January, 2021
Happy New Year!
On behalf of everyone at The Matt Garcia Foundation -
We hope you and your family are doing well! 
Volunteers of 2020
Jean, Jaye, Melanie, Bobby and Courtney
The Hamilton family has volunteered with the The Matt Garcia Foundation for over 10 years. They are moving out of the state and no longer volunteering with the Foundation. They will be greatly missed. We could count on them every last Saturday of each month to join us for our monthly cleanups. The Foundation couldn’t do what we do without families like the Hamilton’s.

Hamilton Family Thank You for your Service, Leadership, and Love to The Matt Garcia Foundation and to our community.

Read more about what people in the community are saying.
7-7-7 Plan
Our own Bro. Raymond Courtemanche, inspired by the story of the “Iron Cowboy” who completed 50 Ironman races over 50 consecutive days, is completing an amazing milestone here in Solano County. In his efforts to raise awareness for the ongoing need to help stop youth houselessness and human trafficking, he is running seven half-marathons, over seven days (December 25th - New Year’s Eve), in seven different cities in Solano County. He calls it his “7-7-7 plan”.   
Bro. Ray spent time during his teenage years living on the streets of Fairfield. He is the right Man for the job of raising awareness, primarily because of his dedication to spreading God’s love, and his ongoing work to make our communities a safer place to live and grow. He feels as though he’s paying forward the love and support to others in need because he says in came into my life and gave me guidance and direction”.  
Let’s all show our support for Bro. Ray’s ambitious plan and help fulfill Matt Garcia’s legacy. Each of us can help by committing to doing something within our own abilities to raise awareness and money for this very worthwhile cause.

For more information visit http://www.ffinest.org/community
The Matt Garcia Foundation
Monthly Community Cleanup
January 30, 2021 @ 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.
  • 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 provide gloves, grabbers and buckets for collecting the trash.

For more information visit www.FFINEST.org
How to properly recycle holiday decorations
Now that the holiday season is wrapping up, you’ve likely found yourself surrounded by seasonal décor that you no longer want. In fact, Americans generate a lot of holiday waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (about 1,000 pounds per household!), including an accumulation of Christmas trees, ornaments, string lights, tinsel, and more. Did you know that there are approximately 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold annually in the United States? 

While many of these items are designed to withstand years of use, some of your decorations may be looking a little worse for wear. So, if you’re disposing of old or broken holiday decorations, make sure you know what to throw.
See below for a handy guide to disposing of holiday decorations:

Real Christmas Trees: As long as tinsel, ornaments, and lights are removed first, your real Christmas tree doesn’t have to go to the landfill, but it does require special care to be turned into mulch or compost.

Check RepublicServices.com for more information about Christmas tree pickups or drop-off locations.

Artificial Christmas Trees: The main benefit of an artificial tree is that it lasts for many years and is a mess-free alternative to a real tree. However, if your tree is on its last legs, don’t throw it in the recycling bin! We recommend donating it or repurposing it into a DIY wreath or decorative arrangement first. Artificial trees are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is not recyclable.

Holiday Lights: String lights should never be recycled. They can spool around the equipment at recycling facilities and cause a lot of damage. If you can’t reuse them next year, it’s better to throw them out.

Tinsel & Ornaments: Tinsel and ornaments are not recyclable either. If you can’t donate or repurpose them, toss them in the garbage.

For more advice on executing a sustainable holiday season, learn more at RecyclingSimplified.com.
Some Inspiring Words...
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”
-Vern McLellan

“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?”
-Michelle Obama
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
P.O. Box 3301
Fairfield, CA 94533

DIRECT: 707.372.4160
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