20 Songs About Volunteering

Volunteerism is often thought of as a selfless act, and there are plenty of songs that reflect that sentiment. From anthems about coming together to help those in need to more personal ballads about giving back, these tunes celebrate the spirit of volunteerism.

Let’s look at 20 songs about volunteering:

1. “Volunteer” by The Antlers

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There’s nothing more accurately reflects the selfless sentiments of volunteering than The Antlers’ “Volunteer.” The track is a candid ballad about giving back and doing good for the sake of others. It was released in 2021 as part of the Green to Gold album.

2. “I Can Help” by Billy Swan

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Billy Swan is a well-known country musician, and his 1974 track “I Can Help” is about lending a helping hand to those in need. The song became a hit and is still one of his most popular tracks to date. You can still stream this song on all music platforms out there.

3. “I Volunteer” by Collin Raye

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Next on the list is “I Volunteer” by Collin Raye. This song was released in 1995 as part of his album I Think About You.

It’s a heartwarming track about giving back and helping those who are less fortunate. If you’re looking for a feel-good song to get you in the spirit of giving, this is the one for you.

4. “Get Together Youngbloods” by The Youngbloods

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From their self-titled album, this song is an anthem for peace and love. The lyrics talk about how we need to “get together” in order to make the world a better place. Volunteering is one way to do that!

5. “Available” by Rob and Crystal Alley

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A song about being available to help others, no matter what the cost. This is a great reminder that we should always be looking for ways to serve others, whether it’s through volunteering or just lending a helping hand. It was released in 2017 as part of the Available: Songs from the Silence (Live) album.

6. “For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer” by Warren Zevon

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Warren Zevon is known for his dark sense of humor, and this song is no exception. It’s a playful look at how we often need someone else’s help to get things done. Whether it’s volunteering for a charity or just helping a friend in need, we can all benefit from lending a hand.

7. “Overriding Volunteer” by Finley Quaye

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“Overriding Volunteer” is a reggae-infused track that encourages us to help others, even when it’s not convenient. The lyrics talk about how we can make a difference in the world by giving our time and energy to those who need it. You can find it on his Much More Than Much Love album.

8. “Let’s Hear It for the Volunteers” by Mustard’s Retreat

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A song about the importance of volunteers and how they make the world a better place. The lyrics talk about all the different ways that volunteers make a difference, from fighting fires to mentoring children. This track is from their 1997 album The Wind and the Crickets.

9. “Hang On Help Is On the Way” by Little River Band

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This next song will resonate with anyone who has ever volunteered their time to help others. “Hang On Help Is On the Way” by Little River Band is all about being there for someone in their time of need. It’s a song that reminds us that we are never alone and that there are always people willing to help.

10. “Volunteer Mark Geary” by Mark Geary

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Mark Geary is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. “Volunteer Mark Geary” is a song about a man who volunteers his time to help others.

The song is about the joy that he gets from helping others and how it makes him feel good to know that he is making a difference in the world. It was released in 2002.

11. “Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane

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“Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane is a song about the power of volunteering. It’s a song that encourages people to volunteer their time to help others. The lyrics talk about how volunteering can change the world and make it a better place. You can find it on all music platforms out there.

12. “Volunteer” by Jon Cavendish

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Next on the list is “Volunteer” by Jon Cavendish. This song is about a man who volunteers his time to help others.

The lyrics talk about how volunteering makes him feel good and how it helps him make a difference in the world. It was released in 2020 as part of the Finding the Fire album.

13. “Volunteer” by Rick Fontaine


This next song is quite different from the others on our list, as it’s about someone who’s volunteering their time to someone else. In “Volunteer” by Rick Fontaine, the narrator is talking to someone who’s down on their luck and considering giving up.

The narrator tells them that they understand what they’re going through, as they’ve been there themselves before. It was released in 2018.

14. “I Volunteer” by Glenn Frey

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From the year 1982, this next song is called “I Volunteer” by Glenn Frey. It’s about a man who is passionately in love with a woman who is unattainable.

He volunteers his time and energy to her, in the hopes that she will someday reciprocate his feelings. You can find it on Frey’s No Fun Aloud album.

15. “Let’s Work Together” by Canned Heat


“Let’s Work Together” by Canned Heat is a call to unity, urging people to work together instead of fighting amongst themselves. The song was released in 1970 and became a hit, making it one of their most popular tracks. It can be found on their album Future Blues.

16. “Volunteer” by The Weepies

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The Weepies is a husband-wife duo made up of Steve Tannen and Deb Talan. “Volunteer” is a tender song about giving your time to someone in need, without expecting anything in return.

It was released in 2015 on their album Sirens. This track can be streamed on all music platforms out there.

17. “Jacob’s Dream” by Alison Krauss

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Up next is another track from Alison Krauss, this time from her 2007 album A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection. “Jacob’s Dream” is a gorgeous ballad about hope and finding your way in life.

The lyrics tell the story of Jacob, who dreams of a ladder leading up to heaven, with angels climbing up and down. It’s a powerful song about never giving up on your dreams, no matter how hard life gets.

18. “My Girl Josephine” by Fats Domino

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“My Girl Josephine” is a fun, upbeat song from the legendary Fats Domino. It’s all about a man who used to volunteer himself to a woman he used to know.

The woman, Josephine, has since moved away, but the man still thinks about her fondly. It’s a sweet song that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

19. “A Postcard to Nina” by Jens Lekman

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“A Postcard to Nina” is a 2007 song by Swedish singer/songwriter, included on their album Night Falls Over Kortedala.

It is written in the manner of a letter and discusses a true incident in which Lekman was forced to pretend to be Nina, his pen pal, while she was actually a lesbian trying to hide her identity from her disapproving parents.

20. “Dig for Victory” by Public Service Broadcasting


Wrapping up our list is “Dig for Victory” by British band Public Service Broadcasting. The song is from their 2012 album The War Room Remixed and is a motivational track that will leave you feeling inspired to do your part for the greater good. You can stream this track on all music platforms out there.

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed our list of 20 songs about volunteering. These tracks are sure to get you in the giving spirit and remind you of the importance of helping others. We hope you’ll consider volunteering your time to a worthy cause this year. Thank you for reading!