Volunteer-led communities are often messy, complex enterprises. There is no carrot of salary to motivate people, and they rely almost entirely on culture to accomplish their goals. When there is a reigning culture of lethargy or incompetence, it is hard to move anything forward. But if there is a healthy culture in place, volunteering can bring communities to new heights. In this article I analyze some of the aspects of volunteering at Kehilat Hadar, an independent minyan I co-founded 10 years ago. Serving as a case study, Hadar offers larger lessons for building a successful volunteer culture.