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 64 weeks
Volunteer’s handmade toys ‘are just a little piece of happy’ | Texas Diaper Bank Expands Warehouse To Serve More People in Need | San Antonio College opens Student Advocacy Center to help students in need | Catholics Answer ‘Call To Action’ On Social Justice Issues | CityFest Keynote: Residents’ Health, Happiness Is the Measure of a City’s Success | Briscoe Elementary Receives $16K from ‘Silver and Black Gives Back’ | Esta organización ayuda a miles de familias distribuyendo cinco millones de pañales | Inside KIPP’s school-by-school discipline transformation | High school runner always finishes last, but never quits | Community Replenishes ACS Pet Pantry | Local emergency shelter receives $100k grant to help feed children in need | Wounded San Antonio vet working out to work back to normal | How you can help homeless people in San Antonio this winter | San Antonio pastor is walking with the caravan | Local group helps women exit adult entertainment industry | Elf Louise celebrates 50 years of serving thousands of families | Students Make the World a Better Place | Eight San Antonio firefighters heading to California with cohort of about 200 from Texas | Local chef who turned life around wants to empower city’s youth | New center to help outgoing military members transition to civilian life in Bexar County | Dist. 8 Councilman Palaez: Combat domestic violence in LGBTQ community | Nonprofit to open new child development center on East Side to help underprivileged families | San Antonio woman celebrates 101st birthday by donating 101 toys for kids | Homeless veteran asks for help this Veterans Day | Local boxer takes off gloves to fight hunger | Salvation Army helping SA’s homeless during first freeze | Metro Health working to improve birth outcomes for homeless women by connecting them to resources | Pastor Wanted to Know the Truth About the Migrant Caravan. So He Joined Itread more
UTSA forum confronts thorny free speech questions | Students in a San Antonio cooking contest take on youth hunger | Colonies North Elementary’s Parade of Nations Celebrates Diverse Backgrounds, Immigration | Catholic Charities preparing for migrant caravan | Members of San Antonio synagogue call for togetherness after deadly Pittsburgh shooting | ‘HIS WAS THE VOICE OF HUMANITY’ | Oscar Romero’s life calls to us in face of migrant caravan | ‘Cars and Candy’ raises money with classic and modern cars to help the homeless | San Antonio announces support for Pittsburgh after deadly synagogue shooting | Local artists paint the columns beneath I-35 in San Antonio | Noted Ad Man Lionel Sosa Pitching Idea of Success to Disadvantaged Students | San Antonians Rally Around Jewish Community after Pittsburgh Shooting | Brighton Center expansion to help more children with developmental delays | San Antonio March Out Hunger food drive to aid military community | Morgan’s Wonderland aims to make Shakespeare inclusive | Asylum-Seekers Find Help In San Antonio | Indian festival celebrates light over the darkness of evil | Volunteers construct new playground for local Boys & Girls Club | Nonprofits Hold Event to Feed Eastside San Antonio Community | San Antonio swim instructor teaches children with disabilities to swim | San Antonio pastor discusses taking in immigrants from detention centers | VIA Offering Free Bus Fare in San Antonio on Election Day | David Robinson To Mentor IDEA Carver Students in New Leadership Program | Doctors Without Borders brings awareness about humanitarian issues to SA | Southside ISD Breaks Ground For On-Campus Medical Clinicread more
San Antonio’s Compost Queens taking food out of landfills to replenish the land | Faith Leaders Unite to Seek Solutions to Homelessness, Gentrification in San Antonio | NEISD program ensures students in after-school programs are well-fed | Pop calls for civil conversations about race | New stop signs outside high school one month after student hit by car | New San Antonio art class helps blind students feel the beauty of art | 4‑H Mentoring Program Gives Texas Teen Her Voice | Humana Foundation donates $1.8 million to SA Food Bank, OATS | Heart surgery for IV drug users raises moral questions | Policía local participa en un calendario en apoyo al Children’s Hospital of San Antonio | Nonprofit Aimed At Helping Seniors Bridge The Digital Divide Launches In San Antonio | Parade Celebrates Disability as ‘Natural Part of Human Diversity’ | New Clinic to Help Opioid Addicted Mothers, Babies in Bexar County | Mayor Nirenberg Issues Proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month | The public housing priest | A friendly smile and it made someone feel welcome | Feral Cat Coalition doing amazing work with few resources | Edgewood ISD Hosts Bullying Symposium | AirBNB hosts in San Antonio offer free stays for flooding evacuees | Rescue activists criticize Animal Care intake policyread more
Walking to school is a group thing in this S.A. neighborhood | How Jordan Middle School is killing bullying with kindness | Campaign hoping to end bullying at San Antonio schools, helping students take anti-bullying oaths | West Side center embraces the goal of the International Day of the Girl | Finding a job can be tough for former inmates, few find success | SA Autism Program to Target At-Risk Infants and Toddlers | El Banco de Sangre de San Antonio entrega unidades móviles al estado de Chihuahua, México | Edgewood students with special needs get work skills, training at Burleson Center | Harlandale ISD special needs students enjoy bike day | SA Archdiocese Forms Commission to Review Sexual Abuse Claims | People’s Nite Market brings fresh produce to food desert on West Side | Scholarship recipients to help at-risk children and small businesses | ‘Day of Play’ encourages San Antonio kids to get active every day | East Side hotel owner opens doors to man who lost mother, home in NW Side apartment complex fire | City of San Antonio Website Launches Spanish Page | Group Launches Campaign to Engage, Connect Local Native Americans | Ambulance Blood Transfusions Help Save Lives, Buy Time For Trauma Victims | National Federation of the Blind San Antonio hosting event | SA300: Volunteers complete sustainability-themed projects across SA | Self defense academy shows kids how to battle bullies without getting physical | Haven for Hope doing even more to help during the cold weather | Free speech, civil discourse and preparing future leaders | Pediatric patients celebrate Halloween earlyread more
Pre-K 4 SA, San Antonio Food Bank team up for healthy eating | People Who Make San Antonio Great: Agricultural entrepreneur Mitch Hagney | Big money coming to San Antonio for homeless veterans | SA Youth welcomes new students to their program | Study Says Immigrants in San Antonio Boast Big Economic Impact | In Texas, School Integration That Celebrates Family Heritage | Health leaders push for making San Antonio ‘dementia friendly’ | Local nonprofit working to bring ‘Safe Haven Baby Boxes’ to San Antonio | Mother, daughter host pink lemonade sale to raise money, awareness for breast cancer research | East Side welcomes first pediatric urgent care clinic | Felony drug court graduates defeat their demons | Mothers educate families on program that helps with child loss | CHEF Brings Nutrition Education into San Antonio Schools | Bomberos de San Antonio podrán realizar transfusiones en caso de emergencia | Black church studies find home at Oblate | For Many SA Kids, Economic Future May Be Shaped by ‘Social Capital’ | HRC Releases 2018 Municipal Equality Index Rating Cities on LGBTQ Inclusion | Mission S.A.: Outreach at St. Philip’s College veteran center | The blind serve the blind in San Antonio golf tournament | National Walk to School Day is Oct. 10 | ‘Year in a Day Fun-raiser’ held for 3-year-old girl fighting cancer | Club gratuito de matemáticas para niños de San Antonio | San Antonio Needs a Unified Approach to Combating Povertyread more
Bexar County placing foster children in more stable situations | San Antonio Housing Authority Claims $100k Prize To Improve Internet Access For Poor Communities | Celebrating disabled warriors | Volunteers help clinic care for injured, orphaned animals | Local high school searches for 260 students on ‘leaver list’ | San Antonio companies tout special ability employees at summit | Therapy dog’s mission is to brighten days in burn center | San Antonio group shows pride by maintaining rainbow crosswalk for free | Project Lifeline caravan headed to McAllen detention center to bring supplies, provide support | VIA testing new sensor system on buses to reduce pedestrian deaths | Soldiers Angels marks 15 years of serving deployed military personnel | Thousands of SA Residents Rely on Assistance for Water Bills | Volunteers come together to help underprivileged kids in San Antonio | Music festival held for hard of hearing community | Walking Out of the Darkness After the Suicide of a Loved One | Sunshine, New Features Draw More Than 67,500 Downtown for Síclovía | H-E-B executive, Hispanic chamber chair — and San Antonio’s first lady | Rackspace prioritizes giving back to community with volunteer initiatives | Socktober: Socks, shoes, underwear donations needed for children, homeless | QuikTrip convenience store to include ‘Safe Place’ for youths in danger | National Night Out makes fighting crime, educating people fun | Alamo Heights baseball team helps kids revamp community baseball field | Spurs’ youth league has lifted children from streets to NBA | Gender and Diversity Gaps Persist on City Boards, Office of Equity Findsread more
One Man’s Drive to Get Buses Moving in San Antonio | Good Samaritan law could protect people saving children and pets from hot cars | Nurse-Family Partnership: ‘We need to figure out why’ young mothers are dying at alarming rate | San Antonio Red Cross assisting with Florence relief | Bold Political Leadership on Housing Policy? In 2018? You Heard Right | New SAISD propane buses added to fleet after grant awarded to 2 districts nationwide | Controversial billboards removed after hundreds sign petition | Air Force hosts EFMP summit for exceptional family members at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph | Need Help Paying Your CPS Energy Bills? There’s an App for That | SAISD Pairs With Verizon To Give Tablets, Internet Access to 3,100 Students | National expert lauds Palo Alto College’s focus on student needs | Teacher’s last request: No flowers, just backpacks | SAMMinistries Marks 35 Years Serving San Antonio’s Homeless | Special college program opening doors in San Antonio | Communities In Schools Awarded $1 Million To Help Keep Kids In School | Estudiantes participan en el Día Nacional de Registro para los Votantes | Area Leaders: Internet Access a Necessity, Not a Luxuryread more
City Council approves $2.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 | Haven for Hope urging homeless community to come to campus with storms in forecast | Preventing Asthma Complications by Reaching San Antonio Kids at Home | Meet the heroes who pulled the driver out of the overturned, burning big rig | Students learn about Holocaust, vow they won’t be bystanders | City of San Antonio Receives $25,000 Prize for Health Equity Efforts | Program launches to improve homeless services through “faith-based” organizations | From Misdemeanor To Second Chance: San Antonio Redefines Its Youth Curfewread more
LEE High School Program to Train Staff to Address Students’ Mental Health Issues | San Antonio scoutmasters have led Boy Scout Troop 358 for 40 years | Organizations compete for stretched tax dollars to help city’s homeless population | Advocates push back against myth in low-income schools | H. Drew Galloway and His Millennial Hustle | New outreach program will target | Distrito del South San Antonio busca incentivar el voto entre los jóvenes | City Council supports housing task force’s recommendations | UTSA takes peanut butter donations for parking citations | With Charity the Goal, Cherrity Bar Opens on San Antonio’s East Side | San Antonio woman with MS fights pain with poetry | City stepping up efforts to help low-income families rehabilitate, rebuild homes | ‘Spurs Jesus,’ wife to host ‘World’s Largest Baby Shower’ | Deaf woman fights for children, teens with hearing loss | A new plan to address homelessness is headed to the North Side | Mom who lost teen son to suicide participates in local bullying-prevention summit | Outdoor art display created by veterans who use art to cope with PTSD | Charitable Gifts from Najim, Valero Add to Recent Santikos Grants | New proposed psychologist position to help Bexar Co. deputies | Whimsical structures can help fight hunger | Psychologist Alan Peterson Recognized for Veterans’ PTSD Treatment Research | Local charities gearing up to help flood victims | Henry Cisneros: Cities Need to ‘Advance the Equity Agenda’ Amid Urban Renaissance | New program coming to San Antonio will alert those with sensory disabilities in emergency | Teen who attempted suicide now works to save lives, says silence is the problem | Donors meet members of organizations they’ve helped at Charity Ball Association’s Donor Reception | UIW Men’s Basketball Team spreads joy to children staying in hospital | Local student devotes life to international missions | San Antonio researchers to treat babies at-risk for autismread more
Veteran working as paramedic creates special bond with military families | Congolese survivor shares story of 2004 massacre | Metro Health hosts community baby shower | With Federal Health Care Cuts Looming, Bexar County Strives to Lessen Impact on Poorest Residents | A school district’s response to student trauma now is model for S.A. | Vision Zero goal: No traffic fatalities | High eviction rate reflects on community shortcomings | ‘The Perfect Fit’ | NEISD presenta nuevo programa de nutrición | Literacy in Action | Mayor Nirenberg and City Council honor Manu Ginobili with proclamation | Southwest School of Art Invites San Antonio to Get Creative for World Art Drop Day | Students in need get backpacks filled with school supplies | NVC Students Travel to Morocco for Research and Learning Culture | USAA Doubles Charitable Giving, Targets Military Causes and Local Needs | Headwaters at Incarnate Word Lets You Give Back to Nature | #22Actions campaign aims to prevent veteran suicide | Seven-year-old girl fighting hunger with lemonade stand | Holy Bowl rivals team up to serve common good | New hope for troubled east San Antonio block | Community leaders asking neighbors to speak out against violent crime | New CEO Leads Family Service Association Into 115th Year | Ecuador baby to receive life-saving surgery at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio | Special Investigators dedicated to finding missing foster childrenread more
Most San Antonio Residents Don’t Have Easy Access to Parks | Free street skills class to teach bike, scooter safety | New program aims to reduce 911 calls, transports from Haven for Hope | Catholic Charities helps refugee families start over | NEISD launches “Meals for Shields” program | The ‘Big Yard’ helps ACS find homes for overlooked dogs, cats | Calendar features local amputees to raise money for nonprofit | City proposes youth re-engagement center on the West side | Inspiring messages in an unexpected place | San Antonio man promises free mow in exchange for helping the homeless | Witte Museum hosting Sensory Sunday event featuring dinosaurs | Councilwoman combating ‘aggressive panhandling’ on South Side | Scholarship Program for Health Care Careers Targets Low-Income Students | Organización exige más recursos para que personas tengan representación legal adecuada | Inclusive San Antonio water park named one of the ‘World’s Greatest Places’ by Time Magzine | UTSA Staff Recipes Preserved In Special Collections | Honoring Eastside Legend, Mel Waiters Way Celebrates Grand Opening | Community policing and ‘by the book’ not incompatible | Rescued Hurricane Harvey dog serves new role at San Antonio rehab center | South San opens ‘Choice Academies’ to keep students intrigued at middle school level | Baby Café, un programa para mujeres embarazadas y lactantes | City Proposes Raising Prices On Larger Garbage Carts To Encourage Recycling | Camera catches neighbors jumping into action to help put out two house fires | Manu’s class and character helped to define the ‘Spurs Way’ | NEISD newcomer program welcomes refugees, new arrivals | Magik Theatre Plans Renovations for Increased Accessibility | South Texas PRIDE: Fiesta Youth expands support program for LGBTQIA youth | Does Your Child’s School Lunch Help Determine Success in Class?read more
City adds sidewalk system oversight position | City of San Antonio launches ‘311SA’ mobile app | San Antonio Cops Have Removed More Than 100 Dockless Scooters Blocking Rights-of-Way | CWB Annual Back-to-School Jamboree continues to support the Community | People Who Make San Antonio Great: Yoga instructor Shari Gaeiennie | This Is Not a Crisis. This Is a Long-Term Disaster | New app makes it a snap to report city problems | Man’s vision for back-to-school drive impacts thousands | Couple’s simple choice helping boost South Side, rescue community | This September, San Antonio’s First Urban Night Market Returns to Where It’s Most Needed | Collaborative Impact is Bigger than Profit | In summer heat, new zoo trail offers exercise and shade | San Antonio summit looks to help kids that age out of the foster system | Evictions on the rise in San Antonio | Christus Santa Rosa’s WIC Clinic earns rare distinction | UTSA Opens Dorm Wing For First-Generation Students | Refugee children in San Antonio prepare for first day of school | San Antonio’s Lefgren manages largest municipal animal shelter in South Texas with community help | A San Antonio West Side garden gets a makeover, thanks to St. Mary’s volunteers | WIC program hopes education the key to helping more mothers | Puppies begin trek toward becoming guide dogs for visually impaired | Puppies begin trek toward becoming guide dogs for visually impaired | More than 1,000 backpacks given to students during back-to-school pep rally at Morgan’s Wonderland | Nurses Visit Homes to Help First-Time Moms Create Healthy Kids, Families | Local coaches aim to make youth football safer to reduce concussions | Pictures of San Antonio Police Officer’s good deed go viral | Comadre Chronicles: Paying for college needs padrinos | SA Takes On Census Count of Marginalized Groups | East Central ISD Program Improves Truancy Rates; How-To Guide Now Available Online | About 20 Bexar County agencies band together to improve mental health care | S.A. immigrant advocates find Jewish allies half a country away | Autoridades de San Antonio lanzan iniciativa para mejorar la alimentación y salud | Educators helping transgender students get ready for school | San Antonio firefighters help fight historic wildfires in California | Court program developed for military veterans facing felony charges | Forum theater project tackles the stigma around HIV and AIDS | Homeless camp highlights citywide panhandling problem | City Department Sharpens Goals to Improve Quality-of-Life Outcomes | Children’s Shelter to become single contractor for foster care in Bexar County | El programa Healthy Start ayuda a mujeres embarazadas y madres durante los primeros años de la vida de sus hijos.read more