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Loma Park Elementary in the Edgewood School District (it’s just a few blocks south of St. Mary’s University) won a $5k library makeover in the Read To The Final Four Contest. Kudos to the NCAA and San Antonio Sports for using the energy surrounding the basketball tournament to spark a love of reading in our city’s young learners! And in keeping with the book theme, Roosevelt HS collected 17,001 books for the NEISD PTA book sale at Blossom Athletic Center Saturday and Sunday.


Found in the Express-News, 28 March, 2018
The McNay Art Museum asked for survival stories and got thousands
“Overall, I think the cards are a testament to human life in all its pain and resilience.”

Seen on KENS 5, 27 March, 2018
Spurs provide night of fun and new beds to 50 SA kids
The kids got to hang out with the team, play some basketball, and they were given a new way to dream big… in more ways than one.


Seen on KSAT 12, 27 March, 2018
Inmates practice job interview skills to prepare for life after serving jail time
Sheriff Salazar: “I always tell the inmates that find themselves in here, ‘You know, we’re not going to judge you by what happened to get you here. We’re going to judge you by how you get yourself out and how you stay out.'”


Seen in the Rivard Report, 28 March, 2018
After ‘Tobacco 21,’ Metro Health Director Seeks ‘Culture of Health’ for SA
Bridger said that she will continue to raise awareness about how childhood trauma and high stress levels can affect a person’s physical and mental health throughout life.


Read in the Express-News, 28 March, 2018
Nirenberg re-formats Charter Review Commission, gives group marching orders
“The City of San Antonio should be the ‘gold standard’ of ethics in governance.”


Seen on KENS 5, 28 March, 2018
David Robinson, NCAA All-Stars visit Fort Sam’s Wounded Warriors
The players signed t-shirts and handed out 200 Easter egg baskets to the families of Wounded Warriors thanks to donations from Reese’s.


Seen on KENS 5, 29 March, 2018
New jail initiative a way to give back
The Sheriff said the work crews may do litter pickup or other good deeds for needy organizations.


Read in The Contemporary, 18 march, 2018
Seeking Safe Haven: How the Syrian Refugee Crisis Impacts San Antonio
Individual compassion has skyrocketed in contrast to the negative national discourse associated to refugees.


Found on the St. Mary’s University web site, 29 March, 2018
Marianist creates flocks for peace
“My theory is if more people fold and give away origami cranes — including world, military and gang leaders — everyone would be reminded of the need for world peace and we would stop wasting valuable time and money on war, fighting and gun violence.”


Seen in the Express-News, 1 April, 2018
CAM looks to its future
The ministry serves 50,000 people a year; among them the homeless, poor, working poor, women escaping domestic violence with their children; veterans, people with mental health issues, and more.


Seen in La Prensa, 2 April, 2018
Diane Diaz de Leon celebrates 25 years in the beauty industry by giving back to the community
The fundraiser takes place every two years; throughout the year D’Anthony SalonSpa supports the Battered Women’s Shelter by giving back with brushes & haircuts.


Leer en La Prensa, 31 marzo 2018
Cargamento de alimentos Goya para San Antonio Food Bank [Goya food shipment for San Antonio Food Bank]
Este primer donativo inicia una serie de entregas, durante la primavera, a los bancos de alimentos en todo el país y que suman un total de un millón 500 mil libras de alimentos. [This 23,000 lb. donation kicks off a series of deliveries to food banks throughout the country which will total 1.5 million pounds of food.]


Seen on KENS 5, 2 April, 2018
Military wife finds own purpose
Sharon Moore received the Yellow Rose of Texas from Governor Greg Abbott. “It’s not just talk for her: she walks the walk.”


Seen on KSAT 12, 1 April, 2018
ACS, NCAA coaches and players deliver Easter baskets to pediatric cancer patients
Children at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio received baskets filled with memorabilia from schools that competed in the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament.


Read in the Express-News, 2 April, 2018
Free San Antonio Muslim clinic treats the uninsured to honor god
El Bari (which means “the healer” in Arabic) is the only totally free clinic in the city, providing no-cost medical care to anyone without insurance.


Read in the Express-News, 2 April, 2018
Young San Antonians find independence with public transportation
The Reddix Center has teamed with VIA Metropolitan Transit for a transportation training program that teaches young adults with special needs and disabilities how to use public transportation.


Seen on KSAT 12, 2 April, 2018
SAFD kicks off ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign this week
The campaign helps kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.


Found in the Express-News, 3 April, 2018
Serving those who served
The Soldiers Angels’ mobile food pantry at the Rackspace Hosting parking lot assists as many as 225 low-income veterans and their families with food supplies each month.


Found on the COSA-Human Services Twitter feed, 3 April, 2018
Mayor issues proclamation for National Service Recognition Day
It thanked all San Antonio @AmeriCorpsVISTA and @SeniorCorps members on National Service Recognition Day.


Seen on FOX 29, 3 April, 2018
Advocates push for recovery high school for teens struggling with substance abuse
The average age of first use is eleven years old, and 25% to 35% of high school students report drinking on a monthly basis. That’s why the group is pushing for a recovery high school with counselors and recovery meetings on campus.


Seen on Spectrun News, 3 April, 2018
San Antonio Animal Care Services seeks donations, foster homes
They’re looking for foster homes and people willing to care for kittens and puppies until they’re old enough to be adopted out.


Seen in the Rivard Report, 3 April, 2018
Pelaez Asks City Council To Consider Net Neutrality Ordinance
“In the absence of net neutrality, ISPs are able to create tiered services that will make it increasingly difficult for those who cannot afford or lack access to the internet, further increasing the digital divide in our city.”


Seen on FOX 29, 3 April, 2018
‘My Brother’s Keeper’ pushes to end city’s youth curfew ordinance
“It doesn’t promote positive interactions between young men of color, or young people in general, with police officers and law enforcement.”


Seen on Univision 41, 3 April, 2018
Programa lleva a jóvenes a recorrer la cárcel del condado de Bexar [Program takes young people to tour the Bexar County jail]
Autoridades del condado ofrecen el “Inside Look Tour” con el objetivo de crear conciencia y mostrarles a jóvenes entre 17 y 20 años, la mayoría con riesgo de una vida de crimen, cómo sería su vida en una cárcel. [County authorities offer the “Inside Look Tour” with the goal of raising awareness and showing young people between 17 and 20 years old, most at risk of a life of crime, what their life would be like in a prison.]


Seen on Sinclair News, 17 January, 2017
Keepers of the Dream
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a 2017 documentary about the history of the MLK marches in San Antonio.


Seen in the Express-News, 4 April, 2018
Sheriff runs laps with Southside ISD students
Salazar said he ran with the Losoya Intermediate School students as part of an effort to combat obesity and diabetes in an area with high rates of both.


Seen on KENS 5, 4 April, 2018
Child cancer survivor gives back
“Mighty Mason”, a third-grade cancer survivor, is holding a super hero-themed fundraiser to help other kids with cancer.


Seen on KSAT 12, 3 April, 2018
From the Court to the Concert Hall
Spurs Star Pau Gasol Discusses His Involvement With The San Antonio Symphony.


Seen on KSAT 12, 3 April, 2018
San Antonio boy behind University Hospital’s ‘cancer bell’ dies
Damon Billeck set out to get a bell that other young cancer patients can ring when they finish chemotherapy. When cancer is in remission, he wanted the sound of the bell to inspire hope in other sick kids.


Found in Out in SA, 29 March, 2018
Three SA Medical Facilities Designated Healthcare Leaders by HRC
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas and VA South Texas Health Care System, all received perfect scores on HRC’s LGBTQ Equity index.


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