2014 Service Project Recap

December 3rd: Bridging Event ~ On Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00pm-8:30pm we had 65 SGAD volunteers head out to Bridging to build 50 dressers. We completed the task in 2.5 hours with hardly any injuries, well, maybe a few blood blisters. Once we shut the last dresser drawer we headed out to Digby’s in Roseville who was kind enough to be our event partner this go around. Thanks to all of your for your hard work!

November 19th: Free Bikes 4 Kidz Event ~ On Wednesday, November 19th from 6:00pm-9:00pm we had 75 folks to head out to the FB4K warehouse in Minneapolis to wash, spit shine and fix hundreds of bikes that will be given to kids in need at Christmas! After our work was done we raised a couple of pints out at the Surly taproom. Thanks vols!

The gauntlet was thrown down early this year with a 2014 Bike Fix’n Brewery Off between Dangerous Man and Surly. We wanted to find out which brewery’s volunteers could fix and clean the most bikes for Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Dangerous Man started off their efforts in mid October and added spry little groups sporadically throughout the rest of their volunteer time. We chose to take a different route. We built our massive troop base and  descended on the warehouse only once but with as many people as possible. Who won you ask? Well, the kids did for sure AND Dangerous Man pulled out with the win in 2014. For that, they get bragging rights and a trophy, soon to be delivered. Together our volunteers cleaned and repaired over 600 bikes! Awesome job no matter who wins. That said, we will totally win next year, we are already planning our strategy!

November 1st: Great River Greening Buckthorn Bust~ On Saturday, November 1st from 9:30am – 1:00pm SGAD and Dangerous Man Community Volunteers worked together in Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi to extract as much buthorn as possible out of the woods. We had over 100 volunteers and were NOT messing around. We extracted A LOT of buckthorn out of that park and then headed to the Surly taproom for a job well done beer. Big thanks to Hilari and the Dangerous Man volunteers for coming out and digging deep with us.

October 6th: MOCA & the Theodore Wirth Mt. Bike Trail Expansion ~ On October 6th from 5:00pm-dusk we had 25 REALLY STURDY SGAD volunteers to help work with MOCA to clear the corridor for new mountain bike trails at Theodore Wirth. Volunteer crews have been working for months and still have about a half-mile to go, we came out to help get it done! What does “clearing the corridor” mean? It means: clearing a hillside of buckthorn, scrub trees and brush by removing them from the roots and hauling them a short distance downhill to be picked up and destroyed by park forestry. BIG thanks to Smack Shack for partnering with us on this hard core event.

September 4th: Fall Greenway Clean Up ~ On September 4th we had 60 SGAD volunteers head out to our adopted section of the Greenway (Chowen to Dean Parkway) to help prep it for this coming winter. In all actuality, it was much more than that. We pulled weeds, removed buckthorn and honeysuckle, then pruned, reshaped the garden bed and planted sumac at the Chowen Trail Head garden all in two hours time. Thank you SGAD volunteers for always digging deep. You rock! Big thanks to Rich Harrison for organizing us, Aaron and Tree Trust for planning, organizing and the use of your tools and to Burger Jones for always partnering with us no matter how bad we stink.

August 26th: Open Arms of Minnesota~Open Farms: On August 26th we had 20 volunteers head out to the Open Arms farm in St. Paul. In two hours they weeded, harvested, washed vegetables and did any other garden chores that needed to get done. Thank you to our SGAD volunteers who dug deep and to DeGidio’s for being our event partner for this event.

July – September: Summer Greenway~Chown Garden Project ~ We have a small group of folks meeting on a monthly basis to maintain the park at Chowen and the Greenway (this is the start of our adopted section of the Greenway). The group is meeting July, August and September and is lead by Rich Harrison. My Burger is our summertime partner for this on-going event. Thanks everyone.

June 28th: UCare Tri-Loppet ~ We had 31 sturdy SGAD vols come out help set up, tear down and run the Surly transition area and water stop. They hauled an amazing number of canoes/kayaks for racers coming off the lake and got all the boats back to their home at Wheel Fun. After we were done, we made our way to the finish line of the race to enjoy a THANK YOU Surly beer and a little rest.

June 2nd: Memorial Blood Center ~ On Monday, June 2 our Surly Blood Drive took place from Noon – 7:00pm at the brewery. We handed out a Surly pint glass with a coupon for a free beer at the taproom to all those who donated their blood and were able to get 39 units this time around. Thanks for coming out and helping save a life!

June 3rd: Greenway Clean Up ~ The beloved spring Greenway Clean Up took place on our adopted section of the Greenway, June 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm. Rich Harrison led the charge on pulling out buckthorn, invasive weeds and getting the park at Chowen all up to snuff. Thank you to the 65 volunteers who came out to help and to Burger Jones who once again gave our large, dirty, stinky group a place to land and have a cold one.

May 31st: People Incorporated ~ On Saturday, May 31 from 9:00am – 1:00pm 30 SGAD volunteers came out to help People Incorporated. Last year they built a raised-bed organic garden system where their clients could work with staff and community volunteers to grow fruits and veggies. This year, we helped give it a face-lift by doing a bit of landscaping, grading, shrub demolition/removal, weeding, watering, seeding, moving dirt /rock and planting many new plants around the property. Thank you for your hard work volunteers, you done good. Also big thanks to our event partners: Gastrotruck who came out to feed us and keep us fueled mid-event and Stanley’s who gave us a place to land and have an ice cold Surly once our work was done. Well done all.

May 17th: Birdtown Races ~ We had 35 volunteers from 7:00am-Noon out lending a hand at the Birdtown Races. This was a great community wide event that ran right past the brewery. SGAD volunteers took over the finish line handing out medals, working a water-stop, handing out finish line food, being course marshals and helping with timing. Great job everyone, thank you for your help!

April 15th: Emergency Food Shelf Network ~We had 50 volunteers out to EFN on Tuesday, April 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. We helped serve 5,448 people in need by sorting donated foods, packing specialty food boxes and labling unlabed cans. Thanks to everyone who gave their all last night and to The Lodge for being our partner for this event!

April 12th: Rochester Parks Department ~ On Saturday, April 12, Surly Gives A Damn headed out of town for the first time! We teamed up with the Rochester Parks Department and got help form Schott Distributing who helped get the word out and lend so many hands to the venture. With 50 SGAD volunteers we were able to clean up garbage and winter storm debris from 11 different Rochester parks in three hours. Pretty awesome! Thanks to EVERYONE who helped out and to Glynner’s Pub for being our partner on this event.

March 19th & 20th: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore ~ Thank you to the 50 volunteers who came out on March 19th and 20th to help with organizing the ReStore store. With so few employees and so much stuff, having all the extra hands allows projects to get done that the staff would never have time to do on their own. Big thanks as well to Bricks American Pub who was our partner in crime for this event…two nights in a row.

March 1st: Surly Polar Plunge Team ~ THANK YOU to everyone who supported us at the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge this year! With all your help, Surly and Surly Nation donated over $6,000 dollars to the cause. I’m gonna be honest…it was COLD but really fun. Hope to see you out there next year.

February 26th:  Bridging Dresser BuildOn February 26th 46 SGAD volunteers made their way out to the Bridging warehouse in Roseville to get some work done. And work they did. The crew built 60 dressers in two hours time! Thank you volunteers for all your hard work and enthusiasm. Many families in need will now have a dresser due to your efforts. Thanks also to the Old Chicago crew in Roseville for partnering with us on this event. What a great place to land when all the work was done.

Feb 1st & 2nd: City of Lakes Loppet We had an awesome showing at the City of Lakes Loppet weekend of events. Thanks to the Surly Kubb team who moved a bit farther then they did last year, the 2014 Surly Snow Schulpture team that made some amazing Surly art out of snow and ice and to all our SGAD volunteers who helped keep the beer flowing throughout the entire weekend. You did a great job, thank you for helping make the event a great success.

January 26th:Loppet Snow Sculpture Prep Team ~ On Sunday, January 26 from 1:00-5:00pm we had 30 awesome and amazing hardcore SGAD volunteers scoop, stomp and pile snow into 4’x4’x8′ blocks for the City of Lakes Loppet Snow Sculpture contest during what was the most challanging conditions in SGAD history. There is no stopping Surly Nation! Thanks as well to Tryg’s for partnering with us on this event.

January 20th: Second Harvest Heartland “Bring Your Child to Serve Day” ~ On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, we had 40 volunteers (kids and adults) head out to Second Harvest from 3:30-5:30pm to help sort an immense amount of rice. In total, the entire group helped sort over 10 thousand pounds so it could make its way into manageable serving sizes for families. Thanks to all of you for kicking our 2014 SGAD year off right. Also, a BIG thanks to Doolittles Woodfire Grill for partnering with us on this project and being our after work landing spot!

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