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Thanks to H-E-B and the San Antonio Food Bank, families of all 2,000 of the PreK4SA students received bags of fresh produce to start the summer off right. Follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1 to get these stories as we find them, and don’t forget that you, too, can use the hashtag #compassionateSA.


Seen on KSAT 12, 7 June, 2018
UTSA alum to swim across Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of plastic pollution
Benoît Lecomte’s latest journey is taking him through a swath of the ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


Seen on FOX 29, 7 June, 2018
Volunteers give back to SAPD detective hit by alleged drunk driver
“The amount of support and help that’s been coming out I don’t even have words for what it makes me feel,” said Ryan.


Seen on KENS 5, 7 June, 2018
Awards dinner recognizes outstanding fathers
The “100” believes if you can change a father, you can change a family.


Found on KSAT 12, 7 June, 2018
Man overcomes dark times of obesity, works to encourage others who are struggling
“You never know what people have gone through or are going through.”


Found in the Rivard Report, 7 June, 2018
Ramadan in San Antonio: Witnessing the ‘Gates of Heaven Open’
Dist. 8 Councilman Pelaez: “I saw a community of families and friends come together to celebrate togetherness and kindness.”


Found in the Express-news, 7 June, 2018
Council approves LGBTQ-themed crosswalk
“Hate has no place in San Antonio as the city continues to strive for tolerance and equality.”

Also found in the Rivard Report, 7 June, 2018
Council Accepts Funds for Rainbow Crosswalks; Date Set for Installation
“The installation of this symbol in the heart of the LGBTQ community shows we are a city with a warm embrace of all its residents.”

Also found in Out in SA, 7 June, 2018
City Council Vote Clears Way for Rainbow Crosswalk Installation on Main Avenue Strip
The price tag for the crosswalk is $32,500. The amount raised by the LGBT community represents the additional cost of painting a rainbow design versus a white-striped crosswalk.


Found in the Express News, 7 June, 2018
Longtime S.A. judge will get Saint Ives Award named for patron saint of lawyers
Specia is best known for his child welfare work on behalf of abused and neglected children, those in foster care and in childcare, as well as in the prevention of abuse.


Found in the Express News, 8 June, 2018
San Antonio’s food pros react to the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death
Part of the Saint City Culinary Foundation’s initiative was the formation of a substance abuse support group called Heard.


Found on FOX 29, 8 June, 2018
City fielding calls for dogs left in heat
“In a matter of minutes, they can overheat and die.”


Seen on KENS 5, 8 June, 2018
Rowan Windham Memorial Cereal Drive collects cereal for hungry kids in SA
The drive collected 190,000 servings of cereal.


Found on KENS 5, 78 June, 2018
How two SA moms got more funding for childhood cancer research
Together and with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the moms have fought to pass the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever. The New STAR Act authorizes $30 million annually from 2019 to 2023 for programs and research.


Seen on KSAT 12, 8 June, 2018
Suicide survivor bringing services to SA, breaking stigma, silence
SA woman sparking tough conversation as suicide rates rise.


Heard on Texas Public Radio, 8 June, 2018
‘Hunger In America’: The 1968 Documentary That Exposed San Antonio Poverty
It opened with images of a baby suffering from malnutrition at the county’s Robert B. Green Hospital. “This baby is dying of starvation. He was an American. Now he’s dead,” Kuralt reported.


Found in the San Antonio Observer, June 5, 2018
Insecure is the New Black
“A lot of people would make comments and jokes about my race, and I would laugh to cover up my hurt and discomfort,” Sophomore Sarai said.


Found in the Rivard Report, 8 June, 2018
Study: San Antonio Among ‘Worst Connected’ U.S. Cities
Education, workforce opportunities, business development, financial services, and health care are all tied to internet access in the digital age.


Found in the Rivard Report, 9 June, 2018
Collins Garden Elementary Lives Up to Its Name
Twenty-six of SAISD’s 92 campuses have some kind of garden classroom, with more planned in the fall. “Gardening is a way to authentically engage the students.”


Found in the Rivard Report, 8 June, 2018
New Alamo Proposal Ignores Connectivity, Guiding Principles
Limiting access and limiting freedom of speech in this space – by way of moving the free speech/protest zone south – is an attack upon the very freedoms the Alamo represents.


Found in the Express-News, 9 June, 2018
San Antonio yoga enthusiasts focus on military veterans
“Yoga is about overcoming our weaknesses whether it’s losing a limb or having PTSD or brain injury and everyone in the community was so on board with the message of healing.”

Also seen on KSAT 12, 9 June, 2018
Yoga for Warriors draws in crowds to Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
“We have one of our students who has repeatedly told us that the yoga classes are what keeps the nightmares away.”


Found in the Express-News, 9 June, 2018
Volunteers prepare for NAACP national convention’s arrival next month
“I don’t care about party affiliation. But I do care about common courtesies and … fairness, equity, justice and freedom for everyone.”



Found in the Rivard Report, 9 June, 2018
Charles Butt Takes the Giving Pledge: ‘It’s the Right Thing to Do’
More than 180 billionaire philanthropists from across the globe have committed to devoting at least half of their enormous collective wealth to address society’s most pressing problems.


Found on FOX 29, 9 June, 2018
Volunteers transform school into emergency shelter
“Last year we learned during Hurricane Harvey our community came out in droves to help and what we learned then is we need to have these trainings beforehand so we have a set of volunteers who are trained and ready to go.”


Found in the Express-News, 11 June, 2018
Rodriguez advocates for young children, teen parents as Children’s Shelter CEO
“If we could work on the front end and prevent children from coming in then we’d be doing a much bigger service for the community and families.”


Found in the Rivard Report, 11 June, 2018
More Southside ISD Grads Headed to College – With Scholarships in Hand
Higher education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty that is prevalent for Southside students.


Seen on KENS 5, 11 June, 2018
East side summer program combats boredom
Over the next six weeks, two dozen teenagers will become playwrights, as part of a fine-arts workshop with Project Alert and East Point Promise Prevention Coalition.


Seen on KSAT 12, 11 June, 2018
Suicide prevention added to Mayor’s Fitness Council panel discussions
The Council promotes & hosts programs to help the community combine fitness and service to exercise physically, mentally and emotionally.


Found in the Rivard Report, 12 June, 2018
100 Black Men Emphasizes Role of Parents, Mentors in Improving Education
The group emphasizes mentoring opportunities, and on Monday encouraged attendees to get involved by becoming advocates for students.


Seen on KSAT 12, 12 June, 2018
NEISD provides fresh food deliveries to families in need
The fresh foods are combined with the non-perishables and boxed up to deliver to a family in need.


Seen on Spectrum News, 12 June, 2018
Salvation Army’s Bridge Program helps women get back on track
For $87.50 a week, women receive three hot meals a day, a clean place to sleep and shower, a secure place to keep their things and access to help finding employment and services.


Found in the Current, 12 June, 2018
Passing Strangers: Photographer Michael Cirlos Builds a Portrait of Downtown with Humans of San Antonio
When was the last time you stopped what you were doing to talk with a stranger on the street?


Found in the Express-News, 12 June, 2018
55 people found in tractor-trailer in North Side neighborhood
They were hungry, so firefighters ordered pizza and fed the people at the scene. “We need to respect the basic humanity of those folks.”

Also seen on Kens 5, 12 June, 2018
18-wheeler carrying people stopped on San Antonio’s north side
Fire Chief Hood: “We are compassionate and providing good care.”


Found on Spectrum News, 12 June, 2018
Youth program focuses on fostering, discussing mental health
As part of nonprofit The Health Collaborative, young adults in the Young Minds Matter program speak with their peers in schools, churches and events.


Visto en KWEX 41, 13 June, 2018
Buen samaritano regala pizzas a inmigrantes hallados dentro de un camión de carga [Good Samaritan gives pizzas to immigrants found inside a cargo truck]
Armando Colunga compró comida para los 55 inmigrantes pues asegura que es importante darles un trato humano. [Armando Colunga bought food for the 55 immigrants because he assures that it is important to give them a humane treatment.]

And also on KENS 5, 13 June, 2018
Good Samaritan provides pizza for people found in tractor trailer
Armando Colunga is an east-side tow truck driver who saw the situation Tuesday night and bought pizza for the people found in a trailer.


 

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