by Photo courtesy of Mayor Mary Casillas Salas

Chula Vista City Council designated Aug. 9 as Emo Brown Foundation Day to honor the nonprofit organization committed to helping the South Bay’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents.  

The proclamation urges all Chula Vista residents to follow the Emo Brown Foundation’s motto and continue “doing good in our hood”. Steve Garcia, a local business owner founded the non-profit organization in August 2021 to promote awareness of issues and utilizes its network of members hailing from small businesses, educational, cultural, and social sectors to host a variety of events to help neighbors in need. 

The nonprofit organization provides mentorship and scholarships through its Community Investment Program, a quarterly beautification project. In the past year, the Emo Brown Foundation was able to fund a shortfall so Montgomery Elementary School students could attend a camp. The organization also sponsored and purchased uniforms for Southwest Middle School's baseball team. 

The Emo Brown Foundation also provided financial assistance to two soccer camps at Sweetwater High School, and fund a school visit to Brown University for a student who received a full-ride scholarship. 

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas affectionately called Garcia her “friend and neighbor”, and acknowledged seeing his organization’s work in action. 

“A couple of weeks ago in my neighborhood, I saw two separate dads with their teenage kids, cleaning the neighborhood, and I thought to myself, ‘isn't that amazing that you can get dads and teenagers together to do good for the hood?’,” Salas said. “You do so many remarkable things for our community, and I appreciate it. I just wish we had other hipsters just as cool as you.”

In accepting the proclamation presented by Council member Jill Galvez, Garcia said the organization is only getting started. 

“It's a privilege and an honor to represent our city in the highest light,” Garcia said. “​​I challenge everyone on the board to join what we are doing. Ms. Galvez is already a loyal member, so let's go.”

In a social media post., the Emo Brown Foundation wrote: “Absolutely honored and humbled by this great recognition from the great city of Chula Vista. Thankful to everyone who has supported us since our inception”. 

To learn more about the Emo Brown Foundation, visit

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