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 48 weeks
UTSA alum to swim across Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of plastic pollution | Volunteers give back to SAPD detective hit by alleged drunk driver | Awards dinner recognizes outstanding fathers | Man overcomes dark times of obesity, works to encourage others who are struggling | Council approves LGBTQ-themed crosswalk | Longtime S.A. judge will get Saint Ives Award named for patron saint of lawyers | San Antonio’s food pros react to the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death | City fielding calls for dogs left in heat | Rowan Windham Memorial Cereal Drive collects cereal for hungry kids in SA | How two SA moms got more funding for childhood cancer research | Suicide survivor bringing services to SA, breaking stigma, silence | ‘Hunger In America’: The 1968 Documentary That Exposed San Antonio Poverty | Insecure is the New Black | Study: San Antonio Among ‘Worst Connected’ U.S. Cities | New Alamo Proposal Ignores Connectivity, Guiding Principles | San Antonio yoga enthusiasts focus on military veterans | Volunteers prepare for NAACP national convention’s arrival next month | Charles Butt Takes the Giving Pledge: ‘It’s the Right Thing to Do’ | Volunteers transform school into emergency shelter | Rodriguez advocates for young children, teen parents as Children’s Shelter CEO | More Southside ISD Grads Headed to College – With Scholarships in Hand | East side summer program combats boredom | Suicide prevention added to Mayor’s Fitness Council panel discussions | 100 Black Men Emphasizes Role of Parents, Mentors in Improving Education | NEISD provides fresh food deliveries to families in need | Salvation Army’s Bridge Program helps women get back on track | Passing Strangers: Photographer Michael Cirlos Builds a Portrait of Downtown with Humans of San Antonio | 55 people found in tractor-trailer in North Side neighborhood | Buen samaritano regala pizzas a inmigrantes hallados dentro de un camión de carga | Youth program focuses on fostering, discussing mental healthread more
What Do ‘Sister Cities’ Have To Offer San Antonio? | Nonprofit in desperate need of wheelchairs | Rep. Castro: Those crossing border still human | Letter to the Editor, National Day of Prayer | Training on opioid antidote expanding in S.A. | City Councilman’s Challenge Leads to 4,000 HIV Tests in SA in April | Texas Folklife Festival Is Our State’s Family Reunion | ACS partners with San Antonio police to keep lookout for mistreated animals | SA seniors get box fans as part of Project Cool | Local students gather to discuss practical solutions to mass shootings at schools | Bright Green Bike Lanes Appear on Downtown Streets | City of San Antonio Fair Housing Program, Haven for Hope to Hold Rental Workshops | Blindfolded yoga class to benefit charity organization | Shredding With Purpose | Community Justice Program managing attorney doesn’t want money to keep people from accessing legal services | Clinic to come soon for medically underserved community on South Side | How the ‘Rally for Our Children’ honed its message | Corporate Cup raises money for youth fitness programs | Local church is helping children in need one duffel bag at a time | Event helps 100 women who experienced homelessness, addiction and trafficking | Organization protests ‘ongoing violence against immigrants’ in downtown SA | Sound system stolen from baseball league for children with special needs | San Antonio starts Pride Month with family fair | Girl Scouts give local hospital rooms a new look | Familiares de desaparecidos alzaron su voz pidiendo ayuda a la comunidad | Public to help create Tricentennial sculpture | CEO helps steer investment to East Side | Local seniors recall living through historic moments | Guinea pig rescue finds a new home | Downtown SA church helping Guatemala after volcano | San Antonio Public Library offering free snacks and lunches to children during summer | USAA’s empathy lab uses latest tech to help veterans with PTSD | Promotoras grassroots approach to child abuse prevention | Erika Prosper: A vote is an act of love to your city, to your family | Inequality: San Antonio’s Silent Crisisread more
H-E-B donates 1.5 million apples to food banks across Texas | Doors are Opening for Needle Exchange Programs, But There’s Still Work to Do | Community group looks for ways to reduce summer crimes | District 9 Residents to ‘Vote’ on Councilman Courage’s Budget | Man hopes to overcome homelessness with street performances | Operation Comfort Sled Hockey Team | Inmates say they are now being charged for calls at city jail | Philanthropist to make major donation to children’s hospital | New project connects Bexar County deputies with kids | Moms Demand Action hosts community meeting to discuss gun safety | ‘Project Cool’ in need of box fans for elderly, disabled | Activists Take Paid Sick Leave Fight to San Antonio with 144,000 Signatures | Texanthropy Spotlight: Haven for Hope – 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners | SA principal receives praise for serving breakfast to 400+ elementary students | Family Justice Center offers plethora of services for domestic violence victims in Bexar County | Officials escort kids to school as part of pedestrian safety initiative | San Antonio a world-class city? World class? Really? Let’s discuss | S.A. nuns’ stories are in national curriculum | Abrazo Birth Mothers celebrates those who gave a child a chance | 40,000 books distributed to help support educators, children in SAISD | Local Schools To Offer Mexican-American Studies Electives with ‘San Antonio Flair’ | New Tool Provides Insight Into Factors That Shape San Antonio’s Health | Local boy scout packing cereal boxes, gift cards to feed 100 children | Rezoning Clears Way for Valor Club’s Golf Course Designed for Veterans | SA teen overcomes homelessness, graduates high school | Promotoras Share Lessons in Child Abuse Prevention from a Place of Trust | Why #WhereAreTheChildren Is Personal to Joaquín Castro | Arnold Elementary wins Pepsico Recycle Rally | Meals on Wheels volunteers check on their clients during hot days | Castro leads San Antonio in a growing number of cities rallying for migrant children | University Hospital trauma cases on the rise | Women Unite | Local volunteers help homeless beat the heat | Just how compassionate are we prepared to be?read more
VIA Reports Increased Ridership on Improved Bus Routes | Love for pets, science leads high school senior to develop treatment for pet poisoning | Pedestrian deaths in San Antonio on the decline | San Antonio Students Recall How They Walked Out On School Inequality | Expressing the turmoil of schizophrenia through ballet | Needle exchange program aims to reduce HIV in Bexar County | Nate Boyer: The warrior wants peace | Helping Students Gain Emotional Intelligence During ‘Tiger Time’ | Conference aims to educate, assist Latinos affected by AIDS, HIV | Trash bag challenge brings awareness to National Foster Month | Haven for Hope celebrates people transitioning from homelessness | Motorcycle club brings awareness to critical need for blood donations | Students build solution to serious issue with tiny homes | Couple who lost daughter in Aurora theater shooting offers comfort to Santa Fe victims | Jim Furyk and a Recovering Addict Inspire at Haven for Hope Fundraiser | National Civic League named SA 2018 “All American City” finalist | Domestic Violence Fatalities Draw Attention of City Officials | Cielo Gardens vital for refugee community | Elementary students harvest vegetables grown as part of wellness class | San Antonio volunteer’s unique Girl Scout troop brings stability to homeless kids | Reagan student honored as ‘Texas student hero’ | National Study Recognizes San Antonio’s Health Policy Initiatives | San Antonio Joins Effort to Connect Kids to Natureread more
Snack Pak 4 kids gearing up to help feed children this summer | YouTube Names San Antonio Woman One of its ‘Creators for Change’ | Promotoras — a pilot program to help end child abuse | David Robinson honored for his work with leadership and education | Irasema Cavazos: Stay in the Workforce to Support Other Women | Students, faculty to give thanks for body donors | Students make large donation to food bank | Tenants complain of displacement as new park opens | Bail reform groups free moms from Bexar jail | Victim of domestic violence killed in 2011 honored during college pinning ceremony | Residentes de un hogar de ancianos celebra el día de las madres | Gene Elder Interviews Frates Seeligson, Director of Confluence Park | An Open Letter About Female Coaches, by Pau Gasol | New East Side bar donates all profits to local charities | From Syria To San Antonio: One UTSA Graduate’s Story | CHEF Teaching Kitchen: Bringing Families Together | Students get outfitted for prom with a non-profit’s help | Mail carriers help food bank get donations | Catholic Charities unveils mobile unit | Charity, joy part of iftars for Muslims | Children’s shelter and Pets Alive ally to help kids and animals | Advanced Smile Care provides patients with free dental services on Saturday | Impact San Antonio close to reaching a record number of members | Local man donating pools to S.A. kids extends travels to East Coast | Officials hope new mental illness concept will save lives | SAPD bike officers teach mechanics to special needs students | Longtime Charleston Mayor to Nirenberg: Prioritize People, Beautyread more
Day of Reflection Kicks Off Commemorative Week with Songs And Prayer for Unity | 750 special-needs students, adults visit SA Zoo | New report shows role of drug use in San Antonio child neglect or abuse deaths | Children’s Hospital patients make jewelry for Mother’s Day | New mental health services for kids removed from homes | SA Animal Care Services to offer free microchips | One-Night Count Finds Increase Unsheltered Homeless People in SA | Organization rallies to stop to high rate of domestic violence in Bexar County | Eastside Tricentennial Celebration Reveres Past, Looks to Next 300 Years | Advancing the Arts in San Antonio Will Provide Value for the Next 300 Years | Local group helps perpetrators of domestic violence get to root of anger | Volunteers visit seniors, raise awareness of Elder Abuse Prevention Month | As people gawked at suicidal man, one woman stopped to pray for him | The secret to S.A.’s 300 years — we’re nice | CRIT a god-send for this new S.A. family | UT Health SA President Henrich: When a Doctor Becomes a Patient | Heart recipient of fallen SAPD officer attends the 5th Annual Bobby Bowl | Hundreds run, bike, play, skate during Siclovia | Commitment fuels nursing mission | Day of Reflection turned into perfect night | John Jay HS students organize prom for senior citizens | Program that helps abused, neglected children through court system gets helping hand | Free 12-week program helps families develop healthy habits | ‘Ghost shoes’ show the dangers of not wearing a seat belt | Haven for Hope CEO speaks at Las Vegas forum to help combat homelessness nationwide | Teacher: How my students helped me walk through the most devastating time in my life | San Antonio woman who is seen confronting strangers in dog dumping video receives award | SA Clubhouse year-long project to culminate with 5K | New Education Pilot Program Seeks to Bridge Summer Learning Gap | Olympic Gold Medalist Shares Positivity, Kindness with San Antonio, Texas | Centro Seguro, 24/7 drop-in center helps dozens of trafficked youth | Las caras de la violencia- Part 1| Especial: Las caras de la violencia – Part 2 |read more
Town Hall: ‘Stopping Child Abuse’ | Housing Authority Building Solar-Powered Wi-Fi Prototype for Westside Community | All For a Good Cause: Fiesta Makes ‘Enormous’ Difference in San Antonio | San Antonio Amputees Stay Active, Competitive on Tennis Court | Jail inmates responding to education opportunities | This is S.A.: Lending an Ear | El Rey Feo y La Reina: Flores Family’s Fiesta Royalty Spans Generations | Roosevelt students raise money for charity to win prom king and queen | Mother of teen killed by driver accused of texting now promoting safe-driving app | Five monarch butterflies tagged and released at San Antonio Festival made it to Mexico | South Side church feeds hundreds through food pantry event | VIA teams up with Guide Dogs of Texas to help those with disabilities | San Antonio Queen of Soul celebrates 50 years as Fiesta royalty | Orphaned kittens are finding loving care at a local senior facility | Day of Reflection to celebrate San Antonio’s tricentennial with song, dance and prayer | Veteran finds sweet mission in San Antonio | Military Dog Hero: Lisa Phillips | Educator Extraordinaire: Amir Samandi | For the Love of a Daughter | Woman replaces stolen wheelchair for boy with cerebral palsy | Day of Reflection: Seeing the Challenges in Our Mutual Future | San Antonio celebrates 300 years by naturalizing citizens at the Alamo |read more
Cafe Expresso Yourself brews success at Rawlinson Middle School | Mayor Appoints 15-Member LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee | Latina Nutritionist Starts a School Food Pantry to Feed Hungry Kids in San Antonio | SpinXpress and Goodwill of SA rescue clothes left behind at the laundromat | New BiblioTech opens on East Side, aims to bridge digital divide | As Pop mourns, world sees what it missed | The Fiesta formula: Keep it local | S.A. students call for gun control; high school walkouts widespread | USAA Debuts New Innovation, Co-Working Space | ‘Wonders and Worries’ offers free support for children of sick parents | Puerto Rican refugees continue education in San Antonio schools | Teachers from SAISD, Alamo Heights win Trinity prize | North Side residents, city officials plant trees ahead of Earth Day | Families without wills stalling West Side community development | Fiesta Oyster Bake helps St. Mary’s students with tuition every year | Film Festival Highlights Nonprofits Through the Eyes of High Schoolers | After Walkout, Advanced Learning Academy Students Ask, ‘What’s Next?’ | Nonprofit, volunteers build bunk beds for children in need | H-E-B giving away eco-friendly bags for Earth Day | Living for HOPE | Law student’s art book brightens futures for refugees | Digital ID tag updates missing pet notices | SAPD tests new alert system to help officers track down missing children : Morgan’s Wonderland | Military kid finds mission in San Antonio | Naomi Shihab Nye on the power of listening to life: ‘The wind never says/Call me back’ | CPS Invests in Low-Emission Fleet Vehicles as Part of Its Green Push | Charitable works of Fiesta help make life-saving work possible | City Council to Consider Re-Adopting a Decriminalized Youth Curfew | Inclusion and culture celebrated at Fiesta Especial | Rainbow Crosswalk nears finish line, thanks to Fiesta medal | Child Abuse advocate takes prevention into the classroom | DA office’s support gives opioid task force green light to pursue needle exchange programread more
Made in San Antonio: Stay At Home Rustics | USPS, ACS team up to raise awareness on responsible pet ownership to deter dog bites | How Being the ‘Worst’ Transformed My Teaching | Councilman asks city to consider policy protecting people who save children, pets left in vehicles | Addressing abandoned homes used as sex dens and drug havens | UTSA food pantry tackles food insecurity on campus | Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales Pushes (Again) for Gender Diversity on Boards | Mayor Nirenberg delivers State of the City address | Free Starfish Dash 5K Run/Walk to Support San Antonio Initiatives | Sweat Equity: How to Get Fit and Volunteer at the Same Time! | Rey Feo court brings smiles to hospitalized children with shoe box parade floats | After 50 years, clergy work together again in San Antonio, for affordable housing | People Who Make San Antonio Great: Cyclist Jeff Moore | Operation Comfort, VA team up to host 3-day cycling camp for service members | The after effects of child abuse must be treated properly | Tiny preschoolers showcase big art at Pre-K fundraiser | S.A. students weave thread into bracelets to help troubled peers | Campaign addressing paid sick time for all comes to San Antonio | Rep. Bernal Seeks Relief for Homeowners Pushed to the Brink | The Future Is Bilingual | 874 children in Bexar County waiting to be adopted | Students give back for spring break | Foundation donates two bikes to Harlandale ISD for students with special needs | Festival brings Turkish arts and culture downtown | Artist Pamela Taylor’s haunting portrait of a Syrian child refugee | ‘Smart City’: As Buzzword Spreads, Areas Vie for Innovation Designation | Breast Cancer Rates in Bexar County Vary Dramatically By Zip Code | Blood drive held in honor of child who died after battling white blood cell disorder | Candlewood Elementary students receive new sneakers | Nonprofit hosts monthly birthday parties at The Children’s Shelter | SA artist teaches ancient art of weaving to pediatric patients at University Hospital | Child Protective Services launches Alternative Response program in Bexar County | Study: Texas foster children five times as likely to get pregnant than other teens | Local advertising agency presents over $500,000 to 14 local charity groups | City Department to San Antonio Residents: Tell Us About Your Potholes | The Impact Of Opioids: How Is San Antonio Handling This Substance Abuse Epidemic? | Rehabarama renews, restores historic homes in Highland Parkread more
Cardboard Kids Campaign aims to raise awareness of child abuse, neglect | Dress for Success San Antonio encourages women to look their best | Líderes comunitarios y autoridades de Bexar discuten estrategias para acabar con el abuso infantil | SA City Councilwomen advocate for gender diversity on boards and commissions | San Antonio ISD’s Plan To Disrupt Economically Segregated Schools | Alta Vista Skateshop selling skateboard art to benefit Roy Maas kids | Drug addicted granny credits SAPD officers for new life | Cardboard Kids Campaign aims to raise awareness of child abuse, neglect | SAFC star and former teammate paying it forward | Child from Philippines given gift of cochlear implant with help from Ear Institute of Texas | SAHA, developers seek to ramp up West Side housing | Premier High School students on mission to find beloved teacher a kidney | The new DoSeum CEO believes curiosity and wonder are the foundation for youth learning | Recording Artist Jennifer Knapp Comes to SA to Discuss: Can You Be Gay and Christian? | San Antonio sets high goal for people to get HIV test in April | SA mom on a mission to make prom magical for teens in need | Seven SA Educators Get a School-Day Surprise: Excellence Awards | Woman gives back after getting free automotive makeover | Sharing Drives Change, Shapes Futures in San Antonio | Addressing More Than Just Students’ Educational Needs in Southside ISD | Yes! Our Kids Can impulsa a los niños a seguir estudiando | UTSA launches new website for bias incidents reporting | Project Access students succeed; program grows | More than 200 REHABARAMA volunteers help fix up Highland Park homes | Gracias San Antonio: Children Are Citizens Project | SA VisionWalk raises money and awareness for blindness | Bloodbuzz: Chronicling a Horse’s Journey from Neglect to the Charreada | Faith, poetry drive former gang member | Forever Family: Vinnie Vinzetta and his passion for adoption and children | ‘Touch a Truck’ event puts tots in tanker trucks | Food insecurity can lead to family violence, new UTSA study says | ACS explains difficult decision to euthanize 33 of 49 dogs rescued from cruelty situation | Dozens join Mayor Nirenberg to stay fit while giving back | Hemisfair’s 50th Anniversary Party Kicks Off With Music, Art, and History | San Antonio Book Festival A World Without Walls | ‘Conserveza’ beer supports San Antonio Zoo conservation efforts | Local center helps guide mother, children through grief of Sutherland Springs shooting | Be SMART campaign teaches parents about gun safety | After 128 years, Christopher Columbus Italian Society now admits women | San Antonio’s Rape Crisis Center challenges community to break the cycle of abuse | Family Justice Center offers unique way to combat domestic violence | Texas veterans gear up for adaptive cycling camp | How Far Can Becky Hammon Go in the N.B.A.? | UIW Sisters to host Sunday Tricentennial festival at university | Women in community making history in health care | Fiesta is all about benefiting the community | Local NAACP Branch celebrates 100 Years of Fighting for Justice, Equalityread more
The McNay Art Museum asked for survival stories and got thousands | Spurs provide night of fun and new beds to 50 SA kids | Inmates practice job interview skills to prepare for life after serving jail time | After ‘Tobacco 21,’ Metro Health Director Seeks ‘Culture of Health’ for SA | Nirenberg re-formats Charter Review Commission, gives group marching orders | David Robinson, NCAA All-Stars visit Fort Sam’s Wounded Warriors | New jail initiative a way to give back | Marianist creates flocks for peace | CAM looks to its future | Diane Diaz de Leon celebrates 25 years in the beauty industry by giving back to the community | Cargamento de alimentos Goya para San Antonio Food Bank | Military wife finds own purpose | ACS, NCAA coaches and players deliver Easter baskets to pediatric cancer patients | Free San Antonio Muslim clinic treats the uninsured to honor god | Young San Antonians find independence with public transportation | SAFD kicks off ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign this week | Serving those who served | Mayor issues proclamation for National Service Recognition Day | Advocates push for recovery high school for teens struggling with substance abuse | San Antonio Animal Care Services seeks donations, foster homes | Pelaez Asks City Council To Consider Net Neutrality Ordinance | ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ pushes to end city’s youth curfew ordinance | Programa lleva a jóvenes a recorrer la cárcel del condado de Bexar | Keepers of the Dream | Sheriff runs laps with Southside ISD students | Child cancer survivor gives back | From the Court to the Concert Hall | San Antonio boy behind University Hospital’s ‘cancer bell’ dies | Three SA Medical Facilities Designated Healthcare Leaders by HRCread more
Big Give is ready to kick off | ¿Cómo hablar a los niños sobre las recientes explosiones? | More platelet donors needed | Spurs Dejounte Murray visits Edgewood High school | Signs Going in At McAllister Park Trails, Thanks To REI Grant | Park Police Officer mentors kids on the West Side through boxing | Zoo partners with UTSA to help enrich elephants’ lives | ‘Dog Is My CoPilot’: Giving New Lives To San Antonio Strays | San Antonio recognizes World Water Day | Changed Lives: Striving to be better | Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High-Performing Leaders | The Mighty Pen | San Antonio organization partners with Houston program to improve safety on West Side | Benefit for SA Homeless Teens Asks Participants to Sleep in Park for ‘Just One Night’ | At Alamo Heights High School, Club Fosters ‘Unified’ Activities, Atmosphere | San Antonians march downtown, joining thousands across the U.S. in call for gun control | ‘March For Our Lives’ Amplifies Students’ Calls To End Gun Violence | UTSA community to give back during March 24 Day of Service | César Chávez’ grandson brings his spirit to annual march | La marcha de César Chávez se enfocó en la paz y seguridad estudiantil | UIW volunteers roll up sleeves to beautify San Antonio | San Antonio students get national nod for restoring photos damaged in Hurricane Harvey | Dog park options puts San Antonio in top 100 cities report | Community rallying behind S.A. man hit by a stray bullet in south-side home | Local school district holds heartwarming Senior Citizen Prom | Three NEISD magnet programs each earn $20,000 grant | Endeavors seeks to build better lives for community | San Antonio Airport uses therapy dogs to bring grins to harried travelers | Building bridges with police | Legacy of bombings may be getting to know your neighbor | Family friend asks for compassion for parents of boy who was killed by dog | Crime Stoppers’ new ID kits help police find missing children, seniors faster | San Antonio to provide legal representation for undocumented immigrants | Popovich promises to keep speaking out on social issues | Legacy Park opens on the west side thanks to Final Four committee | UIW recognizes Iraqi woman | Members of Muslim community denounce alleged abuse spawned from failed arranged marriage | The Cherrity Bar Is Giving It All Back | Democracy Prep is Just Part of Pedro Martinez’s Radical Plan to Remake SAISDread more