We are laboratory animal science professionals because we love animals and people. We want to contribute to improving all lives. Being a part of this tight-knit community bonds us together in shared experiences, mutual understanding and support. As a natural extension, giving back to our community through volunteerism becomes natural. Whether it is professional or personal, human or animal, big or small, local or international, volunteerism changes your life. I will discuss how volunteering has shaped and impacted my life, along with the unexpected opportunities that arose from them. I also will talk about how volunteering can inspire others to volunteer. Volunteerism is gratifying, infectious, exhilarating and it is a way of life!