Above, about 50 teens from all over the city met at KLRN last Thursday to watch a short documentary about Mr. Rogers and learn how to be good neighbor and a compassionate leader. Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs, Women’s Global Connection, H-E-B, Santikos, SA 2020 and the San Antonio Area Foundation for nurturing the next generation of Compassionate San Antonio!

And below, Reagan HS Football players made multiple visits to Independence Hill Retirement Community. Team members from all grades took time out of their busy summer schedules to spend some quality time with the residents.

The Compassion Here! weekly news roundup is published every Wednesday by Compassionate San Antonio. To get the news as it happens, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA!

Seen on KENS 5, 18 July, 2018
Patient thanks burn unit staff for elite care in San Antonio
Impactful compassion: “I think in any intensive care unit you have to care about people, you have to want to serve and help out.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 18 July, 2018
Local organizations share memories of Danny Green’s community work
Green himself even dressed up as Santa and helped deliver presents to kids who don’t normally know what Christmas feels like.

Found in the Express-News, 18 July, 2018
More and more families arriving at San Antonio’s Catholic Charities
They’re in need of toys suitable for older kids since most of the toy donations were for younger children.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 18 July, 2018
What Impact Is The Opioid Epidemic Having On Foster Care?
In what ways can we balance the right to due process, keep families together and prioritize what’s best for the kids? What solutions are being proposed locally to protect children from the consequences of the opioid epidemic?

Seen on Spectrum News, 19 July, 2018
VIA helps riders during extreme heat
This summer, VIA has distributed nearly 2,000 water bottles along routes, transfer points and transit facilities.

Seen on KENS 5, 19 July, 2018
Grant money makes Magik Theatre more accessible
“We’re going to put a cover outside on our ramp. We’re going to level the floor. We’re going to install new seats, upgrade the bathrooms and add wheelchair accessibility to the stage.”

Seen on KENS 5, 19 July, 2018
San Antonio Zoo leading effort to reduce use of plastic straws
The “straws no mas” campaign, set to roll out citywide over the next month, encourages businesses and consumers to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws and other single use plastics that end up in landfills and waterways.

Also heard on Texas Public Radio, 20 July, 2018
San Antonio Zoo Leading Charge To Rid City Of Disposable Plastic Straws
Participating members of the zoo campaign include the San Antonio Restaurant Association, the San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association, the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, and businesses including the Hilton and Marriott Hotel chains, Starbucks, and Alamo Draft House.

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 July, 2018
A Decade After Her Murder, Viola Barrios’ Children Advance Her Legacy
Her children, now grown, can still hear her voice. Sé amable. Sé generoso. Perdonar. Be kind. Be generous. Forgive.

Found in the SA Business Journal, 20 July, 2018
Chambers’ Leadership San Antonio class gives back to community
Children generally think of business leaders as people in suits occupying offices in giant buildings. But by seeing their volunteer work, the children get to see a different aspect of leadership and community.

Found in the Express-News, 20 July, 2018
3 immigrants giving back to the country that gave them so much
Short profiles of three people, born elsewhere, who have contributed to making San Antonio and South Texas a better place.

Seen on WOAI 4, 20 July, 2018
Child Protective Services issues plea for community to watch out for kids during heat wave
Keeping children safe from harm is a community effort.

Found in the Express-News, 21 July, 2018
San Antonio middle school teacher remembered for commitment to students and community
He died in an accident in Uganda, delivering pen pal letters from his students.

Found in the Rivard Report, 22 July, 2018
Clinic’s Comprehensive Approach to Diabetes Care Aims to Reduce Amputations
“If we had 10 freestanding diabetes wellness centers in San Antonio where patients could go to both learn about their diagnosis and see a range of necessary doctors all at once instead of waiting for an appointment, we can prevent diabetic complications.”

Found in the Current, 20 July, 2018
Million Summer Meals Program Provides San Antonio Kids with Healthy Food
The Food Bank provides the meals at 178 locations across Bexar and surrounding counties, including schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, churches and libraries.

Found in the Express-News, 22 July, 2018
Pets need protection from South Texas heat
“We’re at zero tolerance for animals to be left in this heat. This is something they can die from.”

Seen on KENS 5, 22 July, 2018
How San Antonio groups are helping during Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
The focus is on addressing how a person’s background and identity can make access to treatment even more challenging.

Found in the Express-News, 20 July, 2018
Hearts Need Art brings music and visual arts to cancer patients
“This is the greatest thing you can do for somebody — that you can lift their spirit, touching them through the music and their souls start flying. And I cannot emphasize how important it is.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 23 July, 2018
SAISD Will Triple Its Dual Language Programs in 2018-19
“We want our kids to leave elementary school with a strong foundation in both Spanish and English, but also have the goal of them understanding both cultures.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 23 July, 2018
SA Lawyer Leading Immigration Appeals for Asylum Seekers, Refugees
“If they’re deported, families are torn apart and, for some of these folks, it’s just death sentences. So I figured I could sit around and complain, or I could do something.”

Found in the Express-News, 22 July, 2018
QUEST helping break generational poverty
In its 25 years of operation, Project QUEST (Quality Employment Through Skills Training) has focused its efforts on the most challenging of demographic groups in our community.

Found in the Express-News, 25 July, 2018
Connecting youth with bikes, health
The school program stands out because it fosters learning, incentivizes work, connects volunteers from across the community with students at low-income schools and supports health and fitness.

Seen in the Rackspace Blog, 25 July, 2018
Rackers Earn Spot on People Magazine’s ‘Companies That Care’ List
Rackspace ranked #25 in this 2nd annual list, which People compiled based on surveys of more than 350,000 employees at nearly 1,000 companies across the country.

Found in the SA Observer, 24 July, 2018
Drug Free Coalitions Come Together With Our Youth
Workshops in this summer program included arts and crafts, bullying and social media, photography and videography, etiquette, dealing with anger and emotions and much more.


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