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Annual Holiday Projects – You’re Participation is Welcomed!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The DWCNV will host our Annual Holiday Project meeting on Sunday, November 19th, 3-4 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

Although the DWCNV is not a service organization, we support our community in many ways, including our sponsorship of two holiday giving projects each year. At our November meeting, we will hear from the two organizations we support about the work they do and how our donations make a tremendous difference in the lives of children and families all across Northern Virginia.

Members attending the November 19th meeting are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages for the annual Toy Drive held during the holidays by the Fairfax Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue ( Gift cards to Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, etc., for older children are also welcomed, as well as checks (payable to “Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue”) for purchase of winter coats for children. Working with the nationwide program Operation Warm to buy coats made in America, the Firefighters provide more than 3,000 coats to children in Northern Virginia each winter. The Firefighters work with local schools, shelters, and churches to identify and serve children in need.

Britepaths (, formerly known as Our Daily Bread, is the other excellent organization we support every year at our November meeting. This organization provides programs that help stabilize families by giving them short-term food and financial assistance. Britepaths also offers classes, mentoring, and guidance to help families become financially independent and resilient. Again, the organization welcomes donations of gift cards from local food stores such as Giant, Shoppers, Wegman’s, Target, and Walmart, or checks (payable to “Britepaths”) for purchasing food gift cards for families they serve. DWCNV will collect for this project until December 31st.

Members who are unable to attend our November meeting but would like to contribute to one or both of these projects may mail checks or gift cards to DWCNV, P.O. Box. 143, Clifton, VA 20124. To arrange for a toy pick-up, call Debbie Charms at 216-337-2895 before November 17th.

All donations are tax deductible.

After the November meeting, DCWNV members will gather at a local restaurant at 5 p.m. for dinner together. Seating is limited, so those who wish to attend should sign up as soon as possible. Our dinners, which are strictly social, are becoming a tradition for us, so we hope members will be able to join us for this fun time. For questions and to RSVP, contact us at

October 15th – General Meeting on Women’s Health and Wellness

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The Democratic Women of Clifton and No. VA invite members and the general public to an important meeting on Women’s Health and Wellness. A local Ob/Gyn and a Cardiologist will speak and take questions.

Meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 3 to 5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA 20124. For questions, email

The Democratic Women of Clifton and No. VA welcomes all Democratic Women who reside in Northern Virginia to become members of this active and friendly organization. Membership information can be found on our website www.

Adopt-A-Highway Fall Cleanup

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Our annual highway clean-up will occur on Sunday, October 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For many years the DWCNV has honored its commitment to the Clifton Adopt-a-Highway Program. The three-mile stretch of highway we have adopted is Clifton Road from the triangle at the intersection with Newman Road to the intersection with Braddock. For our efforts, we are recognized by having our name on a blue Adopt-A-Highway sign at each end of our section.

We love this opportunity to show our support for the community and for the environment. Many hands make light work!, so bring family and friends. You can join us for all or part of the time.

We will kick-off from the driveway of Clifton Elementary. Stop there for your supply of orange bags, your vest, and a safety briefing. Then, you and your party will be assigned a cleanup area along Clifton Road. For safety reasons along the road, we do not recommend bringing children under 12 years old. If you have work gloves, please bring them. Also, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirt with sturdy shoes.

Please send us an email at if you can help out!

Summer Activities with the DWCNV

Monday, June 19th, 2017

We will not be meeting at the Community Hall over the summer. We will continue to send members emails with information on member events, Political Action Alerts and action they should take, and Campaigns and Elections emails, giving information on volunteering for campaigns. You can make a difference by working on a campaign and we encourage everyone to participate.

Our members are invited to participate in the following events:

DWCNV members, family and friends will be marching in the Clifton 4th of July Parade for and with our Democratic candidates and our local elected officials. Details will be sent to members and all are encouraged to participate in this fun, short parade followed by a flag raising ceremony.

There will be a dinner for members at a local restaurant on Tuesday, July 18th. Members may contact us at for details and will receive information via emails from the DWCNV.

A pool party for members will be held in August the home of a member. Details for this event will be sent to all members.

General Meetings will resume in September.

Questions – email us at

Holiday Projects 2016

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) kicked off it’s annual Holiday Giving Projects Meeting on Sunday, November 13th. There is still time for you to make a donation!

Two organizations were chosen by the DWCNV to be the recipients of donations – Britepaths and Fairfax Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue

The general public is invited to donate to these two worthy causes. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations to Britepaths, a local nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship, will be distributed to the families in January. Grocery store gift cards of any denomination as well as checks for the organization to purchase cards, should be made out to Britepaths and sent to: DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. You may donate until Dec. 31, 2016 for January delivery.

The Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue organization is asking for toys for underprivileged 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. Unwrapped, new toys for children of all ages, and gift cards for older children from stores like Target, Best Buy or Old Navy, would be appreciated.

In addition to toys and gift cards, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue will accept monetary donations to purchase new coats for area children. Each year the department distributes as many as 2,500 new coats to schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats cost $30, are made in the U.S.A and purchased at a discount. You may make out a check to: Fairfax Firefighters to the Rescue and mail to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. The toy and winter coat distribution will occur on December 12th. Donations will be accepted for this year’s event until December 2nd.

For questions and to arrange for toy pick up, please contact us at


Fall 2016 Meetings and Events

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm. Topic: Social Media Training on Facebook and Twitter: Keep up with your Kids. Members should bring their laptops, tablets, etc. Training will be provided on Facebook and Twitter to encourage members to use and/or better use DWCNV social media. Additionally, campaign representatives will speak about their needs and a representative from Britepaths, formerly Our Daily Bread, will speak briefly about its new name and outreach/programs. This meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Please note change of date and time.) LuAnn Bennett For 10th Congressional District Fundraiser with Special Guest Dorothy McAuliffe. DWCNV is hosting a fundraiser in Fairfax Station for LuAnn Bennett. For more information and tickets, please click here.

Sunday, October 16, 3-5 pm. Topic: Gun Safety and Common Sense. We will hear from speakers on the topic and learn how we can advocate for changes to our lax gun laws. We will also have a speaker who will be discussing the Fairfax County Meals Tax which will be on the November ballot.

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:30 pm. Topic: How the Media Shape the News; Holiday Projects and Party. Does the media have too much control over how we view political candidates and the issues of concern in today’s world? Holiday Projects are the Fairfax Firefighters to the Rescue toy, gift card and monetary donation collection and Britepaths monetary and grocery store gift card donations. Details on both soon. After meeting, members will go to a local restaurant for an after-meeting get-together.

Join Us on the 4th of July in Clifton

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Please join other DWCNV members and their families as we march in the 4th of July parade in downtown Clifton.

We will line up at 3:45 at the corner of Main Street and Dell Ave. The parade starts at 4 p.m.

Wear a blue top and white bottoms and enjoy a casual stroll twice around the block for this flat, easy to walk parade. We will end at the flagpole at Ayer Square in downtown Clifton where there will be a flag raising ceremony.

Friends, family and well-behaved dogs are welcome to march for our candidates and electeds!

Celebrate the Holidays With Support for Local Children and Families

Thursday, 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

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

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

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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:

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