Thank you to those who selected TWC during the 2011 PFD filing process! The funds donated are allocated for youth and shelter needs. Don’t forget to file for your 2012 dividend and please consider TWC when you Pick.Click.Give.
For more information about Pick.Click.Give., check out the project’s website at www.pickclickgive.org or click on the logo.
Pick.Click.Give is making an extremely positive impact on Tundra Women’s Coalition. Several weeks ago, TWC received a check for $8,900 in funds donated by Alaskans through their permanent fund dividends – the highest amount TWC has received since Pick.Click.Give began in 2009.
“I am so humbled by what Alaskans have pledged for TWC, and I can only thank folks and hope that for the sake of our program needs, that this level of support continues,” said Michelle DeWitt, TWC’s Executive Director. “This year’s Pick.Click.Give. program highlighted once again that people believe in our mission and efforts to both address and prevent family and sexual violence. For me, seeing more than 132 people who selected TWC as an organization to donate to this past year is valuable, regardless of how large or small the amount they were able to afford.”
DeWitt said TWC will use the 2011 contributions to support shelter needs and youth programs. “We are serving more people than in the past, yet our funds for items like laundry detergent, food or household supplies have stayed essentially the same or been reduced over the years,” said DeWitt. “We also offer many opportunities to program participants both in the shelter and outside the shelter, such as with our teen and children’s programs, that are not supported by grants or other revenue – so this gives us a resource for all these efforts you see us conducting in Bethel and the region,” said DeWitt.
Pick.Click.Give. is a charitable contribution program that recipients of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend can use to support organizations they care about in the state.
The Pick.Click.Give. campaign is already underway for 2012. The ability to donate is available to people at the time they apply for their PFD. The minimum donation is $25.
TWC’s Alfred Michael, Marci Amik, and Debbie Michael are one of many staffers who tabled a Domestic Violence Awareness information stand at the local hospital all this week, October 3 – 7. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Please mark your calendar and join TWC for the upcoming events:
Wednesday, October 12 at Noon: Annual Peacewalk & Potluck. Cultural Center to TWC with soup and sandwiches
Friday, October 14 at 7PM: Drumming and Dance Groups at ONC Multipurpose Building
Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm: Candlelight Ceremony Honoring Victims and Witnesses at TWC
Wednesday, October 26 at 11AM: Listen to TWC’s Peacetalk Radio Show on KYUK
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.
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!
For two days in July, TWC shelter staff and program participants learned about the process of jarring fish from the Cooperative Extension office at KuC. Thanks to all the donations of fish TWC receives, we were able to jar three cases of salmon as well as freeze a lot of salmon for the winter. Thanks to Leah Walsh for her time spent teaching this technique at TWC!
TWC hosted Alaska Immigration Justice Center’s Language Interpreter Project for an Introduction to Interpreting training May 31-June 2. 15 bilingual attendees spent 3 days with LIC staff learning about ethics, roles, boundaries, etc. in translating and interpreting settings. This workshop was funded with Pilot DV/SA Project funds in conjunction with the Elluatmun Partnership.