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 will be publishing a roundup of some of the compassionate acts we’ve spied with our little eyes.
Compassionate Acts in past 21 weeks
Nirenberg to Students: You Can Have Your Big Red If You Exercise, Too | Bexar County Sheriff’s Office partners with Nextdoor to improve neighborhood safety | Man pushing best friend to finish line at Rock n’ Roll Marathon | SA signs Fast Track Initiative to End AIDS | Nonprofit helps ease financial burden of San Antonio teachers | Women Veterans of San Antonio brings smiles to abused, neglected children | City, UTSA Researchers to Begin Creating Formal Climate Action Plan | ’22 For 22′: A Local Vet Cycles To Raise Awareness About PTSD | NISD uses small group counseling to help mental health of students | Mission Trail Hospital unveil new diabetes initiative | Holiday party recognizes children in need of organ transplants | Donations pour in for family that lost everything in apartment fire | Supporting racial equality | Serving others in Advent | Sixth-grade duo establishes a new normal | The Christmas Magic of Elf Louise | 25,000 lbs collected in Gotcha Covered drive | George Strait Named Texan of The Year for Hurricane Relief Efforts | San Antonio commemorates World AIDS Day | Retired Spurs superstar challenges San Antonio to help him fight hunger | Hope, progress at annual breast cancer symposium | What Kids at the Witte Museum Tell Us About Health in SA | Calling all faith communities | Salvation Army ofrece refugio para protegerse de las bajas temperaturas | Christmas comes early for Hurricane Harvey evacuees in San Antonio | ‘Controlled chaos’: Trauma doctors, nurses labored to save lives in Texas’ deadliest mass shooting | Education Experts: Public Schools Must Embrace Change to Succeed | North East ISD schools are introducing new Share Table | What Can Be Done To Curb Teen Birth Rates In Bexar County?read more
A Compassionate Thanksgiving message from Mayor Ron Nirenberg | UTSA, Whataburger provide free recovery services to Sutherland Springs community | Organizations Mobilize to Sustain Mental Health Services in Sutherland Springs | H-E-B’s Charles Butt, who’s giving $150 million to public schools, is my Texan of the Year | Should schools do more than teach? | Elf Louise to provide for 19,000 children, in need of volunteers | A pie for every kid | St. PJ’s Thanksgiving dinner | Turkeys to Seton Home | Two-year-old nonprofit helps move people from homelessness to self-sufficiency | Houston Street Charities sends S.A. Cocktail Conference proceeds to children’s charitable organizations | Mission Thanksgiving Offers San Antonio Soldiers A Home Away From Home | Thanksgiving baskets delivered to families with special needs | Duncan Takes Thanksgiving to Virgin Islands | Haven for Hope residents treated to holiday feast | Veteran goes all-out hosting airmen, trainees during ‘Operation Home Cooking’| Miles de personas acuden a la cena de Acción de Gracias de la organización Raúl Jiménez | Meals on Wheels delivers Thanksgiving to the less fortunate | Clarity unveils renovated Santikos living unit | CAM celebrates 40 years, unveils 10 year plan | Free Holiday Giving | Food Bank called region’s most efficient nonprofit | Food Bank volunteer finds sense of purpose, camaraderie | San Antonio literacy charity recruits college students as tutors | Literacy San Antonio treats reading like serious business | SAFD hosts Thanksgiving for airmen, trainees | Animal Defense League of Texas oldest No-Kill shelter in the state | American Diabetes Association hopes to expand local youth camp | Diabetes awareness, education at heart of longtime volunteer | New ChildSafe center to offer the healing power of nature | Say Sí develops young San Antonians’ creative talents| Hurricane Harvey Helpers | San Antonio’s peace market offers beautiful wares that benefit communities in need | SA organization benefits children gripped by extreme poverty in Southern Africa | American Cancer Society, with nationwide reach, relies on locals | Meals on Wheels provides food and company to thousands of San Antonio seniors | Green Spaces Alliance draws on partnerships to protect urban environment | “Good Sam” offers health and education to West Side | Assistance League of San Antonio helps thousands | ‘I want to live’: Domestic violence survivor advocates for women like her | Community comes together to help family of girl killed in drive-by shooting | SA Life Academy is a day program for adults with disabilities | Child Advocates San Antonio lends a hand to neglected and abused kids | San Antonio Sports brings events and civic opportunities to San Antonio | Heart association working hard to improve people’s health awareness | Family Gifts Time During Thanksgiving Break | Rowan’s Reach | Valerie Salas: Paying It Forward | Tech Bloc, AT&T launch mentorship program for San Antonio’s CAST Tech High School | San Antonio Districts Top List of Texas Schools Preventing Hunger | NEISD Book Drive for Houston | Buddy Bench at Hidden Forest Elementary | SAISD Foundation surprise campuses with Giving Tuesday grants | New program will help low-income HS seniors continue dream of college Alamo Rescue Friends transports stray dogs East for last time | Pre-K 4 SA Evaluation Shows Continued Gains in Student Skills | ‘Bridging The Gap’ uplifting east side amid growing violenceread more
Finding common ground through Thanksgiving | San Antonians Urge NAACP to Increase Voter Education, Youth Engagement | Hundreds meet to discuss ways to improve youth mental health | Getting Around San Antonio Is Even More Challenging For People With Disabilities | Expert: 85 percent of 1.1 million new San Antonians will be Latino | Local shelter helping sex trafficked teens, will soon be open 24-7 | Children’s Bereavement Center offering free help for grieving kids | A time to remember transgender lives lost across U.S. | San Antonio enlists group with elite skill set to take down sex trafficking networks | Boys and Girls Club hosts early Thanksgiving for kids and families | Outpatient HIV clinic opens on the East Side | San Antonio’s blanket fort for autism aims for Guinness Record | Elijah and Markus show their school the true meaning of friendship | Food Bank, Rackspace feed 1,500+ families in San Antonio’s largest Thanksgiving food giveaway | Ways to Give to Other San Antonians This Thanksgiving | San Antonio Cyclists Memorialize the Year’s 129 Traffic Fatalities | Abode helps the dying, needs funding to continue mission | UTSA employees remove white nationalist banner found on main campus last week | Bexar County Adult Drug Court organizes kickball game for participants of program | Wonder Boy: Local child spreads joy, awareness for Pfeiffer syndrome | Cámara de comercio del sur de San Antonio lanza un mensaje de inclusión | San Antonian continues legacy of feeding homeless beneath downtown bridge | Thanksgiving dinner for foster children spreads inspiring message | Delivery of 550 turkeys kicks off Thanksgiving feast preparations | Welcome to your local library, which also happens to be a newsroom | A Thirst for Humanitarian Aid | Thanksgiving comes early at ‘Friendship Feast’ | Column: Thanksgiving is about more than turkey | San Antonio’s Ozone Levels Are Too High — but the EPA isn’t Paying Attention. Now What? | SA man reflects on 38 years of volunteer service at Raul Jimenez Dinner | Dressed to empower | Local Organizations host 1st Annual Thanksgiving Youth Empowerment Dinner | SAMMinistries share early Thanksgiving meal | Teens make blankets for children in Roy Maas shelter | New CASA volunteers sworn inread more
Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner | #worldkindnessday2017 | What is your church doing for San Antonio’s most vulnerable? | Vigil includes prayers and calls for social justice on gun violence | Valero Grants SAISD $8.4M for College Readiness Program | How Businesses Can Guard Against Workplace Violence, Shootings | Taco Cabana honored with Corporate Social Responsibility Award | Owner of sewage-laden mobile home park indicted | San Antonio non-profit founder awarded for work with sick kids | Business owner raising funds to build new First Baptist Church | Adopted dog bringing comfort to recovering S.A. addicts | Rep. Joaquín Castro Leading Trip to Mexico to Meet With Deported Veterans | San Antonio teen makes artwork to bring attention to David’s Law | H-E-B assists in Sutherland Springs, urges community donations | San Antonio Clubhouse promueve la salud mental | Message To All Texas Black Churches | To my friends, family and all U.S. Virgin Islanders: I’m not giving up on you | Homeless youth in Texas not getting help they need, advocates say | ‘Sandra’s Revolution’: SA immigrant shares story | New Civic Innovation Program to Tackle City’s Tech Issuesread more
S.A. nun a fierce advocate for education, equality | Domestic Violence Permeates Mass Killers’ Identities | SAPD trains officers to deal with mental health situations | San Antonio mosques slam N.Y. terror attack | UNESCO: San Antonio is a Creative City of Gastronomy | San Antonians and visitors alike delight in the Diwali festival, celebrating the culture of India | Council member stops eating to raise money for charity | SA 2030 District Members Build Business Case for Sustainability | Selling Girls: How Bexar County is fighting sex trafficking | Despite financial struggles, Mark’s Outing nourishes the community | Expanded child care center coming to the East Side | Community marches to remember domestic violence victim | Mission area residents respond to encroaching development | CNN to honor San Antonio mom as 2017 Hero on glittery TV special | Needed: a community approach to opioid epidemic | Community says thank you to Texas Burn Survivor Society | ‘Edgewood Cares’ fixes home for family in need | San Antonio athletes bowled over by the competition | Affordable Housing Pilot Launches in District 5 | High school students train guide dogs for visually-impaired | Cop offers mentorship at new West Side boxing gym | Liftfund, community partners launch Westside Edible Gardenread more
Methodist Children’s Hospital gives young patients a happy Halloween | UT-Health students, nursing staff helping people along Texas Coastal Bend | UTSA students, New Life Ministries launch program to combat domestic violence | Longoria highlights nationwide need for affordable housing | The Asylum Station | Drug court grads see hope and united families | KENS 5 rolls up sleeves for ‘Make A Difference Day’ | Empathy a belief and an instinct that can be developed | ACA Enrollment Begins with Fewer | Sheriff’s office forms team to tackle jail’s suicide rate | ‘Operation Home Cooking’ serving family experience for soldiers away from home | Sexual Harassment Is More Common Than You Think, But Most Cases Aren’t Reported | VIA Metro Waiving Bus Fees On Election Day | Healthy Bexar Plan: ‘A Call to Action’ for Healthier Residents | $400,000 awarded to four Local Nonprofits by Impact San Antonioread more
Spurs link arms for National Anthem before season opener | New arrivals show pride of origin in San Antonio school parade | People Who Make San Antonio Great: Trainer Tre Tremillo | Eastsiders Decry ‘New Pearl’ Development to Area Democratic Reps | After Three Months in Office, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg Ratifies His Commitment to LGBTQ Rights | Local crime watch organization spots graffiti correlation, trains neighbors | Top Workplaces 2017 special awards winners stand out for leadership, values | Local Nonprofit Builds Free Data Tool for Community Insight | People of faith pray at crime scene where two children were shot | NEISD teacher wins statewide humanities award | Program pairs adults with tutors to combat city’s illiteracy problem | Texas All-Stars: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio Lead the Way in LGBTQ Equality | Former foster children reunite in San Antonio to honor mentor | Pediatric cancer patients celebrate Halloween at ‘Boo Bash’ | SA Leaders Head To Darmstadt To Launch Sister Cities Agreement | Memorial standouts balance breakthrough season with fatherhood | Congress is allowing CHIP to die; it mustn’tread more
Inequality: San Antonio’s Silent Crisis | | Hurricane Harvey’s Unsung San Antonio Heroes | New Northside ISD high school celebrates its namesake | Activista latina se une al equipo del alcalde de San Antonio | Mujer Unveiled: Maribel Valdez Gonzalez ’13 gets a bold opportunity to defend dignity | Colonial Hills Elementary on national list of healthy schools | Generosas donaciones en San Antonio para Puerto Rico | Chalk It Up Makes Art ‘Accessible to All’ | United Way aims to raise $47.5 million this year in Bexar County | Adaptive Bike Program for Children with Physical Challenges Rolls Into SA | S.A. Ronald McDonald House adds $25,000 playground | Name change to LEE a Lame Egalitarian Effort | Will Bexar County Be the First in Texas to Legalize Needle Exchange? | First-of-its-kind girls running club breaks the mold | Latched: Helping Women of Color Meet Breastfeeding Goals | Soldiers’ Angels helping military families affected by Hurricane Harvey | City reconfirms commitment to help struggling monarch butterflies | Bexar County Receives $3 Million To Battle Opioid Epidemic | Tower of Americas turns purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Pups and Planes initiative plays big part of Airport Ambassadors program | New child advocacy center to be beacon of hope for community | Councilwoman Gonzales: Bond, Budget Can Boost Quality of Life in District 5 | S.A. woman weaves life in Kenya to help single moms with Imani Collective | Airport Simulation Gives Wings to People of All Abilitiesread more
Pub Theology attracts diverse following | Looking through an Equity Lens at San Antonio | City leaders approve progressive changes to animal laws | Nueva ordenanza en San Antonio para el cuidado de las mascotas | SA Attorney to Receive Stonewall Award from American Bar Association | Local Puerto Rican community aids devastated homeland | New S.A. dinner club to help women and addicts in the kitchen | Businesses Urged to Help Improve San Antonio’s Air Quality | District Attorney La Hood says ‘cite and release’ program will be good for Bexar County | Cite and release a worthy policy | Local couple uses pain to better lives of caregivers for military families | Peace in the barrio | Refugee Health Clinic | Juvenile Justice Courts Promote Education Over Incarceration | How San Antonio Can Shed Its ‘Unhealthy’ Label and Earn Gold | Group works to reduce crime at convenience stores on the West Side | Abstinence-only does not ‘follow the science’ | Advocates Push for More HPV Vaccinations in Bexar County | 90-90-90 Plan Takes On The Spread Of HIV, AIDS In San Antonio | McCullough Avenue Consortium Organizes to ‘Be Light, Not Blight’ | Education Advocates: When the State Fails, Schools Lean on Community | Third Annual San Antonio Feminist Film Festival | SAISD Plans to Tackle Poverty One School at a Time | Student Doctors ‘Adopt’ SAISD Studentsread more
San Antonians turn out for National Night Out celebrations | San Antonio police to wear pink patches in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month | City councilman speaks out about east side violence | San Antonio Businessmen Prepare Supply Mission to Aid Mexican Earthquake Victims | Bexar County suing opioid industry to combat epidemic | Mission to Chiapas: Quake Relief Trip Sparks Desire to Do More | How the De Novo Foundation helped change one man’s life | East side church hosts prayer, peace walk after rise in shootings | Popovich: No Spurs without community involvement | San Antonio organizations unite for Puerto Rico after hurricaneread more
S.A. can count its blessings as toxic waste flows from D.C. | It’s ethical and right for city to fund legal aid | DACA Recipients ‘Know No Home But Ours’ | Don’t Mess With Dreamers: Young San Antonians Prepare for a Life Without DACA | For equity’s sake, a fair city budget | Mapping San Antonio’s Generosity for Hurricane Relief Efforts | During a ‘virtual tour’ of dementia, nothing seems easy | Get Real, America: Meet Sister Denise | Interfaith ministry gives guidance, shelter to refugees | Brief encounters, lasting scars: One year later, memories of violence remain | Community helping east-side child care center recover from burglary | Texas Public School Districts May Now Store, Not Trash, Leftover Food | One In Seven Texans Struggle To Put Food On The Table | ¿Está al cuidado de un familiar enfermo? Este curso gratuito podría ayudarle | City’s largest neighborhood association shares simple way to fight crime | Hoops for Harvey raises over $5,000 for hurricane victims | The goal: making downtown inclusive | Program aims to reduce child abuse, neglect | Robert E. Lee apartments want to remove Confederate general’s last name from building | Distrito escolar pide ayuda para renombrar preparatoria | After 100 years, House of Neighborly Service continues to aid San Antonio’s poorest neighborhoods | 80+ neighborhood groups working together to take on mailbox thieves | As Nation’s Poverty Rate Declines, San Antonio’s Increases | Autoridades de San Antonio realizan taller de defensa personal para reaccionar ante incidentes violentos | Shifting Conversations About Rape in San Antonio: Support vs. Stigma | BiblioTech continues to grow digital reach in fourth year of operation | What Nicaragua taught me about San Antonio | San Antonio mayor to launch air quality pledge drive for businessesread more
Strait concert at $3.4 million and counting for hurricane relief | Can a community service center save a community? | Harvey Evacuees Receive Physical, Emotional Support in San Antonio | CPS crews head for Florida, will help to restore power for Irma victims | Tim Duncan: Don’t Forget About the Islands | North Star Mall to Host 12th Annual Canstruction® Design and Build Competition | Bexar County boosts spending, cuts tax rate | Creating a Culture of Health for SA’s Latino Children | UIW Med School Delivers Preventive Care to Community |read more