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.

Thanks to Nice Ride MN for helping organize all of us and to Old Chicago in Uptown who partnered with us and hosted our after work Surly.

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!

Ramsey House

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.


On July 10th, 20 of our Surly Tour Volunteers banded together to make sandwiches for 363days.org.  We set up shop in the brewery and were able to make 961 sandwiches in less than two hours.  Way to go!

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.

Minneapolis Marathon

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!


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