Superheroes are ordinary people with extraordinary hearts!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the superhero moms! Today is your day to be acknowledged — although it should be every day.

Everywhere you look, there are superheroes. There are superhero dads too. And grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Superheroes are working in health care as nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, health aids, hospice workers and in many other ways. They are working as firefighters, law enforcement and EMTs.

Superheroes are village, city, county, state and federal employees. They are working at our Health Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Department on Aging, Area Agency on Aging, Community Mental Health and more.

They are working in our grocery stores and pharmacies. They are providing child care. They are repairing our vehicles and operating gas stations.

Superheroes abound at our nonprofits. They are serving meals and distributing food at food pantries. They are staffing shelters and providing help with utility and rent bills. They are counselors, helping people who are struggling with trauma or addictions. They are my co-workers, giving 110% every day as we serve our community and assure people get the help they need.

Teachers and school administrators are superheroes, who never dreamed they would be teaching our youth remotely. And, parents are superheroes, as they homeschool their kids.

Donors are superheroes. Foundations, service clubs, businesses, organizations and countless individuals have been so generous. Our superhero board members have made gifts and raised funds to assist the Foundation in addressing the fallout from the pandemic. We are grateful and humbled by the trust that our community has placed in our organization to assure 100% of funds go to where they can do the most good.

Volunteers are superheroes too. They are delivering meals to homebound seniors, stocking food pantry shelves, writing notes of appreciation, calling lonely people, helping their neighbors and more. If you would like to find a place to volunteer, contact us at 517-423-1729.

Robert Clancy in “Guide to the Soul” said, “We all have the capacity to be a superhero. In order to become one, you just have to find your unique power or ability and use it for good. The cape and mask are optional accessories, but a kind heart is essential.”

These days, the mask may be an essential accessory. However, it sure is wonderful to live in a community where there are so many kind hearts.

Maybe Hercules said it best, “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart.”

Thanks to all of you who have big hearts. You are superheroes extraordinaire!

Suann Hammersmith, president and CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation, can be reached at sue@lenaweecf.com or 517-423-1729.