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In Support of Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Relief


The American Turkish Association of North Carolina (ATA-NC) extends its deepest condolences to the families of victims of the devastating earthquake in southern Türkiye. The 7.8 and 7.5 (9 hours later) magnitude earthquakes took the lives of over 31648 people (and increasing) and left more than 80278 injured and over 11862 buildings collapsed according to reports. 

Upon receipt of the news, ATA-NC immediately established an Earthquake Emergency Committee (EEC) to plan and coordinate the relief efforts. Some of the initial results are: 

  • As a result of ATA-NC BOD decision, $5,000 funding was provided to purchase most urgent supplies (e.g.,  emergency outdoor blankets, large hand and body warmers and mylar blankets). The supplies were shipped to the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC to be sent to Türkiye via Turkish Airlines.

  • EEC provided information about the ongoing work to the media organizations (WRAL, ABC 11 and Spectrum News) at the Turkish House on Monday evening. 

  • Subcommittees were established for media communications, supply coordination, local in-person donation collection and to work with our youth group.

  • A flyer is prepared and copies are posted around the community.

  • Social media platforms are continuously being updated (please see links above on the menu bar).


ATA-NC conveys its deepest condolences to all the victims and their families and hopes that those who were injured recover as soon as possible. ATA-NC also extends its gratitude to all who made their donations already. ATA-NC is using all monetary donations to address the urgent needs in affected regions by partnering with vetted Turkish non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Thank you for your support!


Working Towards a Brighter Future

ATA-NC strives to promote a closer understanding of and further cultural relations among the peoples of Turkey and the state of North Carolina. Toward this goal, ATA-NC cooperates with institutions, organizations and individuals engaged in similar activities in North Carolina and Turkey.

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American Turkish Association of North Carolina

Founded in 1987, ATA-NC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of Turkish culture and sharing Turkish heritage within the Triangle community and throughout North Carolina.​

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Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.

At ATA-NC, wellbeing is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.

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With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in the community. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their cooperation and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.


With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new opportunities to create events around food. Sharing the flavors is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.


At ATA-NC, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing the needs of our bicultural youth. Language study is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.

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