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
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 |
Spurs star, lover of animals Lonnie Walker IV working to raise awareness for San Antonio Zoo | Whataburger donates $30,000 to San Antonio Food Bank | USAA makes large donation of $1 million to Food Bank | San Antonio schools closed by coronavirus work to keep their students from falling off the map | No Evictions for Now in Bexar County, But Renters’ Struggles Likely to Persist | Navarra Williams Retires After 13 Years at SAMMinistries’ Helm | Time has come to address digital divide | Private sector steps up to raise more than $6 million for San Antonio Food Bank | Iconic Food Bank photo made COVID economic hardship impossible to ignore | In tragedy, strangers unite to offer comfort | UT San Antonio to hire more counselors, expand access to mental health services | Coronavirus Crisis Brings Harsh Challenges to San Antonio’s Undocumented Community | Texas’ Front-Line Workers in the Pandemic Are Predominantly Women and People of Color, Analysis Finds | ‘I don’t want to die in here:’ San Antonio inmates urge local, state officials to rethink parole guidelines as coronavirus spreads | Young ‘hunger fighter’ works with San Antonio Food Bank as AmeriCorps volunteer, serving the community she loves | San Antonio’s BiblioTech branches reopen in pandemic mode to provide much-needed computer services | Chow Train Has Cooked Nearly 45,000 Meals for San Antonio’s Most Vulnerable | San Antonio Pre-K teacher takes classroom to her students’ yards, driveways | Silver Eagle Beverages donating $50,000 to San Antonio Food Bank | Local Businesses Step Up to Food Distribution Plate During Coronavirus | More woes pile atop housing crisis | Children’s Shelter to offer advice for stressed-out families live on Facebook | How Salvation Army is feeding, sheltering San Antonio community during COVID-19 crisis | Hot Wells Conservancy Launches Initiative to Help San Antonio Chef Feed the Elderly | San Antonio social service nonprofit sees demand double by vulnerable seniors | SA Food Bank hosts another massive food giveaway at Traders Village | San Antonio To Give Small Businesses $1.4M Worth Of PPE, Other Supplies | Colegios comunitarios de SA ofrecen ayuda de emergencia a estudiantes | Burger Boy, State Farm agents giving away $5,000 worth of gift cards to essential workers | Spurs make $500,000 donation to set up fund for first responders, families and businesses affected by pandemic | After National TV Appearance, Noodle Tree Chef Will Distribute Surgical Masks to San Antonians |
UTSA Launches Program to Get Small Businesses Back on Sound Footing | It’s Time for San Antonio’s New Deal | La casa de los Spurs ofrece internet gratuito a estudiantes y trabajadores | San Antonio and Bexar County now has a number of groups tackling the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a guide to them | Local Muslims try to remain hopeful as COVID-19’s ‘new normal’ impedes Ramadan | Pandemic thrusts our inequality into the spotlight | Front Line Domestic Workers Deserve More | SA City Council approves emergency housing assistance funding | ‘Little Library’ offers free art supplies for students amid COVID-19 pandemic | Big Need Inspires San Antonio Artist To Do Something Small | Helping folks during the coronavirus pandemic in San Antonio — one egg at a time | Helping the Homeless Requires Making Real Connections | KLRN, Other PBS Stations Partner With TEA to Educate Via TV | Spurs, City of S.A. team up to give game plan to fight COVID-19 | Sign Language Interpreters Are Translating a Pandemic | San Antonio Food Bank benefits from Sikh philosophy of ‘selflessness’ | Catholic Worker House on east side continues to help those who need it amid coronavirus pandemic | Methodist Healthcare Ministries Awards $1.1 Million in South Texas for Coronavirus Relief | San Antonio Fashion Designer Stacy Williams Donates Over 700 Face Masks to Frontline Workers | Support the San Antonio Food Bank During To Go For Good | Alamo Colleges Invests $10M To Waive Tuition, Outstanding Balances This Summer | Local art teacher delivers art supplies in pizza boxes for his students | Tap Pilam addressing pandemic while continuing its battle at the Alamo | Local Specialty Foods Brand GoodHeart Donates 40,000 Meal Kits to San Antonio Families | Professor helps feed S.A.’s less fortunate during pandemic | San Antonio nonprofits and funders step up in a time of need | United Way starts online volunteering platform to help struggling San Antonio nonprofits during coronavirus pandemic | San Antonio third grader sews masks for neighbors, healthcare workers, Bexar County constables | South Side business owner, San Antonio Food Bank hosts food distributions in parking lots |
South Side man puts up box filled with masks and gloves to help community in crisis | We are calling on every San Antonian to keep our kids safe | Together, we keep Meals on Wheels rolling | Local Christmas light show designer making intubating boxes for doctors on the front lines | Workers loading Food Bank’s 18-wheelers find fulfillment, fellowship as they prep for another massive giveaway in San Antonio | Stop moralizing bailouts, assistance to poor — not just in COVID-19 relief but in all assistance programs | ‘Juggling Chainsaws’: Metro Health’s Emerick on Starting a New Job Amid a Pandemic | Restaurant owner provides meals to furloughed workers | Donations buoy S.A. Food Bank as thousands show up for latest mass giveaway | San Antonio Food Bank, Haven for Hope to receive Hearst Foundations aid | Child Care Empowers Our Most Essential Workers | Restore Education distributes 40 refurbished laptops to workforce training students | Food Bank, Southside ISD find a way through storm | Child Advocates of San Antonio virtually swear in more than 40 volunteers | San Antonio’s Alta Vista Neighborhood Unites with the Keep It Together Project | Woman donates several sewing machines to those making masks | Home Depot donates masks to Bexar County Sheriff’s Office | Health teams go door-to-door, educating still-open San Antonio businesses about coronavirus | Food truck owner gives out 4,000 free barbeque plates to hungry neighbors | Giving has no limits, and happens in surprising ways | ‘The Frontline of Hope | Mental health, substance abuse needs for those overwhelmed rising | Organizan distribuciones de alimentos para familias necesitadas | As Black Community Faces Undue Virus Impact, Town Hall Series Launched | One on one with Mayor Nirenberg as San Antonio grapples with coronavirus pandemic | City of San Antonio must pass its own stimulus package for those left behind | In time of high stress, San Antonio Food Bank staff puts needs of community first | Feed the Frontline SATX Helps Health Care Workers and Local Restaurants During Pandemic | Sikh Dharamsal Sets Massive Fundraising Goal For San Antonio Food Bank | San Antonio’s Inequality Endangers Its Most Vulnerable Residents During the Coronavirus Crisis |