Bethel & Kipnuk Community March for Choose Respect

On March 29, 2012, Bethel community members participated in the statewide Choose Respect event. The diverse crowd gathered at noon in front of the TWC building to begin the march to the Kuskokwim Campus, where participants enjoyed a delicious potluck afterwards. Special guests included Commissioner William Streur of the Department of Health and Social Services, Michael Hoffman, AVCP Vice President, Raymond Watson, AVCP Board Chairman and ONC Chairman, Mary Pete, KuC Director, and Elder Esther Green of Bethel.

The photos below also include the Kipnuk community march for Choose Respect.

The Choose Respect event challenges Alaskans to step up and take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in the state. Bethel’s Choose Respect event is sponsored by TWC, KuC, AVCP, and ONC.

TWC Announces Yukeqtaaq 2012 Person of the Year

Tundra Women’s Coalition Yukeqtaaq 2012 Person of the Year is Winifred Beans

The award will be presented to the honoree 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 6pm. Doors will be open at 5:30pm.

To attend the event, please purchase tickets at TWC
248 6th Avenue, Bethel AK 99559
Tickets are $30 per person or $45 includes TWC membership

For more information, please call our office at 907-543-3444

Join TWC at the 3rd Annual Health Fair this Saturday!

TWC staff will be at the Cultural Center this Saturday for the Health Fair from 9AM to 1PM. All are welcome to come by our table to learn more about our programs and resources, take brochures and business cards, or pick up pins, stickers, and magnets to show your support for TWC!

Event: 3rd Annual Health Fair
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Location: Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
Time: 9AM-2PM

*There will be a TWC table from 9AM to 1PM

Tundra Women’s Coalition Encourages Our Supporters to Pick.Click.Give.

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 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.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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

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!

Jarring Fish

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!


Language Interpreter Training

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.


Yukegtaaraat 2011

TWC hosted the 10th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration on April 30th, 2011. Honorees were Neva Rivers of Hooper Bay, Esther Green of Bethel and Peter Atchak of Bethel. More than 150 people attended this celebration, which honors people who have made contributions as helpers, leaders or supporters for their families, communities or the entire Y-K region. Thanks to all the businesses and organizations who were sponsors of this event, and to the dozens of people who contributed to the silent auction. We love celebrating these wonderful people who play important and vital roles in our communities throughout the Y-K region.