This holiday season, TWC’s Giving Tree gave presents to 66 families in Bethel and the YK Delta. Over 200 children and 70 women received clothes, toys, or winter gear thanks to the Bethel community’s generous donations to so many TWC participants. Quyana!
We at TWC are grateful to everyone who contributed to our Pick.Click.Give. campaign in 2013. Because of your generosity, this money will support important activities that we are otherwise unable to fund. TWC is fortunate to have been affiliated with the PFD Charitable Contributions Program since it began six years ago. Thank you for continuing to give.
Please consider allocating a portion of your Permanent Fund Dividend to TWC in 2014!
Quyana and Happy New Year!
Our thrift store is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 6 pm every week.
We are looking for volunteers who can commit to working at the thrift store at least once a week for a shift (6 hours) or part of a shift. The store frequently receives donations, which need to be sorted and shelved.
Volunteers are welcome to count the hours that they work towards TANF requirements or community service, and also take home a bag of items. Thank you volunteers for all that you do for TWC!
The Tundra Women’s Coalition will be hosting its annual meeting on December 29 from 1-2:30 PM. All members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, which will take place at 248 6th Avenue in Bethel. For more information, please call TWC’s business line at 907.543.3444
Living Christmas Trees will be arriving in Bethel on December 3. Proceeds from the sale will benefit TWC.
To order your tree, please call 543.3444 and ask for Susan, Jessica, or Debbie.
You may also purchase one at the Saturday Market at the Cultural Center on November 30 or at the VFW craft sale on December 7.
There are several types and sizes to choose from:
3 – 5 feet Noble Firs: Cost ~$115 6 – 7 feet Grand Firs: Cost ~$150
5 – 6 feet Noble Firs: Cost ~$135 7 – 8 feet Noble Firs: Cost ~$185
TAAV will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts during the month of November to raise money for next summer’s Outward Bound trip.
The cost is $20 for a dozen doughnuts.
Talk to a TAAV member or call TWC at 543-3444. We’ll also be at the Saturday Market on November 23 to take orders. Doughnuts will be delivered on Friday, December 6.
On October 4, TWC’s Engaging Men and Boys program hosted an evening of traditional dancing at Gladys Jung Elementary School. Groups from Bethel, Napaskiak, and Kasigluk performed in the yuraq.
On October 5, TWC was back at Gladys Jung for a fiddle dance. The cakewalk featured some incredible cakes, including this one, below, with TWC’s logo on it. The Bethel Band performed in front of a large crowd, and Executive Director Michelle DeWitt was honored for her 16 years of service at TWC.
On October 8, Michelle DeWitt was a member of a discussion panel hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Conference at Bear Tooth in Anchorage following a screening of the documentary, Not My Life. Michelle has been a member of the State of Alaska Task Force on the Crimes of Human Trafficking, Promoting Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking. The other members of the panel were Executive Director of the Alaska Institute for Justice Robin Bronen, FBI Special Agent Jolene Goeden, and First Lady of Alaska, Sandy Parnell.
On October 9, TWC staff, board members, TAAVers, members of the Sexual Assault Response Team, and other supporters, including Miss Weio 2013, Megan Leary, marched through downtown Bethel from Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center to TWC to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, and communities in Bethel and across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
On October 24, members of the community gathered for the annual Candle Light Ceremony to honor victims and witnesses of domestic violence.
16 TAAV members washed cars in the DMV parking lot on Saturday, September 21. The group raised over $700.00 for TAAV’s 2014 Outward Bound trip! Thank you to everyone in Bethel who stopped by and to the Fire Department for letting TAAV use its hoses.
TAAVers Felix and Kenneth Bigjohn, TWC staff members, Matilda Bee, CJ Pleasant, Misti Nelson, Fr. Ishmael Andrew, and Jackie Larson caught a moose not far from Napaskiak on Friday, September 13. TAAV was able to hunt this fall year using a cultural education permit from the Department of Fish and Game. The group spotted a large moose around 11 am before it disappeared into the woods. Jackie made a moose call, and two different moose appeared out of the brush. Jackie shot one of them, and the group brought the moose back to the TWC.
Many thanks to everyone who helped carry, clean, and process the meat. The majority of the meat will be used by women and children in the shelter, but TAAV will also host a small feast for TAAVers and their families.