Subzero temps did not stop Bethel’s “Choose Respect” walk

Yesterday, about 50 Bethel community members gathered in front of TWC to listen to stories of inspiration and walk together in efforts to raise community awareness around domestic and sexual violence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Bethel “Choose Respect” walk was in conjunction with 17 other community walks across Alaska, all part of a statewide agenda to raise awareness and support in combatting this issue. Jennifer Peeks, Wellness Coordinator on KUC campus would “like to thank the Bethel community for their support in promoting respect and honoring a healthy life. Often we forget the wonderful efforts that many within our community are doing to protect and support each other. [Yesterday] was a wonderful example of how we can come together to bring awareness and encourage a healthier, safer place to live and raise our families. We would also like to thank Commissioner Masters for taking part in our community event and the efforts taken to prevent domestic violence and child abuse.”

Thank you to VIP for donating wonderful soup to the event.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Peeks.

Get your nominations in for Yukegtaaq 2010!!

TWC is now accepting nominations for individuals living in the Y-K delta until Friday, March 5th. Nomination forms can be dropped off at TWC, mailed to TWC, PO Box 2029, Bethel AK, 99559 or faxed to (907)543-3752. Chosen individuals will be honored at the 9th Annual Yukegtaaq dinner/silent auction on Saturday, April 10th, 5:30pm at the Cultural Center. Last year’s winners included: George Billy of Napakiak, Lillian Kiunya of Kwigillingok and Mary C. Pete of Bethel. Nominees are those who encourage a safe and healthy environment for family and community and work toward a better future for those of the Y-K delta. Call us at 907-543-3444 for any questions!

Afterschool groups offer…

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…school-aged children an opportunity to spend time in a healthy and safe environment with their peers.  In this group meeting, kids read a story about what our hands are for.  We said hands were NOT for hitting.  Hands are for clapping, hugging, making music, making shadows, saying hello, and FINGER PAINTING….

New Space for TAAV

TAAV Program Room

The new TWC building has provided  TAAV with its own self-contained programming room.  The program room has a full kitchenette and additional storage space for outdoor gear and program supplies.  One of the best elements of the new space is its privacy. In the old building, meetings were held in the large conference room where foot traffic was high. In the new space TAAV meetings can operate almost uninterrupted. Thus, the new environment has  positively impacted implementation of activities, depth of discusssions and project completion.

Legal advocate goes on ride along with BPD

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To understand a little more about the experience of local law enforcement, TWC’s Legal Advocate, Ariel Herman, volunteered to accompany a Bethel Police officer on duty. She landed in a police cruiser with Sargeant Corbett for a four-hour ride along around town. Ariel said it was interesting to see Bethel from the perspective of a police cruiser. Although not allowed into homes during calls, Ariel discussed with Srgt. Corbett his experiences afterwards. When asked how he stays positive in a line of work that brings him face to face with domestic and alcohol-related violence everyday, he responded that those he’s able to help even a small amount keeps him positive about the future.

Congrats John Baker!!

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This weekends K300 mushers fared very well considering trail conditions included severe wind, little snow and glare ice. John Baker and his team took first, Martin Buser took second and Lance Mackey came in third. It seemed as though the entire Bethel community was out to support the race! Volunteers checked times, transported dogs, fed and housed mushers and their teams. The weather was brutal but that didn’t stop the mushers and community members from going out and support the race.