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.


Minneapolis Marathon

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!


Midtown Greenway

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.


Beer run?