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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:

April 12 – Annual Meeting on the Environment

Friday, 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

Human Trafficking – It is Closer Than You Think!

Tuesday, 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!

Monday, 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.

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: for tickets and to become an event sponsor. For questions, contact us at 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.

Summer Activities

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The DWCNV will not be meeting during the summer months, but will be participating in the annual Clifton 4th of July Parade. Also, a pool party at a member’s home for members is scheduled for Sunday, July 13th from 2 p.m. until dusk. Please email us at for details and to R.S.V.P. to the pool party.

Celebrating Our 9th Anniversary

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Join us as we celebrate our 9th Anniversary!

9 years of learning about issues,
9 years of helping Democratic candidates,
9 years of giving to others, and
9 years of meeting wonderful DWCNV Women

Sunday, February 9th 3-5p.m.

At the home of DWCNV Member, Terry Bell in Clifton.

Come celebrate the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia!

Event is for DWCNV Members and their guests.

For party location and to R.S.V.P. contact:

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.