Saturday, February 24, 2024

REAL TALK FAIRFIELD CAL EP 1


Welcome to the Real Talk Podcast located in the Matt Garcia Foundation Podcast Room! We are here to talk Family, Community, and Generational Wealth! REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES, REAL SOLUTIONS!! Come be apart of our community! 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Volunteer Clean Up, SEE YOU SATURDAY!


When: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Matt Garcia Foundation Office, 717 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533

The Matt Garcia Foundation will provide gloves, garbage pickers and buckets for collecting the trash.

Students can earn community service hours. Lunch provided after the cleanup.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Real Talk Podcast


I was asked to write why REAL TALK PODCAST is important for Fairfield California!

“It's time for a new thing, why should we follow a path-when we're called to make a Trail!”

First I will give you the Five Pillars that are important to me: why a podcast?

  1. I believe that it will build a podcast community that will provide a supportive environment for like-minded people.
  2. The podcast community provides space to learn and share our own knowledge with others and gain wisdom from each other, building a trust that what each other has to say is important.
  3. We can make great friends and collaborate together to build a better Fairfield just by putting our resources together.
  4. Belonging to a podcast Community can help you feel less alone. And our ministry is, “We are Never Alone, an Intervention & Prevention Program.
  5. A podcast Community unlocks fantastic Network opportunities. We must realize that our next generation is looking for foundational truth, not just words from our mouth.

That's why, when problems are brought up, we want to find a solution for them that is biblically sound, and not just a “he says-she says” approach. I believe that our creator has put purpose in each one of us and he knows what's best for his creation. So this Podcast will bring us the opportunity to come together, so we can achieve incredible things. To me the greatest threat to being all you could be, is satisfaction with who you are. Also what you can do is always endangered by what you have done.

Tragically, when I look out and see all the individuals who are buried with their talents, gifts and abilities in the cemetery of their last accomplishment. Many have settled for less than their best. I believe that the enemy of the best is good, and the strength of good is the norm. The power of the norm is the curse of our society. It seems like the world is designed to make the norm comfortable and the average respectable. I believe this is a tragedy that can be exposed by the truth! That I am somebody, and God has put a treasure inside of me that needs to be found!

So with this podcast, I pray that we will be able to help people find their purpose, ignite their passion and reach their potential of what the creator has put inside of them! This way, we build relationships! It's time for a new thing, why should we follow a path-when we're called to make a Trail! This is how we lead & leave our children with this generational health and wealth wisdom! 

Much love, Dre'4CHRIST, a resident in Fairfield for 63 years and CO-Founder of “We are Never Alone, an Intervention & Prevention Program established with my Bride Annette Davis.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Friday, February 9, 2024

FREE Bike Repair


Join Bay Area Bike Mobile at the Fairfield PAL Teen Center and get your bicycle repaired on Thursday, February 15th from 3:30 to 5:30pm

The Bike Mobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn-out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. While the mechanics work on your bike they’ll explain how to keep your bike running smooth and share safety and maintenance tips!
 
Space is limited and this is a first come, first serve event. Space is limited to 20 bikes. Please call 707-330-8757 to sign up or for more information. 
 
Bike Mobile is a free, mobile, hands-on repair clinic and open to local students ages 18 and under.
  • First come, first served. Space is limited.
  • Bike Repair & Education.
  • We can fix most broken parts: flat tires, brakes, shifters.
Funding for this program was provided by grant funds from the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Traffic Safety Administration.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Pelaton Cycle Club


Jacob Hirsch and the Fairfield Peloton Club teamed up to raise money for The Matt Garcia Foundation. Jacob works at Chevron in Richmond, CA. and they matched dollar for dollar!

Wow!!!!! Thank you so much! 

On behalf of The Matt Garcia Foundation, I want to express our sincerest gratitude for your incredibly generous donation. We are grateful that you and the Peloton Cycle Club chose The Matt Garcia Foundation to receive this extremely generous donation totaling $1,420.00.

Your support means the world to us. Your contribution and Chevron matching the funds your Peloton Cycle club raised will make a significant impact on our efforts, by supporting our youth, helping to create a culture of non-violence, which ultimately strengthens our community. 

With your support, we can continue to make a positive difference in our community and beyond.

Once again, thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Sincerely,
Teresa Courtemanche

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

February is National Black History Month


February marks Black History Month, a tradition that got its start in the Jim Crow era and was officially recognized in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebrations. It aims to honor the contributions that African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices.
 
Three simple ways to celebrate Black History Month and honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy:
 
Make a Commitment to Stand up to Hate!
Dr. King’s life was dedicated to the rights and dignity of all people. His courageous stand against bigotry was an inspiration to all of us. As hate and intolerance rise once again, honor the civil rights leader by making your own stand to stop hate. 

Learn something new (know then grow!)
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Serve Your Community
Serving with the Matt Garcia Foundation is a perfect way to Honor Dr. King’s legacy!

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Shop With a Hero


A huge THANK YOU to Fairfield Target for making this amazing morning possible. The Matt Garcia Foundation received a $2,500 Heroes to Helpers Grant. A total of 25 students were selected from the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy. Each student received a $100 Target gift card and was partnered with a Fairfield police officer or Fairfield Fire Department officer to shop at Target for anything they wanted. We’re so grateful to everyone involved who helped create this magical morning for these students.

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Start with WHY in ALL Your Conversations


Whether you're on a date or on a sales call, you want to be chosen over someone else. Simon explains how starting with WHY can help.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Community Clean Up Saturday, January 27th.


When: Saturday, January, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Matt Garcia Foundation Office, 717 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533

The Matt Garcia Foundation will provide gloves, garbage pickers and buckets for collecting the trash.

Students can earn community service hours. Lunch provided after the cleanup.

For more information www.FFINEST.org

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Welcome New Advisory Board Member


Roxanna Torres-Guerrero

My full name is Roxanna Torres-Guerrero, born and raised in Austin, Texas. I consider myself part of the 200%, that means 100% Mexican, and 100% American. I've worked in the Texas education system and the non-profit sector since 2017. 

Living in California has been a new experience. I have focused on learning what it takes to have a business in the service industry. My dream is to have a business of my own. In the meantime, The Matt Garcia Foundation allows me to have a purpose. The foundation selflessly does for their community, and that aligns with my passion to help others. By focusing on the youth early on and building relationships that instill trust, they can trust us when we say they are capable of their dreams.

Warmly, 
Roxanna

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Friday, January 19, 2024

The best thing to do for your brain | David Eagleman on The TED Interview


David Eagleman is a neuroscientist who decodes the web of neurons and electricity that make our minds tick–and make us human. In this episode of The TED Interview podcast, Eagleman shares tips on how to be a good steward to your brain so that you can build mental resilience. Listen to the rest of the episode where Eagleman explains the mysteries of the brain, considers consciousness, and what it means to be human.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Downtown Fairfield Tree Lighting


Thank you to those who came out and volunteered with The Matt Garcia Foundation during the Downtown Fairfield Tree Lightning event in December. It was a wonderful night to see all the families come out and enjoy themselves. We couldn’t have done it without your help. We were able to bring smiles to all the families that came to our booth for hot chocolate, cotton candy and popcorn. It was also nice having the Photo Booth and rock painting in our downtown office. 2024 is going to be another successful year as we continue working together to improve Fairfield and support our youth.  

“There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world.”
- Carlos Santana

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

A HUGE THANK YOU!


We want to give a huge THANK YOU to the @fairfieldsuisunchamber for choosing The Matt Garcia Foundation to receive the funds raised during the cake auction at this years annual Chamber holiday mixer.

The dessert auction raised an amazing $6050.00!!!

We are honored and so excited.  We look forward to an incredible 2024!

Thank you and Happy New Year,

Teresa Courtemanche, President
The Matt Garcia Foundation

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Is it normal to talk to yourself?


Dig into the psychological benefits of positive self-talk, and find out when it can become problematic.

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Being caught talking to yourself can feel embarrassing, and some people even stigmatize this behavior as a sign of mental instability. But decades of research show that talking to yourself is completely normal; most if not all of us engage in some form of self-talk every day. So why do we talk to ourselves? And does what we say matter? Dig into the psychological benefits of positive self-talk.

Directed by Avi Ofer.

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