April 22 was the 49th annual Earth Day. Congratulations to #TakeCareOfTexas Kids Art Contest Region 13 Winner Emily Reyes, 4th grader from Roy Cisneros Elementary in Edgewood ISD. Compassion is based on the Golden Rule: Treat others and the planet as you wish to be treated. We publish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday afternoon. If you want the news faster, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so you we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

Found in the Express-News, 18 April, 2019
Sweltering in place
100-plus highs are common in San Antonio. Yet there’s no beating the heat in the 40% of public housing units without AC. A lawmaker and a philanthropist say that’s got to change.

Found in the Current, 22 April, 2019
San Antonio State Representative Files Bill to Ensure Public Housing Includes Air Conditioning
Diego Bernal” “Let’s remember who these people are: they’re the most vulnerable among us – they’re disabled, they’re veterans, they’re single parents with small children. This has everything to do with safety.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 18 April, 2019
Pediatric patients get makeovers
Stylists from Toni & Guy Salon at La Cantera volunteered to do the hair, makeup and nails of girls at the Children’s hospital. “Being in the hospital stinks and we’ve had some teens in here that just kinda need a pick me up.”

Found in the Heron, 19 April, 2019
Michael Cirlos’ Peacock Alley mural shows the extraordinariness of ordinary people
“We are bringing the marginalized demographic above ground, and putting them up high, looking up at a marginalized community and saying, ‘These people are important, too. These people matter, too.’ ”

Found in the Express-News, 18 April, 2019
More should be done to protect the city’s cyclists
Modifying our roads so we have more sidewalks and bike lanes could make our commutes healthier, safer, and better for the environment.

Found in the Express-News, 19 April, 2019
Trinity University exchange program shows Spanish visitors around San Antonio
In popular culture, Texas is portrayed as “very intolerant,” he added, but in San Antonio, people have been “really, really nice.”

Seen n KENS 5, 19 April, 2019
Homeless population doubles at Bexar County jail; trespassing top offense
Judge Wolff: “It’s wrong and a terrible thing to do to citizens.”

Found in the Express-News, 20 April, 2019
Gender-marker changes help transgender San Antonians reflect who they are, not who they used to be
The center says making such legal changes can curb discrimination and violence and protect someone from being “outed” as transgender every time an ID or driver’s license has to be presented.

Seen on WOAI 4, 20 April, 2019
SA Polo Club to open arena that will teach horse-riding skills to at-risk youth
During the Fiesta King’s Cup Polo Match at Olmos Basin they announced they will be building an all weather indoor arena called the Kym Rapier Equestrian Education Center.

Found in the Express-News, 20 April, 2019
Piñatas in the Barrio helps artists on West Side of San Antonio
The nonprofit, Action United for Entertainers & Diverse Artists has sponsored the event for more than 20 years as way to help artists who have fallen on hard times.

Seen on KENS 4, 22 April, 2019
Children with cancer coping with anxiety, trauma through art therapy
Children in the Tracy’s Kids program at Methodist Children’s Hospital use art therapy as a way to cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment.

Seen on KSAT 12, 22 April, 2019
USAA shows off sustainability efforts for Earth Day
“It’s important to our people as employees and to our members, and it’s also important to our planet and to the city of San Antonio.”

Found on WOAI 4, 22 April, 2019
Hidden Warriors: homeless veteran women in SA
Being “off the streets” — perhaps “couch-surfing” — means female homeless vets are being under-counted and under-served by the organizations who seek to help them.

Found in the Rivard Report, 23 April, 2019
City, Foundations Partner With Cycling Groups to Fund Bike Safety Projects
“Meaningful community change is often spurred by the sheer will of the people in that community, who create the synergy to affect policy, allocate public funding, align philanthropy and inspire a movement.”

Seen on FOX 29, 23 April, 2019
SA man uses non profit to inspire next generation
Building a Purpose is on a mission to get kids connected with mentors in the field of their choice.

Found in the Express-News, 24 April, 2019
Health equity is social justice, UT Health professor says
Martinez Rogers says, ultimately, a patient’s health can be impacted by having, or not having, bus fare to get to a doctor, where a patient lives and whether it’s in an area with a shortage of health-care providers.


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