Superheroes are everywhere these days. The latest installment in the Avengers franchise, Avengers: Endgame recently became the biggest selling theatrical release of all time. It seems like every time we visit the multiplex, if there isn’t a movie based on a Marvel or DC comics character showing, you’ll almost certainly see a trailer for one in the pipeline. Yet, while superheroics are a fun form of escapist entertainment in movies, video games and, of course, comics let’s not forget that these iconic heroes are about far more than mere entertainment. They are here to provide moral instruction to children of all ages (especially the ones who went and grew up). They remind us that whatever your gender, age, race or political affiliation, you too can be a hero by supporting the vulnerable and standing up to inequality wherever you find it.
You don’t even have to get bitten by a radioactive arachnid or find the rocket that brought you to Earth from a dead planet in your parents basement. Heck, you don’t even have to wear spandex. Here are some easy ways to be a local hero in your community…
Learn how you can better assist law enforcement officials in your area
You never know how much your local law enforcement officials do for your community until you find yourself having need of their services. But in an age of budgetary cuts and austerity in many municipalities around the world, police services can benefit enormously from help within communities. Organizations like the National Police Association, for example, seek to educate supporters of law enforcement on how they can better assist law enforcement officials in their own communities. What’s more, many police and sheriff’s departments benefit from the voluntary support of civilians. Check in with your local department to see how you can serve your community. Speaking of which…
There’s no more noble way to spend your free time than by volunteering it in order to help those less fortunate. The beauty of volunteering is that you can choose virtually any cause that means a lot to you and there’s a good chance that they’ll be able to find some way for you to do good. Whether you’re volunteering at a food bank or shelter for the homeless, or a women’s crisis center or simply working behind the counter of a charity thrift store, there are ample opportunities to change and even save lives by giving up a little of your free time.
Get a donor card
Hopefully you have a great many happy years left on this planet. But none of us lives forever. And when we pass on, the organs we leave behind can help to save others’ lives. If you are medically able, Click This Link to find out how to be a registered organ donor in the US. The tissue you leave behind could not only save one life but positively transform the life of everyone they love.
Each and every one of us has the potential to be a force for good in our communities. As long as we rise to this responsibility, we can ensure that not all heroes wear capes!