Because living in Minnesota rules, we give back to our community with Surly Gives A Damn (SGAD). We contribute to the fine organizations that are making the North a better place to live through charitable donations, partnerships, and volunteer events. Our volunteers are a really active, passionate bunch and man do they give a damn. 

Volunteer Hours In 2018


Well we’d be happy to. We make donations for charitable events to like-minded people and organizations all across the North. 



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Spring Greenway Clean Up

May 21, 2019 - 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Come on out and help us get the Greenway real pretty and ready for all its summer action. This go around, we will be heading back into Uptown! Our work site will be located a bit west of the Walker Library on Hennepin Ave. We will be picking up trash, weeding, mulching, ripping out old shrubs and planting new perennials. As always, let’s put our SGAD stamp on this new area!

1420 The Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA

Hearts & Hammers

June 1, 2019 - 8:00 am-4:00 pm


Come be part of the SGAD house painting team!

We need a sturdy group of 40 folks to help with painting, repairing, sprucing, and beautifying a house in Minneapolis, MN.

The mission of Hearts & Hammers, Twin Cities, is to provide exterior home improvement assistance for senior and disabled homeowners so that they may continue living independently. Come be part of this great day.


526 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, USA

People Inc. Rain Garden Event

June 11, 2019 - 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

St Paul

SGAD has been to a handful of People Incorporated sites before and helped paint, landscape and garden. We will be heading to one of their St. Paul facilities this time around to help get their raingarden planted!

People Incorporated’s mission is to support mental health and wellness in our community through collaboration and integration of care.



317 York Ave, St Paul, MN 55130, USA

Mississippi Park Connection, Invasive Plant Pull Event

June 17, 2019 - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

We are teaming up with Mississippi Park Connection, HandsOn TC and the Points of Light Conference for a massive 300-person volunteer event. This mighty group will be removing invasive plants along the Mississippi River. SGAD will be bringing 30 folks to represent. 

The Points of Light Conference is the world’s largest service-related convening, bringing together 2,000 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change. 

This event, hosted in partnership by Target, General Mills, Xcel Energy, Surly Gives a Damn, Mississippi Park Connection and HandsOn Twin Cities, will bring together volunteers that represent our local community as well as 100 volunteers from around the world! We’re excited for this unique opportunity to bring these groups together and give back to our community. 

We will be heading back to the Surly for a little party from 3:00-6:00pm to raise a toast to all all our hardwork. Each volunteer will receive a commemorative t-shirt, two free beers, some nummy food, and other swag items. Come be part of the fun. 

Sign up posted Tuesday, May 21.

Memorial Blood Center SGAD Blood Letting

July 3, 2019 - 11:00 am-6:00 pm


Did you know blood is most in need around holidays? That’s why we have this annual event around the 4th of July. All that said, give us your damn blood and save a life! We are looking for over 100 pints this go around. All donors will receive a free beer coupon (to be used at another time) and a Surly pint glass for your efforts.

Surly Brewing Co., Malcolm Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Non-Profit Mondays

Hey local 501c3…get in here and make great things happen in our community. Please take full advantage of the Surly Event Center (no required food or drink minimum, waived room rental fee) in order to advance your mission. Cheers do gooders!

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 763-999-4040


Sign up to volunteer at a Surly Gives a Damn event, get a t-shirt. Easy peasy. Wear it each time you volunteer with us and feel prouder each time, guaranteed.

Fine Print: If there are opportunities to volunteer at special events or bottle wax dippings, you need to first put in some time. (Sign up for one other SGAD event first, ya dummy.)