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-LoppetThis 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.

Beer run?