Allah loves to see the believers doing more than what is commanded. That includes volunteering your time, money, and skills, to serve your community.
The serious volunteer is someone who has little time to waste. They want to be able to fit in as much time as possible doing work for the sake of Allah.
There’s nothing like friendly competition to encourage people. The Prophet (peace be upon him) knew this and utilized it himself to great effect throughout his life.
We must make our every decision and step focused on achieving a vision. When we get this right, the barakah of Allah pours forth like the heavy rain on a barren plain.
“And whoever volunteers good [i.e. excess] – it is better for him” (Holy Qur’an 2:184)
“And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, Allah is Appreciative and Knowing.” (Holy Qur’an 2: 158)