Volunteer’s Survival Kit

  1. Smarties
    “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”
    – Mark Fischer
  2. Heart Lollipop
    “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
    – Elizabeth Andrew
  3. Pumpkin Seeds
    “Plant flowers in others’ gardens and your life becomes a bouquet.”
    – Unknown
  4. Laffy Taffy
    “Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.”
    – Robert Orben
  5. Life Saver
    “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
    – Winston Churchill
  6. Starlight Mint
    “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”
    – Sherry Anderson
  7. Satellite Wafer
    “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
    – Mohammad Ali
  8. Candy Watch
    “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Now and Later
    “Be kind and generous everyday and volunteer, it’s good for the soul.”
    – Avery Marcone
  10. Bit-O-Honey
    “No joy can equal the joy of serving others.”
    – Sai Baba

Volunteer Survival Kit

“As a new volunteer for the PTSO [or other organizational name], here are a
few things to help you “survive” the experience!

Toothpick — to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others.

Rubber band — to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the
way you want, but it will work out.

Band Aid — to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s.

Eraser — to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it is okay.

Chewing Gum — to remind you to stick with it, and you can accomplish

Mint — to remind you that you are worth a mint.

Candy Kiss — to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug every day.

Tea Bag — to remind you to relax daily & count your blessings. ”

You can use any type of container/bag to hold these items…a small bag tied
with a ribbon, a small gift box, etc.


Microphone – because you have a powerful voice in a child’s life

Glasses – to remember to stay focus on the needs of each child

Wishing Star – to ensure that the court knows the child’s wishes

Life Savers – because that is what you are
Cotton Ball – to soften the falls that you may have

Rubber band – a reminder to stay flexible

Piece of rope – for when you reach the end of your rope –
this will keep you going a bit longer

Jolly Rancher – to remind you to laugh

Toothpick – a reminder to tolerate differences and pick out good qualities in others

Pencil & Paper – to write down loads of information

Paper Clip – to keep your records together

Penny – so you have the cents (sense) to know how valuable you are

Stick of Gum – to remind you to stick with it

Puzzle Piece – you are an important part of these children’s lives

Watch – to remind you that it is worth every minute being a part of the program