San Antonio Pays it Forward
Through times of hardship, San Antonio has a way of coming together. After all, the city’s history is itself split, shared between both Spanish missionaries and Hispanic culture. Just as San Antonio rose out of a divide, it will come together to support all its residents through a crisis like COVID-19.
Though we all must play our part, some San Antonio organizations are taking an extra step to protect the wellbeing of those around them. The following are some organizations paying it forward as well as groups that need assistance should you wish to join us in paying it forward, too.
Support San Antonio
Culinaria is beloved for its annual food festival and San Antonio restaurant weeks. To take care of the restaurant workers with whom they work, Culinaria has partnered with Chef Jason Dady to open HospitALLity House. HospitALLity House is serving up free lunches and diners to hospitality industry employees in need. Meals are served at multiple locations throughout the week, but East Grayson serves every day.
In addition to daily meals, Culinaria has tapped their chef network to craft meal kits for furloughed employees. Culinaria is also making an effort to giving a weeks' pay to as many as they can each week. They've committed to supporting members for as long as they can through their Emergency Relief Fund. If you're able, consider contributing to their cause.
San Antonio Food Bank
San Antonio's food insecure are heavily impacted by stay-at-home orders, especially because many of these individuals and families are also out of work. The San Antonio Food Bank is still offering its full range of services to the community, including multiple food pantries and mobile food distributions. Consider supporting their efforts to keep San Antonio fed.
The Children's Shelter will be La Cantera's non profit partner for Summer 2020. But the organization needs assistance now as well, if you're able to show your support. The shelter's mission is to end the cycle of abuse by creating a safe environment in which children can flourish. All assistance is welcome, whether you can contribute a cash donation or a donation of goods like diapers, shampoo, and other toiletries. The shelter needs medical masks for the children, volunteers, and workers to protect them and their families.
San Antonio Youth
San Antonio Youth operates on the belief that all children deserve success beyond their circumstances. Their programs include academic support as well as Out-of-School Time for safe and productive after-school activities and YouthBuild, designed to give high school dropouts a second chance. If you can support them during this time, consider offering a donation, which will be used to maintain teleconferencing for YouthBuild students, reading books with elementary school students over the phone, and more.
American Heart Association
San Antonio's chapter of the American Heart Assocation fights heart diseases and stroke by promoting a culture of health throughout the city. Read their tips on cooking healthier at home and moving more, then consider contributing to their cause. The American Heart Assocation is always looking for volunteers, but in lieu if in-person invovlement at this time, give your support via donation or use your voice to help the AHA fight for everyone's health.
According to WINGS, 1 in 8 women in San Antonio will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, yet 50% of those women will not have insurance to support them through treatment. Though their offices closed as of March 27 and will remain closed until further notice, WINGS still relies on its donors in order to provide breast health care to underserved and uninsured women. If you're able, consider donating. Even just $100 will cover the cost of blood counts for one year for one woman.
San Antonio Library Foundation
San Antonio Public Libraries aim to get books and technology in the hands of learners of all ages. The libraries are supported by the San Antonio Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit established with the goal of adding to the library's budget in order to expand their programs and services. Their outreach includes servicing more than 10,000 people with their Literacy Caravan and their annual San Antonio Book Festival, which they've had to cancel this year. Your donation will make a different in more ways than one.