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

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 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.

Dewitt moves from TWC to BCS Foundation


by Angela Denning-Barnes on May 3, 2013

03052013dewittThe name Michelle Dewitt has grown almost synonymous with the Tundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel. She’s been with the regional shelter for the past 16 years and was essential in getting a new shelter up and running. However, she has recently resigned and this fall will be moving over to run the philanthropic organization, Bethel Community Services Foundation.

“We’re very pleased and happy to have her on board,” says Frank Neitz, Board Chair the foundation.

BCSF helps fund local projects. It’s involved in investments, owns 14 properties in Bethel, and runs gaming like the Kuskokwim Ice Classics. It has helped fund such programs as the dental health aide therapists, and Best in the West which gives grants to start up local businesses.

“Our primary mission is to fund things local,” Neitz says.

Dewitt did not take her decision to leave TWC lightly.

“I have loved my work here in children’s program and legal advocacy and then the last almost 13 years as the director, and it has been a fantastic tenure,” Dewitt says.

Dewitt says her experiences at TWC have created new interests for her that have led her to BCSF. She says it is an exciting opportunity since she’s coming from a non-profit organization background.

“We’ve been on the receiving end of funds for a very long period of time, seeking grants to make projects and activities work and to fund them, and over that period of time, I’ve become more and more curious about being on the funding side of projects and working in philanthropy and working with funders,” Dewitt says.

Dewitt says she’s interested in coordinating with other foundations and exploring new partnerships to help fund local projects and activities.

Dewitt will stay with TWC until October to help the organization transition into new leadership.

Elizabeth Roll is President of the TWC Board of Directors.

“She’s been such an integral part of TWC for over 16 years and has really grown the organization exponentially,” Roll says. “We’re really happy to be able to have about a six month notice to be able to work on our new executive director.”

They are big shoes to fill. So, how do you go about filling them? In this case, you hire two people instead of just one. Roll says TWC is creating a deputy director’s position.

“Some of that responsibility will be diverted to the deputy director, simply to make the executive director role a little more manageable,” Roll says, “and that way there will have two people helping run the organization together.”

View the Job Opening and Description here.

Upcoming Training Opporutunity!

Rural Interpreter Training Coming Soon!

The Alaska Immigration Justice Project Language Interpreter Center in partnership with the Association of Village Council Presidents, Tundra Women’s Coalition, University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus, and Alaska Court System is providing an interpreter training on the roles and skills of interpreting including working with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking victims.

The training will be held in Bethel, Alaska on September 23-25th at the Kuskokwim Campus.

There are limited scholarship funds available for travel from the villages. If you are interested in attending the conference, please call TWC with questions at 543-3444. This training was supported by Grant No. 2011-WR-AX-0041 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

Special Thanks to Our Partners: the Association of Village Council Presidents, Tundra Women’s Coalition, the University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus, and the Alaska Court System.