San Antonio is a Compassionate City!
. . . one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. Every Wednesday, Compassionate San Antonio publishes a roundup of the compassionate acts we’ve found. Use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate actions! Follow us on @compassionNET1 to see them on Twitter as we find them.
Compassionate Acts in past 133 weeks
County Plans Interest-Free Loans for Small Businesses; Court, Jail Procedures Adjusted | Going beyond the game: NISD coaches helping distribute meals to students while schools remain closed | SeaWorld San Antonio donates over 6,000 pounds of food to San Antonio Food Bank | San Antonio Zoo Donates Food | Giving big crucial to curb COVID-19 pandemic | Amid COVID-19, bump the shake; connect in new way | While We Are Apart, Reading Can Help Us Better Connect With Each Other | Area Foundation, United Way Start San Antonio Coronavirus Response Fund | A nonprofit had to send home 99% of its volunteers. Here is how you can help | Metro Health COVID-19 hotline grows from 2 lines to 13 due to heavy call volume | Big Give Launches Emergency Relief Fundraiser During COVID-19 | Restaurants Help Provide Pantry Staples During Coronavirus | San Antonio food pantries address growing need to provide groceries during coronavirus pandemic | Worried about the coronavirus? These San Antonio residents banded together to help others. Here’s how you can, too. | VIA Suspends Fares in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic | Local musician uses talent to ease customers at grocery stores | Neighbors answer nurse’s call for help making homemade face masks | Innovation takes over San Antonio as people look to help how they can | SeaWorld donates 45 cases toilet paper to military medical trainees at Fort Sam Houston | Tim Duncan Is Helping Virgin Island Students Get Home | Food wholesaler donates food to San Antonio restaurant workers laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic | San Antonio Brewer and Distiller Ranger Creek Making Free Hand Sanitizer to Keep Up With Shortage | KSAT Community phone bank raises more than $40,000 for Meals on Wheels S.A. | New San Antonio poet laureate Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson is on the job | Alamo Colleges creates ‘COVID-19 Student Impact Fund’ to help students in need ‘I’m not willing to sacrifice anyone’ | | Nonprofit, local restaurants team up to feed laid off hospitality service workers for free | Local Leaders’ Treatment of Latin-American Residents in the ’30s Offers Lesson on How We Should Respond to the Current Crisis | Coronavirus Is Contagious, But So Is Kindness | How one San Antonio woman helped create a viral online movement as the coronavirus spreads | Nirenberg: Slow spread of coronavirus, then rebuild and recover |
Clack: Stay strong by maintaining our community | Emptying Store Shelves Won’t Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus, Social Distancing Will | These are necessary moves for public health | Some SA parents scrambling to make plans for children who will remain home from school next week | Gordon Hartman Is On A Mission To Make San Antonio Accessible To Everyone | Newly Promoted Municipal Executive Wants to ‘Liberate’ City Employees | Amid Covid-19 concerns, don’t forget those in need | Fort Sam Soldiers Practice Mindfulness in ‘Resiliency Kitchen’ | Texas Pastor Uses Chicken to Explain Church’s First Live Streaming Service | USAA donating $1 million to SA nonprofits responding to coronavirus | San Antonio pastor ministers to those in need at East Side church | Spurs establish fund for part-time workers after season suspended due to coronavirus | Somos Neighbors Highlights Life Expectancy Disparities in Bexar County | H-E-B makes donation to local researchers tackling coronavirus | Evictions in Bexar County suspended due to COVID-19 concerns | Coronavirus isn’t stopping churches from feeding the homeless | With Fundraiser Cancellations, Emergency Relief Becomes a Focus | San Antonio Food Bank launches ‘Neighbor Helping Neighbor’ relief effort |
Medical Students Learn Vital Skills While Helping the Community | Legacies of Love: Happened By Chance Horses | Legacies of Love: San Antonio Amputee Foundation | Council passes ordinance mandating baby changing stations in men’s and women’s bathrooms | Nirenberg: San Antonio has shown compassion and gumption in coronavirus fight | ‘We are not alone’: Owner of Southtown office lost in fire pens letter thanking San Antonio | UTSA program is music to the ears of West Side kids | How CPS ‘Rainbow Rooms’ serve TX kids and how you can help | Personal growth as well as leafy greens thrive in San Antonio nonprofit’s new hydroponic farm | Local school district partners with farmers to bring fresh vegetables and fruits to campuses | San Antonio museum sensory tours allow the blind to again ‘see’ art | San Antonio pushes to grow access to financial services, education in fight against persistent poverty | Mitch Hagney: From Trinity debater to Local Sprout CEO | Big Mama blogger Melanie Shankle talks about her new book “On the Bright Side” | CPS Energy won’t disconnect services while San Antonio deals with coronavirus |
How to Change the Poverty Mindset | SA dad works to give away free helmets in wake of bike crash tragedy | Spurs to fund ‘Culinary Health Education for Families’ in 40 SAISD schools | Nonprofit named for teen killed by SAPD officer seeks to heal | To Combat Poverty, Renamed Center Aims to ‘Meet People Where They Are’ | Alternative is fine, but giving to panhandlers is a personal choice | Filling bowls and souls part of San Antonio Empty Bowls 2020 | San Antonio woman finds common thread of purpose as head seamstress of South Side nonprofit | Local students help custodians clean cafeteria instead of socializing during lunch | SA Food Bank to launch coronavirus preparedness and prevention campaign | Formerly Homeless Woman Giving Teachers Tools to Break Cycle |
Free San Antonio education program helps adults finish college | UTSA students can get free food from Whataburger Resource Room | San Antonio education leaders, advocates convene to address youth homelessness | H-E-B leads children’s book launch to let every girl know she is enough | Comfort Cafe SA serves food, new lease on life | Local program aims to combat eviction in San Antonio | ‘Pennies for Literacy’ campaign provides new books for HGMS students | ‘Can’t Beat Love Teen Film Contest’ raises awareness for teen dating violence | Homeless outreach pilot program recommended for expansion | A Lesson for San Antonio: Texas Schools Where ‘Poverty Is Not Destiny’ | Humanity, knowledge way to treat virus panic | Local nonprofit organization addressing child care issues in Bexar County | 10 New positions added to SAPD Crisis Response Team to address family violence | The San Antonio Symphony Brings Music And Memories To Those With Dementia | Church provides homeless a place to sleep to escape freezing temperatures |
Disconnect’ exists between city officials, service organizations when it comes to San Antonio’s homeless | UT Dentistry providing free oral health care for over 250 Edgewood ISD students | San Antonio Teacher Fights for Fellow Dreamers | The Magical Piñata Teaches Sharing, Centers Culture | Anonymous $5k donation pays off a thousand NEISD students’ school lunch balances | Words from the wise: San Antonio seniors offer tips on lasting love | Bexar County sets aside $7 million for mental health programs | 500 free trees to be given away at Confluence Park event | Photographer’s portraits display San Antonio’s diverse population | Classroom libraries at San Antonio’s Southwest High School help turn students who ‘hate’ books into readers | Bartender shares history of alcohol abuse to inspire others | Personajes de Disney visitan clínica para alegrar a cientos de niños hospitalizados en San Valentín | Parkinson’s patients taking punches at the disease during weekly boxing classes | UT Health San Antonio Will Head Statewide Opioid Addiction Initiative | At Kenney’s Food Store, the friendships go back decades | Owner of local soul food restaurant offers families, community members a second chance | Rey Saldaña Leaving San Antonio to Lead National Education Nonprofit | SA Embraces Mandaean Refugees | From streets to the classroom, local artist giving kids a chance through murals |
Ballet SA and Haven For Hope Partner to Bring Free Dance Lessons to Homeless Children | City of San Antonio hosting first Girls Empowerment Summit | Soul Art Project Puts a New Twist on Therapy | SAHA board approves changes to public housing fees | Local students write letters to people living in China following coronavirus outbreak | Community plans ‘mock graduation’ so dying mother can see her son graduate | SA 2020, how far have we come? And what’s next? | Past Housing, Zoning Practices Contribute to Today’s Housing Gap | San Antonio scholar could bring ‘healing’ to contentious Alamo makeover | 3rd Graders to Be Honored at National Philanthropy Day | SAISD students ask for limits on school policing, amendments to their Bill of Rights | County plans to offer inmates in San Antonio new treatment option to fight deadly opioid epidemic | San Antonio students reach out to lonely kids on ‘No One Eats Alone Day’ | Hope for a bright future for hard-to-place foster kids in San Antonio | Some San Antonio doctors already reforming health care system | Councilwoman Gonzales on Poverty: ‘There Is No Time to Waste’ | District judge prods county courts to move on bail reform |
City to purchase mobile shower for homeless | “Everybody Deserves an Opportunity, Wherever They Come From”: Migrants Share Their Stories | San Antonio outlines plans to spend more to address domestic violence | UT San Antonio researchers pilot ways to help youth deal with trauma | Boys mind their manners — and learn them — after class at Briscoe Elementary School | Spurs, city team up to improve San Antonio’s basketball courts, parks | Naomi Shihab Nye to Receive National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award | Poverty Is a Storyline Binding Generations and Dividing a City | Job Training, Legal Help, Daycare: New City Report Looks at Tackling Poverty | Impact San Antonio recruiting 500 women during membership drive | Carver Library Celebrating Black History Month with First Ever San Antonio African American Book Festival | Holocaust Survivor Hopes Students Will Keep Her Memories Alive | There’s a New Sheriff In Town—and He’s Wearing a Kippah | New Morgan’s Wonderland Camp gets $20 million financial boost from Valero and Valero executives |
‘Torch of Friendship’ sculptor Sebastian is donating a monumental new work to San Antonio | SA2020 Launches Yearlong Engagement Tour Ahead of Rebranding | Local groups take count to help the homeless | Public Theater of San Antonio offers free tickets to Arts San Antonio subscribers | Endangered: San Antonio’s Vanishing Mobile Home Parks and a Path for Preservation | San Antonio to host public forums on homeless strategic plan | Driven by the migrant experience, San Antonio student writer gets national recognition | ‘A West Side story’: San Antonio philanthropist hopes story of pain, poverty will inspire others | Nine-year-old uses her savings to buy her classmate a new bike |
Proposed Renters’ Commission for San Antonio Takes Long-Awaited Step Forward | Charles Butt Foundation Gives $1.5M to Alamo Promise Tuition Program | Domestic violence outcry policy drafted to help faith-based organizations | City’s Distressed Areas Targeted in San Antonio Area Foundation’s 2019 Giving | Fourth-graders at Vineyard Ranch Elementary organize to give back | How the San Antonio Police Are Rethinking Mental Health | San Antonio ID Recovery program is first step to getting out of homelessness | Glass Artist Uses Skills to Give Back | Almost a century after it chose the Texas Ranger as its mascot, SAC has another chance to evolve | Spurs Celebrate Cultures, Traditions at First Indigenous Night | Thousands In San Antonio March, Celebrate And Reflect On MLK Jr. | Fire Scene Rehab backing up first responders | Mexican American civil rights institute finds a home at OLLU | San Antonio Zoo sending veterinary staff to Australia to help animals affected by fires | A Texas congregation caring for immigrants gains a new understanding of Christianity as a ‘trauma-healing movement’ |
San Antonio volunteers flying to Puerto Rico to help victims of devastating earthquake | From officer, ‘trace evidence’ of how to live | San Antonio breast cancer survivors bare their bodies, mastectomy scars and all | Interfaith Welcome Coalition on the front lines of migrant aid in San Antonio | DreamWeek 2020: Real-Life ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Figure Hopes for Reconciliation | An Agent for Change | San Antonio officials seek to reassure local Muslim community amid U.S.-Iran tensions | San Antonio potters help the homeless by creating bowls | Hundreds of high school students in San Antonio to discuss Iran, other global issues | Local news reborn at the humble library? | United Way’s Chris Martin: Changing the plan to tackle San Antonio’s poverty, education problems | Organization creates ‘busy bags’ to comfort children in San Antonio hospital | North East ISD to End Class Rankings for Students Not in Top 10% | Donors to Nonprofits Want to Invest Time and Skills, See Results |
When women are in rooms of power, everyone benefits | Volunteers maintain historic Headwaters Sanctuary, origin point of S.A. | Thrive Outreach serves San Antonio’s homeless | Florist uses nursing background to ease grief of San Antonio residents | San Antonio’s Next Goal: Becoming the Best City for Raising a Family | San Antonio Elementary School Boys Learning Manners and Etiquette | Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs team up with Tap Pilam for American Indian-inspired streetwear | 20-Pound Therapy Cat Big Hit Among Hospital Patients in Need of Comfort |