October 21

We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. —Romans 12:6-8

Volunteers don’t just do the work. They make it work.
—Carol Pettit

Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
—Lily Tomlin

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

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
—Mother Teresa

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.

There is literally an army of volunteers in our country. Recent studies report that 62.8 million adults volunteer 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations, valued at almost $173 billion, if paid for.

Whether your area of service is paid, underpaid, or volunteer, you are being somebody to everybody, to turn Mother Teresa’s phrase. Even when you work alone or feel alone, know that you matter and your work is making a difference for many.

HEAVENLY FATHER, I want to keep making a difference in my community, making it a better and safer place in which to live. Lead me, guide me, empower me.