Category: Non Profit Highlight

URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories Continues with “Enduring Distance”

By Marisol Cortez In a time of dire emergency, we are inescapably reminded of our fragility and resilience both, the disturbing inequities that persist within and across communities and, equally, our deep connections. “Pandemic,” after all, from the Greek pan and demos, means “all the people.” At such times, we depend on the insight and wisdom of visionary artists, writers, thinkers, and leaders to provide the guidance we need to survive and persist. In this month’s episode of Hidden Histories, we hear from three of San Antonio’s intellectual and spiritual elders, author Whitley Strieber; former councilwoman Maria A. Berriozabal;...

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By  Lindsey Amick With the growing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, blood donations have never been more important to San Antonio’s community blood supply. An unprecedented partnership between local car washes is working to assist the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, as Bubble Bath Car Wash and six other car wash chains in San Antonio spring into action with the DRIVE 4 LIFE blood donation initiative. Beginning April 1, through April 30, all blood donors will receive vouchers from the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center for one free car wash, valid until June 30. “Just as many...

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Gemini Ink Hosts Free Virtual Voices of Recovery Workshop This Weekend for Anyone Affected by Cancer

Courtesy of Gemini Ink  Main Voices of Recovery Workshop takes place this Weekend, April 18 @ 10:00 am – April 19 @ 2:30 pm Free Voices of Recovery Storytelling Workshops are 2-day weekend workshops in which participants are guided by professional writers in crafting the story of their unique cancer journey, and then sharing their stories the next weekend in a private celebratory evening of storytelling and inspiring live musical selections.  These free workshops are open to anyone affected by cancer. ​ No previous writing experience required. Workshops run two weekends and are held quarterly. Next Workshop Out of...

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Servants in Today’s Generation

By Ramon Chapa Jr. MINISTRY: To minister means to attend to the needs of someone! We are not a church, not religious, we are a 501C3 Non Profit serving humanity! To minister means to attend to the needs of someone. So a ministry is helping someone. Christian ministry is helping someone in the name of Jesus. Christian ministries are generally orchestrated by a church, but some Christian individuals take it upon themselves to serve their community in the name of Jesus. GENESIS 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;...

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Provided by The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) today released a list of demands for City of San Antonio and Bexar County officials, as well as local business leaders to address the economic and health needs of local residents during the spread of COVID-19. “In this time of uncertainty for many working families, we need our local officials and business leaders to step up in a big way and act on policies that will successfully combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This means investing in and targeting services for the most vulnerable among us,” said Michelle Tremillo,...

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LIFETIME RECOVERY’S ANNUALLUNCHEON – “Recovery STRONG!”celebrates 57 years This Thursday

By Deborah M. Foster Our Luncheon, “Recovery Strong”, celebrates 57 years of Lifetime Recovery’s existence during which we have helped thousands of people reclaim a lifetime of freedom from addiction. Lifetime Recovery is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization (formerly known as the ARC). We provide guidance to more than 2,000 clients annually through our residential and outpatient treatment and counseling programs for men, women and families. This year our Guest Speaker will be Dennis Gillan, a national thought leader on the topic of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Advocacy. We will be presenting the Honorable Nelson W. Wolff,...

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Registration for Spring Basketball League for Grades 3-6 is Now Open

By R.Eguia Spring is here and it is time for Inner City Development’s Spring League Basketball. The first game will be hosted on Saturday March 28 and there is still time for little ones to get registered and get ready. Registration and Skills Practice Camp will be hosted this Saturday from 11 a.m to 1 p.m at  the Inner City Basketball Court at 1500 Vera Cruz (along Trinity St.). The next registration and skills practice camp will occur on Saturday, March 21.  Interested and registered participants can get introduced to the fundamentals of playing basketball ahead of the first...

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Join Us To Support The La Musica De San Anto Mural Restoration Project

Join one of the community-enhancement projects that the Westside Development Corporation is currently undertaking. This ask comes by way of your support to restore the La Musica de San Anto mural that the WDC is backing. The mural is located at 1300 W. Commerce and needs assistance from us to help lead the way. There are unique and lasting contribution levels from $150 to $5,000 to be part of this mural project (see below). On Thursday March 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Guillermo’s Restaurant, located at 618 McCullough Ave., we will be hosting a mural event for the WDC, our partners, supporters and mural artist, David Blancas. We will also welcome the organization’s interim-CEO, Ram Gonzales and pass the torch. With your help, this project will make a significant impact to preserving this Westside treasure. It would mean much to have your financial support toward this lasting cultural preservation mural collaboration. MURAL MARQUEE: Level 1 Sponsorship = $5,000 3 remaining opportunities Actual Mural Image Logo and/or Brand will be included on the “Front” mural wall in the Marquee design Also includes: ● Remarks at the mural unveiling ● Recognition as a Marquee Level I Sponsor at the mural unveiling ● A 16″ x 16″ engraved paver will be included at the base of the mural ● A signed limited-edition print of the mural NOTE: Already Committed: Google Fiber,...

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San Antonio Nonprofit Holds Free Workshop on Naturalization, Citizenship Process March 14

The workshop will be conducted in Spanish and will explain how to obtain citizenship By Felicia Carrizales American Organization for Immigrants (AOI) will host a free workshop to Understand the Naturalization and Citizenship Process on March 14, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m at Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Avenue, San Antonio, 78201 ( Located across the street from Thomas Jefferson High School) . The workshop will be conducted in Spanish at no cost to attendees. Those attending should bring their immigration documents: permanent resident card, evidence of where they live (Utility Bill), and a copy of their birth certificate Other documents needed to submit a naturalization or citizenship application will be discussed. The workshop will include a ‘practice’ interview session. The organization offers others services including Translations/Traducciones, Interpreter/Interpretaciones, English Class/Clases de Ingles and Spanish Class/Clases de Ingles. For more information call 210-454-2164 or 210-250-0762 or visit   American Organization for Immigrants (AOI) is a nonprofit organization, accredited by the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review to provide these services.  We seek to provide assistance to low income and clients in need, orientation on how to adapt to the cultural changes to live in Texas and the United States; the importance of learning English; finding a place to live; finding meaningful employment.  AOI offers help and information about the immigration process, introduce new arrivals to existing...

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The Can’t Beat Love San Antonio Youth Film Contest Winners Announced This Month

By R.Eguia The Can’t Beat Love San Antonio Youth Film Contest is an annual film competition designed for high school students to explore difficult issues that teenagers may face. The topic for  this year is Prejudice. The deadline for submissions closed last month and the winners will be announced at the screening on February 26 at the Santikos Silverado Theater located at Bandera Rd. and 1604.   Doors open at 6:00 PM and screenings begin at 7:00 PM. Filmmakers were challenged to explore the topic of prejudice in any one of several ways: how they recognize prejudice and how they have witnessed it, the impact it has on their lives, families and the wider community, and possible solutions for helping to curb the undercurrent of any prejudice that may exist in their school or community. As in year’s past, filmmakers submit a short film (less than 5 min in length) or a public service announcement (less than 60 seconds in length). Previous topics included human trafficking, cyber bullying, and teen dating violence. Alamo Heights High School Film Teacher, John Munoz said, “The Can’t beat love video contest allows me as a teacher to not only give my students a project they can complete in class, but it also creates an environment amongst my classroom that is extremely cooperative. From the unveiling of the topic to the huge spectacular awards ceremony,...

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A Letter from SAHCC 2020 Chairwoman And Stamp Allergy Ceo, Erika G. Gonzalez, M.D.

Dear Colleagues, Our San Antonio Hispanic Chamber asserts a strong leadership role to build opportunity and prosperity for all of San Antonio. Since our founding in 1929, growing stronger through the decades, we are now poised to influence our collective success in 2020. I am honored to serve as the 2020 Chairwoman and invite your proactive participation in your Chamber. The Power of Our Voice is the 2020 theme for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We will continue to leverage our influence for greater success and opportunities in business both small and large, economic development, international trade, education and workforce, leadership development and policy advocacy. Prosperity, growth, and equity will ground us in ensuring that we are always doing what is best for our members and our community. When the Cámara de Comercio Mexicana first started, we knew that our voices were diminished and excluded. This was 91 years ago. That is no longer the case. With 55 million Latinos in the U.S. today our voice and market influence will only become stronger. As a community, we value the voices of everyone that has a stake in our success: chamber members, allies, friends, and our public leaders. It is even more critical to speak up in 2020 as policies are debated that affect our businesses and community during an election year, such as the USMCA and many...

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2019 U.S. Population Estimates Continue to Show the Nation’s Growth Is Slowing

Dream Week is a 16-day summit of events to foster the exchange of ideas on universal issues in an environment curated for successful civil and civic engagements.  The January, city-wide summit takes place in and around downtown San Antonio. The aim is to invite all to participate in an open forum where real-world issues are presented and nurtured, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail. An idea inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings. Throughout the summit, participants honor the past, take stock of the present, and present a vision for the future. Since its inception, DreamWeek has gained unprecedented momentum. Since 2013, the summit has grown to include more than 100 partners hosting over 150 events throughout the San Antonio area annually and attracting a global audience of civic-minded individuals. DreamWeek is concurrent with the City’s annual MLK Commemorative March, which has grown to become one of the largest in the country since the first march in 1987. San Antonio celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. The San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is being commemorated with a year-long calendar of events, activities and innovative initiatives that will carry San Antonio into the next 300 years. You can participate with DreamWeek in several ways: Sponsor: Sponsorship provides for a dynamic array of events that further the progressive exchange of ideas and...

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