SURLY GIVES A DAMN
Surly Gives a Damn is the public-spirited side of Surly.
Our mission is to “tap” the passion and good will shared amongst Surly Nation to give back and to support our community. We follow through with this mission in two ways; firstly with donations of Surly beer and swag to local businesses and charitable organizations in need. Secondly, we provide ongoing opportunities for our volunteers to participate in Service Projects throughout the year.
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Surly Gives A Damn in 2013:
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May: Senior Community Services ~ THIS EVENT IS FULL!
On Saturday, May 18th from 12:30pm-5:00pm we will need 45 volunteers to help the elderly with some serious spring cleaning of their yards and homes (raking and window washing). We will have 15 homes and clients to work with. These homes will all be in the Brooklyn Center and Crystal area. You will need to bring your own rake for this event. We will be heading back to the brewery when we are all done for our ice cold job well done Surly.
June 4th: Greenway Clean Up ~ SGAD will be back out on our adopted section of the Greenway (Chowen to Dean Parkway) to clean it up and get rid of some invasive plants...yes that means buckthorn too. We will need 50 hardy folks to help out on Tuesday, June 4th from 5:30-7:30pm. Sign up will be posted here and on FB on Tuesday, May 21st.
June 28th: Memorial Blood Center (MBC) Surly Blood Drive will be taking place at the brewery from 9:00am-3:00pm on Friday, June 28. Come give a pint and we will give you a pint glass (empty that is). To find our blood drive, check HERE, search by ORGANIZATION, then type in "Surly" and simply go from there.
June 29th: UCare Tri-Loppet ~ We will be running the Surly transition area, which means, hauling canoes/kayaks for racers coming off the lake and onto their run, running the water stop, and then tearing everything back down. This event takes place at Brownie Lake. We will need 35 volunteers from 8:00am - 2:00pm. Sign up for this event will be on Thursday, June 13th.
July 25th: People Incorporated DSL (Deaf Supportive Living) House ~ Get your pain brushes! We will be looking for 40 volunteers to help paint all the common area's of the DSL House in Minneapolis. The event will take place on Thursday, July 26th from 6:00-8:00pm. Sign up for the event will be Thursday, July 11th.
The rest of the year is a work in progress...keep coming back to check out the updates.
We issue Surly Gives a Damn (SGAD) work shirts to all volunteers. You will receive your shirt at your first project. Once you have been issued a Surly Gives A Damn shirt, please wear it to all other SGAD events you volunteer for in 2013.
For those of you wanting to volunteer for SurlyFest or Darkness Day, please note, you need to volunteer for a Surly Gives A Damn event to be invited to volunteer for our BIG events.
2013 Service Project Recap
May: Second Harvest Heartland- Meals for Minds ~ 50 Surly volunteers helped get the Meals for Minds mobile food pantry set up and running at a local elementary school on May 9th. Once it was ready to go, families came in to shop and the volunteers helped with picking out groceries and carry bags. What a great program, thanks Second Harvest Heartland and great job Surly Gives A Damn volunteers. Also, thank you to the Uptown Tavern for being our partner for this event.
April: Great River Greening ~ We had 80 volunteers help plant 1500 trees at the Cedar Creek Conservation Area in Oak Grove on April 20th from 8:30am-Noon. After a snowstorm the buried the area in 12 inches of snow, we still shoveled out and carried on. Thanks to everyone who dug deep through the snow and soil, you did a GREAT JOB!
March: Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) ~ On Thursday, March 21st we had 50 SGAD volunteers pack, sort and box food at EFN. In just two hours we helped serve 5,580 folks. Big thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work, to EFN for the great projects and to The Lodge for partnering with us on this event. Cheers to a job well done!
February: Park Nicollet Luminary Loppet ~ On February 2 & 3 Surly volunteers helped pour beer all day at two Surly Beer Garden locations as well as handing out beers to the 4500 Luminary Loppet participants as they snowshoed, walked and skied the stunning Luminary course. Thank you to all who braved the cold to ensure good beer could be had.
January: Loppet Snow Sculpture Prep Team ~ On Sunday, January 27th from Noon-5:00pm we had 30 SAGD volunteers scoop, stomp and pile snow into 4'x4'x8' blocks for the City of Lakes Loppet Snow Sculpture contest. After our work was done, we headed to Republic for some great grub and a nice cold Surly. Thanks to all of you for your hours of back breaking work and to Republic for partnering with us on this one. Job well done.
January: Bridging Dresser Build ~ Way to kick off the new year! On January 10th we had 40 SGAD volunteers build 30 dressers, in two hours, for families in need. Thank you to all the volunteers, Bridging and Old Chicago Roseville for partnering with us on the event and giving us a place to land when our work was done.
2012 Service Project Recap
Surly Nation, in 2012, you took SGAD to new heights!
Here are the stats: 17 projects, 667 volunteers and 3194 volunteer project hours.
Thanks to everyone who gave a Damn this year!
December: MBC Blood Drive - Thank you to everyone who came out and gave their time and blood in the last days of 2012.
December: Holidazzle with EFN. Once again we joined in the fun of the Holidazzle parade. On Thursday, December 13th we had 45 folks from 5:00pm-8:00pm get dressed up in Holidazzle finery and gathered canned goods and donations for the Emergency Foodshelf Network along the parade route. Thank you to 8th Street Grill for partnering with us on this event and thank you to all the SGAD vols who took their time to Give A Damn!
December: Madison's Christmas Wish Toy Drive - Surly collected 230 new unused toys, gifts and gift cards for children suffering the diagnosis of cancer. Thank you Surly Nation for bringing out so many toys and making a difference. You made a lot of kiddos happy this holiday season.
November: Free Bikes For Kids - On Tuesday, November 6th from 6:00-8:00pm, we had 35 folks washing, spit shining and fixing hundreds of bikes to be given to kids at Christmas! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out, Mainstreet Bar & Grill for partnering with us on this one and for FB4K for having us all out.
October: The Greenway. We had 45 amazing volunteers come out to our adopted section of the Greenway (Chowen to Dean Parkway) to rid this area of invasive plants, pick up garbage and get it ready for winter. Thanks to all of you for helping out and a big shout out to Burger Jones for partnering with us on this event!
August: Our Tour Volunteers spent their Sunday afternoon making sandwiches for 363 Ministries. Well, I'm not sure you could even call it an afternoon, they made 1,200 sandwiches in 54 minutes...WAY TO GO Tour Vols! Mr. Law even came out to the brewery to tell us more about his program and to pick up all the sandwiches. Thanks to all of you for helping.
July: People Incorporated- On the evening of Thursday, July 26th from 5:30-8:00pm, we had 40 SGAD volunteers helping out People Incorporated. Our group helped rebuild the deck, paint the foundation and finished off with a little landscaping for one of the Adult Foster Care homes in Apple Valley. Thank you to everyone who BUILT IT and for The Valley Tap House who partnered with us on this event and hosted our after work gathering.
June: MBC Blood Drive -The blood mobile was back in action at the brewery on Friday, June 29th from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and gave! We had a total of 46 units of blood given, helping to save 138 lives on this go-around. Big kudos to the18 brand new donors who signed up! Thanks again for your support in this effort. Let's do it again in December.
June: U-Care City of Lakes Tri-Loppet. This event took place down at Brownie Lake. We had 35 volunteers from 8:00am - 2:00pm set-up our Surly transition area, haul canoes/kayaks for racers coming off the lake and onto their run, run the water stop, and then tear everything back down. A huge thanks to Rich Harrison who helped coordinate this event and to all our awesome volunteers who worked really hard to make this event a success. Cheers!
May 22nd-25th: Habitat for Humanity ~ A Brush with Kindness Program. This was one of our biggest projects to date and thank you to all our volunteers who helped out. 66 SGAD vols worked 8:30 am - 4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. We would have had 25 more but Thursday was a rain out-BOO! Our project was a 1 1/2 story home in Brooklyn Center. We preped, washed and paint the exterior of the home and attached garage. We also helped in repairing and staining their fence. Thank you to Panera Bread for partnering with us on this event and spliting the cost of the volunteer lunches.
May 8th AND May 10th: The Greenway. Over a two-day period of time 75 hard-core, buckthorn pulling, SGAD volunteers headed to our adopted Surly section of the Greenway (Chowen to Dean Parkway). This was our first Greenway Back to Back and did we ever get a lot done. Great job to everyone who came out to rid the Greenway of invasive plants, Buckthorn, Garlic Mustard & Burdock BE GONE! I would also like to extend a BIG thank you to Burger Jones and My Burger for partnering with us on these events.
April: Open Farms. 30 folks headed out to Belle Plaine in the wind and the rain from 9:00am-Noon to help get the farm ready for the 2012 growing season. We planted seedlings, lots of onions, made a couple low tunnels, built an irrigation system, made seedling pots and prepped the soil with hoes and shovels. THANKS SGAD vols, great job and thanks to Buffalo Tap for partnering with us on this event!
March: People Incorporated. 45 SGAD volunteers spent 2 1/2 hours painting the inside of the P2 house in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 10. Thank you for all your hard work and great job getting it all covered! Also, thank you to Buster's on 28th for partnering with us on this event!
February: The Loppet x 2. Wednesday, February 1st found 50 SGAD volunteers stuffing 4500 race packets for the City of Lakes Loppet race participants. We stuffed-it in record heat and record time at Calhoun Square. BIG thanks to Chiang Mai Thai who partnered with us for our after beer gathering!
Saturday, February 4th found 35 of our amazing volunteers pouring beer at the Luminary Loppet Surly stop (yes, I said SURLY stop!) and at the Luminary Party. Thanks to all of you for helping make Surly such a big part the Loppet's weekend of events and helping things run so smoothly.
January: We went back to our roots; EFN was Surly Gives a Damn's very first project! We had 50 volunteers help out on Wednesday, January 18th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm sorting and packaging food for EFN. We worked on four different projects that will serve over 4,000 folks in need.
A big thanks to each of you for coming out to the Emergency Foodshelf Network and working so hard. A special note of thanks to the EFN crew for organizing us and to the 3 Squares Restaurant for partnering with us on this event and giving us a place to land after our work was done.
Way to kick off SGAD 2012.
2011 Service Project Recap
In short, Surly Nation rocked 2011!
Here are the stats: 14 projects, 616 volunteers, 1,566 volunteer project hours and 15, 014 pounds of food donated through tours.
Thanks to everyone who lended a hand this past year.
Blood Drive Surly and Memorial Center HOLIDAY Blood Drive happened on Thursday, December 29th from 9:00am-3:00pm at the brewery. All donors received an empty Surly pint glass and had the chance to win a $25 Surly gift card. Thank you all for giving of yourselves that last few days before the New Year.
Madison's Christmas Wish Well done Surly Nation, you donated 175 toys to Madison's Christmas Wish toy drive in just two tours. Madison's parents were able to bring your generous donation of new unused toys, gifts and gift cards to children in the hospital suffering from the diagnosis of cancer. Thanks for making their holiday season brighter.
Bridging For this event we teamed up with Bridging on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00-8:00pm. 50 of our SGAD volunteers processed, folded (rolled) and organized EVERY blanket they had in the Roseville warehouse (2500). Those blankets were donated to Bridging from the Subway Blankets for Bridging Drive a few days prior. A BIG thanks to Grumpy's in Roseville for partnering with us and hosting the SGAD volunteers after our work was done.
Great job volunteers!
Free Bikes 4 Kidz Great job Surly Gives a Damn volunteers! 46 of our volunteers went out to the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center on Thursday, November 17th to help work on the Free Bikes 4 Kidz program. We fixed up and cleaned 50 + donated children's bikes. These bikes will now be given away (sometime mid December) to parents who would not otherwise be able to afford to buy their kids a bike for Christmas.
Greenway Clean Up On October 11th, 45 SGAD volunteers did a massive buckthorn extraction and got our section of the Greenway ready for the winter! You all did an utterly amazing job! A BIG thank you to all our volunteers, to Rich Harrison for mapping out what was needed to be done and to Burger Jones in Uptown for generously partnering with us on this event, great job!
On September 14th, 45 Surly volunteers came out to paint the exterior deck of the Ramsey House in St. Paul. The Safe Haven Services - Ramsey House assists chronically homeless adults with a mental illness achieve their goals related to safety, stability and recovery. Thank you to all of our great volunteers and a special note of thanks to The Bulldog Lowertown for partnering with us on this event, it was the perfect place to land for our well deserved, after project, Surly.
Memorial Blood Center Blood Drive
On Friday, July 1st from 9:00-3:00 pm, right before the long holiday weekend, we had 63 folks registered to come on out and give blood. We had a total of 52 units of blood donated! Because blood can be broken down into three components: Plasma, Platelets and Red Blood Cells the 52 whole units donated at the drive can be used to have 156 lives.
Thank you Surly Nation for giving of yourself!
City of Lakes Tri Loppet
The City of Lakes Tri Loppet drew the LARGEST first time group of Surly Gives a Damn volunteers TO DATE! Glad to have you on board folks. We had 37 volunteers that helped out at the Tri Loppet on Saturday, June 25th. The SGAD volunteers did everything from hauling canoes and kayaks, to setting up and tearing down snow fencing, manning the aide station right up the hill from Brownie Lake and even going above and beyond the call of duty to help tear down the finish line. Great work to all.
A special thanks to Rich Harrison for taking the lead on this heavy lifting service project and Kara Yanke for taking the lead at the Aide Station. You guys rocked it out!
That cold keg of Surly at the finish line sure tasted good after this one. Thanks again everyone.
On Sunday, June 5th, 40 Surly Gives a Damn volunteers managed, cheered on runners, handed out water/powerade and had a whole lot of fun at our Surly water stop (miles 12.5 & 19.5).
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to help.
Midtown Greeway Spring Clean Up
40 of our hardest working volunteers showed up at our adopted section of the Greenway on Wednesday, May 25th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm for a spring clean up and invasive weed whacking.
Thanks to all of you for your hard work and thanks to Burger Jones for having our motly crew in for beers after our really dirty work was done.
Feed My Starving Children
54 of our SGAD volunteers headed to Feed My Starving Children on Thursday, April 21 to pack meals for malnourished children in Haiti. In the 1.5 hours that our group was there, we packaged up 43 boxes of food to be sent off, that equals 9288 meals. That number of meals will feed 25 kids, a meal a day, for an entire year. Great job everyone!
Also, a big thanks to the staff at Old Chicago in Eden Prairie who so generously hosted our group after all our work was done.
Emergency Foodshelf Network
On March 21, 2011, 50 SGAD volunteers went back to the Emergency Foodshelf Network where Surly Gives A Damn took flight just one short year ago.
In the two hours that we were there, we helped over 7540 people in need. We worked on and completed the following projects: packing 314 pounds of produce, packing 749 pounds of Holiday Meal Boxes, sorting through 1623 pounds of donated food and packing 759 pounds of pasta.
After our job was done, we headed over to the New Hope Cinema Grill to enjoy a viewing of Beerfest. A BIG thank you to them for the generous donation of space and for covering everyone's admission to the movie!
And a special thanks to all of our SGAD volunteers, on yet another job well done!
City of Lakes Loppet Race Packet Stuffing
Thank you to the 35 SGAD volunteers who helped stuff 3,500 race packets on Thursday, February 3rd for the City of Lakes Loppet weekend of events. The packet stuffing took place at the Theodore Wirth Park Chalet and was accomplished in record time by our very smart and efficient crew. After our job was done we headed out to Papa's, who generously partnered with us for this event, for a Surly on the house!
Great job everyone!
Opportunity Center - Saturday, January 15th 2011 from 9:00am - 3:00 pm, 35 of our most tenacious Surly volunteers dug in deep to paint the entire basement of the Opportunity Center near downtown Minneapolis. The Opportunity Center helps folks who are experiencing homelessness connect with resources that will help them move towards self-sufficiency.
These volunteers got to work and got the job done, that includes A LOT of trim work and two coats of paint!
Pizza Luce partnered with us at this event, delivering our crew donated pizza for lunch and a wonderful place to hang out after our work was done.
Thank you volunteers for all your hard work. Job well done!
2010 Service Project Recap
Last minute call for blood with Memorial Blood Center
We got the call that blood was needed for the Holiday season and Surly Nation answered that call. On December 28th from noon - 4:00 pm, 50 amazing folks signed up to give blood at the brewery. Thank you to all who gave of themselves to help someone else. What a great way to end our first Surly Gives a Damn year!
Holidazzle Parade & EFN
On Saturday, December 18th, 45 of our amazing Surly volunteers met up to march in the Holidazzle Parade. They helped gather canned goods and monetary donations for the Emergency Foodshelf Network, all of which will help those in need this Holiday Season.
Nice work volunteers.
Fall Midtown Greenway Clean Up
On Wednesday, September 29th, 40 hard working Surly Gives A Damn volunteers showed up, at our adopted section of the Greenway, to take our second swing of the year at all the Buckthorn and Burdock in the area. You would not believe the piles of invasive plant material that was extracted out of the earth.
Great work volunteers, we thank you!
Surly Blood Drive
Surly and Memorial Blood Center teamed up for our first ever Give a Pint & Get a Pint (empty pint glass that is) Blood Drive on July 28th at the brewery. We had an amazing turn out, for a first time drive, with 60 registered donors and 21 first time donors. Collecting a total of 53 units of blood, saving 159 lives.
Special props go out to our first time blood donors (you know who you are) and many thanks to ALL OF YOU for donating your time and your blood.
On Sunday, June 6th our Surly Volunteer Army took to the streets of Minneapolis to support the Minneapolis Marathon at the Surly water stop (stop #9) at miles 12.5 & 19.5. Our 40 volunteers handed out water, powerade, bananas and oranges to the 1,148 runners. They also doled out an immense amount of encouragement along the way.
Thank you to all the volunteers!
Surly teamed up with the Midtown Greenway Coalition and adopted a section of the Greenway. Adopting a portion of the Greenway allows us the opportunity to keep it beautiful twice a year.
On April 20th, 50 of our very own volunteers, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in by picking up garbage, hand plucking invasive weeds such as Burdock, Motherwort and Garlic Mustard and even took to uprooting a tremendous amount of Buckthorn. That was hard work, but well worth the effort!
Since we were so close to Earth Day we decided to see how many folks could walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit. I am happy to report 95% of our participants went green!
Way to go everyone.
Emergency Foodshelf Network
On March 3rd, with the help of 50 Surly loving volunteers, Surly Gives a Damn kicked off its very first service project!
We partnered with The Emergency Foodshelf Network to work on several different packing projects. In just two short hours, our volunteer army packed up over 700 boxes of food, sorted through 8808 pounds of donated food and then packed it all up for various food shelves. We ended up serving 3387 folks in need, all in one night.
Have an idea for a Service Project? Let us know about it and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.