A new international survey called “Perils of Perception” reveals that the public in 38 countries have deeply inaccurate views about crime, terrorism and many other important social issues. We overestimate what we worry about: the more we see coverage of an issue, the more prevalent we think it is. Negative information is attention-grabbing, while positive progress is gradual and incremental. We’re not nearly as adept at spotting these trends as sudden and eye-catching disasters. You can read more about this survey here. Our weekly Compassion Found Here! news roundup is part of what is called a “new optimist” view. We don’t gloss over what is is going wrong but we do place it within a larger context and show people and organizations DOING SOMETHING to make the world a better place. Here are 31 examples . . .

Found in FOLO Media, 5 December, 2017
Calling all faith communities
The point of this research is to better understand the role San Antonio’s faith community plays in addressing inequality.

Found in the Rivard Report, 29 November, 2017
Nirenberg to Students: You Can Have Your Big Red If You Exercise, Too
We want to make sure that no matter where you are in San Antonio, you have an opportunity to be healthy.

Seen on Fox 29, 29 November, 2017
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office partners with Nextdoor to improve neighborhood safety
More than 1,350 neighborhoods, representing 91% of the county, are already connected on Nextdoor.

Also seen on Univision 41, 29 November, 2017
Alguacil de Bexar promueve una aplicación para crear una comunidad segura [Bexar County Sheriff promotes an app to create a safer community]
La aplicación ‘Next Door’ da la oportunidad de comunicarse con los vecinos y el alguacil Salazar busca usarla para prevenir delitos en diversos barrios. [‘Next Door’ gives the opportunity to communicate with neighbors and Sheriff Salazar seeks to use it to prevent crimes in various neighborhoods.]

Seen on KENS 5, 28 November, 2017
Man pushing best friend to finish line at Rock n’ Roll Marathon
McAllister also just so happens to be the founder of the Believe It Foundation, a local non-profit with a mission to include children with physical disabilities into the lives and experiences of their typical peers.

Seen on Univision 41, 29 November, 2017
‘Baby Shower’ comunitario para otorgar recursos y cuidar la salud de las futuras mamás de San Antonio ‘Baby Shower’ community to grant resources and take care of the health of the future mothers of San Antonio
Este programa promueve la salud prenatal y de la mujer para que los bebés lleguen al mundo de manera saludable. [This program promotes prenatal and women’s health so that babies reach the world in a healthy way.]

From Mayor Nirenberg’s Twitter feed, 30 November, 2017
SA signs Fast Track Initiative to End AIDS
Honored to be the first city in TX to commit to the Fast Track Cities initiative to end AIDS BY 2030. This is for every family that has lost a loved one to the virus. Those days are numbered.

Also found in the SA Current, 1 December, 2017
San Antonio is the First Texas City Vowing to End AIDS by 2030
San Antonio is the fourteenth city in the country to sign onto the initiative.

Seen on KENS 5, 30 November, 2017
Nonprofit helps ease financial burden of San Antonio teachers
About 10,000 students across various districts are expected to benefit. The organization is looking to target elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods.

Seen on Fox 29, 30 November, 2017
Barber visits hospital patient to give free haircut
[Miguel] Gonzalez recently visited a hospital during some time off to help a stranger. He turned a hospital bed into a makeshift barber chair for 58-year-old Pete Vasquez.

Found on KSAT News 12, 1 December, 2017
Women Veterans of San Antonio brings smiles to abused, neglected children
“Just the thought that somebody would think of them enough to buy them something that they like or want, like it’s a memory they never can be erased or replaced.”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 1 December, 2017
City, UTSA Researchers to Begin Creating Formal Climate Action Plan
[Chief Sustainability Officer Doug] Melnick said that the City wants to take an equitable approach to the process and assure that the city’s most vulnerable populations are considered.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 1 December, 2017
’22 For 22′: A Local Vet Cycles To Raise Awareness About PTSD
Andrew Sims began cycling 22 miles in 22 days on Veterans Day to bring awareness to the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

Seen on FOX 29, 1 December, 2017
NISD uses small group counseling to help mental health of students
Some of the group topics include self-esteem, anger management, grief, military deployment and incarcerated parents.

Seen in La Prensa, 30 November, 2017
Mission Trail Hospital unveil new diabetes initiative
“If you come to this hospital, we take care of our patients.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 2 December, 2017
Holiday party recognizes children in need of organ transplants
Transplants for Children helps 400 families a year.

Seen on KSAT, 2 December, 2017
Donations pour in for family that lost everything in apartment fire
“It shows there’s still good people out there.”

 Seen in the Express-News Faith section, 3 December, 2017
1UU: Supporting racial equality
“The banner says something about who we are as a church — people committed to justice, equity and compassion in human relations.”

Also seen in the Express-News faith section, 3 December, 2017
Serving others in Advent
Rev. Tom Heger: “Let Advent be a season of seeing with new eyes and expectations, seeing the ‘other’ as neighbor, seeing the shepherds as precious partners in God’s plan, not as outsider threats to our identity’s security, seeing the Magi as pointers to an even more inclusive community, not as outsider threats to our own spiritual smugness. Go somewhere familiar and experience something profoundly, radically different. That’s what Christmas was. That’s what Christmas still can be.”

Found in the Express-News, 4 December, 2017
Sixth-grade duo establishes a new normal
“This is going to be a learning opportunity for Elijah, for Markus and for all of us to learn from these two students how the world should be.”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 4 December, 2017
The Christmas Magic of Elf Louise
A core of volunteers has enabled the Elf Louise Christmas Project to grow from serving 65 children to more than 20,000.

Found on the Haven for Hope Twitter Feed, 4 December 2017
25,000 lbs collected in Gotcha Covered drive
This drive has been going on for 21 years.

Seen on the Express-News editorial page, 4 December, 2017
Lawsuit made Lucky’s life better
The zoo has added two other elephants, giving Lucky much-needed companionship. It’s also dramatically improved the exhibit space.

Found in the San Antonio Current, 4 December, 2017
George Strait Named Texan of The Year for Hurricane Relief Efforts
Back in September the country superstar headlined a Hurricane Harvey benefit at the Majestic Theatre (along with Miranda Lambert and Robert Earl Keen) which raised over $10 million.

Seen in La Prensa, 4 December, 2017
San Antonio commemorates World AIDS Day
San Antonio Aids Foundation (SAAF), City’s oldest HIV/AIDS service organization, presented a ceremony with the release of 200 balloons and a “21 Dove Salute.”

Seen in the express-News, 5 December, 2017
Retired Spurs superstar challenges San Antonio to help him fight hunger
“Giving makes us more whole as people,” {Coach Popovich] said.

Also seen on KSAT-12, 5 December, 2017
Tim Duncan announces ‘2:1’ challenge to help feed local families during holidays
“I think Tim just wants to use his influence to bring some awareness to the issue of hunger and the opportunity for people to get involved and make a difference,” [San Antonio Food Bank President and CEO Eric]Cooper said.

And found in the Rivard Report, 5 December, 2017
Tim Duncan, SA Food Bank Announce Holiday Challenge to Feed Hungry
“Being with [the Food Bank] and seeing what they do from the other side, understanding how many people they help, and actually going out and doing it with them in the Virgin Islands gave me a whole different perspective,” [Tim] Duncan said. “An understanding of how much people need and how good it feels to help people.”

And seen in the San Antonio Current, 6 December, 2017
Tim Duncan Wants San Antonio’s Help in Fighting Hunger
He promised to match donations up to $500,000 that go toward the San Antonio Food Bank.

Found in the Express-News, 5 December, 2017
Hope, progress at annual breast cancer symposium
San Antonio was an appropriate place to launch the world’s foremost breast cancer symposium, since the city from the 1970s onward was a cradle of the highest-quality research in the field.

Also seen on Fox 29, 5 December, 2017
Doctors anticipate new breakthroughs at SA Breast Cancer Symposium
Thousands of the world’s leading medical professionals are in San Antonio to talk about the latest research and treatments for breast cancer patients.

Seen in the Rivard Report, 5 December, 2017
What Kids at the Witte Museum Tell Us About Health in SA
“We aren’t going to turn the tide [for health] unless we have that data, and we are producing it in a fun way [that is] not clinical or scary.”

Also seen in FOLO Media, 5 December, 2017
San Antonio bodies, ZIP code by ZIP code
Zip-code level data matters — especially in San Antonio, a city of extreme segregation.

Seen on Univision 41, 5 December, 2017
Salvation Army ofrece refugio para protegerse de las bajas temperaturas [Salvation Army offers shelter as protection from low temperatures]
Se espera que en los próximos días el termómetro comience a bajar, por lo que como cada año Salvation Army ya se prepara para recibir a personas que no tienen donde protegerse del frío. [It is expected that in the next few days the thermometer will start to fall, so as every year, Salvation Army is preparing to receive people who have nowhere to protect themselves from the cold.]

Seen on KSAT 12, 5 December, 2017
Christmas comes early for Hurricane Harvey evacuees in San Antonio
Amazon is helping them out with $15,000 worth of donations, including towels, sheets, tissues — the basic necessities these folks have lost.

Seen in USA Today, 4 December, 2017
‘Controlled chaos’: Trauma doctors, nurses labored to save lives in Texas’ deadliest mass shooting
Nizar Alyassin: “We had to put all our emotions aside & take care of those patients first, make sure we were the first voice of comfort.”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 6 December, 2017
Education Experts: Public Schools Must Embrace Change to Succeed
“What we are really trying to achieve is great schools for all of our kids, no matter their zip code, ethnic background, educational attainment level of their parents, or anything else you can put on that list.”

Found on the NEISD Twitter Feed, 6 December, 2017
North East ISD schools are introducing new Share Table
Senate Bill 725 allows school district nutrition programs to donate food served to students, but not eaten, to a non-profit.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 5 December, 2017
What Can Be Done To Curb Teen Birth Rates In Bexar County?
The teen pregnancy issue is related to complex socioeconomic factors like access to healthcare and the cycle of poverty.


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