Turkey Earthquake 2011 Relief

CUNY has a long tradition of responding to disasters around the world.  With our students coming from as many as 205 different countries, the CUNY community is impacted by these tragedies no matter where they occur. 


The city of Van in eastern Turkey, recently sustained two major earthquakes in within a period of two weeks.  While all earthquakes are terrible, this region is particularly vulnerable.  It is located in remote, mountainous terrain (elevation of 5,676 feet) and endures long, harsh winters with temperatures hovering around minus 20 degrees. People have lost their homes and all their possessions. Without help, the people of Van, especially children and the elderly, simply will not be able to survive the winter.  Each campus has appointed a Disaster Relief Coordinator who will be responsible to coordinate efforts on campus.  This campaign is taking a multi-pronged approach—assistance to students and staff impacted by the earthquake, and collection of monetary donations and in-kind donations (winter clothing, coats, hats, gloves, socks, warm blankets and sleeping bags).

Help for Turkey

Make a Monetary Donation – CUNY has established a fund for charitable donations to assist Turkey in the aftermath of the two recent earthquakes. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made via check or money order payable to CUNY Research Foundation with memo indicating Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund 78454-00-01

Mail donations to:
Roberta Nord
535 East 80 Street
New York, NY 10075

Donations of Warm Clothing, Blankets, etc.  The people of Van are desperately in need of our help to survive this winter.  Donations of warm clothing, coats, gloves, hats, socks, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. are needed.  Donations will be picked up at your campus and be transported to Van, Turkey by the volunteers of United For Turkey

Please contact Mehmet.beskardes@mail.cuny.edu when your donations are ready to be picked up. 




535 East 80 Street
New York, NY  10075
Phone: (212) 794-5454