Saturday, September 25, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

DRIVE TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE - 11th Annual Golf Tournament


DRIVE TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE

11th Annual 2021 Golf Tournament

Monday, October 11, 2021

Green Valley Country Club, Fairfield, CA

Join us for a fun day of golfing, food and socializing to raise money for The Matt Garcia Foundation community youth outreach programs.

For more information email us at mgfgolf@ffinest.org

CLICK here for Sponsorship & Registration Details

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Helping Others Makes Us Happier -- But It Matters How We Do It


Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there's a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact -- and boost our own happiness along the way -- if we make one key shift in how we help others. "Let's stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure," Dunn says.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

You Can Help Support The Matt Garcia Foundation Through AmazonSmile!

Click the logo above to start shopping!

You can help support The Matt Garcia Foundation by shopping through AmazonSmile.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Matt Garcia Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Monday, September 13, 2021

7 Things I Need To Tell You About Life


"Life is to be lived... lived before you die. Don’t waste a second of this precious gift You’re here for a reason, never stop asking WHY"

7 Things I Need To Tell You About Life:

1. Life is not meant to be so serious. Make time for fun, for joy, for play.
2. Circumstances will NEVER define you... unless YOU decide to let them.
3. If you don’t learn to control your mind, your mind will control you.
4. Make a PLAN... but go with the FLOW as well.
5. You’ll never be able to please everyone.
6. You won’t be happy if you’re being someone else trying to fit in with others - Be yourself and do it with pride!
7. Those who are stuck in their own misery will try and drag you into their dark hole. Don’t let anyone steal your joy.

Friday, September 10, 2021

DRIVE TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE - 11th Annual Golf Tournament


DRIVE TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE

11th Annual 2021 Golf Tournament

Monday, October 11, 2021

Green Valley Country Club, Fairfield, CA

Join us for a fun day of golfing, food and socializing to raise money for The Matt Garcia Foundation community youth outreach programs.

Registration forms will be sent out soon. For more information email us at mgfgolf@ffinest.org

CLICK here for Sponsorship & Registration Details

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Coast & Creek Cleanup Day - Volunteers Needed!!



COAST & CREEK CLEANUP DAY

Saturday, September 18, 2021

9:00am – Noon

Volunteers Needed!

Please follow the instructions on the flyer to join us at our site location for Coast & Creek Cleanup Day 2021.

CLICK HERE for details and registration for the event.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Matt Garcia - Legacy


Matt Garcia's legacy lives in the hearts and minds of many. Councilmembers Scott Tonnesen, Doriss Panduro, and Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro tell parents Raymond and Teresa Courtemanche how Matt impacted their lives. This is the first of a series of videos paying tribute to the fallen councilmember. #weservefairfieldca #mattgarciafoundation #wearefairfield #ffinest

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Brené Brown: The Secret to Having Compassion


The popular researcher explains what compassionate people have in common — and why it wasn't what she expected.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

September 1st is Matt Garcia Day!



On September 1st, 2008, my son, Fairfield City Councilman, Matt Garcia, was murdered. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 13 years since we lost Matt.

The City of Fairfield recognizes September 1st. as The Matt Garcia Day.


Matt LOVED Fairfield! Leading up to September 1st, be 1 of 100 and make a donation of $100.00 to receive your Iconic Memorabilia Shirt of Matt and embroidered STAND with FFINEST Hat and FFI♥U logo to HELP Keep Matts Dream Alive.

You can place your order here, shop.fairfieldiloveu.com, and/or purchase & pick up your orders at the FFI♥U Store, 3067 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533

All Proceeds go to Support Youth, Help Stop Crime & Strengthen Our Communities. These are three campaign promises Matt made when he was elected.

Thanks for keeping Matt's Spirit & Legacy Alive as #WE live out Matt's campaign promises! I am so grateful for your support!

Matt's Mom, Teresa
President of the Matt Garcia Foundation

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Join Us for Our Monthly Community Cleanup This Saturday!


August 28, 2021 
9:00am – 11:00am

Meet by the open field by 700 Texas Street

The Matt Garcia Foundation doesn't want to complain about this, we want to create solutions to problems. It is with this spirit that we began our Monthly Community Cleanups.

On the last Saturday of every month, volunteers get together and clean up a neighborhood in Fairfield. We pick up trash, work on landscaping paint windows, fix fences – all in an effort to improve our community. This is another example of community coming together to help make a difference.

The Matt Garcia Foundation Dream Team, is all about stepping up and stepping out of ourselves to serve others and our communities to be a part of the solution. Matt would say " if you see a piece of garbage on the ground, please just pick it up" How simple is that! So, that is what we do.

Monday, August 23, 2021

3 Secrets of Resilient People | Lucy Hone


Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may come head-on with fortitude and grace.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Our Annual Golf Tournament is October 11, 2021!!

Drive to Keep The Dream Alive

 Join us for a fun day of golfing, food and socializing to raise money for The Matt Garcia Foundation community youth outreach programs. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

What is Compassion?


What is compassion? We'll look at what compassion means and examples you might notice it in your own life.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

You are NOT your PAST or your MISTAKES


You are NOT your PAST or your MISTAKES (2020) - Motivational Speech by Fearless Soul

Sunday, August 8, 2021

September 1st is Matt Garcia Day!



On September 1st, 2008, my son, Fairfield City Councilman, Matt Garcia, was murdered. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 13 years since we lost Matt.

The City of Fairfield recognizes September 1st. as The Matt Garcia Day.


Matt LOVED Fairfield! Leading up to September 1st, be 1 of 100 and make a donation of $100.00 to receive your Iconic Memorabilia Shirt of Matt and embroidered STAND with FFINEST Hat and FFI♥U logo to HELP Keep Matts Dream Alive.

You can place your order here, shop.fairfieldiloveu.com, and/or purchase & pick up your orders at the FFI♥U Store, 3067 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533

All Proceeds go to Support Youth, Help Stop Crime & Strengthen Our Communities. These are three campaign promises Matt made when he was elected.

Thanks for keeping Matt's Spirit & Legacy Alive as #WE live out Matt's campaign promises! I am so grateful for your support!

Matt's Mom, Teresa
President of the Matt Garcia Foundation

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

How Your Brain Responds to Stories -- and Why They're Crucial for Leaders | Karen Eber


How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

If You Think They Are Holding You Back: WATCH THIS


If You Think They Are Holding You Back: WATCH THIS (Toxic Family and Friends) 

What did you learn from this story of the boy and his mentor? How do you deal with toxic family or friends?

Friday, July 23, 2021

What Makes A Good Leader | Brian Tracy


Certain qualities, characteristics, and habits form a good leader. I'm sharing five essential traits that will help you become a good leader and improve your leadership skills. Keep watching to learn exactly what makes a good leader.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Save the Date: Our Annual Golf Tournament is October 11, 2021!!

Drive to Keep The Dream Alive

 Join us for a fun day of golfing, food and socializing to raise money for The Matt Garcia Foundation community youth outreach programs. 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

September 1st is Matt Garcia Day!



On September 1st, 2008, my son, Fairfield City Councilman, Matt Garcia, was murdered. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 13 years since we lost Matt.

The City of Fairfield recognizes September 1st. as The Matt Garcia Day.


Matt LOVED Fairfield! Leading up to September 1st, be 1 of 100 and make a donation of $100.00 to receive your Iconic Memorabilia Shirt of Matt and embroidered STAND with FFINEST Hat and FFI♥U logo to HELP Keep Matts Dream Alive.

You can place your order here, shop.fairfieldiloveu.com, and/or purchase & pick up your orders at the FFI♥U Store, 3067 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533

All Proceeds go to Support Youth, Help Stop Crime & Strengthen Our Communities. These are three campaign promises Matt made when he was elected.

Thanks for keeping Matt's Spirit & Legacy Alive as #WE live out Matt's campaign promises! I am so grateful for your support!

Matt's Mom, Teresa
President of the Matt Garcia Foundation

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Real Risk of Forgiveness–And Why It’s Worth It


Forgiveness is tricky. Everyone says you should forgive, but no one will tell you how, exactly, to do it. And is it always possible—even for something as traumatic as gun violence?

In this vulnerable and heartfelt talk, writer Sarah Montana takes us through her journey of forgiving her family’s killer. She offers an inside look at what we risk when we choose to forgive and a hopeful glimpse of the freedom that lies on the other side of grief.

Sarah Montana is an NYC based writer, editor, and branded content producer. She has ghostwritten book proposals for celebrity experts, some of which have been sold to publishers for six figures. She creates and shapes content for authors and business owners, including ebooks, reality TV pitches, articles, memoirs, and marketing copy. She is also a playwright and creates her own original content. Her most recent play, The Girl, The Ghosts, and the Minotaur was selected for a staged reading at Life Jacket Theater Company’s 2017 Proof of Concept Reading Series in New York City.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Meet Your Councilmember - Doriss Panduro


As one of our city's newest councilmembers, Doriss sees a lot of areas where Fairfield can make improvements and is ready to get to work!

Friday, July 9, 2021

Summer Night Out is July 17th - RSVP Today!!


The Matt Garcia Foundation invites you to Summer Night Out - a night full of painting, open mic, light drinks and snacks, and community. Be sure to RSVP to get an art kit!

To RSVP visit:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Power of Positive Thinking | Brian Tracy


Many years ago, Dr. Norman Vincent wrote the book "The Power of Positive Thinking" and said, "If you think in a positive way, you'll have positive results and you'll be happy most of the time." I couldn't agree more. Those who think more positively and about what they want will be more successful.

Friday, July 2, 2021

What Being a Mentor is All About


Holistic Health and Wellness Expert, Leanne Jacobs, discusses how to become a mentor and what the leadership roll is really about.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Save the Date: Our Annual Golf Tournament is October 11, 2021!!

Drive to Keep The Dream Alive

 Join us for a fun day of golfing, food and socializing to raise money for The Matt Garcia Foundation community youth outreach programs. 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

September 1, 2021 : Matt Garcia Day



On September 1st, 2008, my son, Fairfield City Councilman, Matt Garcia, was murdered. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 13 years since we lost Matt.

The City of Fairfield recognizes September 1st. as The Matt Garcia Day.


Matt LOVED Fairfield! Leading up to September 1st, be 1 of 100 and make a donation of $100.00 to receive your Iconic Memorabilia Shirt of Matt and embroidered STAND with FFINEST Hat and FFI♥U logo to HELP Keep Matts Dream Alive.

You can place your order here, shop.fairfieldiloveu.com, and/or purchase & pick up your orders at the FFI♥U Store, 3067 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533

All Proceeds go to Support Youth, Help Stop Crime & Strengthen Our Communities. These are three campaign promises Matt made when he was elected.

Thanks for keeping Matt's Spirit & Legacy Alive as #WE live out Matt's campaign promises! I am so grateful for your support!

Matt's Mom, Teresa
President of the Matt Garcia Foundation

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Join Us for Our Monthly Community Cleanup This Saturday!!


June 26, 2021 
9:00am – 11:00am

Meet by the open field by 700 Texas Street

The Matt Garcia Foundation doesn't want to complain about this, we want to create solutions to problems. It is with this spirit that we began our Monthly Community Cleanups.

On the last Saturday of every month, volunteers get together and clean up a neighborhood in Fairfield. We pick up trash, work on landscaping paint windows, fix fences – all in an effort to improve our community. This is another example of community coming together to help make a difference.

The Matt Garcia Foundation Dream Team, is all about stepping up and stepping out of ourselves to serve others and our communities to be a part of the solution. Matt would say " if you see a piece of garbage on the ground, please just pick it up" How simple is that! So, that is what we do.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day!

 


Happy Father's Day from the Matt Garcia Foundation

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Science of Kindness


There are scientifically proven benefits to being kind! It is contagious, teachable, and makes you feel all fuzzy inside.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

You Can Help Support The Matt Garcia Foundation Through AmazonSmile!

Click the logo above to start shopping!

You can help support The Matt Garcia Foundation by shopping through AmazonSmile.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Matt Garcia Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Power of Laughter


Few things are more beneficial to a person's overall well-being than laughter. In fact, a good sense of humor is not only an indicator of better mental health, it's an indicator of better physical health as well.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Our Search for Purpose & Meaning


Speakers:
Tyrone Stokes, Josiah Ruff, Leonard Sicilian, Libo Mngomezulu

"It’s impossible to feel dread when you have a compelling future... a powerful mission or vision in front of you. It’s hard to drudge through life when there is MEANING attached to your future...

You can’t live in darkness when you believe your future is bright. Perhaps the problem then, is that many of us believe the FUTURE will not be better than the PAST.

Without meaning life is useless and worthless. Without meaning we give up on life. We can NOT GIVE UP on life and we can not give up on our best life."

Saturday, May 29, 2021

September 1, 2021 : Matt Garcia Day



On September 1st, 2008, my son, Fairfield City Councilman, Matt Garcia, was murdered. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 13 years since we lost Matt.

The City of Fairfield recognizes September 1st. as The Matt Garcia Day.

Matt LOVED Fairfield! Leading up to September 1st, be 1 of 100 and make a donation of $100.00 to receive your Iconic Memorabilia Shirt of Matt and embroidered STAND with FFINEST Hat and FF I LOVE U logo to HELP Keep Matts Dream Alive.

You can place your order here, shop.fairfieldiloveu.com, and/or purchase & pick up your orders at the FFILOVEYOU Store, 3607 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533

All Proceeds go to Support Youth, Help Stop Crime & Strengthen Our Communities. These are three campaign promises Matt made when he was elected.

Thanks for keeping Matt's Spirit & Legacy Alive as #WE live out Matt's campaign promises! I am so grateful for your support!

Matt's Mom, Teresa
President of the Matt Garcia Foundation

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Why Accountability Is Key to Being a Better Leader


If you're looking to be a better leader in all aspects of your life, you have to hold yourself accountable. Accountability is keeping your commitments to people. Holding those commitments will build deeper, more meaningful relationships and when you build deep relationships with people, you create loyalty and trust. Once you create loyalty and trust, people will never want to let you down because they know that you'll never let them down.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Do Not Give Up On The Person You Are Capable Of Becoming


Do Not Give Up On The Person You Are Capable Of Becoming (Inspirational Video)

Monday, May 17, 2021

Hacking Your Brain for Happiness | James Doty | TEDxSacramento


Dr. James Doty explains the neurological benefits of Compassion. "Project Compassion" has now turned into a leading research and educational institution and the only institution solely focused on the study of Compassion, Altruism and Empathy.

Monday, May 10, 2021

How to Be Optimistic During Challenges | Brian Tracy


We all face challenges, but it is our reaction to those challenges that determine how quickly we can overcome them. Your ability to find an optimistic view of challenges will impact your overall success, so to ensure you know how to be optimistic during hardships keep watching this video.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

You Can Help Support The Matt Garcia Foundation Through AmazonSmile!

Click the logo above to start shopping!

You can help support The Matt Garcia Foundation by shopping through AmazonSmile.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Matt Garcia Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Power of Positivity | Brain Games


See firsthand how positive and negative reinforcement can affect a player’s game on the court.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Join Us for Our Earth Day Community Cleanup Tomorrow!!


April 24th 9:00am – 11:00am

Located 'on the green' at the corner of Jefferson & Texas Streets
Fairfield, CA 94533

To protect your health and slow the spread of the coronavirus, we will be follow the most recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control, available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

  • If you are sick in any way, DO NOT come out to the cleanup.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from everyone you encounter, even if you are wearing a mask.
  • ALWAYS wear gloves.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Unfortunately, you may find used gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) among litter. DO NOT PICK UP ANY PPE without a grabber.

The Matt Garcia Foundation will proved gloves, grabbers and buckets for collecting the trash.

For more information visit www.FFINEST.org

To receive updated information on volunteering opportunities, sign up for our text alerts.
Text: 81010 | Enter: @mgfv

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Restore Our Earth 2021


EARTH DAY 2021

AS THE WORLD RETURNS TO NORMAL, WE CAN’T GO BACK TO BUSINESS-AS-USUAL. 

From April 20-22, join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Together, we can Restore Our Earth™.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Home Fire Safety is Still Important!


In the midst of one of the worst pandemics in history, it’s easy to forget other important safety tasks that could save your life. One that comes to mind is fire safety in the home. According to the United States Fire Administration, the risk of dying in reported home structure fires is 55% lower in homes with working smoke alarms than in homes with no alarms or none that worked.

You should have at least one smoke alarm installed on each level of your home, preferably near sleeping areas. Test the alarms regularly and change the batteries twice per year. Also, have a fire escape plan and practice it regularly. For more fire safety information, contact your local fire department.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Solano County Earth Day Celebration!



Each year, the Solano Resource Conservation District coordinates with Solano County’s Earth Day Cleanup Event. This year they decided to feature the Matt Garcia Foundation during their campaign. They recognize the work the Foundation has put in to keep Solano County clean and green.

They are doing a virtual event that will take place from April 19th till April 24th. During this event, the Solano County Earth Day Celebration, they encourage us to clean up trash, locally.

The Matt Garcia Foundation will continue to serve our community by keeping Solano clean and green. We hope you choose to do so as well. #KeepSolanoClean&Green

Along with that, if you visit their social media @cleanupsolano you will find tips and solutions that you can incorporate into your life for sustainability that will not only make a difference during Earth week but your everyday life.

The Matt Garcia Foundation is looking forward to connecting with you again on April 24th, which will be when we do neighborhood clean-ups. Stay tuned with the Foundation to learn more.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

My Secret to Staying Focused Under Pressure | Russell Wilson


Athletes train their bodies to run faster, jump higher, throw farther -- so why don't they train their minds, too? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about the power of "neutral thinking," which helps him thrive under pressure (both on the field and off) -- and shows how you can use this mindset to make the right moves in your own life.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Character Education: Compassion


This video is focused on the virtue of compassion. This virtue means being aware of others’ needs and acting to help them.

Monday, April 5, 2021

If You're Different: BE DIFFERENT


"You can not... EVER... live the life of your dreams by settling for someone else’s idea of what you should be doing with your life."

Thursday, April 1, 2021

3 Secrets of Resilient People | Lucy Hone


Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may come head-on with fortitude and grace.

Monday, March 29, 2021

The PAL Career Cafe is Accepting Applications

The Fairfield PAL Career Cafe is taking applications the last student cohort!

Get your fresh blend of job skills—and earn a $1,200 stipend in only 80 hours!

The PAL Works! Career Café Program prepares local teens to build job skills and a career road map that will enable them to get a head start in the employment sector and career development. Teens selected for the program receive 60 hours of job exposure and 20 hours of strengths-based training. Fellows who successfully complete the program are eligible for a $1,200 stipend scholarship. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

For more information or to request an application, please call 422 6288 or email us at hsanderson@fairfield.ca.gov. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. This program is made possible with support from the Solano County Community Investment Fund.

The Fairfield PAL Program is open to Fairfield, Suisun, and Travis Students enrolled ages 13-18 who are enrolled in school. Memberships are FREE and can be applied for at the Fairfield Community Center by calling (707) 428-7435.

PAL uses traditional recreational programming to create an environment that draws young people to support the development of the social and emotional skills required to promote a positive self-identity and become productive and engaged members of our community. By offering teens programs they are interested in and choices, it becomes possible to slip in pro social skill building and development utilizing youth development practices and techniques.

For more information about these PAL activities, please call 707-422-6288 or visit the program’s webpage at www.fairfield.ca.gov/pal under the Quick Links or follow us in real time by visiting the program’s Facebook page at @Fairfieldpal1, Twitter at @pal-fairfield, and Instagram at ff_pal_center

Friday, March 26, 2021

Community Day Clean Up


Safety is our number one priority, so the Matt Garcia Foundation has cancelled February’s community day clean-up due to the widespread of COVID-19 in Solano County. Although we cannot meet this month, we encourage you to take time to individually clean-up your own neighborhoods. Stay safe by wearing a mask and disposable gloves while picking up trash. Please check the Matt Garcia Foundation website for any changes in future community clean-ups and other events.

To receive updated information on volunteering opportunities, sign up for our text alerts.

Text: 81010
Enter: @mgfv

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Helping Others Makes Us Happier -- But It Matters How We Do It


Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there's a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact -- and boost our own happiness along the way -- if we make one key shift in how we help others. "Let's stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure," Dunn says.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

3 Myths to Happiness | Brian Tracy


Just as the natural physical state is health and vitality, the natural emotional state is peace and happiness. Your feeling of inner happiness is there to tell you what you should be doing more or less of. Let's talk about the three major myths about happiness that each of us has to some degree.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

You Can Help Support The Matt Garcia Foundation Through AmazonSmile!

Click the logo above to start shopping!

You can help support The Matt Garcia Foundation by shopping through AmazonSmile.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Matt Garcia Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Rediscovering Hope Through Self-Forgiveness


Even as a high school football star, Billy fell into a dark tunnel. Within a 9-month period, Billy’s two most important people were killed and he felt responsible for both deaths. He found his light switch after 20 years of incarceration, which led him to rediscover hope through self-forgiveness.

"I see myself as caring, earnest, loyal and full of life. I want to bring happiness to a person’s day. If I notice someone isn’t happy or feeling well, I want to make him smile. I find joy and passion in team settings; I love to work with others. What got us where we’re at does not need to define us. I love sports and working out."

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

7 Things I Need To Tell You About Life


"Life is to be lived... lived before you die. Don’t waste a second of this precious gift You’re here for a reason, never stop asking WHY"

7 Things I Need To Tell You About Life:

1. Life is not meant to be so serious. Make time for fun, for joy, for play.
2. Circumstances will NEVER define you... unless YOU decide to let them.
3. If you don’t learn to control your mind, your mind will control you.
4. Make a PLAN... but go with the FLOW as well.
5. You’ll never be able to please everyone.
6. You won’t be happy if you’re being someone else trying to fit in with others - Be yourself and do it with pride!
7. Those who are stuck in their own misery will try and drag you into their dark hole. Don’t let anyone steal your joy.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Community Day Clean Up


Safety is our number one priority, so the Matt Garcia Foundation has cancelled February’s community day clean-up due to the widespread of COVID-19 in Solano County. Although we cannot meet this month, we encourage you to take time to individually clean-up your own neighborhoods. Stay safe by wearing a mask and disposable gloves while picking up trash. Please check the Matt Garcia Foundation website for any changes in future community clean-ups and other events.

To receive updated information on volunteering opportunities, sign up for our text alerts.

Text: 81010
Enter: @mgfv

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Why Compassion Matters | Dr Julian Abel


Compassion is more than just something that is a nice afterthought. It is measurably transformative in improving our well being and health outcomes. Each of us has an incredible compassionate potential.

Dr Julian Abel spent his clinical life as a palliative care specialist doctor. He has developed a special interest in compassionate communities, initially as part of supporting people undergoing experiences of death, dying, loss and care giving.

Over the last 4 years he has worked with Frome Medical Practice applying the compassionate community approach to healthcare in general, with some startling results. He is Director of Compassionate Communities UK, a charity which aims to share the lessons learnt in both palliative care and primary care more broadly.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Why Do We, Like, Hesitate When We, Um, Speak? - Lorenzo García-Amaya


Why do we fill pauses in speech with words like “um,” “uh,” and “like”? Dig into the hesitation phenomenon to find out their linguistic significance.

For as long as we’ve had language, some people have tried to control it. And some of the most frequent targets of this communication regulation are the ums, ers, and likes that pepper our conversations. These linguistic fillers occur roughly 2 to 3 times per minute in natural speech. So are ums and uhs just a habit we can’t break? Or is there more to them? Lorenzo García-Amaya investigates.

Lesson by Lorenzo García-Amaya, directed by Yael Reisfeld.

Friday, February 12, 2021

How Your Brain Responds to Stories -- and Why They're Crucial for Leaders | Karen Eber


How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Nelson Mandela and the Science of Forgiveness


After Nelson Mandela passed, the world lost not only an international icon of peace and reconciliation, but also someone with the unique ability to truly forgive. Casting aside his anger and resentment to those who held him imprisoned for 27 years, he went on to achieve greatness and influence the lives of millions of people. Trace looks at the science behind this power of forgiveness.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Brené Brown: The Secret to Having Compassion


The popular researcher explains what compassionate people have in common — and why it wasn't what she expected.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

5 Life Lessons That Will Make You Truly Rich (My Dad Taught Me This!)


My Father Taught Me These 5 Lessons That Will Make Anyone Truly Rich:

NUMBER1: WORK HARD BUT DO NOT PUT MONEY FIRST
NUMBER 2: GIVE WITHOUT EXPECTATION
NUMBER 3: BE PRESENT
NUMBER 4: LIVE WITH INTEGRITY
NUMBER 5: SMILE, LAUGH AND DO NOT TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Power of Habit: Small Changes That Make a Big Impact | Brian Tracy


Our habits exhibit an enormous amount of influence in our lives. Controlling your habits is a lot easier than you realize and making these small changes will make a big impact on your life. If you are looking to form a new habit, keep watching and follow these important 7 steps to help you get there.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Freedom of Forgiveness | Kenneth Goodrum


The Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards at Central State University advocates for forgiveness, if only for yourself.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President


Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won't always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don't always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

You Can Help Support The Matt Garcia Foundation Through AmazonSmile!

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

To Overcome Challenges, Stop Comparing Yourself to Others | Dean Furness


When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his "personal average" and getting better little by little.