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Batman v. Superman v. OSBF Volunteers - Who wins?

With the release of the film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25, many fans are excited to see which superhero comes out on top. What Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent might not realize is that they have some competition when it comes to real heroes. That’s right, we’re talking about you - our volunteers.

Volunteers often don’t get the credit they deserve. Maybe it’s because the word ‘volunteer’ doesn’t sound as exciting as ‘SUPERHERO.’ Maybe it’s because they don’t wear a cape. Or maybe it has to do with marketing. After all, Superman gets free advertising anytime he flies around in his Superman suit (normal people would have to pay a lot of money to rent a blimp for a day) while Batman gets free promotion whenever the Gotham City Police Department uses the Bat-Signal. To top it off, both men make the news anytime they rescue someone (or slam into a building).

But what about volunteers? They save people every day in a hundred different ways without causing property damage. They are the unsung heroes, quietly driving change behind the scenes. While they occasionally gain the recognition they deserve, most of their actions are known only to those they impact.

We’re all thinking it so let’s just say it: the title of ‘Volunteer’ needs to be upgraded to ‘Superhero.’ We won’t make you wear a cape but we might start use the word superheroing in place of volunteering. To support this argument, here are four ways our volunteers are just like the superheroes Batman and Superman:

    1.   Super Smarts – Did you know Bruce Wayne has a degree from Yale Law and is considered one of the best detectives in the world while Clark Kent can think at superhuman speeds? OSBF volunteers possess extreme intelligence and create innovative solutions to tough problems in their communities.

    2.   Super Strength and Endurance – While Batman keeps himself in peak condition to beat the bad guys and Superman exercises his alien abilities when taking on Lex Luther, our volunteers use their strength and stamina when facing deeply complex obstacles. You are not afraid to work for extended periods of time to help those in need, understanding that the ultimate goal is to generate a lasting impact.

    3.   Super Senses – Both Batman and Superman have the ability to see the world in a way that others can’t, Batman with his use of echolocation technology and Superman with his x-ray vision. Billionaire bank account and superhuman laser eyes notwithstanding, you too see the world differently. You have a vision for what they want the future to look like, and have the persistence to make it happen.

    4.   Super Love – Batman loves his city. Superman loves his planet. Both work off the clock to protect those they care about. You do this too! Your love drives your dedication to help whoever you can whenever you can; whether that’s by helping high school students understand the justice system through the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Mock Trial program or by providing victims of human trafficking with the legal tools they need to protect themselves through the Advocating Opportunity training program.  

When you go and see Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend, think of how your superpowers can be used to partner with the Foundation and make an impact. Is there a problem you want to solve? Is there a need you want to help fill?

Who knows? We just might save the world together. There is always room for more superheroes.

We want to hear from you!

Who is your favorite superhero? Is it Superman? Ironman? A parent or mentor? Let us know who has made an impact on your life and why by emailing Kate Clements at kclements@osbf.net or by telling us on social.



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