Roadside Clean up on Sat., Sept. 27th, 10 – noon!

September 7th, 2022
Clean Up in the Name of the DWCNV!

Saturday, Sept 17th from 10AM – Noon

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As many of you know, the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) has adopted Clifton Road as a project through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s “Adopt-a-Highway” program. We clean up the road in the fall and in the spring, and the Department of Transportation picks up the trash bags we fill and gives us the honorary sign you see at the intersection of Clifton Road and Main Street.


This ongoing relationship has served us well since we have gotten many good comments from people who have seen our sign, and we help to keep our community beautiful at the same time. We need your help to keep this tradition going, and we will clean up on Saturday, September 17th (10am – noon). We will meet on the road going up to Clifton Elementary School.


We look forward to meeting many new members, and we provide the bags and the bright, shiny vests; all you need is a good pair of gloves. We are happy to sign approvals for middle school/high school “service hours”, and feel free to bring a friend or two with you!

DWCNV Members Are Social!

July 28th, 2022

Last night DWCNV members met for dinner at Red’s Table in Reston!  Those there enjoyed a great meal, lively conversations, and were happy to meet in person.

We hope to be meeting again in person (and virtually – hybrid)  sometime in September…more reasons for you to become a DWCNV member!


July 26th, 2022
The DWCNV continues to send members important emails with information about Campaigns and Elections work and Political Action Alerts.

Both let you know how to help support Dems and issues of which you should be aware of and how to take action.

If you are a Democratic woman, living in No. VA, we welcome you to join our organization!

To find out more about us and what we do, check out the About Us and Join Us headings on this website.

Celebrating our 17th Anniversary on Sun., Feb. 20th

February 15th, 2022
UPDATE 2/2/22:  We had a wonderful meeting celebrating our 17th Anniversary.  Our guest speakers were inspirational and we remind you to donate to the parenting program (PIO) in honor of our 17th in support of residents of Guest House. Details on how to do that are below.


All members are invited to attend as we toast our organization and all the good work we have accomplished in those years. Continuing our tradition of building social relationships among our members, it will be nice to gather together at 5:00 – 6:30 P.M., even if it is only virtually for now. Information on how to sign up to receive Zoom log-in information  has been sent to members.  Contact us if you haven’t received that at

Along with celebrating our longevity, we as a women’s group also acknowledge the importance of women helping women. Wanting to continue and expand that mission, we’ve invited a wonderful organization, Friends of Guest House (FGH), to celebrate with us.

Executive Director of FGH and longtime DWCNV member, Kari Galloway, will speak to us on the 20th and describe their programs to help formerly incarcerated women in Virginia transition back into the community. Their good work includes providing housing, counseling, a workforce and life development program, mentoring, aftercare and outreach programs, and other essential services. Also, several former and current residents of Guest House will share their personal stories and tell how Guest House has made a difference in their lives. We have had FGH residents speak to us twice before–once at a meeting and again at another anniversary celebration long ago. We feel such strong support for what they do that we have asked them to come back. This is truly a meeting that you will not want to miss!

In honor of the 17th Anniversary of the DWCNV, we ask you, if you are able, to donate $17, any increment of $17, or any other amount to help FGH with their work. The funds we raise will support the Parenting Inside Out program (PIO) of FGH.

Kari Galloway describes this program as an experiential, evidence-based, parenting skills training class designed specifically for the unique population it serves at FGH. Family reunification has been found to be one of the most influential factors in preventing female recidivism. In two 12-hour classes, PIO addresses communication, problem-solving, emotional regulation, non-violent discipline, positive reinforcement, and how to use structure, routine, rules, rewards, and consequences for child guidance.   With our funding assistance, the FGH hopes to train two additional co-facilitators to make the classes ongoing rather than offering PIO instruction only two to three times per year.

Please be generous in your support of this worthwhile program. You can donate electronically, starting now, by going to: Donate to Friends of Guest House. In the note line, please add DWCNV. You may also mail a check made out to Friends of Guest House to 1 East Luray Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 and write Attn: Kari Galloway, Exec. Director, on the envelope and DWCNV on the memo line of your check.

We hope you will join us as we lift a glass and toast one another and 17 great years together!

DWCNV Steering Committee

Thank You!

January 25th, 2022

Thanks to all members who donated to our two Holiday Projects!

Your very much appreciated Holiday Projects grocery store gift cards and checks were delivered to Britepaths recently for distribution in January and February. This hard working organization and their excellent programs and staff support local needy families! For more info:
Pictured (L to R) Mila Cobos, Programs Manager; Jane Barker, DWCNV Co-Chair; Chris Garris, Programs Director


Time to be Thankful and Give Back!

November 16th, 2021

Annual Holiday Giving Meeting

November 9th, 2021

Members and Subscribers,

Our next meeting will be held virtually on Sunday, Nov. 14th, 5-7 p.m. and we will be hosting our Annual Holiday Giving Program. We will hear from leaders of the two organizations we urge you to support at this time of the year – Fairfax County Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue and Britepaths – on what they do, why, and what the needs are.

The Firefighters host a huge toy and coat drive for needy kids all over No. VA mostly through the schools. Britepaths collects grocery store gift cards of any amount for needy families and gives them out in January and February, after the holidays, when the need is the greatest.

How To Donate

You may donate to each organization by snail mailing a check made out to these organizations, or by mailing grocery store gift cards for Britepaths to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. Store gift cards to stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc. will be given to older children to pick out their own gifts – you can mail those too us too. Toys will be given to pre-school and elementary aged school children and may be dropped off at two Clifton locations, mailed directly to us, or we can arrange for pick up. Write to us for addresses. Money from your checks are used by the Firefighters to purchase warm winter coats for the children. Deadline to donate to the Firefighters is Dec. 6th and for Britepaths, Dec. 31st.

You do not have to be a member to donate to these two worthy organizations. All you need is a generous spirit! Email us and we will send you more information: Members and subscribers of the DWCNV, you should have received emails about this with details, but happy to resend so just let us know!

We will also be discussing the election and hearing from some members of the General Assembly and community members on upcoming 2022 legislation and how you may advocate.

To register for this Zoom meeting contact us at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual meeting as we have done in the past.

Covid’s effects are still being felt by many families around here, so if you are able, please be generous.

We thank you in advance for giving! You make the world a better place!

We hope to “see” you on November 14th.
The DWCNV Steering Committee 

DWCNV General Meeting – October 9, 4-6 p.m.

October 4th, 2021

We are hosting an important virtual meeting this Saturday, Oct. 9th from 4-6 p.m.  The topic will be the November Election.  We will hear from our Democratic nominees, discuss how, when and where to vote, registering to vote, participating at Clifton Day, and various ways that you can help our nominees win.

Contact us at to sign up to attend this virtual meeting.

October 3rd, 2021


At the Virginia Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal: you can:
  1. Register to vote
  2. Update your registration if you have moved or changed your name
  3. Find your local polling place for the November 2 election
 The deadline to register is October 12 but don’t wait until the last minute.
For general information on important voting dates in Fairfax County see:

Every early voting location will also have a secured ballot drop-box for completed absentee ballots, and will have curbside voting as an option for those who need that service.

If you have received your absentee ballot but want to vote early in-person instead, you can take your absentee ballot to any early voting location or your polling place on November 2 and surrender it to an election official who will then give you a ballot you can cast at that location. You can use any early voting location. All 16 early voting sites will be open from October 21 to October 30. The list of early voting locations can be found at:

Important Information for Virginia Voters

Virginia has a very important election this Fall.

New laws make it easier than ever to cast your ballot.

If you are not yet registered to vote in Virginia, or you have moved to a new address since the last election, go to to register or update your address.You do NOT need to be a Fairfax County resident to use this site. You will be linked to the official state voter portal. The voter registration deadline is October 12.

You have three ways to cast your ballot:
  • Early voting in person (recommended method) starts September 17
  • On Election Day in person (November 2)
  • By mail-in ballot (absentee ballot requests can be sent now)

Voting early in-person is the best way to be sure your ballot will be counted.

New laws make this option the most convenient way to vote. Visit any early voting location (see the addresses and dates for each location below).

You no longer need to provide a reason to vote early. Everybody is eligible. If you requested a mail-in ballot but later decide to vote early in-person, just bring your mail-in ballot with you to the early voting location.

To vote by mail, 

1) you must request an absentee ballot,
2) complete and sign your ballot and have someone sign as a witness,
3) return your ballot by mail (no later than October 27) or use a secured drop box at one of the early voting locations.

To vote on Election Day,

go to your local precinct location. You can find the location of your local precinct by going to

Early voting locations for Fairfax County (more details at )
Starting on September 17th you may vote early at these 3 locations in Fairfax County:
  • Fairfax County Govt Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, (Conference rooms 2/3)
  • Mt. Vernon Governmental Center 2511 Parkers Ln, Alexandria 22306
  • North County Governmental Center 1801 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston 20190
From October 21 to October 30, these 13 early voting locations will be available.
  • Burke Centre Library 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke
  • Centreville Regional Library 14200 St. Germain Dr, Centreville
  • Franconia Governmental Center 6121 Franconia Rd, Alexandria
  • Gerry Hyland Government Center 8350 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria
  • Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
  • Herndon Fortnightly Library 768 Center St, Herndon
  • Mason Governmental Center 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • McLean Governmental Center 1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean
  • Providence Community Center 3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax
  • Sully Governmental Center 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly
  • Thomas Jefferson Library 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church
  • Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
  • West Springfield Governmental Center 6140 Rolling Rd, Springfield
Hours of operation:
  • Weekdays: Fairfax County Govt Center 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All other locations 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday (October 24th only) All locations 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Websites for election offices in Northern Virginia (shows addresses and hours for early voting locations)
For updates to voting-related information, visit

Why this election is important.

  • Your state officials and legislature have the power to adopt important laws and regulations that affect your health, your financial situation, your safety and your rights as a citizen.
  • Over the past two years, the Democrats have led our state government and have been able to enact many important reforms, such as:
  • More convenient ways to vote
  • Better management of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Improved economic policies
  • Improved access to health care at lower cost
  • Support for quality public education
  • Support for affordable housing
  • Addressing the challenges from climate change.

DWCNV Update

July 7th, 2021

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) welcomes all Democratic women from Northern Virginia to join our organization.  We strive to build political awareness among members of our community, influence public policy, promote participation in political processes, and encourage connections between regional leaders and the local community. We do this through our educational meetings, newsletters, and our social events.

Now that we are getting back to in-person events and have selected our Democratic nominees, the DWCNV is looking forward to fun events, meetings, and campaigning for our Democratic candidates in the fall.   We have continued to inform our members of  campaign and political action opportunities through biweekly emails.

Monthly meetings have continued during the spring without interruption through now-familiar virtual formats.  In September and October, we will return to hosting in-person meetings, and in November we will host our Annual Pot Luck Dinner at a member’s home, the annual culmination of our Annual Holiday Projects collections for two local charities. We’ll be at our Democratic booth on Clifton Day, working for our candidates and providing absentee and other voting information.  Our members and potential members also plan on resuming our popular dinners at a local restaurant soon.  The Book Club takes the summer off but will also resume in person in September to select books for the year ahead.

Our Adopt-a-Highway program had a cleanup in early June and collected many bags full of trash (and auto parts) along Clifton Road from the triangle to Braddock Road.  We will have another cleanup in October and invite any members of the community to participate.  This is a great way for students or adults to complete community service hours and also perform an important service to the community.

For more information about our organization and activities, contact us at  You can also check out our website at and our Facebook page at