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These volunteers from Agape Christian Church provided meals for the homeless hub run by SAMMinistries on Wednesday.

Seen on KSAT 12, 28 May, 2020
City provides at least 6,400 small businesses, nonprofits with PPE, safety supplies
Each group took the “Greater. SAfer. Together.” pledge, which includes seven steps they promise to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Seen on WOAI 4, 28 May, 2020
Bexar County Commissioner working to help those facing evictions
“We want to make sure, at the very least, people have a roof over their heads during this time of need.”

Found in the Express-News, 28 May, 2020
San Antonio 8th-graders’ wifi bus proposal wins citywide challenge seeking ways to close digital divide
“The work these students have done during this challenge will pave the way for the future of San Antonio and create the revolution we need to tackle digital inclusion.”

Found in the Rxpress-news, 27 May, 2020
Diplomas testifying to so much more
Patty Radle: Understanding compassion to be the ability to recognize and sympathize with the pain of others, it is with this position that the hearts of teachers, staff, parents and siblings suffer with you.

Found on WOAI 4, 27 May, 2020
Westside non-profit experiencing major demand increase for free lunches for seniors
“It’s a blessing they have their vehicles to come over and give us their time and deliver the plates.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 29 May, 2020
Labor of Love: 9-Year-Old Makes Masks for Pediatric Transplant Patients
The masks are small, made especially to fit the faces of children, and each one was donated along with a small teddy bear. Mateo said he wanted to give pediatric transplant patients two gifts, one practical and one comforting.

Seen on KSAT 12, 29 May, 2020
BCSO cadets get refresher training amid George Floyd’s death
Sheriff on George Floyd’s death: ‘It’s not okay.’

Found in the Express-News, 30 May, 2020
Bexar County sheriff steps up training after death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
The training, called EPIC, or Ethical Policing is Courageous, teaches officers how to intervene when they witness possible wrongdoing.

Found in the Express-News, 29 May, 2020
Big Give Emergency Relief Fund to help nonprofits in the San Antonio area will conclude Sunday night
the emergency relief fund had raised more than $910,000, money given online by more than 3,400 donors directly to nonprofits listed on the site.

Found in the Express-News, 29 May, 2020
Right mayor at the right time — and the time to come
“What keeps me up at night is making sure that as we focus on rebuilding San Antonio, we are not content to go back to the way things were.”

Found in the Express-News, 29 May, 2020
San Antonio couple honors son’s life during coronavirus pandemic
April and Marvin Chang turned their grief into good, creating a foundation that encourages people to carry out acts of kindness.

Found on the SAISD web site
Lamar Elementary School Food pantry grows in time of need
In a partnership with Grace Northridge Church, teachers now deliver weekly food boxes to 130 Lamar families.

Seen on KSAT 12, 29 May, 2020
Hope 4 Hounds offers homeless community vaccines, full vet care for dogs
“We want them to know that people care about them, that they’re not marginalized; that people do care and love them.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 31 May, 2020
Spurs’ Lonnie Walker volunteers for clean up duty following San Antonio protest
Walker delivered water bottles, food, donated his time, took some photos with fans, prayed with volunteers and helped remove graffiti from buildings.

Found in the New York Times Magazine, 26 May, 2020
At the San Antonio Food Bank, the Cars Keep Coming
Mayor Nirenberg: “That it took a pandemic for us to stop and assess just how precarious the economic conditions are for millions of American families is unfortunate, but let’s not waste the moment to address it.”

Found in the Heron, 31 May, 2020
‘As citizens of San Antonio, we have to do our part’
‘You want water, you want tacos?’ There’s more volunteers than there are problems.”

Found in the Express-News, 1 June, 2020
For San Antonio, Saturday unrest leads to Sunday healing
If the downtown vandalism and looting Saturday night seemed uncharacteristic for San Antonio, the quiet healing of Sunday morning was very familiar.

Seen on KENS 5, 1 June, 2020
Tender moment caught on camera of police chief helping a young boy, who was scared at protest
Robert followed McManus and that’s when dozens of officers made room for him to walk in between their rows to give them a high-five.

Found on KSAT 12, 2 June, 2020
Centro San Antonio, downtown businesses thank those who helped clean up after Saturday’s violence
‘They had brooms, they had trash bags, and they had compassion in their hearts,’ mayor says.

Found in the Rivard Report, 2 June, 2020
City and Shop Owners Thank Post-Riot Cleanup Volunteers
‘This is our neighborhood. This is our family. This is our downtown. This is our home. Let’s come down, help each other out.’

Found in the Current, 2 June, 2020
San Antonio Black-Owned Brewery Launches Collaborative Project to Draw Attention to Racial Injustice
“Why wouldn’t this community be one to join together to support a message of equality and purpose to support the concept of general respect for everybody?”

Seen on KSAT 12, 2 June, 2020
Activist who helped organize peaceful San Antonio protest for George Floyd ‘so happy city represented black lives’
“Black Lives Matter. They have always mattered, and they will continue to matter.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 2 June, 2020
State of the City: Priorities shift as San Antonio fights off coronavirus-related economic losses
“We must find a healthier normal. We must end as an equitable city, where all residents have enough food, a roof over their heads, and a fair chance at an education and a good job.”

Found in the Express-News, 3 June, 2020
Nirenberg: COVID-19 has exposed fault lines, requires new priorities
“The compassion and resilience that define our unique culture will continue to get us through.”

Found in the Express-News, 3 June, 2020
On third day of San Antonio protests, demonstrators and heads of law enforcement agencies talk it out
“We can show the rest of the country how you behave and how you get … back to healing.”

Seen on FOX 29, 1 June, 2020
Sheriff Javier Salazar walks with protesters outside County Courthouse
“Any time our community has issues, we should be more than willing to listen and that’s what we’re demonstrating to them today.”

Found in the Express-News, 2 June, 2020
Pilot program brings long-awaited mental health services to South San ISD
The pandemic stresses everyone, but especially those with limited access to health care

Found in the Express-News, 3 June, 2020
Food Bank set to honor Floyd with ‘day of service’
“Knowing that so many want to do a physical act of love that honors Mr. Floyd’s life, I am inviting our community to join me in serving those in need in our community on the day his family will hold their private funeral service.”

Seen on KENS 5, 2 June, 2020
San Antonio artists express cry for justice peacefully, for everyone to see
Two muralists are using giant canvases as a calmer way to stop the killing of African-Americans in officer-involved shootings.

Found on WOAI 4, 3 June, 2020
H-E-B creates $1 million fund to address racial inequalities and injustices
We stand together with the black community against the divisive nature of racism, intolerance, discrimination and hate.”


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