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
Reborn Symphony Looks To ‘Embrace All of San Antonio’ | Bexar County Sheriff Appoints Liaisons to Connect with ‘Marginalized’ Communities | San Antonio league offers youth basketball fundamentals and life lessons | Northside ISD creates free clothing closet for students in need | Spurs’ Becky Hammon hosts “Hoops for All” | Arts Program Opens Door to Printmaking Skills for Westside Youth | New York Restaurateur Becomes Chef to San Antonio’s Homeless | $3M in Santikos Grants to Aid Public Radio, Other Area Nonprofits | Foster Care Summit Aims to Coordinate Care for Young Adults | Mayor’s San Antonio housing report outlines five key actions | San Antonio Encouraging Businesses To Recycle | Don’t shy away from civil discussions about politics | Women underpaid, undercounted in the S.A. economy | San Antonio’s West Side storytellers honored for illustrated children’s book | For abuse survivors in shelter, back-to-school shopping is stressful, impossible | San Antonio Food Bank seeks volunteers for new Hope to Home program | Meet 5 Women Leading the Charge to Protect Immigrant Rights in Texas | San Antonio Bus Station Becomes Resource Center For Immigrant Familiesread more
New Homeless Alliance Director Pulls From Personal Experience to Effect Change | More Than Neighbors, Mexico and San Antonio Are Family | Military spouse job program thriving in San Antonio | Local group helping underprivileged kids get clothing, school supplies | Meet ‘Mr. Birthday,’ a volunteer who throws foster kids their first birthday party | Tears, hugs and help: Church groups assist reunited families | Kids Inspire a Brighter San Antonio at The DoSeum’s Tricentennial Exhibit | West Side arts space The Parish a haven for priced-out artists | Local volunteers seek to improve community during World Clean Up Day | Nonprofits help families with vouchers for school supplies and backpacks | Catholic Charities pushes through family unification deadline | Dine out for a good cause at these 5 charitable San Antonio restaurants and bars | Over 50,000 applicants waiting for affordable housing in San Antonio | CPS Energy good Samaritans help man who collapsed on a hot dayread more
Patient thanks burn unit staff for elite care in San Antonio | Local organizations share memories of Danny Green’s community work | More and more families arriving at San Antonio’s Catholic Charities | What Impact Is The Opioid Epidemic Having On Foster Care? | VIA helps riders during extreme heat | Grant money makes Magik Theatre more accessible | San Antonio Zoo leading effort to reduce use of plastic straws | A Decade After Her Murder, Viola Barrios’ Children Advance Her Legacy | Chambers’ Leadership San Antonio class gives back to community | 3 immigrants giving back to the country that gave them so much | Child Protective Services issues plea for community to watch out for kids during heat wave | San Antonio middle school teacher remembered for commitment to students and community | Clinic’s Comprehensive Approach to Diabetes Care Aims to Reduce Amputations | Million Summer Meals Program Provides San Antonio Kids with Healthy Food | Pets need protection from South Texas heat | How San Antonio groups are helping during Minority Mental Health Awareness Month | Hearts Need Art brings music and visual arts to cancer patients | SAISD Will Triple Its Dual Language Programs in 2018-19 | SA Lawyer Leading Immigration Appeals for Asylum Seekers, Refugees | QUEST helping break generational poverty | Connecting youth with bikes, health | Rackers Earn Spot on People Magazine’s ‘Companies That Care’ List | Drug Free Coalitions Come Together With Our Youthread more
A gift this San Antonio girl received while her sister was sick has inspired her to give back | Port San Antonio visionary plan connecting kids and adults to more opportunity | SAC Builds One-Stop Center to Better Serve Veterans Returning to College | Catholic Charities reuniting immigrant families, taking donations to the border | Members of nonprofit dedicated to fighting sexual violence concerned about alarming statistics | David’s Law being considered for revision to enhance compromised items | Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health Macy’s donates $15,000 to SA Food Bank | 11-year-old cancer survivor uses birthday to pay it forward | Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation: Injured, dying egrets increase in Brackenridge Park | Sports nonprofit helps young runners realize importance of physical fitness | City of San Antonio interns volunteer in community service projects | San Antonio man who gave away money in Redbox movies revealed | Anti-graffiti crusader working to clean up city, one tag at a time | BCSO deputy uses music to bond with the community | Patti and Rod Radle: ‘Building a Family’ Out of a West Side Community | Agency braces for S.A. reunion surge of 400 families | SA researchers seek interview subjects for ‘resiliency’ study in LGBTQ community | New event aimed at empowering disabled voters coming to San Antonio | Henry Cisneros gives tour of inequality crisis and hope for affordable housing | Group makes quilts for deserving veterans | News 4’s Hannah Trippett shares her depression battle | SA Nonprofit Aims to Stop Stuffing Landfills With Mattress Waste | San Antonio’s Catholic Charities volunteers prepare for immigrant family reunifications | Annual spaghetti dinner raises $100K for families of fallen first responders | Commissioner Tommy Calvert fights for affordable housing on East Side | SA girl selling shirts to fight against bullying | Mother-daughter duo helping reunite families separated at border | Organizaciones y autoridades de San Antonio buscan reincorporar a la sociedad a las personas sin hogar | Officers recognized for intervening and stopping suicide attempts | New Crisis Stabilization Unit opens in San Antonio | Parents love San Antonio’s preschool program. But soon, voters could weigh in on its fate | Career-themed schools in San Antonio tackle job skills – and inequality | Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd road trip wins them ‘Civility in Public Life’ award | Local group covering San Antonio in art, 1 rock at a time | ACs for SA kicks off to help beat the heat | Talented SA chess master passing on his love of the game to kids | Cooling centers now available in San Antonio | Feeling Anxious? You’re Not Alone | San Antonio Schools Are Still Segregated – By Income As Much As Raceread more
SA nonprofit on standby to give proper burial for baby found in suitcase | Dentist gives decorated veteran a reason to smile | Four college students volunteer to help Taco Taco owner keep doors open | Dare To Listen: How Is San Antonio Handling Population Growth & Gentrification? | UTSA alumnus is on a mission to help recently rehoused veterans feel at home | Register your dog’s microchip so she can be rehomed | Ugandan toddler celebrates surgery to fix heart defect in San Antonio | Isolated seniors receive help from Meals on Wheels San Antonio | Spurs Off-topic: David Robinson | Young man helps other foster children | Guide Dogs of Texas in need of foster parents for newest litter | Local musician writes inspiring songs for students | Fronteras Extra: Teaching Tolerance Through Lessons From The Holocaust | Officers trade in the badge for basketball on the Eastside | Miss Tristan Foundation funds water safety classes for local children | Fallen SAPD officers give gift of life with organ donations | NAACP Convention Comes To San Antonio As Local Branch Celebrates 100 Years | Equity, Engagement Efforts Earn San Antonio 7th ‘All-America City’ Award | ‘Road To Change’: Students Set Sights On Gun Control In Texas | SAISD Food Workers Refine Menus, Skills with Help from CIA Chefs | Family, victim’s son plead to stop execution of death row inmate | Haven for Hope celebra 8 años ayudando a la comunidad | Advocacy group offering $20 million to Trump administration to aid immigrant families | Meet Penelope, San Antonio’s 1st funeral home support dog |Water Safety Camp Helps Kids Find Their Comfort Level | 1 GOD 1 LOVE | Catholic Charities requesting supplies for families at border | Summer internships narrow the Opportunity Gap | http://bekahmcneel.com/summer-internships-narrow-the-opportunity-gap/read more
Metro Health Expands Immunization | Haven For Hope celebrates milestone | Bexar Co. launches new efforts to fight sex trafficking | Former Steele standout Brown driven to give back to community with football camp | People Who Make SA Great: Drug Court Judge Tommy Stolhandske | Nonprofit group sets up a hotline to help reunite immigrant families | Non-profit gives adults a free second chance at education for free | City leaders hold ribbon-cutting for rainbow crosswalk | Thousands enjoy Pride Festival at Crockett Plaza in San Antonio | San Antonio bakers unite to bring separated families back together | Refugees flee war-torn homelands for deteriorating apartment complexes in S.A. | SA Protesters Call for Immigration Authorities to ‘Free Los Niños Now’ | Archbishop calls for immigration reform, launches campaign | With Low Pay, Children’s Court Attorneys Toil to ‘Make a Difference’ | San Antonio Activist’s Petition Asks the Tobin Center to Cancel Jordan Peterson Lecture | Edith McAllister, Iconic San Antonio Philanthropist, Dies at Age 100 | Non-profit aims to teach kids practical skills to succeed in workforce | Volunteers speak about reuniting undocumented families through RAICES hotline | PETA applauds Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV | San Antonio’s refugee community celebrates Fourth of July in safe haven; worry about families left back home | In Memory of Hitish Nathani: Innovator, Creator, Educatorread more
Millions in Donations to Help RAICES Expand Legal Services for Separated Immigrant Families | New citizens in S.A. naturalized on World Refugee Day | Housing Task Force Recommends Sweeping Changes to Alleviate Market, Policy Shortfalls | Former foster youth thriving in transitional housing program | Are incarcerated individuals receiving quality representation? It depends, San Antonio panelists say | Strangers hold funeral for Air Force veteran with no known family | Free counseling helps Sutherland Springs survivors on path to healing | ‘Vigil for Humanity’ to Oppose Family Separations to Be Held Outside of San Fernando Cathedral | S.A. shelter has 22 children separated from parents by federal policy | Nonprofit Distributes 44,000 Pounds of Food To Curb Summertime Hunger | David Robinson to receive humanitarian award from ESPN | Released from detention, families board buses to the future | New school district ‘toolkit’ tends to kids missing school due to trauma, stress | San Antonio ham radio operators demonstrate value of old technology | Border Crisis Prompts Prayer Vigil, Noise Demonstration in San Antonio | Though ADA Compliant, Not All Public Bathrooms are Created Equal | Non-profit helps veterans make their house feel like home | When an 88-year-old S.A. restaurant legend’s AC broke, the community rallied to help | Centro para apoyar a personas de bajos recursos | Girl Scout Troop 300 aims to add 300 Little Free Libraries to San Antonio for its tricentennial | SA basketball team heads to Special Olympics | Local student commission advocating for youth issues in Alamo City | San Antonio community comes together to support LGBTQ people escaping persecution | SA Lighthouse for the Blind wins CPS office supply contract | Lineman camp focuses on ‘no head contact’ in first visit to Texasread more
“Hope” serves immigrants and more | East Side church members escape crime-ridden lives, pull others out of bad situations | SA Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan with citywide prayer ceremony | Transportation industry experts share ways to make SA roads safer | Catholic Charities’ Event Showcases Art by Refugee Artists in San Antonio | Fronteras Extra: Creating A Generation Of Children ‘Whose Emotions Matter’ | UTSA program paves way for health professionals from medically underserved communities | Fast-A-Thon Expects to Raise at Least $15,000 for MOVE Texas | A Father to Generations of Westside Youth | Erasing HIV/AIDS stigma | Support the poor and the outcast on Refugee Day | S.A. recruiters, future Sailors give back to community | Basketball camp teaches tradition, unites cultures in San Antonio | $4,000 a minute pours in to help reunite separated immigrant families | S.A. Archbishop Speaks Out on Border Child Separations | San Antonio’s Silent Crisis: Affordable housing options adding to homeless population | SAHA hopes to provide Wi-Fi for Section 8 residents | Texas pastor travels to border | Eva’s Heroes drafts former professional baseball players as mentors in San Antonio hoping to end family separation | Bill could freeze property taxes of longtime homeownersread more
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