2013 Service Project Recap

December: Memorial Blood Center(MBC) On Monday, December 23rd the blood mobile came back out to the brewery for yet another blood letting. Everyone who came to help the cause received a pint glass and a coupon for a free Surly in the taproom at another time. Thank you to the folks who came out and saved a life.

December: Salvation Army Toy Shop: Thursday, December 19th from 3:30pm-7:00pm we had 40 SGAD volunteers help out at the Minneapolis Nat’l Guard Armory. They helped run the Toy Shop by being escorts through the store to help families shop, Gift Table Stockers, Sorters and work the registers. The Toy Shop gives an opportunity for pre-registered low income families to select Christmas gifts for their children. BIG thanks to Stanley’s NE for being our partner on this event.

December: Toys For TotsTaproom Toy Drive ~ We collected 122 toys from December 4th through December 14th for Toys For Tots this holiday season. Thanks to everyone who brought out a toy to donate!

November: Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K): On Wednesday, November 20th from 6:00-9 :00pm we had 45 folks out to the FB4K Mendota Heights warehouse to wash, spit shine and fix hundreds of bikes that will be given to kids in need at Christmas! Thank you so much to all the volunteers who really dug in and cleaned a lot of bikes.  Thanks also to Lucky’s 13 Pub who partnered with us for this great event.

October: Greenway Clean Up ~ 45 SGAD vols headed back out to our adopted section of the Greenway (Chowen to Dean Parkway) on October 10th from 4:30-6:30pm to help prep it for this coming winter. We pulled weeds and Burdock, Mother Wort and Buckthorn. Well done gang. Big thanks to Rich Harrison for leading us all throught he piles of invasive matter and to Burger Jones for partnering with us on this one.

September: Surly Trail Loppet ~ Thanks to the 15 volunteers who came out to help at the Surly Trail Loppet pouring beer and cheering on all the runners.

August: Open Streets MPLS ~ On Sunday, August 11 from Noon-2:00pm we lent a hand as Street Monitors, Roving Ambassadors and Clean Up Crew to the Open Streets (Minnehaha Ave.) event.  We had 35 SGAD volunteers to help keep the streets real! Thanks so much to Longfellow Grill for partnering with us at this event!

July: People Incorporated DSL (Deaf Supportive Living) House ~ From 5:00-8:00pm 60 SGAD volunteers spent their evening at the DSL House giving the many walls, hallways and common spaces a new coat of paint. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get that job completed. Also, thanks to Stanley’s for being out partner on this one!

June:  UCare Tri-Loppet ~ 40 awesome, sturdy SGAD vols came out on June 29th to help set up, tear down and run the Surly transition area. What does this mean you ask? It means a lot of hauling of canoes/kayaks for racers coming off the lake and getting all the boats back to their homes. Thanks to all who worked tirelessly to make this event a success.

June:  Memorial Blood Center (MBC) On Friday, June 28 the blood mobile came on out to the brewery and gathered up 28 units of blood. Thanks to all those who so generously gave of their time and red stuff.

June: Greenway Clean Up ~ 50 SGAD vols were back out on our adopted section of the Greenway (Chowen to Dean Parkway) on June 4th cleaning it up and getting rid of buckthorn, burdock, motherwart and garlic mustard just to name a few of the invasive plants we tackled. Thanks to Burger Jones Uptown for being our awesome partner AGAIN on this event.

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.

Beer run?