The desire to create a place to share stories that highlight how people reach out, connect, care about each other, and care for each other, has been on my mind for some time.

In the wake of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, I saw first hand how people reached out and cared for one another in the midst of overwhelming grief. Our community is heart broken for the victims and their families, and has responded with so much compassion and empathy. Our world responded with compassion. Lines formed to give blood for the victims until the blood banks were full. Money was given to help the victims and their families. In our City Beautiful, and around the world, there has been such an outpouring of love and support.

In the midst of this horrific tragedy that hit so close to home, everyone did whatever they could for others. This compassion, in the midst of such pain, took my breath away. It reminded me that we are all one. Connected. Together. It gives me hope.


This space has been carved out as a place to share stories that reflect people‘s compassionate responses to what’s happening in our world.

Member of The Charter for Compassion


Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Amanda Alvear, 25
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Antonio D. Brown, 30
Darryl R. Burt II, 29
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Luis D. Conde, 39
Cory J. Connell, 21
Tevin E. Crosby, 25
Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50

Deonka D. Drayton, 32
Mercedez M. Flores, 26
Juan R. Guerrero, 22
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Paul T. Henry, 41
Frank Hernandez, 27
Miguel A. Honorato, 30
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Jason B. Josaphat, 19
Eddie J. Justice, 30
Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Kimberly Morris, 37
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27

Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35
Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37
Jerald A. Wright, 31