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 53 weeks
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
Press conference on the steps of City Hall speaking out against the recent #SB4 decision | UIW students give west side homes a makeover | Activists call for justice in death of transgender woman | Naomi Shihab Nye: Your Life Is a Poem | ‘Philanthropy’ Is A Fancy Word For Giving Back To What You Love | City Urged to Update ‘Citizens to be Heard’ Portion of Council Meetings | New Bexar County Program Offers Jail Inmates Civics Lessons | Billionaire Tom Benson Leaves Business, Philanthropic Legacies in San Antonio | UTSA students spend spring break volunteering at children’s shelter | New online resource helps military families deal with child mental health issues | Order celebrates 125th year with a new book | Wounded Warrior Project makes 200 Easter baskets for injured veterans’ families | It’s Big Give time again | S.A. teachers seek to improve life for immigrant students | Applaud students for signing up for higher ed | Yes, he’s my brother | Elementary teacher honored for spreading the message of love | She’s passionate about connecting people in San Antonio | Ma Harper: Serving Up Second Chances | Advocacy group launches San Antonio petition drive for paid sick leave | San Antonio, the stars inspire inaugural poem | City Names Octavio Quintanilla as New Poet Laureate | George Strait to receive 2018 ‘Texan of the Year’ award Thursday | Young Latina Innovator to Launch ‘MyFunFood’ Appread more
Council Warned of Dangers of Economic Segregation | Meal Deliveries Help Fight Hunger In San Antonio | Mobile clinic brings health care to students | H-E-B to donate $250,000 to Will Smith Zoo School scholarship fund | Two CPS employees share Puerto Rico experience | S.A. education forum focuses on 4-year-olds | Homelessness concerns near abandoned San Antonio Walgreens | People Who Make SA Great: Share facilitator Lauren VandeBerg | UTSA professor studying ‘compassion fatigue’ from extended online exposure | College prep app expands to two more San Antonio school districts | One local man’s mission to help find missing people gets some high tech help | Broccoli in the barrio: Community Garden inspires healthy habits in seniors | CHOSA sizzles through healthy innovations | Manumanía: A Peek Inside Spurs Tourism and Manu Ginóbili’s Global Fan Base | Wellness Expo Slated for Woman and Girls HIV-AIDS Awareness Day | Rebekah Piper, Texas A&M University San Antonio – Multicultural Education and Literacy | Domésticas Unidas: organización celebra a las mujeres | Four women get second chance at life thanks to court program | CNISD offering free breakfast and lunch to its area students over Spring Break | Familias beneficiadas por el CRIT San Antonio llaman a la comunidad a participar en el Teletón USA | Bond Paid For Bexar County Inmates In Push For Bail Reform | The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically 2018 | Artists Help Give Pre-K 4 SA Kids a Voice as San Antonio Citizens | Top Seven Places in San Antonio for Children with Disabilities to Have a Blast | Facility taking action to solve the rise of homeless families in San Antonio | Native American initiative eyes urban Indian policy in S.A. | Projects, people to be honored for preservation | Report Tallies San Antonio Nonprofits Ahead of Big Give 2018 | ‘Building Bridges’ is theme of 22nd Cesar Chavez March | Criminal Justice practitioner brings restorative discipline pilot project to UTSA | In speech at alma mater, Nirenberg credits school for his political metamorphosis | Female powerlifter will lift up weights – and others | San Antonio ISD Juniors Tour Colleges Throughout U.S. | Nirenberg Joins 12 U.S. Mayors in Signing Net Neutrality Pledge | How Can San Antonio Create An Affordable, Fair Housing System?read more
Northwest Side neighbors set to clean up illegal dump site | Health By Design | Personas de la tercera edad participan como tutores de niños de primaria en Edgewood | SA2020: Civic Engagement Is Necessary To Turn San Antonio’s Vision Into Reality | Local journalists created a Facebook group with tips and support for covering mass shootings | Reform of San Antonio parade ordinance seen as win for First Amendment activists | Widow spreads awareness about cancer to firefighting community | Local philanthropist, NFL player team up to treat students to private ‘Black Panther’ film screening | Couture for a Cause: Local designer creates fashion to benefit women around the world | $1.6 million park aimed at giving East Side youth new athletic opportunities | LLS volunteers gearing up for annual fashion show | Promotores de salud buscarán evitar el abuso infantil y violencia doméstica | ‘Empty Bowls’ Brings Potters, Chefs Together to Fight Hunger at Southwest School of Art Event | Annual candlelight ceremony helps families of dead children grieve | Funding Delay Stalls Bexar County’s Efforts to Aid Opioid Abusers | A look inside ThriveWell founder’s handbag | He’s Got Next: Spurs Star Pau Gasol Joins San Antonio Symphony Advisory Board | Street2Feet program nurtures homeless community | How Does Early Education Benefit Children Later In Life? | Following Students’ Lead, SAISD Calls for Gun Law Reform | San Antonio students learning valuable lessons from Mills’ books, actions | Adopted dogs lift spirits of residents in memory care communities | UTSA survey shows equity concerns among faculty, staff | Harnessing the power of inclusiveness | 2018 United Way Shoebox Project | How an endangered salamander forced a Texan city to save water | San Antonio Food Bank to get $1M gift from Alamo City entrepreneur | SA Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuses releases annual reportread more
Students benefit from San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo scholarships | Group of MacArthur High students petitioning for change in gun laws | Children’s Path to Academic, Economic Success Begins Before Birth | Mohammed Choudhury: Recognized for Leadership in Expanding School Choice | Clínica ofrece un novedoso tratamiento contra la adicción a fármacos | Houston based group helping San Antonio launch program to keep students safe | Meet the 86 Volunteers Who Will Guide San Antonio’s Climate Plan | Panelists: Small Business, Affordable Housing Can Help Fix SA’s Economic Disparity | Sex trafficking survivor determined to a make difference | House Speaker Joe Straus Honored as ‘International Citizen of Year’ | Boy helps orphans, inspired by father’s journey | VIA gathering San Antonio coders to tackle challenges at codeathon | Applications for Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee Now Being Accepted | S.A. apartments test dog DNA to catch tenants who don’t scoop | People Who Make SA Great: Traci Brodbeck of the San Antonio Roses | UIW pharmacy school students learn to administer lifesaving, overdose-reversing drug | School safety changes could impact your child’s mental health | San Antonio traffic deaths spiked in 2016 — but dropped in 2017 | Town Hall Draws ‘Climate Champions’ With Aims of Greater Inclusion | Keynote by @Ron_Nirenberg in English y @ErikaProsper en Español @ National #Latino Children’s #Literature Conference | A birthday tradition helps lighten the load for children at RYMA | SA Women’s Day March to Emphasize ‘Positive Social Change’ | Choose. Act. Impact. | Project Helps Doctors Understand Patients’ Life Issues | Texas Power Broker Gomez fights for high-scale development on South Side at Brooks | iFLY creates a memorable day for those with disabilities | Bexar County Moves to Embrace ‘Therapeutic Justice’ | Emma Tenayuca’s work continues to inspire | Haven for Hope’s cattery gets a ‘purr-fect’ facelift | SA Kids to Imagine Their Future City in Interactive DoSeum Exhibition | SAPD Officer from East Side gives back to community | Mills takes ‘high road’ after racist incident in Cleveland | Bexar County Adds LGBT Protections to EEO Policyread more
A&M-San Antonio teaching parents of first-generation students | The Prosthetic Foundation helps those without limbs lead normal lives | Analysis suggests mortgages are less accessible to blacks, Latinos | UIW nursing students screening children for lead | American Heart Association is spreading heart health awareness through “Little Hats, Big Hearts.” | United Way child care scholarship allows parents to continue their education | Officers educate, ticket railroad crossing violators to prevent deaths | SAISD Head Shines Light on Student Challenges in State of District Address | Second Lady Tours Art Therapy Program At San Antonio Children’s Hospital | Nirenberg Leads Delegation to Mexico for Sister Cities Summit | Bexar County child hospitalization rate for asthma surpasses state average | Jefferson High School achieves International Baccalaureate World School status | Latching onto hope at San Antonio’s Baby Café | San Antonio martial arts school offering free year of training to anyone who turns in assault weapon | Program helps underprivileged kids ‘Suit Up’ for life | More than 500 units of blood donated in 48 hours for 7-year-old battling cancer | Volunteers clean up San Antonio streets in citywide Community Service Day | Noh8 | Save the Children: The Case for Early Childhood Education | Tip Top Café continúa su apoyo a The 100 Club of San Antonio | Therapy dog hired at San Antonio dental office | Teen launching first-of-its-kind S.A. pediatric pancreatitis program | Police begin 2-week grace period for outstanding misdemeanor warrants | #BlackPantherChallenge trying to send East San Antonio kids to the movie | Prince Hall Shriners Assist Local Kids | El equipo Rampage y fanáticos honrarEconomic empowerment zone to help military spouses with job searchon a sobrevivientes de cáncer | Florida shooting prompts letter-writing campaign by San Antonio students | Councilman calls on faith-based organizations to tack homeless issues plaguing SA | More ‘Bigs’ needed to mentor ‘Littles’ | East Side neighbors say SAPD drug crackdown yields results | Thousands of potholes repaired last year, officials say | Have courageous conversations in the classroom | San Antonio City Contracts: Where Small Business Made Big Gains in 2017 | Ethics in Action exhibition at the SA Ismaili Jamatkhanaread more
Special-needs children thrive at Kinetic Kids | Why black women are more at risk of death related to childbirth | San Antonio is on pace to fill its affordable housing gap … by 2294 | Caught between a car and a slow pace | Convicts speak to students at O’Connor High School | Experts on loan at the University of the Incarnate Word for Human Library event | Houston honors SA sanitation workers who helped after Harvey | Mennonites select their first African American leader | One of S.A.’s keys to success — ethics | Community holds vigil outside home where 14-year-old was shot and killed | All stressed out and no where to go | Billboards Throughout San Antonio Urge Army To End Use Of Animals In Medic Training | Volunteers wanted for SA Tricentennial community service day | Mario Salas using own history to reach young people | LDS Church provides 17 tons of coats, blankets to Haven for Hope | Volunteers give Salado Wilderness Area a makeover | Neighbors organize plate sale for grieving family of 14-year-old killed in West Side shooting | Meet the Super Chikis, the new super girls from San Antonio | Rodeo:Tacos for tuition | Treatment center unveils newly-remodeled home for women | Salvation Army provides service to seniors | Local leaders hold luncheon to find solutions for child abuse, neglect in Bexar County | Making Knowledge an Open Book with No-Cost Educational Resources | UTSA, San Antonio Express-News to discuss #MeToo movement at Feb. 15 town hall meeting | Mi sueño está en peligro: la estudiante de UTSA Andrea Ramos Fernández | Coming Home: Effectively Ending Veteran Homelessness in San Antonio | Activist’s Charity Birthday Party Marks Eighth Year | Popovich comments on importance of Black History Month: ‘We live in a racist country’ | San Antonio Zoo adopts two elephants | County takes a step forward on finding affordable housing fix | Youth summit embraces urban waters | ‘Skin In The Game’: San Antonio City Council Asks Local Schools How It Can Help Lobby State | Community members block walk on West Side to raise awareness, end violence | Remember the Woolworthread more
New Report Identifies San Antonio’s Most Vulnerable Communities | New San Antonio milk banks to help premature babies across Texas | SAPA helps rescue more than 400 Hurricane Harvey pets | Local high school seniors devote fundraiser to Sutherland Springs church | CPS Energy worker joining Puerto Rico recovery effort: ‘It’s in our blood’ to help | #MeToo sparking dinner table conversations with families | People Person | Smaller SA Arts Groups: Love the Symphony, But What About Us? | Recognizing diversity in community impacts educational opportunities | Rodèo breakfast brings South Side together | USAISR leading the way in ‘Stop the Bleed’ | San Antonio’s Hidden Black History And The Struggle to Tell It | Enfermedades mentales, un factor en la desaparición de personas | Teen dating violence awareness month | Spurs superstars don aprons for Champions Against Hunger fundraiser | The Poverty Pyramid: Who’s Got it Worst in America? | First-Ever NoH8 Photo Shoot Slated for SA | Dr. Ramamurthy receives Bexar County Medical Society’s highest honor | South San Pizza Man spreads hope one slice at a time | San Antonio women fighting to lower Texas’ soaring maternal mortality rate | SAISD Teens help community prepare taxes | Autism Treatment Center Expansion to Boost Services for Growing Community | Lending a hand where it’s needed most: Why one couple left Stone Oak for the East Sideread more