August 2022


September 1, 2008

THE DAY that our lives changed forever; I’m reminded STILL of the love and gratitude that I have in my heart. MATT, knew he had much more work to do in order to meet his own goals for his life. The memory of his first MYSPACE blog pops up every year. He also knew about “GODS” will. I know it wasn’t God’s will that he was murdered; SICK people did that! But I do know that “GOD” wants me to keep moving forward in a positive way regardless of what SICK PEOPLE DID to Matthew, our family, his friends, and our community!

It’s beautiful to see so many amazing things happening, STILL My heart smiles at every event, clean-up, and interaction that I get to be a part of; All because of Matt. Thank you God for letting me see the good even in the most horrific and difficult times. Thank you for the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the words to speak! Thank you for guiding my thoughts, my feelings, and my perceptions. Thank you for reminding me that these bodies are just a suit of clothes that we wear; our spirits live forever.

12th Annual Matt Garcia Foundation
Charity Golf Tournament

Hello Golfers & Sponsors,

Don't forget to register for this year's Matt Garcia Foundation's Annual Charity Golf Tournament! We will have some additional fun "golf activities" and new course; HIddenbrooke Golf Club! Hiddenbrooke offers our golfer's a shuttle prior to the tournament start, to their driving range. There's also a putting green! We hope to see each of you again this year and tell all of your golf buddies as well! Here's a link to our online registration:

CLICK HERE to Register Online

Contact us,, to find about some new "sponsorship opportunities! Be a partner with us in keeping Matt's legacy going...a legacy of strong and empowered youth and supporting the community!

We Need Your Help to Make a Difference

The Matt Garcia Foundation has been donated office space in Downtown Fairfield, thanks to John and Sheila Costanzo of Stonefield Properties LLC. The office space will be used as a podcast studio. We are looking for volunteers interested in interviewing people, suggesting discussion topics and providing audio editing services.

Our goal is to make this space a safe and open place for our youth to show up and talk about current or past subjects of interest to them. We know these are crazy times. Often, just having honest discussions with others in similar circumstances can provide much needed comfort and healing, especially knowing that we are not alone.

If you are interested in helping with our podcast, feel free to contact Teresa Courtemanche ( or Sheila Webster ( We would love to hear from you.

Let's all work together to keep Matt Garcia's Dream Alive.

CPR and Bleeding Control Class

On August 20th, The Matt Garcia Foundation hosted a CPR and Bleeding Control class in collaboration with the Fairfield Fire Department. Techniques were taught by Fairfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Robb Herrick and former Fire Chief Vince Webster. A full class of individuals gained knowledge, skills, and above all, the potential to save a life. Of those individuals, Amon Morris attended the class to receive certification needed for a job. He shared, “I found the class informational and up-to-date. It felt more informative than a past CPR class I attended. I now feel more confident in helping someone if I needed to.”

Thank you to the Fairfield Fire Department, our instructors, and attendees for further helping us build safety in our community.

The Matt Garcia Foundation

'Community Service Day Cleanup'

Last Saturday of Every Month

When: Saturday, September 24, 2022

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

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

Speeding Wrecks Lives

If it seems as if there are more cases of rude and outrageous behavior on the road now than in the past, the observation is correct. Speeding behavior and aggressive driving may not only affect the driver, it can also affect other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.  Please remember to drive safely. It’s better to arrive late than never. For more important reminders on safe driving, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration @ 

City of Fairfield's Parks & Recreation is Hiring

They are looking for:

-Recreation Specialists

-Facility Attendants

-Preschool Instructors 

-Program Specialists Swim Instructors and Lifeguards

Apply Today @

Breakfast in a Mug

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Some Inspiring Words

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who

mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” 

Dr. Seuss

“People Will forget what you said, people Will forget what you did,

but people Will Never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou

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-Matt Garcia
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