Covid-19 Fundraiser

Want to join TACAM in supporting a good cause? TACAM is raising money for the people suffering from COVID-19 in Detroit.

Being an integral part of Michigan’s diverse population since 1972, TACAM is pleased to announce a fundraiser for the people of Detroit and surrounding areas who are suffering the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic. For this purpose, TACAM will raise funds for three non-profit organizations who provide food for those in need, especially those living in the city of Detroit. We are also pleased that your donation goes a long way thanks to Solu Foundation’s matching fund up to $5,000. The fundraiser will continue until May 15th, the goal is to raise a total of $10,000 including the Solu Foundation’s contribution. TACAM has also collaborated with Bridge to Turkey Fund and Ahbap Vakfı in Turkey to provide funding for people suffering in Turkey for an amount of $7,000 thanks to Solu Foundation’s generous donation.

These organizations are:
1) Gleaners Community Food Bank
2) Forgotten Harvest
3) Food Gatherers

Please contribute though the facebook page of our fundraiser until May 15th, 2020.

Detroit has been a hotspot for COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 people lost their lives and approximately 9,000 people were tested positive as of April 30th, 2020. In addition to health aspect of the pandemic, residents of Detroit have been suffering the negative economic consequences. According a recent article more than 1 million people in Michigan are impacted by the pandemic and filed unemployment benefits. Local food banks responded to high demand for affordable food in the City of Detroit but are now dire need to donations to restock. “Food donations are desperately needed to meet historically high demand at a time when food supplies are dangerously low, and collectively, we can make a huge difference,” Gary McDowell, director for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced.

Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan, founded in 1972, follows the philosophy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, who stated: “Culture is the foundation of the Turkish Republic.” His view of culture encompassed the nation’s creative legacy as well as the best values of world civilization. It stressed personal and universal humanism. “Culture,” he said, ” is a basic element in being a person worthy of humanity,” and described Turkey’s ideological thrust as “a creation of patriotism blended with a lofty humanist ideal.” Thus, TACAM wants to instill this philosophy into all Turkish American living in Michigan.