[Updated] How to Volunteer for Hurricane Sandy Clean Up

by Corinna Kirsch on November 1, 2012 Events + Opportunities

Do you own a truck? Klaus Biesenbach could use your help.

You’ve seen the pictures. You’ve read the tweets. New York City looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland along its waterfront. Among the many things New York City needs right now, clean up is one of them. The art world is rallying, too. Even MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach has been rolling up his sleeves over Twitter.

Biesenbach is spurring an effort to clean up the his neck of the woods, the Rockaways. This morning, he started firing tweets about organizing a clean up effort. One big question remains: shouldn’t MoMA let him borrow a truck?

[Update: Biesenbach isn’t the only one in need of a truck. Postmasters artist Diana Cooper’s Canal street studio has flooded and the remaining artwork is in need of rescue.]


Don’t have a truck? There are other ways to make the city better after Sandy. We’ve compiled a list of resources for volunteering your time, paying particular attention to hard hit art areas like Chelsea, the Lower East Side, and DUMBO. If you can’t make it out in person, we’ve made suggestions for art non-profits accepting online donations.

Clean Up at Printed Matter

Lower East Side Recovers

The Lo-Down’s List of Lower East Side Volunteer Spots

Astoria Recovers

New York Cares

Occupy Sandy

Occupy Sandy Donations

Red Hook Recovers

Brokelyn: How to Help

Rockaway Relief

Food Not Bombs: Sandy Relief


Free Showers and Exercise at New York Sports Clubs 

New York Blood Center Donor Center Locations

We also recommend making a donation to non-profits along the waterfront. By no means a complete list, here are several non-profits that could use your support through an online donation:


Printed Matter

Dumbo Arts Center

A.I.R. Gallery

Smack Mellon

Also, Stephanie Diamond’s Listings Project is offering itself as hub and the resource for finding and sharing housing and studio needs for all Sandy victims. Their mailer this Wednesday should be particularly large.



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