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Saturday was a day of service at the University of Texas at San Antonio and University of the Incarnate Word. THOUSANDS of college students deployed throughout the community, being of service. The UTSA Roadrunners pictured above are harvesting cabbages at the Food Bank’s farm. Also on Saturday the Mayor’s Book Club was at the Schaefer Library, where the topic of the month was books about social justice. District 2 Councilman Cruz Shaw’s wife Michelle is pictured below reading to the assembled children (but there are books for older kids and adults, too!) Remember to use the hashtag #compassionateSA!


Seen on FOX 29, 21 March, 2018
Big Give is ready to kick off
Last year the Big Give brought in 4.7 million dollars to hundreds of nonprofits. This year they are hoping for 7 million.

Also seen on KSAT 12, 21 March, 2018
Big Give organizers shoot for a record-high $7M in fundraising
Hundreds of nonprofits from 14 counties are gearing up for the Big Give on Thursday, a 24-hour fundraising drive that can provide a big boost to their bottom line.


Found on Univision 41, 21 March, 2018
¿Cómo hablar a los niños sobre las recientes explosiones? [How should we talk to children about the recent explosions?]
La conseja familiar Lorena Yakovlev analiza la importancia de mantener la comunicación con los niños y explicarles por qué ciertas personas terminan cometiendo crímenes de esta magnitud. [Family counselor Lorena Yakovlev discusses the importance of maintaining communication with children and explaining why certain people end up committing crimes of this magnitude.]


Seen on KENS 5, 21 March, 2018
More platelet donors needed
South Texas blood and tissue center struggles to stock the shelves with platelets.


Found in La Prensa, 21 March, 2018
Spurs Dejounte Murray visits Edgewood High school
“The Spurs Youth Basketball league is in its 20th season, and it was started by Coach Pop. Their real goal was to give kids a safe place to play. To stay off the streets, and stay out of trouble.”


Found in the Rivard Report, 21 March, 2018
Signs Going in At McAllister Park Trails, Thanks To REI Grant
“We just want to make sure people don’t get lost and reduce some of the user conflict out there.”


Seen on Fox 29, 21 March, 2018
Park Police Officer mentors kids on the West Side through boxing
“They just need somebody to reach out to them and Juan and a lot of these coaches here are not just good coaches but really good people.”


Found on FOX 29, 22 March, 2018
Zoo partners with UTSA to help enrich elephants’ lives
UTSA students researched how elephants behave to find out how they stay active and happy. The class designed and is now building devices meant to enrich the animals’ lives.


Heard on Texas Public Radio, 22 March, 2018
‘Dog Is My CoPilot’: Giving New Lives To San Antonio Strays
One solution they’ve found to combat the San Antonio stray problem is to find cities with a dog deficit.


Found in La Prensa, 22 March, 2018
San Antonio recognizes World Water Day
“[River Walk water] is so clean compared to where people [in developing countries] are getting their water from.”


Seen on FOX 29, 27 February, 2018
Changed Lives: Striving to be better
Jessica Urias, Foster Youth Activist, tells us how she overcame a tough childhood and how that motivated her to help out in her community and give back to others.


Found on the Trinity University web site, 23 March, 2018
Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High-Performing Leaders
Hour-long webinar: Understand the importance of humility, compassion, kindness and generosity in leadership. – Discuss the latest research evidence that shows how humility, compassion, kindness and generosity can lead to high performance. – Implement behavioral changes that are compatible with humility, compassion, kindness and generosity.


Found on the St. Mary’s University web site, 23 March, 2018
The Mighty Pen
The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice has given a voice to minority legal issues for two decades.


Seen on Fox 29, 23 March, 2018
San Antonio organization partners with Houston program to improve safety on West Side
Volunteers safely walks kids to and from school in a high crime area in Houston, similar to San Antonio’s West Side.


Found in Out in SA, 19 March, 2018
Benefit for SA Homeless Teens Asks Participants to Sleep in Park for ‘Just One Night’
The benefit is slated for April 14 in Maverick Park and will benefit the Thrive Youth Center and Stand Up For Kids, both of which offer services and support to homeless teens.


Found in the Rivard Report, 24 March, 2018
At Alamo Heights High School, Club Fosters ‘Unified’ Activities, Atmosphere
The Unified Champion School designation means the high school works to blend the everyday activities of special education students with the rest of the school’s students.


Found in the Express-News, 24 March, 2018
San Antonians march downtown, joining thousands across the U.S. in call for gun control
“Saying ‘Don’t politicize this’ — especially coming from elected representatives — is a loosely veiled way of saying ‘Don’t ask us to do anything about this.’”


Found in the Rivard Report, 24 March, 2018
‘March For Our Lives’ Amplifies Students’ Calls To End Gun Violence
Holding signs that advocated for student safety, more than 3,300 students marched in a coordinated effort to protest gun violence.


Found on the UTSA web site, 24 March 2018
UTSA community to give back during March 24 Day of Service
“We are all a part of this great community. Spending a few hours lending a helping hand is a big investment to the betterment of San Antonio and key to being civically engaged as students, faculty, staff and alumni of this great urban serving university.”


Found in the Express-News, 24 March, 2018
César Chávez’ grandson brings his spirit to annual march
Councilman Roberto Treviño said he hopes one thing young people would take away from the spirited gathering was that activists invested years of work and risked injury or death in the 1960s and 1970s, so that “things could be far better today.”

Visto en Univision 41, 24 de marzo, 2018
La marcha de César Chávez se enfocó en la paz y seguridad estudiantil [César Chávez march focused on student peace and security]
Cientos de personas se unieron a esta tradicional manifestación en memoria de César Chávez, que se enfocó en la seguridad escolar.[Hundreds of people joined this traditional demonstration in memory of César Chávez, which focused on school safety.]


Seen on KENS 5, 24 March, 2018
UIW volunteers roll up sleeves to beautify San Antonio
The university says that events like these are held to honor the strong foundation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and improve the quality of life for others.


How did we miss this story? In the Express-News, 31 January, 2018
Communication Arts HS students get national nod for restoring photos damaged in Hurricane Harvey
It not only helped the community but allowed them to take what they’re learning and apply it for the better good.


Seen on KENS 5, 23 March, 2018
Dog park options puts San Antonio in top 100 cities report
We have 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 people.


Seen on KENS 5, 25 March, 2018
Community rallying behind S.A. man hit by a stray bullet in south-side home
His family and friends hosted a plate sale at B&N Sports Bar Saturday night, raising about $2,100 through sales and donation.


Seen on FOX 29, 25 March, 2018
Local school district holds heartwarming Senior Citizen Prom
The event was aimed to have seniors in the area meet and hopefully walk away with new friends.


Found on the NEISD web site, 23 March, 2018
Three NEISD magnet programs each earn $20,000 grant
The units provide an opportunity for students to experience computer science in a relevant and engaging way, empowering them to solve real-world problems using the powerful ideas behind computational thinking, learn digital citizenship, and strengthen their critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.


Seen on FOX 29, 26 March, 2018
Endeavors seeks to build better lives for community
Endeavors focuses their energies on providing programs and services to support children, families, Veterans and those with mental illness.


Found in Local Community News, 23 March, 2018
San Antonio Airport uses therapy dogs to bring grins to harried travelers
The Welcome Waggin’!


Seen on KENS 5, 26 March, 2018
Building bridges with police
The workshop aims to bring police and the people they serve closer.


Read in the Express- News, 25 March, 2018
Legacy of bombings may be getting to know your neighbor
It’s a message that has long been advanced by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who describes it as key to progress.


Seen on KENS 5, 26 March, 2018
Family friend asks for compassion for parents of boy who was killed by dog
Criticized in social media, the family is devastated by the loss of their only child.


Seen on KSAT 12, 26 March, 2018
Crime Stoppers’ new ID kits help police find missing children, seniors faster
Kit includes fingerprinting section and simple form to fill out.


Found on New4SanAntonio, 24 March, 2018
San Antonio to provide legal representation for undocumented immigrants
San Antonio was one of 11 cities given a $100,000 match grant by the national non-profit, VERA Institute of Justice, whose primary purpose is to expand legal services for immigrants facing deportation.


Seen in the Express-News, 27 March, 2018
Popovich promises to keep speaking out on social issues
Popovich said he also will continue to do his best to have civil conversations with those that disagree with him in the hopes of finding some common ground and perhaps convincing them to see things differently.


Seen on KENS 5, 27 March 2018
Legacy Park opens on the west side thanks to Final Four committee
“It’s a blessing we can come into the community and show these kids, show these families how important they are to us.”


Seen on KENS 5, 27 March, 2018
UIW recognizes Iraqi woman
Aliyah Khalaf Saleh, recognized by the State Dept. as a “Woman of Courage,” also met with Compassionate SA.


Found on KSAT 12, 27 March, 2018
Members of Muslim community denounce alleged abuse spawned from failed arranged marriage
“When the essence of your religion is love and compassion, I cant imagine how anyone could legitimize abuse to your children.”


Seen on the SA2020 web site, 26 March, 2018
The Cherrity Bar Is Giving It All Back
A brand new establishment across from the Alamodome will put the spotlight on 3 different area nonprofits each month and donate 100% of its profits to charity.


Seen in the Current, 28 March, 2018
Democracy Prep is Just Part of Pedro Martinez’s Radical Plan to Remake SAISD

“We’re not going to apologize for advocating for these children,” Martinez said at a press conference on March 19, “Because somebody has to.”


COMPASSIONATE SAN ANTONIO . . .

. . . is a grassroots movement that promotes, supports and celebrates San Antonio’s commitment to be a world-class 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. #compassionateSA

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