Bethel Marches to Choose Respect

Members of the Bethel community marched in solidarity with Alaskans across the state on Thursday, March 27 as part of Governor Parnell’s Choose Respect initiative.

The event began at TWC where TWC employees Jamie Heinz and Susan Taylor welcomed the large crowd. TWC elder Mary Beaver spoke about how animals are role models for people in the way that they care for their young.  Rose Dominic offered words of encouragement about how everyone has a part in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault. General Mike Bridges of the Alaska National Guard was Governor Parnell’s representative in Bethel for the occasion. The walk ended with a potluck hosted by KUC.

Local media coverage of the event included:

“Bethel Rallies to Choose Respect” by Daysha Eaton

“Bethel Residents Rally to Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” by Ben Matheson

TWC employee, Elena Dock, participated in Kipnuk’s Choose Respect Walk.

 

Double Your Dividend Update

Support TWC!This year’s PFD is expected to be twice as large as last year’s — approximately $1,800! Please consider supporting causes that you care about some more, especially TWC.

If you have already filed for your 2014 PFD, you can make adjustments to your Pick.Click.Give donation by visiting http://pfd.alaska.gov/

For the first time ever, ten people who give a portion of their PFD to Pick.Click.Give recipient organizations will receive an additional check equal to the amount of the 2014 PFD! To see the full contest rules, click here or visit the Click.Pick.Give website. Alaskans have until March 31 to file for their 2014 PFD.  

TWC Appreciates Our Volunteers

This spring, the TWC Thrift Store has managed to stay open thanks of a group of dedicated volunteers.

They have organized, cleaned, and sorted through an overwhelming amount of donations in the last two months as TWC have not had a full-time employee working at the store. Quyana for your support of TWC and your kindness to all of our customers!

Double Your Dividend! Pick.Click.Give Sweepstakes

Support TWC!

Supporters have pledged $9,475.00 to TWC so far during this year’s Pick.Click.Give drive. Alaskans have until March 31 to file for their 2014 PFD.

For the first time ever, ten people who give a portion of their PFD to Pick.Click.Give recipient organizations will receive an additional check equal to the amount of the 2014 PFD! To see the full contest rules, click here or visit the Click.Pick.Give website

 

Looking for Nominations

TWC is looking for the names of elders in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta who have shared their wisdom and taught others in the community through their personal or professional lives.

The Yukegtaaq Committee will choose an individual or individuals who will be recognized at our celebration on April 12 in Bethel.

Nomination forms can be found at AC, Swanson’s, and the Cultural Center. Please submit completed forms to TWC by March 7.

Yukegtaaq Nomination Form

TWC Staff Wears Orange!

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On Tuesday, February 11th TWC staff joined TAAV members and Bethel community members in wearing orange to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence.

TAAV will also host a dance on Friday, February 14th at the Teen Center as a fundraiser for TAAV activities and to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence.  The Dance will be from 8p.m. to midnight and costs $4 per person or $7 per couple!

TWC Profiled by CNN Today

TWC was featured today in John Sutter’s Change the List series. Sutter’s articles explore the issue of sexual assault in Alaska, particularly in Southwestern Alaska.

TWC’s Executive Director, Denise Tommy, and her grandmother, Elsie Nanugaq Tommy, are featured in this piece, “5 Ways to Help End Rape in Alaska.”

Sutter alludes to TWC’s strong youth services and prevention efforts in this article, “Alaska Faces its ‘Resident Evil.'”

TWC Community Assessments

TWC’s Children’s Advocacy Center recently conducted two surveys, a Community Needs Assessment and a Community Partners Assessment. We asked shelter residents, tribal members and leaders, health aides, VPO, VPSO, TPO, staff at AVCP, ONC, YKHC, LKSD, and members of the multidisciplinary team such as BPD and AST to participate.

Irniamta Ikayurviat is one of ten children’s advocacy centers across Alaska, and has been serving families from Bethel and the YK Delta since 2001. For more information, read about it here.