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 149 weeks
San Antonio becomes first city to develop ‘compassionistas’ | ‘He touched thousands of lives’: Longtime San Antonio pastor who helped start SAMMinistries dies | New rules for officers on mental health calls | San Antonio public housing resident challenges stereotypes, overcomes trauma to write a children’s book | New Southtown coffee trailer to benefit asylum seekers in San Antonio through King William church | Shade Equity design competition imagines new shadows to help San Antonio stay cool | ‘We Care’ message shared during National Suicide Prevention month | Local nonprofits lend helping hand to women impacted by COVID-19 pandemic |
H-E-B Announces New ‘Summer of Giving’ Initiative, Commits up to $2 Million to Feeding Texas | ‘Like Christmas in the summer’ — SAISD gives books away by the bag to keep children reading during coronavirus shutdown | Produce, Rice, and Beans: Nonprofit Housing Group Supplies Staples to Residents in Need | ‘This is something I can do’: San Antonians among the first to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials | Black is Beautiful craft beer campaign nets $20K donation to San Antonio nonprofit | ‘The stick and the carrot’ — a new Bexar County specialty court aims to turn around first-time domestic abuse defendants | ‘The Better I ‘The Better I Got in Sports, the Worse the Racism Got’ | Organization to host virtual screenings of anti-bullying documentaries | RN helps people regain identities through tattoo removal program | Black Lives Matter-Inspired Mural Surfaces on Downtown Streets |
Goodness inside Elf Louise a reminder of goodness inside all | USAA Foundation Gives San Antonio ISD $350,000 to Bridge the Digital Divide | Chunky’s Burgers offering free meals to anyone in San Antonio who needs a hand, no questions asked | San Antonio couple has helped to save nearly 70 of their neighbors by donating plasma | NCJFCJ Recognizes Judge Peter Sakai as 2020 Innovator of the Year at Annual Justice Innovation Awards | San Antonio will leverage traffic lights to expand fiber network for students | San Antonio school districts still struggle with the city’s segregated past | San Antonio Teen Raises Funds to Provide Clear Face Masks to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals |
Idled San Antonio Workers Find New Nonprofit Roles During Pandemic | Covered With Compassion | San Antonio nonprofit helps military families survive during coronavirus pandemic | San Antonio woman writes children’s book about coronavirus | ‘We need you more than ever’ — S.A. Food Bank puts out urgent call for volunteers | New program helps nonprofits and young members stay cool during San Antonio’s extreme summer heat | Against odds, teen collects thousands of diapers in social media campaign | Cooling centers open across San Antonio |
Judson Trustees Commit to Supporting Black Students | In a time of change, YWCA San Antonio takes on challenge to reverse misconceptions about the poor | East Side town hall takes on criminal justice reform and preventing police brutality | San Antonio Landlords Now Obligated to Inform Tenants of Rights | Bird Bakery Owner and Fashion Designer Team Up to Raise $7,100 for San Antonio Food Bank | San Antonio Brewery’s Racial Justice Initiative Now Has Over 900 Participating Beer Makers | ‘Does My Story Matter? Yes, It Does’: Black Women Rally Against Abuse And Injustice | Protest group expands mission, feeds homeless downtown | Meals on Wheels San Antonio ‘in peril,’ calls for volunteers to help during coronavirus pandemic | Chow Train Ends Its Latest Run With 100,000 Meals Prepared for Vulnerable San Antonians | San Antonio Workers Remove Statue of Christopher Columbus From Downtown Park |
Act with deep intention and grace’ — SA med student finds meaning in COVID volunteer work | San Antonio councilman wants Columbus Park renamed, statue of explorer removed | Bexar County to distribute 1 million face masks to local businesses | As judges see teens trade graffiti for guns, essay contest spreads anti-violence message | How Churches Talk About Racism, Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter | Spurs non-profit opening a tab at East Side San Antonio restaurant for free Juneteenth lunch | Health Experts: Mask Requirement Not ‘Fear Mongering,’ It’s Science | High School Senior Joins Health Care Workforce to Care for COVID-19 Patients | Making the Most of My Time in Quarantine by Giving Back | Our Lady of the Lake University holds Juneteenth prayer of solidarity | Rebel Mariposa Serves Up Activism and Vegan Cuisine | Cornerstone Church sponsors a major food distribution event for San Antonio families and small churches | Children’s Bereavement Center honors San Antonio Girl Scout for Butterfly Garden | Becoming a Better Father at The Children’s Shelter | One Father’s Heart | San Antonio Spurs doing their part to advance conversation about race | UTSA basketball student-athletes lend voices to Black Lives Matter movement | Car parade in San Antonio for Black Lives Matter collects food for needy on East Side | San Antonio elementary school wins national competition, recycles 1.3 million pounds | San Antonio Museum of Art offers free summer memberships to educators | Carver Community Cultural Center’s new virtual story time spotlights Black children’s books |
Local teen donates 3,000 blankets to children at Roy Mass Youth Alternatives | Palo Alto College Community Garden Donates 400 Pounds of Produce to San Antonio Food Bank | Charles Hood Named Fire ‘Chief of the Year,’ Uses Platform to Advocate for Racial Justice | First Responders Get Face Masks Donated by Taiwan Sister City | Coffee shop owners struggle, but continue to feed seniors for free amid coronavirus pandemic | King’s Compassion on a mission to help vulnerable seniors | Message of equality sparks San Antonio brewery campaign that’s spread around world | Children’s Court sees parental involvement jump 63% during pandemic | To Reconnect Black Kids and Teens to the Great Outdoors, San Antonio’s Alex Bailey is Teaching Skills — and Confronting Structural Racism | San Antonio Museum of Art and Poet Laureate Launch Project to Help Words Spark Change |
A Healthy Recovery Demands a Healthy Community | To Reach San Antonio’s Community Vision, We Must Be Explicit About Race | ‘They’re just doors’: Travis Park Church won’t press charges against alleged riot vandal | St. Mary’s University School of Law launches hotline to help those experiencing housing issues amid pandemic | City will attempt to bridge San Antonio’s digital divide | San Antonio pediatrician appointed to racial inequality fellowship | Spurs great Sean Elliott shares emotional story of being called N-word while golfing with Bruce Bowen in San Antonio | How San Antonio protested during civil rights movement | Issues of race hang heavy on Spurs’ Gregg Popovich | San Antonio’s ‘Share the Streets’ Initiative Launches Pilot on Cincinnati Avenue | Truancy Officers Hunting for Homeless Students Bring Carrots, Not Sticks | ‘I Could Have Been George Floyd’: Black Professionals Share Stories of Racial Profiling | Events Across San Antonio Remember Black Lives Lost in Police Killings | In San Antonio and everywhere, ‘All Lives Matter’ has been an empty retort to ‘Black Lives Matter,’ because all lives matter has never been true | CEO of H-E-B, Charles Butt donates $500K to United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County | Puzzle for a Cause | Meet the activist working with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg to help stop racial injustices | Spurs chief urges individual action against racism at San Antonio Food Bank’s ‘Day of Service’ | San Antonio opens cooling centers to cope with hot temperatures | Mission Foods to donate more than 37,000 servings of food to SA Food Bank |
City provides at least 6,400 small businesses, nonprofits with PPE, safety supplies | Bexar County Commissioner working to help those facing evictions | San Antonio 8th-graders’ wifi bus proposal wins citywide challenge seeking ways to close digital divide | Diplomas testifying to so much more | Labor of Love: 9-Year-Old Makes Masks for Pediatric Transplant Patients | BCSO cadets get refresher training amid George Floyd’s death | Big Give Emergency Relief Fund to help nonprofits in the San Antonio area will conclude Sunday night | Right mayor at the right time — and the time to come | San Antonio couple honors son’s life during coronavirus pandemic | Lamar Elementary School Food pantry grows in time of need | Hope 4 Hounds offers homeless community vaccines, full vet care for dogs | Spurs’ Lonnie Walker volunteers for clean up duty following San Antonio protest | At the San Antonio Food Bank, the Cars Keep Coming | ‘As citizens of San Antonio, we have to do our part’ | For San Antonio, Saturday unrest leads to Sunday healing | Tender moment caught on camera of police chief helping a young boy, who was scared at protest | Centro San Antonio, downtown businesses thank those who helped clean up after Saturday’s violence | San Antonio Black-Owned Brewery Launches Collaborative Project to Draw Attention to Racial Injustice | Activist who helped organize peaceful San Antonio protest for George Floyd ‘so happy city represented black lives’| State of the City: Priorities shift as San Antonio fights off coronavirus-related economic losses | On third day of San Antonio protests, demonstrators and heads of law enforcement agencies talk it out | Sheriff Javier Salazar walks with protesters outside County Courthouse | Pilot program brings long-awaited mental health services to South San ISD | Food Bank set to honor Floyd with ‘day of service’ | Nirenberg: COVID-19 has exposed fault lines, requires new priorities | San Antonio artists express cry for justice peacefully, for everyone to see | H-E-B creates $1 million fund to address racial inequalities and injustices |
Southside ISD distributes “calming kits” | San Antonio’s growing homeless population could soon have new overnight option | Check in on them: Don’t forget about seniors during pandemic, San Antonio psychiatrist says | From Meals on Wheels, food and grace | David Robinson delivers pizza to San Antonio’s frontline healthcare workers | Tik Tok, H-E-B partner to give $50 gift cards to nearly 3,000 San Antonio students | Post-pandemic, an even better community | Faith Leaders Pledge to Follow Health Guidelines as Texas Reopens | San Antonio, chamber aim to collect, donate 50,000 face coverings to fight coronavirus | San Antonio businesses team up with CASA to serve special meal to foster children | Local nurse aids migrants amid coronavirus pandemic | Surprise $50K donation kick-starts the Rowan Windham Memorial Cereal Drive | COVID-19 and its Disproportionate Impact on San Antonio | San Antonio good Samaritan story receives national shine from ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ | Tim Duncan Foundation, Spurs Give team up to donate $200K to San Antonio Food Bank for Spurs Cafe initiative |
Project Mend seeks medical equipment from San Antonio community to continue helping those in need | Seamstresses who make Fiesta gowns find making face masks rewarding | How a San Antonio foster care campus is getting creative amid COVID-19 pandemic | S.A. Zoo teams up with Tim Duncan Foundation to deliver zoo baskets to front line workers | Patty Mills announces how much was raised in Mother’s Day initiative for local shelter: $103,965 | 2 Burbank High School teachers help donate cabbage to San Antonio Food Bank | San Antonio hospital workers offered pro-bono will preparation amid coronavirus pandemic | Spurs Give Hopes to Raise $1 Million for Coronavirus Response | San Antonio Woman Donates a Literal Ton of Produce to Homes Serving People With Special Needs | San Antonio-Based Natural Food Company Wildway Donates 1,000 Pounds of Granola to Food Bank | Lanzan programa para ayudar a familias inmigrantes en San Antonio durante tiempos de coronavirus | San Antonio’s Hearts Need Art connecting with isolated patients nationwide during COVID-19 pandemic | 4th grader hopes to spread color in dark time | Temple Beth-El Supports San Antonio Musicians With Free Facebook Live Concerts | Small business owner with big heart offers free skin care treatments to healthcare workers | At a gas station in San Antonio, some patrons get a full tank, a smile and more during the coronavirus pandemic | More than 30,000 lbs of food given to families in need on the North Side | Dream Leadership Academy gives out free COVID-19 care kits to kids in need | When the coronavirus arrived in San Antonio, giving away stuff became a way to connect | Desperate asylum seekers still find a way to get to Southtown preacher | Cisneros: We’ve flattened the curve, now let’s crush poverty | Pep Rally recognizes teen’s work to help city’s autism community | San Antonio Ismaili Community Holds ‘Share Your Blessings’ Drive | ‘It’s not a lot to ask’: Local leaders say masks must still be prioritized, even as city trends in right direction in COVID-19 fight | Merit Coffee donates proceeds from Baby Yoda Fiesta medals to help local children in need | Mayor Nirenberg joins Muslim community to donate food, hygienic supplies to SA food bank | 7,300 San Antonio Residents Have Requested Emergency Housing Assistance | ‘We have had good fortune’: no COVID-19 deaths for San Antonio homeless community | Local scientist writes book to help kids understand COVID-19 | San Antonio, Wuxi students exchange messages of hope, support | City giving local businesses and nonprofits free thermometers, sanitizer and masks | USAA, USAA Foundation increase COVID-19 assistance by $6.3M | San Antonio groups besides the food back helping to feed families during the coronavirus pandemic | Bexar Co. Commissioner Calvert delivers safety supply kits to small businesses | Calls about child abuse drop; that’s a red flag | Southwest Workers may not be a union anymore but still has a strikers’ fund | Bexar County set to offer $450 stipend to those participating in retraining program | Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong‘ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO says | San Antonio Lodging Association and Restaurant Association put on mobile food distribution | San Antonio Finds Opportunities To Close Digital Divide During Coronavirus Pandemic |
COVID-19 has altered church, religious services, but worship still offers comfort amid coronavirus | Volunteers launch Frontline Foods chapter in San Antonio to fuel fight against COVID-19, keep restaurants open | Catholic Charities aids thousands of families in West Side distribution | San Antonio City Council passes ‘COVID-19 Anti-Hate Resolution’ | No homeless person in San Antonio has tested positive for COVID-19 so far; they’re resilient, advocates say | Spurs’ Patty Mills: Sip Coffee on Mother’s Day, Help Domestic Abuse Victims | Donors pitch in to help, but nonprofits in San Antonio struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic | Northside coaches jump at opportunity to help San Antonio Food Bank | How an army of San Antonio students is helping contact trace for the coronavirus | Banner from Artpace exhibit ‘Word on the Street’ is being auctioned to benefit San Antonio refugee center | On other side of this crisis, what will humanity be? | Gym hosts burpee marathon to raise money for San Antonio Food Bank | Church hosts ongoing food drive to help community | South San Antonio high school senior starts project to help younger students isolate at home due to COVID-19 restrictions | Mother’s Day is so much more than a Hallmark occasion | Family Independence Initiative to Fight Poverty During and After Pandemic | ¡VIVA! Telethon Raises $5,200 for Bexar County Artists | United Way launches ‘Get Shift Done’ to employ hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19 | The Shops at Alamo Ranch Donates 400 Meals to San Antonio First Responders | San Antonio teen uses her art business to help hungry kids | How to help seniors feel connected during lonely times | Nurses rise to the challenge of COVID-19 | San Antonio’s Chabad Center celebrates Jewish holiday with community event to ease coronavirus-caused isolation | 8-year-old girl donates lemonade stand money to San Antonio Food Bank |