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Press Room: Quotes on Volunteerism

Below you will find various quotes related to volunteerism and Volunteer West Virginia programs and services.

“This summer has by far exceeded my expectations.  A girl in my class came from an unstable family situation.  To me, this girl is my success story and I am hers.  She was given six weeks where she was allowed to read, write, make art projects, and be involved in drama activities - all things that she loves to do and would not have the chance to do otherwise because of her situation at home.  She not only progressed and changed herself this summer, but also changed me.  Her love for reading and positive attitude in an unstable family environment gives me hope that change and progress is possible.”

-2009 Energy Express AmeriCorps Member

"The biggest draw to AmeriCorps is that it has a three-prong effect in communities. You have AmeriCorps members getting things done in the community. Those members are doing community strengthening. They’re recruiting more volunteers to work on that community need. And then also, the programs are developing the AmeriCorps members into community leaders."

- Lewis Honaker, former AmeriCorps Program Officer

“This has been the most satisfying year of my life so far. One of the most busy too. I get to bring about a change to help build the economy in West Virginia."

- Joe Sabatino, 2008 AmeriCorps Member

"I now understand that one piece of paper in a clean stream can affect everything that it flows into."

- A Project FLOW (Future Leaders of Watersheds) Youth Participant

"I wake up looking forward to spending every moment helping and knowing that I'm impacting my community."

- Heather Light, 2008 AmeriCorps Member

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough to those who have too little.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Service is the rent we pay for being, it is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.”

- Marion Wright Edelman

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it, whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connected.”

- Chief Seattle

“There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction, than to have done it well.”

- Walter Reuther, labor leader and WV native
(quoted in the WVU Arts & Sciences newsletter)

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

- Winston Churchill

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead

"I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."

- Edward Everett Hale


For more information about any of the information you see above, please contact Mitzi Miller at (304) 558-0111 or email

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