Support YOUR Shelter with a TWCshirt!

New hoodies and tshirts have arrived at TWC!

You have a Tshirt, but how ’bout a TWCshirt??


Youth Short-Sleeved T-Shirts: $15
Youth Colors and Sizes:
New Color! Light Pink in XS, S, M, L
New Color! Light Blue in XS, S, M, L
Same Popular Colors!  Purple and Forest Green availble in XS-XL

Adult Short-Sleeved T-Shirts: $20
New Color! Dark Chocolate in S-XL
New Color! Honey in S-XL
Same Popular Color!  Forest Green availble in S-3XL
Same Popular Color!  Charcoal availble in M-3XL

Adult Long-Sleeved T-Shirts: $25
New Color! Light Pink  S-XL
New Color! Light Blue  X-XL
Same Popular Colors!  Indigo Blue, Dark Chocolate and Black in S-2XL

Adult Hoodies: $35
New Style! Sport Grey  S-2XL

Information about Infant/Toddler shirts will be coming soon.

Come by and purchase your shirt, or order one by contacting Jessica at

Dewitt moves from TWC to BCS Foundation


by Angela Denning-Barnes on May 3, 2013

03052013dewittThe name Michelle Dewitt has grown almost synonymous with the Tundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel. She’s been with the regional shelter for the past 16 years and was essential in getting a new shelter up and running. However, she has recently resigned and this fall will be moving over to run the philanthropic organization, Bethel Community Services Foundation.

“We’re very pleased and happy to have her on board,” says Frank Neitz, Board Chair the foundation.

BCSF helps fund local projects. It’s involved in investments, owns 14 properties in Bethel, and runs gaming like the Kuskokwim Ice Classics. It has helped fund such programs as the dental health aide therapists, and Best in the West which gives grants to start up local businesses.

“Our primary mission is to fund things local,” Neitz says.

Dewitt did not take her decision to leave TWC lightly.

“I have loved my work here in children’s program and legal advocacy and then the last almost 13 years as the director, and it has been a fantastic tenure,” Dewitt says.

Dewitt says her experiences at TWC have created new interests for her that have led her to BCSF. She says it is an exciting opportunity since she’s coming from a non-profit organization background.

“We’ve been on the receiving end of funds for a very long period of time, seeking grants to make projects and activities work and to fund them, and over that period of time, I’ve become more and more curious about being on the funding side of projects and working in philanthropy and working with funders,” Dewitt says.

Dewitt says she’s interested in coordinating with other foundations and exploring new partnerships to help fund local projects and activities.

Dewitt will stay with TWC until October to help the organization transition into new leadership.

Elizabeth Roll is President of the TWC Board of Directors.

“She’s been such an integral part of TWC for over 16 years and has really grown the organization exponentially,” Roll says. “We’re really happy to be able to have about a six month notice to be able to work on our new executive director.”

They are big shoes to fill. So, how do you go about filling them? In this case, you hire two people instead of just one. Roll says TWC is creating a deputy director’s position.

“Some of that responsibility will be diverted to the deputy director, simply to make the executive director role a little more manageable,” Roll says, “and that way there will have two people helping run the organization together.”

View the Job Opening and Description here.

Thrift Store News!


TWC recently welcomed a new Thrift Store Manager. Ernestina Atcherian accepted an Americorps VISTA position as Thrift Store and Volunteer manager through the Alaska Immigration Justice Project. We are thrilled to have her on board at TWC. Ernestina can be reached at Ernestina is always looking for volunteers so if you are interested in helping out with the store, please contact her!

Introducing New 2013 Hours
Wednesday-Saturdays, Noon to 6 pm

The Thrift Store is located at 576 Willow in Bethel- call the store at 543-3474 any time during its hours OR you can reach Ernestina between 10 a.m .and noon Wedensdays-Fridays and all day on Tuesdays at TWC’s main building, 543-3444.

TWC Youth Services Travels to Schools


Pictured are Youth Services Coordinator, Eileen Arnold, TAAV Coordinator Lou Vilardo, and TAAV member Megan Moses. Lou is teaching Megan and Eileen how to juggle while we’re on weather hold, trying to get to Akiachak.

As the winter school semester continues, TWC’s Youth Services staff is planning their semester of school travel.  Every year, schools from various districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta request an opportunity to receive safety classes from Youth Services staff for all of their students.  A safe/unsafe touch class for K-2 is offered, along with an anti-bullying class for older elementary students.  For middle and high school, a teen dating violence clas/healthy relationships class is offered; peer taught by TWC’s TAAV members.  In the Fall 2012 semester we traveled to Napaskiak, Atmautluak, Unalakleet, Nunam Iqua, and Mountain Village.  In February we traveled to Tuluksak for their educational summit and have plans to travel to Akiachak, and Goodnews Bay this semester as well.  If people are interested in having staff come to your community school, please contact Eileen at TWC–543-3444.

Quyana! Pick.Click.Give Donors! Thank YOU!

TWC wants to thank everyone who donated a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend throught the Pick.Click.Give. program in 2012. TWC received over $15,000 for services and activities as a result of your generosity. Quyana!

It’s time again to file for PFDs – please consider supporting TWC.

Your dedicated Pick.Click.

Give dollars are making a difference!

TWC Yukegtaaq Nomination Form

Tundra Women’s Coalition is Looking for Someone Special
for our 11th Annual Yukegtaaq—Person of the Year

Nominations Are Open: Help us Find Our Next Yukegtaaq!
We are looking for someone who cares about:

The Right of Self-Determination
The Worth of Every Person

This award will be presented at the 11th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration in Bethel.
This dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony will be held at the Cultural Center on Saturday, March 31 at 6 pm.

Nominations must be received at TWC by: February 24 at 5 p.m.
*Nominees must live in the Y-K Delta
Fax to 907-543-3752, Drop off at TWC in Bethel
Mail to :
PO Box 2029
Bethel AK 99559

Download the Form Here (PDF Document)

Video 1: When I Am An Elder

During June 2011 teens involved with TAAV and the Teens Lead Ahead youth camp had an opportunity to create 3 commercials, with funding and support through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The commercials are based on a poem called “When I’m an Elder” created and written by TAAV youth around 2002. This poem has evolved into a performance piece. Youth throughout the years have added and changed lines, slowly making “When I’m an Elder” an evolving TAAV creation. This poem has been read by TAAV members at events around the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and Bethel, as well as throughout the state. Though its origins are with the TAAV program, the teens having willingly shared it with ANDVSA, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and other groups to promote sharing their vision of their world with others in our state, as well as to allow others to contribute to the life and evolution of this powerful vision.

Teens Lead Ahead 2011

TWC hosted the first annual Teens Lead Ahead 2011 youth camp June 16-19. 30 teens from Kipnuk, Kwethluk and Napaskiak joined Bethel Teens Acting Against Violence members for 2 full days and three nights of leadership and prevention activities. This camp was a tremendous success- check out the digital story! The entire gathering was planned by teens in TAAV using the planning model of the statewide Lead On! violence prevention/leadership conference, which many of the TAAV have attended and helped plan in recent years. During the camp, youth spent one night at BABS, the second night at fish camp and the third night was a sleepover night at TWC. Katie (Baldwin) Basile and Alfred Wallace provided instruction and technical assistance on digital storytelling, there were elder talks, storyteller Gene Tagaban (who is originally from Southeast Alaska) shared performances and stories with the group at fish camp, TAAV provided a healthy relationships talk, there were suicide prevention talks, and other activities and speakers. We are excited to build on this model in future years as a youth violence prevention and leadership strategy. Community partners through the Elluatmun Partnership were critical for the positive outcomes of this camp (AVCP, ONC, YKHC, LKSD, etc.) and we thank everyone from these organizations who helped as well as the chaperones and other helping adults from the villages and Bethel. Quyana!