Thank you to everyone who joined us at The Kindness Rocks Project Workshop in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May!
We were able to promote positivity through creating rocks with uplifting, powerful messages that were placed around our community. As a group we started conversations about mental health, with hope that these will continue more and more with our friends, families, and community members.
This was not just an event, but part of a movement toward ending the stigma around mental health. Thank you to our attendees for being part of this, as well as to NAMI Solano County and Yellow Heart Committee for helping us strengthen the conversation.
We are very excited to have our Podcast room finished! This would not have been possible without the kind folks who stepped forward with generous donations of time and supplies. A huge shout out, and sincere thanks, to Fairfield Floors To Go for donating the carpet, Monte Hoover of Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floor for donating the carpet padding, and Tung Chau for voluntarily installing the carpet and padding. Mike Garcia for painting the podcast room. Raymond Courtemanche for painting and installing soundproofing in the podcast room.
Stay tuned folks, our first official podcast event is coming soon!!
What? We will be inspecting, sorting, and packing donated products and produce for distribution in low-income neighborhoods.
When? Saturday, June 11th from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where? 2370 N. Watney Way in Fairfield
Signup is required to volunteer at the event. For more information and to sign up with our group, please email email@example.com before June 10th.
Drinking up to a recommend 8 glass of water daily can leave you with shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir.
Water Can Help Control Calories.
Dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
Food that have a high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.
Water Helps Energize Muscles.
Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.
It is important to drink water while you are doing exercise because when muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and your performance will suffer.
Water Helps your Skin and Hair Looking Good.
Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss
Hairdressers have been saying a cool-water rinse leaves hair glossier. The chilly temp constricts the cuticle layer of your hair so it lies flatter; making strands smoother and more reflective.
Water is an essential part of life and health.
Ensure you have clean, nourishing drinking water for yourself and your family is crucial to your well-being. But for many people, access to adequate quantities of safe drinking water is hard to come by. If you can afford it, home treatment options can make a huge difference, compared to drinking bottled water, home water treatment can save large amounts of money, while preventing extensive plastic pollution.
Depending on the quality and safety of your water source, and your budget, there are many factors to consider when determining the best water treatment option for you. UV systems can remove bacterial contamination. Carbon water treatment systems can remove chlorine and other basic contaminants. RO systems can remove a much wider array of contaminants. And for those who can afford it, adding hydrogen to your water may yield potentially significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela -
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
- Malcolm X -
The Fairfield PAL Teen Center will be reopening this summer and needs your advice! To prepare for the Grand Opening this summer they are doing a needs assessment for local teens and their families. Please take a few minutes to answer these questions and help them better serve Fairfield, Suisun, and Travis AFB teens and their families.
Scan the QR code or click, here.
We are about to take Matt’s Dream to the next level!
The Matt Garcia Foundation was donated office space from John and Sheila Costanzo, Stonefield Properties LLC. We will be using the office space for a podcast studio.
The Matt Garcia Foundation would like to thank Cliff Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Music and Sound in Downtown Fairfield, and Bill Way, City of Fairfield Public Information Officer, for taking time to meet with President Teresa Courtemanche, along with Vince and Sheila Webster in our new podcast room. Gordon and Bill were both kind enough to share some of their expertise on ways to make this a successful venture. We are very grateful for the exciting times ahead!
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.
- John F. Kennedy -
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt -
Rosa Parks' contributions to the Civil Rights Movement are undeniable. But nine months before she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white person in Montgomery, Alabama, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin did the same thing on the same bus system. But Colvin isn't widely recognized for her act. On March 2, 1955, the day she was arrested, she had been learning about Black history at her school.
Jessica Fleshman, Fairfield’s first female Battalion Chief!
Jessica Fleshman was recently promoted to the position of battalion chief. This is a GREAT moment in history because Jessica is not only the first female battalion chief in the history of the Fairfield Fire Department, but the entire County of Solano. Becoming a professional firefighter is a big accomplishment but, persevering through a career and receiving a promotion to the rank of battalion chief is even more challenging.
Jessica is also no stranger to the City of Fairfield. She was raised here, attending Fairview Elementary School, Sullivan Middle School and Fairfield High School (graduating class of 1994). After graduating from High School, she became a volunteer firefighter with Fairfield until 1997 when She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an ordinance technician. She served four years in the Marines. Jessica was eventually hired full time with the Fairfield Fire Department as a firefighter-paramedic in 2005. While working for the Fairfield Fire Department she achieved numerous accomplishments. Just to name a few; she was a member of the department’s first-honor guard, manages the critical incident stress team and chaplain program, and serves as an instructor and mentor at the Fairfield Public Safety Academy and Solano College. She’s also the handler for the fire department service and therapy dog, a cute Labrador named “Gunner”. It’s also worth noting that Jessica was the first ever female fire captain for the Fairfield Fire Department prior to being promoted to battalion chief.
Her formal education includes an Associate Degree in fire technology and a bachelor’s degree in human resources. She received her paramedic training from the Northern California Training Institute in 2004. She is married with 5 children and lives in Vacaville. Her Husband, Chris is currently a fire captain with Fairfield Fire. While in High School and College, Jessica played on numerous organized sports teams, including softball, soccer, water polo and basketball. She was a proud member of the Solano College Falcons Women’s basketball team. Somehow Jessica also found time to enjoy her love of music as a member of the Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade Drum line. Her musical talents include playing the trombone, piano and bass guitar.
Jessica’s job as battalion chief currently includes managing the fire department training program, supervising fire captains and working as incident commander on large scale incidents. This is a proud moment for the City of Fairfield and the Matt Garcia Foundation in our efforts to Keep Matt’s Dream Alive by making Fairfield a better place for everyone, regardless of race and gender. Congratulations Jessica, we are extremely proud and thankful for your service to our wonderful City!
Plastics – Recycle plastic containers # 1 through # 7.
Metal Cans – Recycle all food and beverage metal cans, steel, tin, bi-metal and aluminum.
Don’t recycle – throw away: any metal with food particles attached and metal caps from bottles.
Cardboard & Paper – Recycle envelopes, office paper, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, catalogs, paperback books, phone books, brochures, greeting cards and file folders.
Don’t recycle - throw away: used paper towels, used napkins, used pizza boxes and used paper plates
Glass – Recycle clear glass and colored.
Don’t recycle - throw away: plastic or metal caps, mirrors, windows, light bulbs, pyrex and ceramics.
Ensure items are empty, clean and dry.
Every day about 8 people in the United States are killed in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
In the U.S. in 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
About 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2018 were not in vehicles―they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle.
Read more, here.
Consider activating the "do not disturb" setting on your phone to automatically engage when you are driving. Your life, or the life of someone else is worth the wait.
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
- Harvey MacKay
Personal Safety—Be Prepared
By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself and also discourage those who commit crimes.
While Waiting for a Bus
On Board Buses
Finally, if a crime does occur...REPORT IT! Everyone should consider it his or her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals develop favorite areas for committing crime, as well as predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur, and your report may help prevent a crime from reoccurring. In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial. The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.
**At least half of the crimes in the Unites States go unreported, either because people don't think the police can do anything about it, or because people don't want to get involved. If you don't report a crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.**
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THANK YOU to John and Sheila Costanzo, Stonefield Properties LLC for donating an office space to The Matt Garcia Foundation.
Matt talked a lot about our beautiful city of Fairfield being such a great place to live. He emphasized the uniqueness of Fairfield's proximity being located halfway between San Francisco and halfway between Sacramento.
Matt loved downtown Fairfield and always saw its potential.
Now, thank you to the Costanzo's, we have an office at 719 Texas Street, Ste. C in beautiful downtown Fairfield. We are looking forward to collaborating with Fairfield to help bring more amazing events to our community and our downtown.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. PBL contrasts with paper-based, rote memorization, or teacher-led instruction that presents established facts or portrays a smooth path to knowledge by instead posing questions, problems or scenarios. Read more about PBL.
Visit our website to see how you can get involved with The Matt Garcia Foundation.
Does PBL intrigue you? Check out the Matt Garcia Career & College Academy to learn more about their program and whether its right for you.
Matt Garcia Career and College Academy is named after Matt Garcia; a well-respected Fairfield City Council member, who was tragically murdered in 2008. Matt was a product of the FSUSD schools. He was a visible presence, and powerful role model for many of Fairfield and Suisun’s school age students. The school opened on October 18, 2010 and draws students from throughout the Fairfield and Suisun areas. Matt Garcia Career & College Academy (MGCCA) is a small school of choice, with a family environment, focused on social service and college and community partnerships. This is a 6th through 8th grade program with an emphasis on Project-Based Learning and course offerings, such as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). MGCCA focuses on preparing all students for both college and career. With a student body of approximately 200 diverse students, classes in all grades remain smaller than the district average in order to meet the needs of all students and to know every student by name and by need. The mission of MGCCA reads, "As a family of supportive staff, we provide rigorous curriculum, student-centered learning environments, and relevant project-driven curriculum". Additionally, MGCCA is home to the Matt Garcia Foundation, a local non-profit organization focused on providing opportunities for at-risk students and their families.
Find more information regarding the school, here.
Get involved with us, The Matt Garcia Foundation, here.
Don't forget, we hope to see you all soon for our Community Day Clean Up.
The Matt Garcia Foundation will provide gloves, grabbers and buckets for collecting the trash. For more information visit our website, here.
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.
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Volunteering is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labour for community service. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster. Nowadays, one common type of volunteer is volunteer tourism.
Read more about its history, here.
There are multiple ways to support us here at the Matt Garcia Foundation one of which is to donate. We appreciate cash donations in any amount. You can use your PayPal or any credit card to make a one-time donation or a recurring donation throughout the year.
You can read more on our website.
We appreciate you all and the support shown to Keep the Dream Alive.
Matt Garcia was a man with a vision. He was the youngest city councilman elected in the state of California in November 2007. Matt was a great young leader and an inspiration to all who knew him. Matt was only 22 years old… but, he lived more in those short years than many adults can even imagine. He led by inspiration, with integrity and ambition.
Matt’s dream involved supporting the youth and creating places for them to go and things for them to do; Changing a culture of violence and crime in the city through youth involvement. By uniting a community all people will have a sense of belonging and responsibility to the city of Fairfield. Matt’s life was cut short, but his legacy, work, and heart live on.
The Matt Garcia Foundation was established to carry out Matt’s dream. We are dedicated to the work and efforts that Matt started and hope that we can inspire others to be the change in this world we live in, just as Matt inspired us.
A commitment to changing a culture of violence and crime in Solano County.
Together we can continue Matt’s efforts and make his dream our reality.
The Matt Garcia Foundation “Dream Team" pledges to live Matt’s legacy.
See more at https://mattgarciafoundation.org/