March, 2020
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Celebrating Women’s History Month
Photo: Tara Dacus in the middle
Book sale benefits local youth scholarships

Long time Fairfield resident, business owner, and active youth mentor Tara Dacus recently wrote a great and inspiring novel titled “Consequences, A novel of Unlikely American Heroes”. As a local Rotary Club member, she proudly shares the same vision as The Matt Garcia Foundation. Tara was also very instrumental in developing an ongoing partnership between the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Foundation and the Fairfield Police Activities League. “I’m very thankful for the Matt Garcia Foundation because we share the same passion for helping our youth develop great character and success. The money from the book sales will be used for programs like PAL’s Rotary Success Scholarships”. The book can be purchased at Barnes & Noble. 
In Memory of Tori Ridosh
2011 Educator of The Year

Tori Ridosh was a teacher serving at the FSUSD. Tori taught 6th grade at PSA since its opening in 2012 until her passing in 2017. She was resilient at what she did. Tori continuously impacted her students by supporting and guiding their lives in order for them to be the best version of themselves. To honor her memory and continue her mission of education, PSA and Tori's family have established a memorial scholarship fund in her name to be awarded annually to two deserving PSA cadet graduates.

To donate visit: https://psaspecialopss.wixsite.com/psaspecialopss
AAUW Benicia – Vallejo Branch
2020 Hope & Fears
For Women in Solano County
Photo: Sakina Ali with FFINEST Members
Sakina Ali was a featured guest speaker at the Hopes and Fears for Women in Solano County conference on March 7th at the John F. Kennedy Public Library in Vallejo. She gave an outstanding and thought provoking speech on violence against women and girls. The conference was sponsored by the
American Association of University Women.
Leap Day Clean Up
Another successful community cleanup. February’s cleanup was bring a friend. We had over 50 volunteers come out clean up downtown Fairfield.
Leap Day Cleanup Volunteers
Coast Guard members with their family
Be the Change Club
Volunteers picked up a truck load of trash
Volunteer Opportunities
*Students can earn community service hours*
The Matt Garcia Foundation Monthly Community Day Clean-up  
March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
Join us in cleaning up downtown Fairfield.
Meet across the street from Starbucks (700 Texas Street, Fairfield).
Gloves, buckets and trash retrieval tools will be provided.
Lunch is provided after the clean up.
For more information visit www.FFINEST.org
To receive information on our volunteer opportunities:

Through text-message
Enter this number: 81010
Enter this message: @mgfv

Through Email
Send an email to mgfv@mail.remind.com
Recycling - Republic Services
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.
Avoid Scams
Avoid internet, phone & mail scams. Remember, if you receive an offer that looks too good to be true, it’s probably a fake. For more info on how to spot, avoid and report recent scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission at consumer.ftc.gov
Some inspiring words...
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"Failure is impossible."
- Susan B. Anthony

"Each person must live their life as a model for others."
- Rosa Parks
Did you know?
You can support your local small business without spending a cent?

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Everyday we learn something new. Take life as a test and shoot for a better score each day… It doesn’t have to be an “A” the next day,
but let’s hope it improves.
-Matt Garcia
MATT GARCIA FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 3301
Fairfield, CA 94533

DIRECT: 707.372.4160
EMAIL:  info@ffinest.org
Keep the Dream Alive
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