Richard Bach

“May I see what I do. May I do it differently. May I make this a way of life.” ~ Buddhist Mantra

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