• Volunteers are paid in six figures — S-M-I-L-E-S.
    – Gayla Lemaire
  • As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
    – Audrey Hepburn
  • The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable.
    – Oscar Arias
  • Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we’ve touched.
    – Will Fetters
  • The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires.
    – Albert Schweitzer
  • No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
    – Charles Dickens
  • Volunteering is at the very core of being human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.
    – Heather French Henry
  • Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.
    – Sherry Anderson
  • I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
    – Maya Angelou
  • As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.
    – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.
    – Minor Myers Jr.
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
    – Arthur Ashe
  • Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
    – Elizabeth Andrew
  • 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
  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
    – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Don’t ever question the value of volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.
    – Dave Gynn
  • Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
    – James Matthew Barrie
  • Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
    – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 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
  • It's impossible to be involved in all situations, but there's no excuse not to be involved in something, somewhere, somehow, with someone.
    – Richelle E. Goodrich
  • Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
    – Desmond Tutu
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
    – Aesop
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.
    – Anne Frank

Keep History Alive

The Steam Railroading Institute would not be where we are today without the hard work and dedication from our amazing volunteers. We are proud to say we have the best team of volunteers in the world. With the exception of seven staff members, everyone else that you will see operating trains and working at SRI are volunteers. 

You too can help us and become part of a family of individuals who cherish the value of keeping steam railroading living, breathing history experience for our future generations to enjoy.

If you are interested in joining our family of volunteers please contact us to learn more about what you can do to be a part of this great team. 

Please call (989)-725-9464 extension 8 or email us at info@michigansteamtrain.com

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