Surly Gives A Damn is the Public-spirited Side of Surly.

Our mission is to “give a damn” by providing volunteer and charitable donation support to community-based partners of Surly Brewing Company. We follow through with this mission by organizing ongoing opportunities for volunteers to participate in service projects to help foster the community. Additionally, we fulfill donation requests for Surly beer and merchandise for qualified charitable organizations.

If you are looking for a donation, check out our Donation Requests page. If you’re a non-profit looking for event space rental at the new brewery check out our Event Spaces page. We are no longer accepting paper requests. All requests must be made through the online forms. And we are currently ONLY donating beer in Minnesota.



Upcoming SGAD Events & Sign Ups – Mark Your Calendars!

The DAMN 2017 Calendar 

September

  • SGAD Winnipeg: ImagineAbility Building Painting! SGAD’s going international! On Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am-5:00pm, we’re looking for 25 Winnipeg volunteers to paint a site for ImagineAbility, an organization dedicated to supporting the aspirations of individuals living with a disabilities through programs and supported employment. We’ll be working alongside GenNext, a volunteer program associated with the United Way, to accomplish this project! Thank you King’s Head Pub for being our landing place where we’ll grab a Surly beer afterwards. Sign up here!

October

  • SGAD WI: Hunger Task Force farm work! That’s right, we’re going to the farm TWICE this year! On Saturday, October 7th, from 12:30pm-3:30pm, help us do some sweaty farm labor on the beautiful Hunger Task Force Farm! In the past we’ve harvested apples, planted tomatoes, and cleaned fisheries. You never know what’ll happen. Sign up here!
  • SGAD MN: Dangerous Man Volunteers & Mississippi Park Connection! Join us on Saturday, October 7th from 9:00am-12:00pm for the 2nd annual gathering with Dangerous Man Volunteers and the Mississippi Park Connection! We will be helping beautify the park entrance as well as plant pollinators, grasses and shrubs throughout this amazing habitat. Afterwards, we’ll drink beers and chow down on the food so kindly donated by Gastrotruck. Sign up here!
  • SGAD ND: Great Plains Food Bank food repack! Join us on Wednesday, October 11th from 6:00pm-8:00pm to help repack food at the Great Plains food bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota. We’re looking for 20 people to contribute to the cause! Sign up here!
  • SGAD IA: Bur Oak Land Trust nature work! Join us in Iowa City on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Bur Oak Land Trust, a collection of nine preserved natural areas in Iowa. We need 20 people to help burn the prairie, remove invasive species, maintain trails, or plant prairie seed! Sign up here! 
  • SGAD MN: Free Bikes 4 Kidz! Join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 6:00pm-9:00pm to put your handy-person skills to work by helping clean and repair bikes! Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Wednesday, September 27th.

 

DAMN’S GIVEN IN 2017

January

  • SGAD MN: Bridging ~ We kicked 2017 off right! We had 75 volunteers come out to Bridging in Roseville on Wednesday, January 18th from 6:00-8:00pm and built 60 dressers! Talk about working together, great job everyone and thank you for your hard work and dedication to getting ALL of the dressers built. Also, big thanks to our Event Partner, Grumpy’s Roseville! What a great place to land after our work was all done. Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America, the organization improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. If you have items or time to give, don’t hesitate to head back to Bridging.
  • SGAD MN: The Sheridan Story ~ On Thursday, January 26 from 6:00-8:00pm we had 63 folks help pack up 2,359 bags of food, for school children in need, to take home so they have food to eat over the weekend. You can check out the photos here. Over 200,000 children in Minnesota live in food insecurity. The Sheridan Story leverages community and school partnerships to fight child hunger by providing a weekend’s supply of food to hungry children. Thank you to all the volunteers for all your quick hard work and to Grumpy’s Roseville for yet again being our Event Partner!
  • SGAD MN: The Loppet Foundation ~ On Sunday, January 29 from Noon-5:00pm we had 27 sturdy folks out to help with our Loppet Extreme Event. We spent the day erecting lights, shoveling snow and building/filling snow sculpture forms and THEN we all went tubing (just a great little perk of the day). It’s always a day to remember, you can check the photos out here. Thanks to Iron Door Pub for having us all out, giving back and being our Event Partner on this fun event. Hope to see you out at the City of Lakes Loppet weekend ski festival Feb 3-7! If anything, come on out for a beer.

February

  • SGAD MN: Second Harvest Heartland ~ On Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00-8:00pm, we had 63 folks come on out to Second Harvest Heartland and help with a repacking event. In the short time we were there, we were able to repack 3142 pounds of rice. That created a total of 2618 meals for people in need. GREAT effort everyone, you can check the photos out here! Big thanks as well to our Event Partner, New Bohemia Wurst & Bier Haus – Golden Valley, for giving us a great place to land after our work was done. I am not exactly sure how many pretzels got eaten last night, but I think it was A LOT!

March

  • SGAD MN: Surly Polar Plunge Team ~ BIG thanks to our awesome Surly Polar Plunge Team for coming out, jumping in (ok running in) ice cold Lake Calhoun and raising over $3500 for Special Olympics!  You can check out all the photos right here. Start planning your outfit for 2018.

April

  • SGAD MN: Rochester Parks Clean Up 4.0! On Saturday, April 8 from 10:30am-12:30pm we picked up 64 bags of litter that were strewn across the city. Thanks to Schott Distributing for being involved and to Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub for being our Event Partner again on this go around. Here are the photos if you want to take a peak at the fun we had. Great job all! We will see you next spring.
  • SGAD MN: Medical Supply Packing at MATTER! On Wednesday, April 12 from 5:00pm-8:00pm we had 48 folks come on out and help sort and re-pack medical supplies. We were able to pack up 190 boxes that will in turn help over 22,000 people and give them better access to health. Matter is a nonprofit on a mission to expand access to health, next door and around the world. Thanks to Yard House for being our Event Partner for this event. What a great place to land. Cheers!
  • SGAD MN: Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup with our neighborhood friends at PPA! On Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am-11:30am, 41 people came out and cleaned the hell out of Minneapolis. We picked up 40 bags of trash and 20 bags of recycling. Way to show the earth some love, guys! Check out the photos here.
  • SGAD MN: Prospect Park Community Garden (Towerside) Work Day! On Saturday, April 29 from 9am-Noon, 47 folks moved and filled 20 elevated beds, built and installed two solar panels, built three additional compost bins, framed up a new hydroponic garden, and moved what was perhaps a literal ton of bricks for the Prospect Park Community Garden. This event went hand in hand with the Dangerous Man Volunteer garden prep day. Afterwards, we met up at the DM garden space and shared a beer and some food. Check out photos from the event here and here.

May

  • SGAD MN: Greenway Spring Clean Up! On Tuesday, May 16th from 5:30-7:30pm, 57 people ventured out to the NEW adopted section of the Greenway. The section focused on both sides of the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge near Hiawatha and 26th St. East in MPLS. We gathered 14+ bags of garbage, and removed massive amounts of invasive plant species from the area. Thanks to Blue Door Pub for being our event partner! Check out the photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Birdtown Half Marathon! On Saturday, May 20th from 8:00am-11:00am, 18 hearty folks handed out medals, food, and water to over 500 racers at the Birdtown Half Marathon. All proceeds from the race went to the Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation. Thanks so much New Bohemia for being our event partner and giving us a place to dry off after the rainy morning! Check out photos from the event here.

June

  • SGAD MN: Hearts & Hammers home repair! On Saturday, June 3rd, from 8:00am-4:00pm, 32 people painted, repaired, spruced, and beautified a house in Robbinsdale, MN. The homeowner was thrilled! Afterwards, we headed to the Surly beer hall for a well-deserved beer. Photos from the epic event can be found here!
  • SGAD MN: Building Dressers for Bridging! On Thursday, June 8th from 6:30pm-9:00pm, 58 people built 49 dressers for the Minnesota-based non-profit Bridging, the largest furniture bank in the United States. Afterwards we had a beer and pizza party in the Surly warehouse. Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD WI: MILWAUKEE: Hunger Task Force work the farm! On Saturday, June 10th from 12:30pm-3:30pm, 10 people planted 400 tomato plants at the Hunger Task Force Farm, where fruits, vegetables, and other food-things are grown for people in need in the community. Afterwords, the Milwaukee Burger Company in Franklin, WI graciously hosted us for beers and burgers. Check out photos from the event here!
  • SGAD IA: DES MOINES: Brush Removal at Snyder Heritage Farm! On Saturday, June 17th, 21 people joined us and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and removed sumac and invasive species from Snyder Heritage Farm, a preservation farm filled with prairie, wetland, woodland, and oak savanna habitat. Thank you so much Fong’s Pizza for hosting us afterwards! You can check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Plant pollinators at Surly MSP! On the evening of Wednesday, June 21, 10 people planted 2 trees, 7 shrubs, and 20 echinacea flowering plants at the Surly brewery in the hopes of attracting the bees and the butterflies. Thank you to the City of Minneapolis and Tonkadale Greenhouse for donating the plants! See the photos of the day here.
  • SGAD MN: Arc’s Value Village donation sorting! On Monday, June 26th, 31 people joined us at Arc’s Value Village to unpack and sort donations. Not only is Arc’s Value Village a spectacular thrift store, each year over a million dollars from the stores goes towards supporting people with disabilities. SGAD volunteers unpacked 1800 pounds of donations, tagged $960 worth of items, put 8 racks of clothing on the sales floor, worked on 40 boxes of hard goods, bundled 1250 pounds of cloth, and found all sorts of treasures along the way. All total, the volunteers processed $6910 worth of product. Thank you Brunson’s Pub for providing a celebratory Surly beer and delicious food. Check out photos from the event here!
  • SGAD IL: Greater Chicago Food Depository food repack! On Wednesday, June 28 from 6:00pm-8:45pm 36 volunteers worked at the Depository – an organization dedicated to distributing food for hungry people in Cook County. The kickass group packed up 2943 3lb bags of macaroni. When combined with the efforts of the apple group, that equals 16,632 meals! Thank you to Skylark for being our official event partner — we loved the Xtra-Citra. Check out photos from the event here! 

July

  • SGAD MN: Surly & MBC blood letting! On Monday, July 3rd from 11:00am-6:30pm, 88 people helped save lives by donating pints of blood at Surly MSP. Thank you to Memorial Blood Centers for doing such important work, and for everyone willing to help over the Fourth of July holiday!
  • SGAD WI: Madison Monona Bay Shoreline Cleanup! On Saturday, July 8th from 10:00am-12:00pm, 34 volunteers in Madison, WI picked up 20 bags of trash along the Monona Bay Shoreline and in Brittingham Park! Big thanks to Friends of Monona Bay (FOMB) Monthly Shoreline Cleanup for letting us join the event, and to The Coopers Tavern for the round of beers and space on a busy day! Check out photos of the event here. 
  • SGAD NE: Food Bank for the Heartland food repack! On Saturday, July 15th from 9:00am-11:30am, 15 awesome Omaha folks repacked 1824 pounds of frozen cod at the Food Bank for the Heartland, an organization that distributes food to 460 food pantries, schools, and emergency shelters. Those 1824 pounds will go to 1082 families! Thanks also go to The Casual Pint for the delicious round of beers. Check out photo from the event here! 
  • SGAD MN: People Inc Painting! On Thursday, July 20th from 5:00pm until dark, 25 folks painted and landscaped the Project Recovery Home. The home is a part of People Inc, an organization dedicated to supporting mental health and wellness in the Twin Cities area. Oxcart Ale House kindly hosted the group for Surly beers after the event — thank you! Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD ND: Great Plains Food Bank food repack! On Saturday, July 22nd, 20 incredible volunteers repacked food at the Great Plains food bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota. All total, the volunteers packed 936 pounds of black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, and yellow split peas, plus 2720 pounds of zucchini. This will provide 3046 meals! Thank you so much Wurst Bier Hall for giving us a round a beer to celebrate a job well done. Check out photos from the event here! 
  • SGAD MN: TriLoppet Surly transition team! On Sunday, July 23rd from 8:00am-12:30pm, 21 volunteers hauled hundreds of canoes, kayaks, and other boats at the TriLoppet‘s Surly Transition station! The TriLoppet is a truly Minnesotan off-road triathlon comprised of paddling, running, and mountain biking. It was quite the sweaty and epic affair — thanks everyone! Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Surly Trail Building! On Saturday, July 29th from 9:00am-12:00pm, 37 volunteers helped build a trail at Quarry Park, Duluth’s latest and coolest outdoor area. The trail building involved a lot of clearing grass, rock, and leveling — the results will last for years to come! Afterwards we headed to Sir Ben’s for a free, celebratory Surly beer! Thanks Sir Ben’s for being our event partner. Check out photos from the event here.

August

  • SGAD MN: MN Off-Road Cyclists trail build! On Wednesday, August 2nd from 6pm-9pm, 50 SGAD volunteers joined us at Theodore Wirth to work on the trails. Led by the amazing MORC team we were able to cut out new trail, build a split rail fence, create a stone entrance at a trail head and add in multiple features to make riding more challenging if you want to roll that way. Thank you to Punch Bowl Social for giving us a place to fuel back up and quench our thirst. Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD SD: Bike MS work the finish line! On Saturday, August 5th from 10am-1pm, 12 folks worked the finish line at the Bike MS race in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The bikers will raced 20, 61, or 100 miles through southeastern South Dakota to help rid the world of MS and appreciated the support of a bunch of fun beer-loving volunteers! Thank you Sioux Falls CRAVE for being our event partner for this event! See more photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Open Arms Farm takeover! On Wednesday, August 9th from 5:00pm-7:00pm to start a new farm for Open Arms, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, and ALS in the Twin Cities. In two hours, 15 hardy folks transformed a plot of grass into a farm using the lasagna method: boxes, burlap, manure, food scraps, compost and rocks. Think layers. They also had time to tidy up the growing garden by adding extra compost, weeding and hunting down little squash bugs that are problematic this growing season. Thank you Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub for being our event partner and being ready for our wet, hungry, dirty bunch. Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: CEAP backpack pack! On Wednesday, August 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 42 volunteers from Surly Gives A Damn and With Insight teamed up to help the Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP). In a couple hours’ time we sorted and packed backpacks for kids in need going back to school, stocked the food-shelf shelves, and cleaned out the fridges and freezers. The backpacks are filled with school supplies and will help up to 2000 kids in need. Big thanks as well to our Event Partner, Pub 42, for giving us a place to land, great service, delicious food, and cold pints. Check out photos from the event here!
  • SGAD IA: Bur Oak Land Trust brush removal! On Saturday, August 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Bur Oak Land Trust, 35 SGAD volunteers fought through sweat and thorns to clear impressive piles of multiflora rose, honeysuckle, autumn olive, and thrones honey locust. Way to go, everyone! Thank you Reds Alehouse for giving us a beautiful patio on which to land after the event! Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD WI: Plant Milkweed at Newport State Park! On Wednesday, August 30th from 2:00pm-4:00pm, 22 folks joined SGAD and Wild Tomato Pizza in Door County, Wisconsin to plant milkweed at Newport State Park! Together we planted approximately 35,000 milkweed seeds over 2 miles of trail. Way to go! Afterwards, Wild Tomato Pizza hosted the crew for pizza and beer to celebrate our hard work. Thank you, Wild Tomato, for the enthusiasm! Check out more photos from the event here.

September

  • SGAD IL: Alliance for the Great Lakes Beach Cleanup! On Saturday, September 9th from 9:00am-11:00am 18 volunteers cleaned up North Avenue beach in Chicago! The crew helped on behalf of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an organization dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes through advocacy, volunteering, education, and research. 33.5 pounds of trash, 303 cigarettes, 138 pieces of glass, and more were collected! Thanks Lincoln Station for being our event partner and giving us a great place to hang out and celebrate after the event! Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Fall Greenway Cleanup! On Tuesday, September 12th from 5:30pm-7:30pm, 39 people ventured to the new Sabo section of the Greenway where they weeded, mulched, and perfected 60+ trees. Thank you Tree Trust for organizing the work and letting us use your tools! Great job, everyone! Thanks Iron Door Pub for being our delicious and generous event partner. Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD MN: Arc’s Value Village Halloween sort! On Thursday, September 14th from 6:30pm-9:00pm, 37 volunteers joined ARC’s Value Village at the State Fair Grounds to sort items for their Halloween Sort-a-Thon! Arc’s Value Village is a spectacular thrift store and each year over a million dollars from the stores goes towards supporting people with disabilities. The awesome crew made a massive contribution to the 40,000 items sorted over the course of the day. Bravo! Thanks Seventh Street Truck Park for the beer and the hospitality! Check out the costumed photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD MN: Open Arms Cook-A-Thon! On Saturday, September 16th two SGAD teams of six people each jumped in to raise funds and help out at the Open Arms of MN annual Cook-A-Thon. Out two teams raised $4,118.00 and helped out from 4:00am-6:00am packaging meals, frosting cookies and making cinnamon rolls. What a great day. See photos from the event here.

 

SGAD FYI

We issue Surly Gives a Damn (SGAD) work shirts to all volunteers. You will receive your shirt at your first project. Once you have been issued a Surly Gives A Damn shirt, please wear it to all other SGAD events you volunteer for!

For those of you wanting to volunteer for our BIG events, such as SurlyFest, Darkness Day, or bottle wax dippings, you need to have volunteered for a previous Surly Gives A Damn event during that calendar year.

Have an idea for a Service Project? Email us at surlygivesadamn@surlybrewing.com to let us know about it.

The Damns We’ve Given

See what we’ve done over the past couple years. Lots of karma points and ‘Get out of Hell Free’ cards earned.

Since the start of SGAD, we have worked 65 projects and 8,718 hours.

2010: 7 projects, 328 volunteer spots filled, 763 total volunteer hours
2011: 14 projects, 600 volunteer spots filled, 1566 total volunteer hours
2012: 18 projects, 667 volunteer spots filled, 3194 total volunteer hours
2013: 17 projects, 704 volunteer spots filled, 1976 total volunteer hours
2014: 21 community service projects, 902 volunteer spots filled, 236 new SGAD volunteers, 2376 volunteer hours
2015: 26 community service projects, donated 405 pints of blood to MBC, built 140 dressers for Bridging, painted the inside of three houses, the outside of one.
2016: 33 community service projects (Iowa: 1, Minnesota: 27, Wisconsin: 1, Illinois: 1, Nebraska: 1, South Dakota: 2), 3849 volunteer hours, 441 new volunteers this year.

Past SGAD Events

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