ArtHouse Gardens proprietor Alan Murdock has turned his East Nashville landscape design and garden center into a makeshift flood assistance center, where community members have come together to help neighbors affected by the floods remove water and clean their houses.
Murdock and Catherine McTamaney, a Vanderbilt faculty member and one of East Nashville's most involved community members, have been coordinating trips to various area homes, supplying pumping equipment, wet-vacs, clean-up crews to haul out damaged furniture, even electricians to evaluate electrical hazards.
ArtHouse Gardens' efforts are focused on water removal and clean-up, and they are accepting donations of related supplies: mops, brooms, trash bags, boxes for residents to pack up salvageable items, etc. (Other donations — i.e., food, bedding, clothes, etc. — should go to East Park Community Center. Details on that disaster assistance center are featured in a blog post earlier today.)
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available. Teams are leaving at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (and there may be opportunities later in the day). This effort will likely continue at least through the weekend. Call 227-TREE or just stop by. ArtHouse Gardens is at 1108 Woodland St., behind the I Dream of Weenie hot dog stand and next to Art & Invention Gallery.
UPDATE: From Katy Branson: "There will be a bake sale and silent auction at ArtHouse Gardens Saturday at 9AM. All funds will go to flood relief in East Nashville. This started out as a small thing but in less than 72 hours some really amazing stuff has been donated - Gym5 membership, massages, photography sessions, a guitar, autographed merchandise from Old Crow Medicine Show and Los Lobos, two hours of legal services and emails keep coming in! Almost 30 people are providing baked goods and guests will have an opportunity to donate a cake to a displaced family."