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 36 weeks
Faith and Discourse Combine in Weekly Beer and Bible Meet-ups | Irreducibly Human | Making a home for children who age out of foster care | South San student pays it forward during holiday season | San Antonio Prioritizes Education, Treatment And Prevention Of AIDS | BCSO sheriff works out with kids to instill healthy habits | Group delivers much-needed holiday cheer to domestic violence survivors | The Texas Woman Bringing Holiday Cheer to Children Who’ve Lost Parents to Guns | Homeless who died remembered | On Failed States and Innovative Cities | Grad Student Gifts San Antonio with “Geography of Poverty” Map | San Antonio’s Muslim-led, free healthcare clinic | Elf Louise’s sleigh ride of yuletide kindness | Voluntarios se preparan para servir a más de 15 mil personas en San Antonio | Make a resolution to sterilize your pet | A pachuco Christmas on the West Side | San Antonio ‘hot cops’ calendar raises money for a good cause | Elves bring affordable Christmas to east side | In a Hungry San Antonio, Thousands Gather for H-E-B Feast of Sharing | Southside ISD kids get tamales, presents and a visit from Santa Claus | Children’s Shelter asks donors to remember teens this year | Economic segregation in San Antonio: how we got here, is it real? | Former gang members nourish the barrio they once harmed | District 5 councilwoman aims to help housing on West Side | Foster mother adopts daughter through Children’s Shelter program | ‘No one here is unimportant’ | Class probes controversial topics through hands-on learning | U.S. Veteran receives small Christmas miracle thanks to other vets | Haven for Hope gives gifts to children of parents in recovery programs | SA family gets Christmas surprise after losing everything in fire | For Mentally Ill, Finding Purpose in Work at a Clubhouse All Their Own | The Christmas Magic of Elf Louise | At long last, Alamo Bowl hits charitable mark | Struggle not a stranger for UTSA’s student regent | El Pollo Loco serves up free Christmas meals for San Antonio homeless | Plumbers save Christmas gatherings every year | Temple spends Christmas giving back to first responders | SAPD officers keep busy surprising families with presents, food on Christmas day | ‘Never Give Up:’ A Holocaust Survivor Shares her Story | Texas Power Brokers: Elf Louise Executive Director Bill Harrison | New year is a great time to give | Christmas elf delivers toys to sick patients at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio | Spurs’ Gregg Popovich: ‘Pretty simple’ why I prioritize charity workread more
Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, visit children’s shelter to spread Christmas cheer | Santa came early with $7 million in gifts for San Antonio area nonprofits | United Way exceeds fundraising goal by more than $1.2 million | USAA employees show off new ideas at Innovation Day | VIA Completes 1,000th New Bus Stop Shelter, More to Come | H-E-B donates over 2.9 million meals to Texas food banks | S.H.A.R.E Center at Palo Alto College helps underprivileged students | Big Bob’s Burgers repaying community with Christmas turkey | ¿Cómo promover la unión familiar en esta época navideña? | Habitat For Humanity closes on last home of 2017 in SA | SAPD Mental Health Detail Honored with ‘Spirit of Health’ Award | 2017 IMPACT magazine shares @Trinity_U scholarship, creative works, and community engagement | People Who Make SA Great: Lobbyist, skier, mountain climber Mona Patel | Her comes ParkerClaus! | San Antonio congregation delivers early holiday gifts to Sutherland Springs | Catholics, Jews celebrate Hanukkah in San Antonio | Councilwoman hopes ‘vision zero’ program reduces pedestrian deaths | Este libro infantil busca combatir el acoso escolar | San Antonio Rent Prices Low, But Demand Outpacing Supply | Bubble Bath Carwash donates grand opening proceeds to Haven for Hope | Commencement Spotlight: May Mzayek is shedding light on the refugee crisis | Higher Education Council of San Antonio: Hate speech is not free speech | Nirenberg benches housing incentives policy, for now | Convoy of Hope | Reagan Rattlers donate toys to SAPD Blue Santa | SAReads Semester-in-Review | UTSA students make video games for injured veterans | Airmen donate 3,000+ toys to west side church | Kansas police hope to change perception of pit bulls with new drug detective | Bexar County programs bring Christmas early for kids | San Antonio’s First Lady talks about sexual harassment | S.A.’s diversity on display for Tricentennial | Offer people with disabilities some humanity | Santa’s Firefighters Toy Drive brings smiles to San Antonio children | SA Food Bank, Bank of America give away 200 holiday meals | Drugs, death, redemption — and a guilt that will never die | How you can join the Spurs in the fight against hunger | North-side church serving up holiday cheer for kids in CPS | Tamales for a Cause | Thousands of kids get Christmas presents in Southside toy giveaway | Woman spends year collecting Christmas presents for kids in need | Finding new life after limb loss | Nonprofits and residents seek ways to improve city’s vulnerable ZIP codes | Saving the world, 12 kids at a time | Homeless children tell Santa where to leave gifts | Buying power: When selling is giving in the holiday season | San Antonio’s cultural mash-up this time of year can entertain and educate | Northside ISD school makes sure every student eats during the holidays | Valero’s $3 million gift to SA Zoo will help fund field trips for underprivileged schools | Chanukah message shared with all faiths | Is This the End of Low-Income Housing Along San Pedro Creek? | Women United awards child care scholarships | Ruth McClendon, former state representative, dies at age 74 | Clothing & bedding top Christmas wish list for kids in shelter | Noticias Univision sorprende a pequeños con sorpresas navideñas | Preparan más de 3,000 comidas navideñas para personas de la tercera edad | ‘Super Chikis’ Aim To Help San Antonio Girls Discover Their Superhero Powers | SAISD, Alamo Colleges partnership working for students | Haven for Hope helps mom of six start over in new home | Reporte: las ciudades más amigables de Estados Unidos | Woman helping Sutherland Springs survivors will ‘Share the Joy’ during difficult holidaysread more
A Place to Play, on Wheels or Feet | The Mom Of This Sikh Professor Had The Purest Troll After Finding Racist Threats To Her Son | Boys & Girls Club sees higher number of members at East Side branch | Animal Care Services will have ZERO tolerance for weather-related violations | Margaret Mary Healy-Murphy opened school to education children of slaves | Wintry weather does little to cool San Antonio climate kickoff | Discover the city’s hidden wildlife shelter | Bunker Labs’ Mission: Turning Veterans into Entrepreneurs | ‘¡Feliz Tamalidad!’ | La Sociedad de Conservación de SA apoya la educación con “Heritage Education Tours” [The SA Conservation Society supports education with “Heritage Education Tours”] | Hot deals on cold dogs: ACS hosting winter adoption special | District 10 task force takes initiative to fight homeless problem in area | Local students assemble donated bikes, get to keep them as presents | Superstar volunteers shine at awards ceremony honoring east-side community | Mayor’s “Housing Task Force” discusses issues in San Antonio | Spirit of San Antonio runs through Carmen Tafolla’s poetry like a river | Bells continue to ring and raise money for the Salvation Army | Texas Power Broker Najim works to give his money away | Local non-profit gives Christmas decorations to Hurricane Harvey victims in Aransas Pass | Threads of Loveread more
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