About Our Committees
As part of our outreach, we have various Committees in different areas of interest that help us serve our local community.
Some of the DWC ladies gathered to help support the Haymarket Food Pantry. We had a great time playing bingo and winning prizes at “Souper Bowl BINGO.”
GFWC’s Signature Project
Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a national leader in the fight to end domestic violence by raising awareness about this social issue. By supporting existing activities, working with various established programs, and initiating educational opportunities for club members and local citizens, the goal of the GFWC Signature Project is to increase awareness and prevention of the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse in communities across the nation.
Pinwheels for Prevention®
Prevent Child Abuse America is implementing Pinwheels for Prevention®, a national campaign introducing the pinwheel as the symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention in the United States. With more than 3.5 million pinwheels distributed since April 2008, we invite GFWC members to help continue this growth.
Each year GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club plants pinwheels locally to raise awareness of Prevent Child Abuse.
For more information, download GFWC’s PDF about the Domestic Violence and Prevention Signature Project Committee.
The Arts Committee promotes appreciation of and participation in various art forms, assisting Fauquier Family Theatre during their yearly productions, supporting Hylton Performing Arts Center by attending special events and encouraging members to explore their own talents by submitting artistic and literary endeavors to the GFWC Northern District Marketplace.
ARTS AND CRAFTS COMMITTEE:This committee supports DWC Fundraising events with ‘Party Favors” for each guest. The members participate in various craft projects such as making Unicorn and Mermaid paper purses, coasters with matching table runners, and Deco Mesh wreaths.
CULINARY ARTS COMMITTEE: DWC members honor and thank our First Responders with baked goodies. Members deliver baked goods to 2 local police stations, 2 fire departments, and our hospital Emergency Room once a quarter. Each gift also has a handmade card with a note of appreciation.
FAUQUIER COMMUNITY THEATER: DWC members support this nonprofit small local community theater by attending the performances.
HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: DWC is a proud supporter of The Hylton Performing Arts center. There is a seat with a brass plate on the back with our Dominion Woman’s Club name etched in the plate recognizing our support of this center.
The Conservation Committee focuses its attention on participation in and support of beautification programs in order to educate our members about the importance of keeping our community viable and attractive. As well, we emphasize the necessity of preserving natural resources and recycling.
Our club currently supports the Bull Run Mountain Conservancy and has installed a vegetable garden at SERVE in Manassas.
In the past, the committee has collected shoes for “Soles For Souls” and has encouraged the recycling of batteries and computers.
For more information on the Conservation Committee or any of DWCs committees, please reach out to us through our online contact form.
The DWC Education Committee works to promote a commitment to lifelong learning and literacy awareness by encouraging members and supporting others to foster and support educational programs in the community. The club supports:
BUY A KID A BOOK:The DWC President’s project for the administration years 2016 – 2018, is now a continuing project adopted by DWC. Our focus is Suella Gilbert Ellis Elementary School located in Manassas Virginia. Ellis Elementary is considered a Title I school; over 40% of the students come from families that are at or below poverty level. In this program, each child in the school in grades Pre K – 5 is able to choose an age-appropriate book funded by DWC at the Scholastic Book Fair.
DWC BOOK GROUP: Fellowship, good conversations, and interesting discussions are the hallmark features of this group. Members share reflections, opinions, and author’s biographical information on a variety of literary genre read during-the-course of the year.
ELLIS ELEMENTARY: DWC members have “adopted” the staff of this Title I school. The staff of Ellis is very hard-working and committed to ensuring that each student has an opportunity to succeed academically. The members decorate the staff lounge seasonally and provided sweet, salty, and savory treats along with beverages for staff to enjoy. DWC members donate personal books and seek donations from our local Haymarket/Gainesville Library to enhance classroom libraries at all grade levels of Ellis Elementary. As part of our DWC activities with Ellis Elementary School, and with help from RESET, a non-profit organization that places volunteer scientists in classrooms, we conduct hands-on physics experiments with the fourth graders.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: DWC is part of the Friends of the Library Program at two local libraries, the Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas and the Haymarket/Gainesville Library.
GRAVELY ELEMENTARY: DWC members support the second-grade students and teachers at Gravely Elementary. Club members volunteer on Tuesday mornings to support the second-grade language arts program and on Monday mornings the second-grade math program. DWC also donates $50 to each second-grade teacher to apply toward the purchase of classroom materials.
HAYMARKET ELEMENTARY: DWC donates $500 to the Haymarket Elementary School Library. DWC members collect Box Tops and soup labels for Haymarket Elementary School to apply toward the purchase of needed school supplies.
PACE WEST, PACE’S VILLAGE: PACE West is a school for children in grades K through 12 who have special needs and face emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. DWC is a member of PACE’s Village, a group of businesses, churches, and community groups in the Gainesville/Haymarket/Manassas area who have joined together for form a unique partnership to support PACE West School. The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been the rallying point of this dynamic group. DWC members provide Mother’s Day Gifts to mothers of some particularly needy families identified by the school guidance counselor. Throughout the school year, DWC members recognize the PACE West staff for their dedication and exceptional work with their struggling student population. DWC members support the principal’s Welcome Back Luncheon and provide little treats on a regular basis. In May, members provide a special breakfast for the staff. DWC members donate a variety of needed school supplies. DWC members also donate a variety of hygiene items for the middle school students.
PACE WEST, PROWL PANTRY: DWC members regularly stock the PROWL Pantry closet, an incentive program where students who earn points for good behavior can redeem them for prizes. Each Friday during the school year, a club member works in the PROWL Pantry for two hours along with a Village business volunteer to open the Pantry closet for the students to shop for items on which to spend their points.
PACE WEST SPECIAL EVENTS: PACE West School celebrates a variety of special daytime events during the school year: An Autumn Harvest Feast, a Fall Festival, a Variety Show, an Awards Picnic for middle and high school students, a Field Day, and a Graduation Ceremony for high schoolers. Our club provides food, and members volunteer time to set-up, serve, clean-up, and help with a variety of event activities.
PACE WEST HOLIDAY BONANZA: Angels with holiday spirit and hearts for giving! DWC members give generously of their time and gift items to help PACE West teachers set up a Holiday Bonanza. This bonanza features special items that students could purchase as gifts for their family members with holiday dollars they had earned. These gifts are then beautifully wrapped with club-donated bags, paper, and ribbons for the students to give as presents to their loved ones.
SCHOLARSHIP: DWC offers scholarships to two graduating senior girls from Battlefield High School, Haymarket’s local high school. The criterion for scholarships is – GPA standing, extra-curricular activities, and service to the community.
The Home Life Committee endeavors to educate our members about “issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering”. Many opportunities to volunteer are provided by the following DWC projects:
TOWN OF Haymarket: DWC members offer their services and their gardening expertise to create an eye-catching garden to surround the Town of Haymarket sign outside the Town Hall. DWC members create and maintain the “Pinwheel Garden”, which calls attention to domestic abuse, on the Town’s Main Street. DWC also participates in “Haymarket Day”, the Town’s celebration of community and goodwill. DWC members help decorate the Town Hall for the holiday season as well as the Haymarket Museum, which has been repurposed as a trendy new art gallery and crafting venue.
Holiday Baskets for Home-bound Seniors: During December, DWC members donate items and prepare baskets of treats and practical items to two home-bound senior citizens.
Outreach to the Homeless in Partnership with “Feeding Friends” of Gainesville United Methodist Church: DWC members collect gloves, scarves, socks and hats to donate to GUMC ministry. Other items donated include batteries and blankets. Members also participate in the weekly preparation of the bag lunches brought to the residents of the homeless camps in our area.
Knitting For the Homeless: members meet informally weekly to knit scarves to donate to residents of local homeless camps. This project will expand to crocheting shawls and lap afghans to be donated to the Cancer Center in Gainesville.
Haymarket Regional Food Pantry: DWC members support the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry by participating in their fundraising events and by volunteering to work at the facility.
Carried To Full Term: DWC members provide funding and volunteer support to Carried To Full Term, a local non-profit that provides a safe, long term residence and life skills instruction for mothers in crisis as a result of pregnancy.
Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center: DWC members sponsor and attend the monthly Bunco at Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Gainesville.
Wreaths Across America: Home Life Committee members participate in the laying of holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans at local national cemeteries.
The Home Life Committee also supports the March of Dimes “Marching For Babies”, children’s fitness as a supporter of the “Ellis Striders” , Easter Seals and Canine Companions for Independence.
The Public Issues Committee focuses on creating awareness of the importance of active citizenship, veteran’s affairs, and historic preservation. DWC currently supports “Serve Our Willing Warriors” and has supported the ”Hallowed Ground” project in the past.
For more information on the Home Life Committee or any of DWCs committees, please reach out to us through our online contact form.
The Fundraising Committee manages and coordinates the efforts to raise funds and sponsorships for all club outreaches to the community. Solicitation of donations for silent auction and raffle prizes as well as income from affinity programs are the purview of this committee.
VA DINER PEANUT PROGRAM:
This sale of the VA Diner Peanut Program continues to be a successful program. Members and friends and family of members purchase peanut items with 50% of gross sales going to the club.
The purchase of various garden bulbs and seeds by members is another program to benefit DWC fundraiser.
1st EDITION DOMINION WOMAN’S CLUB COOKBOOK:
DWC continues our fundraiser of selling our 1st edition cookbook.
DWC continues the sale of the Lenox Christmas Ornaments.
AmazonSmile Foundation donates .5% of Amazon purchases designated to GFWC Dominion Woman’s club. Our members who use Amazon are encouraged to designate DWC for this program.
AMERICAN GIRL TEA:
This event features an author of many “American Girl” books as it’s speaker. There are raffles with donations from the American Girl corporate offices.
AUTHOR’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON:
DWC hosts a fundraising event with a local author as the keynote speaker.
The Communications and Public Relations committee seeks to create a bond with the community through establishing ties with local businesses and making them aware of our willingness to support community activities and area nonprofits that members are passionate about. GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club members are encouraged and reminded to participate in public events where members can represent the Club and promote the identity of GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club organization, along with our promoting Northern District, State and International Organizations. GFWC DWC members have name tags and shirts which identify them as club members in public. Establishing and maintaining our identity in the community has been an integral part in helping the club to identify needs in the community. This year, GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club was awarded VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, 2018 by the Mayor of the Town of Haymarket.
MONTHLY “NEWS AND NOTES”/ YEAR IN REVIEW: Committee Chairs help to prepare monthly “NEWS & NOTES” that summarizes all the club happenings for the month. This newsletter is distributed prior to meetings via email (some copies are printed and made available at the monthly meeting).
PRINT, PRESS RELEASES AND LOCAL ARTICLES. The GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club writes and submits quarterly articles to local neighborhood magazines; “Dominion Valley Voice”, “Haymarket Living”and “Haymarket Neighbors”. We send press releases throughout the year to area news outlets.
FACEBOOK/SOCIAL MEDIA: GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club is active and operates two Facebook pages; One PUBLIC page ( open to all for public “likes”) and a Member’s only Group page. Facebook pages are used to promote Club events and fund raisers through social media. In addition, there is a “media room” page within Chamber of Commerce website. Messages are posted regarding upcoming events on Facebook, letting public and members know about needs in the local community and ways for Club members to stay involved. The Club also has a Twitter account, as well as Linked In account.
HAYMARKET DAY: Dominion Woman’s Club actively supports this annual celebration of our Town and Community.
HAYMARKET GAINESVILLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (HGBA) Membership: The Dominion Woman’s Club is a member of the HGBA. All Club members are invited to attend monthly HGBA member meetings to promote the Club and identify potential partnerships and collaborations by networking with local businesses.
PRINCE WILLIAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club is a charter member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.