2016 General Meeting Schedule

December 30th, 2015

Sunday, January 10th, 3-5 pm – Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124
Annual Meeting. Following a brief business meeting we will hear from legislators on the upcoming 2016 General Assembly session, have a discussion on Middle East issues and hold officer elections.

Sunday, February 7th, 2-4 pm
11th Year Anniversary Celebration in the home of a DWCNV member. Email invitations will be sent to members with details.

Sunday, March 13th, 3-5 pm – Clifton Community Hall
General Meeting. Our focus will be on women’s criminal justice issues in Virginia.

Sunday, April 10th, 3-5 pm – Clifton Community Hall
General Meeting. Annual Meeting on the Environment.

Celebrate the Holidays With Support for Local Children and Families

November 12th, 2015
Yesterday, November 15th, we hosted our annual holiday projects event collecting donations for Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue and Our Daily Bread.  If you missed that meeting, but would like to contribute

Capt Will Bailey (Firefighters and Friends), Christina Garris (Our Daily Bread) and DWCNV members

Capt Will Bailey (Firefighters and Friends), Christina Garris (Our Daily Bread) and DWCNV members

to either of these two very worthy organizations, please know that it is not too late!

Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue

The Fairfax Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue collects toys, money and gift cards to help needy children throughout Northern Virginia. The toys may be the only ones many of the children receive for Christmas. The gift cards purchase items for older children. The monetary donations go to purchase new coats and tennis shoes. Each year the department distributes as many as 3,000 new coats to more than 50 schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats are made in the U.S.A and  purchased at a discount.  This year they will also distribute tennis shoes that have been donated with a nominal cost of $2 a pair for warehousing and distribution. The gift cards purchase

What Is Needed

    • New, unwrapped toys
    • Gift cards from Target, Best Buy or Old Navy
    • Checks payable to Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue; Write “DWCNV Holiday Donation” in the memo line

Mail checks payable to “Firefights and Friends to the Rescue” to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124 by 12/8/2015. Arrange to drop off toys and gift cards before December 10th by contacting us at CliftonWomenDems@aol.com

Our Daily Bread

DWCNV is proud to sponsor a collection of grocery store gift cards to benefit Our Daily Bread, a local nonprofit organization that provides food and assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship. Your gift card donation will be distributed to the families in January, a time of great need.

Mail checks payable to Our Daily Bread to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124 by December 31st. Write “DWCNV Holiday Donation” in the memo line.

All donations are tax deductible. Receipts will be provided.
Questions: Contact us at CliftonWomenDems@aol.com

Get the Word Out about Voting! Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day in Virginia.

November 1st, 2015

Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires action by way of a vote of every citizen. Please cast yours on Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Be sure to pick up a sample Democratic Ballot on your way in as many candidates are not listed with party affiliation.

Every vote matters, particularly in off-year elections like this one. Many races in our great state have been decided by just a single vote. Thank you in advance for being an active contributor to our Democracy!

DWCNV Welcomes the Public to Meeting on Domestic Violence

October 12th, 2015

The October 18 meeting of the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) welcomes the general public to this event designed to educate the community about domestic violence occurring in the region.  A panel of experts on this issue will discuss trends, causes, treatment and prevention of domestic violence in Northern Virginia and share an assessment tool designed determine danger to victims attempting to distance themselves from abusers.  Our panel of speakers will include:

Melanie Dunn-Chadwick has been working for Fairfax County Public Schools’ FECEP/Head Start program for 34 years, and for the last 15 years, as the Violence Prevention Specialist. In her current capacity, Melanie provides resources and support to staff, families, and children, primarily focusing on the issues of domestic violence.

Nora Mahoney is the Family Law Practice Group Chair for Legal Services of Northern Virginia, supervising family law attorneys as well as externs and volunteers across five jurisdictions.

Heather Sarmiento, M.Ed., is the Prevention and Education Coordinator in the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. In her role, she develops and implements prevention curriculum and trains others in the best prevention practices as well as provides support on task forces and workgroups.

Jacqui Smith, Domestic Violence Detective with the Fairfax County Police Department, Sully District Station, will speak on her role in investigating domestic violence cases (simple assault and malicious wounding), abduction cases, stalking cases, protective order violations, and telephone threats. Fairfax County assigns one domestic violence detective to each of the eight district stations.  Detective Smith sits on the Fatality Review Committee, which reviews domestic fatalities in Fairfax County to better improve response to domestic violence calls.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd Clifton VA 20124 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A short business meeting will precede the domestic violence agenda. For more information and to rsvp: cliftonwomendems@aol.com.

August Update

August 17th, 2015

We hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Here are some highlights of our fall season.

On Sunday Sept. 27th our General Meeting will be an opportunity to meet our Democratic candidates, especially some of our first time candidates, hear them speak and ask them questions.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  On Sunday October 18th we have arranged for several local speakers who work in the field and an elected official to speak on the issue and to inform us on what is happening to help victims of this abuse. Watch your email for details on speakers.   The general public is invited to come to this meeting.

All General Meetings are at 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

The DWCNV Book Club meets Sunday September 20th to discuss This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila and on Sunday October 25th for Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Meetings are held at the homes of DWCNV book club members and are from 3-5 p.m.  For details on our Book Club contact cliftonwomendems@aol.com

November 3rd is Election Day 2015.  Elections include the Virginia State Senate where the majority control hangs in the balance, House of Delegates, County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, Clerk of the Court, School Board, and Soil and Water District Director. See our Campaigns and Elections section for information on our candidates and get the latest information on campaign events at http://www.fairfaxdemocrats.org/calendar.

April 12 – Annual Meeting on the Environment

April 3rd, 2015

Members and their guests are invited to join us for the annual DWCNV meeting on the Environment with guests Virginia Delegate David Bulova and representatives from the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and the Audubon at Home program.

Meeting will be held at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA 20124 on Sunday, April 12th, from 3-5 p.m. For more information, contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com.

Human Trafficking – It is Closer Than You Think!

February 17th, 2015

Northern Virginia is one of the top five human trafficking locations in the U.S.

On Sunday March 15th DWCNV, along with co-sponsors Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Springfield District Democratic Committee, is presenting this important program.  Hear the steps Northern Virginia groups are taking to stop human trafficking in combined action from law enforcement, legislative, and victim services.  

Our specials guest speakers will be: 

Adam P. Ebbin, Virginia State Senator, 30th District

Elizabeth Payne, Ed.D., Member, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life Education, and Physical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools

Jenna Jacoby, Mentor Coordinator, Youth for Tomorrow

Sunday, March 15th  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Clifton Community Town Hall - 12641 Chapel Rd, Clifton VA 20124

The public is welcome.  Come learn what you can do to help.

February 2015 – DWCNV Celebrates 10th Year!

February 16th, 2015

On February 1st DWCNV celebrated 10 years of success on our mission to educate ourselves on the local and national political process, support candidates for election and enjoy the company of wonderful and interesting people.

Here are some pictures from the celebration.

As part of our celebration we heard from our guest, Gay Shane, representing the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. ORHF is working to end homelessness for veterans in the area.  We are pleased that attendees to the event donated $685 to help ORFH in their work.

Holiday Projects Update – Collecting Continues

November 18th, 2014
Members attending our Holiday Giving Kick-off meeting

Members attending our Holiday Giving Kick-off meeting

Wanted to update you on our Holiday Projects. We are still collecting for both projects, and it is not too late to donate to either or both.

On Sunday, Nov. 16th we had a great start to our Holiday Projects collections. Our Daily Bread was happy to accept $3,275 in checks and gift cards and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) project collected many, many toys, $1,250 in checks and $480 in gift cards for the older children. Thank you to all who donated!

Captain Will Bailey from FCFRD mentioned that they need help with bagging and distributing the toys to the children, schools, and social workers on Thursday, December 11th starting at 8 a.m. If you would like to help out and get to see some of the little ones as they pick out their gifts and receive their new coats and tennis shoes, go to Penn Daw, Fire Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia 22306.

As we mentioned, you can still give your tax deductible donations to both projects.

FCFRD Toy, Coat & Tennis Shoe Drive

Toys and monetary donations to purchase new coats and tennis shoes for area children through the project, put on by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, will be accepted until December 8th.

Each year, the Department distributes as many as 3,000 new coats to more than 50 schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats are made in the U.S.A and purchased at a discount. This year they will also distribute tennis shoes that have been donated with a nominal cost of $2 a pair for warehousing and distribution.

If you wish to contribute to the toy drive, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 12714 Chestnut Street (side porch), Clifton, VA or email us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com to arrange for pick up.

To donate gift cards from Target, Best Buy or Old Navy for older children, who enjoy selecting their own gifts at these stores, or to donate checks to purchase coats and help with warehousing and distribution costs for tennis shoes, make checks payable to “Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue” and mail checks and gift cards to: DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124.

Grocery Store Gift Card Collection for Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread, a local nonprofit organization that provides food and assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship, is accepting donations of food gift cards and checks until December 31st. Your gift card donation will be distributed to the families in January. Please donate gift cards of any denomination from any local grocery store or checks payable to “Our Daily Bread” and mail to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124.

Questions? Please contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com

Holiday Projects – November to December

November 9th, 2014

Again this year, the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will participate in two great holiday projects for two very worthwhile organizations. The general public is invited to participate. Join us on Sunday, November 16th at 3 – 4 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA when we collect your donations.

For the fourth year, the DWCNV is coordinating with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) to collect toys for needy children throughout Northern Virginia. These donated gifts will be the only ones many of the children receive for Christmas. The toy drive is the highlight of the holiday season for both the first responders and the young gift recipients. Captain Will Bailey, project coordinator, will be joining us to receive our donations. He will also speak about his experiences with these collections.

In addition to toys, the FCFRD will accept monetary donations to purchase new coats and tennis shoes for area children. Each year, the department distributes as many as 3,000 new coats to more than 50 schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats are made in the U.S.A and purchased at a discount. This year they will also distribute tennis shoes that have been donated. Your donations of $2 per pair of these donated shoes is appreciated and will cover warehousing and distribution.

If you wish to contribute to the toy drive, bring new, unwrapped toys to the November 16th meeting of the DWCNV. Gift cards from Target, Best Buy or Old Navy are welcomed for older children, who enjoy selecting their own gifts at these stores. Toys and games for older children (ages 9-12) are also needed. Please contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com to arrange a drop off; gift cards may be mailed to: DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124

Monetary donations may also be mailed to the DWCNV at the above address, with checks made payable to “Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue”. Toy donations that cannot be made by the time of the meeting can be dropped off at a drop off box at 12714 Chestnut Street, Clifton, VA ( side porch) until December 8th. The donations of checks, toys or cash are tax deductible, and receipts will be provided for tax purposes.

Also, as in recent years, the DWCNV is sponsoring a collection of grocery store gift cards to benefit Our Daily Bread, a local nonprofit organization that provides food and assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship. Your gift card donation will be distributed to the families in January. Please bring gift cards of any denomination from any local grocery store or checks payable to “Our Daily Bread” to the DWCNV meeting on November 16th or mail them to us at the address above. We will accept these until December 31st. Lisa Whetzel, Executive Director of Our Daily Bread will be joining us to talk about their needs and what the organization is doing.

Questions? Please contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com