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Holiday Projects Update – Collecting Continues

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Fall 2014 Meetings and Events Schedule

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Sunday, Sept. 7, 3-5 p.m. – Topic: Why Women Should Care About This Election with special guests Dr. Marilyn Jerome, ob-gyn wife of 10th District Congressional candidate John Foust, and Kathleen Murphy, Chair of Fairfax County Democratic Women’s Caucus. The topics discussed will be about the fall election, women’s health care issues and the new voter I.D. Laws.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m. – We will host a Fundraiser for 10th Congressional District Candidate John Foust at Terry Bell’s Clifton home. Go to: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jfseptember20 for tickets and to become an event sponsor. For questions, contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com or call 703 830-1355. Tickets and sponsorships can also be purchased at the Sept. 7th General Meeting or by sending a check to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. Checks should be made out to John Foust for Congress.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The General Public is invited to attend the program part of this meeting starting at 3:30. Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and staff will present: Situational Awareness: Don’t be a Victim. Wear comfortable clothing as there will also be some hands on exercises on how to be more aware of your surroundings and signs of potential physical threats. Members should arrive at 3 p.m. for the DWCNV Business Meeting.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 3-5:00 p.m. – Holiday Projects. We will collect grocery store gift cards for needy families in Fairfax County through the Our Daily Bread organization and collect toys and monetary donations for coats for children through the Fairfax Co. Fire and Rescue organization. If you can not attend this meeting, but would like to donate, please contact us to arrange drop off of toys.

As you can see, it is a great lineup of activities and we hope you will be able to join us.

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)