Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes

With your help, we are putting PPEs directly in the hands of NYC doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff. We have distributed to more than 20K healthcare workers and those at risk so far, and have purchased more than 1 million PPEs for this project. In addition to donations through GoFundMe, we have received approx. $6,800 in private donations via check, as of May 20.
PPES distributed to:
-Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn (June 3)
-James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx (May 31)
-St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark (May 27)
-University Hospital of Brooklyn (May 20)
-Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn (May 20)
-Coney Island Hospital (May 17)
-VA Medical Center of Brooklyn (May 15)
-Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx (May 13)
-Richmond Univ. Medical Center Staten Island (May 12)
-Metropolitan Hospital Harlem (May 9)
-Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn (May 6),
-North Central Bronx Hospital (May 3),
- VA Medical Center New York  in Manhattan (May 3)
-University Hospital of Brooklyn (April 29),    
-Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn (April 29)
-Bellevue Hospital (April 20),
-New York Homeless mobile feeding unit, Doctors without Borders, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Homeless Street Outreach & Services with Bowery Mission, Emergency Shelter Network, New York Health Care Home Care Services, Housing Works' COVID-19 Homeless Shelter Workers, and more. 

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Checks can be mailed to: Art Science Research Laboratory 62 Greene St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012 
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“'This feels like having gold. Gold! Because we don’t have sufficient supplies. It’s very, very bad,' said Karen Titus, a nurse clutching a Shearer-issued bag containing seven surgical masks, a KN95 filter and a face shield." : Washington Post  article on our efforts. Thanks to the Post for reporting on founder Rhonda Roland Shearer. An $18 donation buys one PPE kit.

Please come to the aid and the rescue of our heroes! The more money we raise, the more supplies we can provide.  We need caring people to step up so we can continue going to hospitals, help healthcare workers in need, and later expand to nursing homes. 100% of your contribution will go directly to NYC First Responders, EMT, ER, hospital, healthcare workers and those at risk.

The daughter of a NY hospital worker told us that even though a NYC politician showed up at the hospital to drop off PPEs,  "my mom said her department didn’t get anything. "   Simply put: Claims that nurses, hospital maintenance workers and security officers exposed to COVID-19 have the PPE they need to be safe are inaccurate. 

Another NY-area doctor told us he personally spent $9000 to supply his department with PPEs because they didn't have enough. A Florida hospital worker told us, "PPE is EVERYTHING at a time like this! As healthcare professionals we should not be anxious fearing the inability to protect ourselves and our families while working hard to safely take care of ALL our families :(.  Having an N95 mask makes me feel more comfortable knowing my Patient as well as myself are safe as we can be. We cannot practice social distancing (Pre/Post Surgery) but I  have the appropriate PPE, the Patient has a mask, and I feel we're both participating in each others safety to the best of our abilities.  "

Our three-step process: 
Step 1: Bag PPEs, surgical masks, KN95s, face shields and gowns and load truck.
Step 2: Park truck at hospital in need
Step 3: Show your hospital ID and get FREE PPEs.

Inventory we are handing out to hospital workers with badges, COVID-19 homeless shelters and NYC nursing home staff through Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes:
We purchased hundreds of thousands: Surgical Masks, KN95 masks, Face shields, Gowns, Hand Sanitizer and more Received In-Kind donations : DiVal Safety (Tyvex, Gloves); Jeeves of Belgravia (trucking and delivery);  Super Health Pharmacy (trucking, banners, PPE discounts), Keep Breathing NYC/  (ear savers), NYU Grossman school (8,000 face shields)
Housing Works, a New York City based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness, provided volunteer support to process donations and assemble kits for distribution.

If the public supports us, we can go to other hospitals in need and continue to supply the COVID-19 Housing Works Inc. homeless shelters. Stay tuned for next delivery announcement. The more money we raise, the more workers we can help!


Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes is a project of Art Science Research Laboratory. There’s no time to wait to fundraise first in a crisis. So ASRL’s founder Rhonda Roland Shearer went ahead, borrowed money, and started buying hundreds of thousands of dollars of hard-to-find PPEs for our first responders and healthcare heroes. Now we must raise money to pay the bills.

Our experience:
After Sept. 11, Rhonda sprung into action and started a similar program for Ground Zero first responders, supplying desperately needed PPEs for NYC city uniform services and raising millions of dollars from foundations. We are uniquely able to find and distribute PPEs and other supplies because of experience as the main WTC supply operation for city uniform services for the entire 9/11 recovery operation.  Back in the first days of Ground Zero operations, my not-for-profit first operated out of the back of a truck to deliver respirators and other PPEs directly into first responders' hands, as widely documented in foundation and news reports.


Rhonda Roland Shearer, an artist, scholar and award-winning journalist, provided Charles King, Housing Works’ longtime director, with original funding and start-up space for Housing Works in 1990 in her art studio, and later started Housing Works Thrift Shop. Shearer is a philanthropist and director of Art Science Research Laboratory, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit that she co-founded with her late husband, Harvard professor and scientist, Stephen Jay Gould.Shearer borrowed nearly one million dollars to buy PPE's for 9/11 first responders who also did not have proper safety equipment. Through ASRL, a private family foundation, she later raised millions of dollars to pay the vendor bills for the WTC Ground Zero Relief Project. She is again using borrowed money to secure personal protective equipment for workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. ASRL publishes numerous websites including the award-winning iMediaEthics media ethics news website, the NASA Astrobiology Magazine (now just an archive), and the art research website Tout

Charles King is one of the founders and CEO of Housing Works, Inc. a community-based, not–for–profit organization that provides a full range of services including housing, health care, mental health, chemical dependency services, legal, advocacy, and job training and employment for homeless men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions. Charles served on the governing body of UNAIDS as a member of the NGO Delegation to the PCB and was Co-chair of the NYS End of AIDS Task Force. He is currently the co-chair of the Ending the Epidemic Subcommittee of the NYS AIDS Advisory Council. He also co-chairs ACT Now: End AIDS, a national ending the epidemic Coalition, and co-chairs the Visioning Committee of the National AIDS Housing Coalition. Charles holds both a Law Degree and a Master of Divinity from Yale University and is an ordained Baptist Minister.

ASRL: Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes is a project of Art Science Research Laboratory (ASRL), a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit co-founded by artist, journalist and philanthropist Rhonda Roland Shearer with her late husband, Harvard professor and scientist, Stephen Jay Gould. The legendary philanthropist Paul Mellon gave approximately $2 million to originally fund ASRL.  The WTC Ground Zero Relief was ASRL's 9/11 health and safety supply operation.

Housing Works is a NYC-based non-profit whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. Housing Works is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response efforts. They are currently serving low-income New Yorkers through their community healthcare clinics, housing programs, & integrated case management, and are currently operating an emergency shelter for homeless New Yorkers with COVID-19

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Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes c/o Art Science Research Laboratory
62 Greene St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012


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