Thrift Store Looking for Volunteers

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!

TWC Annual Meeting on December 29

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

Annual Christmas Tree Sale

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 is selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts throughout November

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.

Many Supporters Participate in DVAM 2013

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.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska World Affairs Council

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.

Peacewalk 2013














On October 24, members of the community gathered for the annual Candle Light Ceremony  to honor victims and witnesses of domestic violence.

TAAV Car Wash

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.TAAV


TAAV Gets Its Moose

TAAV on their Moose Hunt

Back in Bethel with the moose

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.

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

Outward Bound 2013

Outward Bound        Outward Bound

In July seven TAAV members and the two TAAV coordinators traveled to central Oregon to participate in an Outward Bound five day white water rafting course.   The group travelled down the Deschutes River learning rafting techniques, leave no trace camping skills, and valuable instruction in leadership, communication, and teamwork.  TAAV members further challenged themselves by swimming through rapids and jumping off some 10 foot rocks.   All the teens finished the course with a renewed sense of empowerment and commitment to their work in Bethel and TAAV. After Outward Bound the group also spent 3 days in Portland going swimming, shopping, and going to the movies!  Outward Bound is one of the highlights of the TAAV program- for many it was their first time traveling down states and it was truly rewarding for all.  Though TAAV members fundraise all year to fund Outward Bound, all of the flights were generously donated by community members!  Thanks to all who support Teens Acting Against Violence!