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Found on Spectrum News, 5 March, 2020
Medical Students Learn Vital Skills While Helping the Community
People who may be facing homelessness or the lack of medical insurance are getting their special needs taken care of at Travis Park Church.

Found in San Antonio Magazine, March, 2020
Legacies of Love: Happened By Chance Horses
Nemec and her 13 loyal volunteers now care for around 40 horses at a time, taking in animals that are surrendered by owners, referred by veterinarians or other nonprofits or found in need at auction.

Found in San Antonio Magazine, March, 2020
Legacies of Love: San Antonio Amputee Foundation
With her prosthesis, Patel not only runs her nonprofit while working full time as a social worker, she also is on her way to scaling the highest peak in every state.

Found in the Express-News, 5 March, 2020
Council passes ordinance mandating baby changing stations in men’s and women’s bathrooms
“I know it may seem like a small deal,” Peláez said. “But it really is a big deal to a lot of parents.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 5 March, 2020
Council Oks Rule Requiring Baby-Changing Stations in New Buildings
The Real Estate Council of San Antonio, Building Owners and Managers Association, San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association, and the San Antonio Restaurant Association supported the new rule, Pelaez said. “This is a consensus effort that came about because everybody understood.”

Found in the Express-News, 6 March, 2020
Nirenberg: San Antonio has shown compassion and gumption in coronavirus fight
The evacuees were Americans who deserved to come home. We tackled the mission with compassion and care, but we also showed the gumption to confront bad judgment by federal authorities.

Found in the Express-News, 6 March, 2020
‘We are not alone’: Owner of Southtown office lost in fire pens letter thanking San Antonio
“San Antonio hands down has the most loving community of all.”

Found in UTSA Today, 5 March, 2020
UTSA program is music to the ears of West Side kids
UTSA’s collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association has partnered with Alamo Music Center and SA Youth to provide music lessons to first- and second-graders as part of the nonprofit’s Out-of-School Time program.

Seen on KENS 5, 6 March, 2020
How CPS ‘Rainbow Rooms’ serve TX kids and how you can help
“There’s something everyone can do and we know we aren’t all called to foster, we aren’t all called to adopt, but everyone can do something, for these precious children who are in crisis right here in our community.”

Found in the Express-News, 7 March, 2020
Personal growth as well as leafy greens thrive in San Antonio nonprofit’s new hydroponic farm
But the best part of Clubhouse Grows — the new indoor water-based, high-tech farm — isn’t that it sprouts an abundance of leafy greens. It’s that it also serves as a recovery-oriented volunteer opportunity for the people the nonprofit serves.

Seen on KENS 5, 6 March, 2020
Soil-less farm grows more than just lettuce
Housed inside a metal shipping container, the high-tech farm can grow 550 heads of lettuce each week.

Seen on KSAT 12, 6 March, 2020
Local school district partners with farmers to bring fresh vegetables and fruits to campuses
The students receive activity sheets so they can learn more about the produce they are eating.

Found in the Express-News, 7 March, 2020
San Antonio museum sensory tours allow the blind to again ‘see’ art
Over the years, the tours have developed to incorporate props for visitors to feel, vials holding various scents related to the exhibit and relevant songs to guide visitors to each stop of the tour.

Found in the Express-News, 9 March, 2020
San Antonio pushes to grow access to financial services, education in fight against persistent poverty
“It’s important to give people food, to give people clothes, to do their taxes. But how can we educate people more on getting self-sufficient?”

Found in the Express-News, 9 March, 2020
Mitch Hagney: From Trinity debater to Local Sprout CEO
“There’s certain things you can’t do in business that you have to do through governance. And that’s the reason the Food Policy Council is important. There are certain things that are not profitable that have to be done.”

Found in the Express-News, 10 March, 2020
Big Mama blogger Melanie Shankle talks about her new book “On the Bright Side”
She hopes her experiences illustrate the importance of not giving in to the seemingly ever-present temptation to see the absolute worst in people.

Found in the Express-News, 11 March, 2020
CPS Energy won’t disconnect services while San Antonio deals with coronavirus
The city’s most vulnerable residents especially need running water during a health emergency that calls for residents to keep their hands washed to prevent any potential spread of the virus.


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