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DWCNV Celebrates the 4th of July in Clifton

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Participants and viewers had a great time at the Clifton 4th of July Parade.

Several of our local electeds were there with us including State Senator George Barker, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, and School Board member Ryan McElveen, as well as many DWCNV members, their families and campaign staff and volunteers from the John Foust for Congress and the Mark Warner for US Senate campaigns.

Dr. Marilyn Jerome, wife of Supervisor John Foust also marched with us. Supervisor Foust is running for the 10th Congressional District seat.

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DWCNV Sponsors Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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On February 27th, members of the DWCNV attended the annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls, in Fairfax, VA.

This event is hosted by the Our Daily Bread organization which provides food to needy families in Fairfax County. The DWCNV was an event sponsor and was honored to participate.

2014 Annual Meeting Sunday, January 19th – General Public Invited

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the DWCNV will be held on Sunday, January 19th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

Featured Program – Our Children: Fostering, Mentoring and Adoption in Virginia

Bring your friends and family to hear this educational and special program. This meeting is open to the general public and will feature special guests Nannette Bowler – Director of the Department of Social Services for Fairfax County; Paul D. McWhinney – Director of Family Services for Virginia Department of Social Services; and Dr. Beverly Howard – Coordinator of Fairfax Families4Kids. They will speak about their work in at the local and state level working and advocating for the welfare of children specifically regarding fostering, mentoring and adoption. You will hear how you can become involved and make a difference in the lives of children.

About our Speakers:

Nannette Bowler currently serves as Director of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. She directs the operation of this major county department, which includes over 1700 employees and a budget of more than $211 million, with services for children, youth and families, adult and aging, self-sufficiency, the Office for Women/Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and a variety of programs operated from the Office for Children.
Previously, Bowler was chief judge of the Family Division for the 8th Judicial Circuit, Ionia County, Michigan.

Paul D. McWhinney is Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Director of Family Services in Virginia’s Department of Social Services. He oversees VA Adopts, areas of social services benefits, child and family services, child care and early childhood development, and the Enterprise Delivery System Program Office. He
has over 39 years of experience in varied positions in the human services field in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Albemarle County.

Dr. Beverly Howard is the Coordinator for Fairfax Families4Kids. She has 30 years of experience working with “at-risk” youth and families and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Maryland, and has taught at the University level. Dr. Howard is also an adoptive parent.

Fairfax Families4Kids match teenagers in foster care in Fairfax County with mentors and potential adoptive families. Through numerous partnerships in the community, this program provides regularly scheduled activities where the teenagers and caring adult volunteers can spend quality time getting to know each other and establishing permanent relationships. The program has been instrumental in assisting many teenagers in Fairfax County find adoptive families or permanent connections. The teenagers in Fairfax Families4Kids also give back to the community by hosting and participating in service projects.

Elections Matter

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

2013 Election NightWe urged you to work for our candidates throughout this past year, and you came through once again. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who worked on the various campaigns, who donated money and who worked at the polls on election day or at early voting, handing out Democratic sample ballots in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

And special thanks to those who ran for office. Many House of Delegate candidates worked very hard and had excellent campaigns, but didn’t win their races on Nov. 5th. Your efforts are appreciated and valued. The awareness you raised in your districts made Virginia state politics more relevant and will certainly benefit future campaigns.

Thanks to everyone who voted and encouraged others to vote as well! As we keep saying, and as the Attorney General race demonstrated, every vote counts, and you can make a big difference with your support.

The DWCNV Steering Committee

Happy 4th of July

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The DWCNV celebrated the 4th of July marching in the Clifton Parade. We were proud to represent our elected officials and our November candidates as we marched through the streets of the Town of Clifton to patriotic music.  Leading the parade carrying the flag was Barbara Miller, DWCNV Treasurer, followed by our DWCNV banner, electeds State Senator George L. Barker and Fairfax Board Chair Sharon Bulova.  Communications co-chair Barbara Tuset led the singing of the Star Spangled Banner after the flag raising ceremony in Ayre Square. We carried signs and a banner supporting our statewide candidates, Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring. A good time celebrating Independence Day was had by one and all!

Join Us at the Clifton 4th of July Parade

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Parade Decoration

Join DWCNV members, family, and friends (including well-behaved dogs) as we march for our Democratic candidates in Clifton’s annual Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4th.

We will gather at the corner of Dell Ave and Main Street at 4:00 p.m. for this short but fun parade, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. Come ready for this patriotic celebration wearing your DWC tee shirts or other royal blue shirt and light shorts or pants, sporting hats and waving flags.

If you have any drummers or fife players in the family we’d love to have them! Contact us at  dwcevents@aol.com with questions.

Standing Room Only Candidate Forum Held In Clifton

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Left to Right: Justin Fairfax, Ed Deitsch, Aneesh Chopra, Jerry Foltz, Reed Heddleston, Ralph Northam, Jeremy McPike

Left to Right: Justin Fairfax, Ed Deitsch, Aneesh Chopra, Jerry Foltz, Reed Heddleston, Ralph Northam, Jeremy McPike

It was standing room only at the Candidate Forum 2013 on April 27th in Clifton. Wonderful to hear and meet our excellent Democratic primary candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General as well as our candidates for local House races.

Mark HerrngMark Herring (AG Candidate)

John Bell (Del Candidate)

National Day of Service – Volunteer with Us!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The DWC invites you to join us by participating in our National Day of Service Volunteer project on Saturday, January 19th.  Join us and get some fresh air and exercise as we clean up litter along our adopted section of Clifton Road.  We will start off a 2 PM.  Contact dwcevents@aol.com for details.   You do not have to be a DWC member to participate – all are welcome.

President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone”

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Click below for the video

President Obama Speaks at Newtown High School

Holiday Project Collections Continue

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Let’s help make this a memorable holiday season for those right here in Fairfax County who need our help!  We had a great turnout at our November18th General Meeting and collected many toys and donations for our Holiday Projects, described in a post below.  If you missed that meeting,  it is not too late…

We will continue with all of our Holiday Project collections for a few more weeks.  Toys, gift certificates for older children, and checks for the purchase of new coats will continue until December 10th, and grocery food gift cards for Our Daily Bread (ODB) will be accepted until December 31st.

Please continue to mail grocery store gift cards for ODB, gift cards for older children from Target or Old Navy, and checks  for the coat drive to DWC, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124.  Checks for the coat drive should be made out to:  Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue. To arrange for unwrapped new toys to be picked up or dropped off, please contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com.

All donations are tax deductible.