What makes someone a superhero, the ability to leap a building in a single bound, other-worldly strength, the ability to be flexible beyond that of a normal human being? At a 25th anniversary celebration yesterday we thanked a man, a volunteer, who I consider to be a superhero.
Why? Because thanks to this one unassuming person’s vision, drive, and capacity to bring others together around a common cause the organization now has:
- Over 828 alumni
- Who represent 79 different municipalities, 29 different school districts and work for 329 different employers within our county
But what really makes this unassuming man a superhero is that each year those alumni contribute 98,148 volunteer hours valued at $2,312,390 in over 662 community organizations. That commitment tallies up to not just a large number of hours or dollars, but to exponential impact on the lives of those served by the nonprofits and government organizations for which those alumni volunteer.
Super? Definitely. Heroic? Absolutely, particularly when one has no idea how or how well an idea and organization will take hold. It takes hero-like stamina and resolve to bring an organization to life and help shepherd its growth over the years.
Who are the superheroes in your nonprofit or higher education institution? As always, we welcome hearing your stories.
Sophie Penney, Ph.D.