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. 

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We'd be happy to help! We make donations for charitable causes and events to organizations across Minnesota (and beyond).



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The Food Group - Food Sort

March 30, 2023 - 4:00 pm-6:00 pm


Join Surly Gives A Damn to pack and sort food with The Food Group!

The Food Group’s mission is to fighting hunger and nourish our community. We are looking for 14 folks to join us, do some good and help The Food Group live their mission.
You bet there will be a Surly Thank You beer afterward!

8501 54th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55428, USA


March 31, 2023 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


March is MN Food Share Month and we are continuing our efforts in supporting CEAP and helping them reach their goals of raising $200,000 and 150,000 pounds of food this month! With so many donations coming in we wanted to also lend a hand in sorting it all.

We are looking for 10 folks to come on out and do just that. Come on out on the last day of March and SORT IT! We most certainly will have a beer after.


Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP), Brooklyn Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN, USA

CLUES Food Distribution

April 3, 2023 - 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

St Paul

Join Surly Gives A Damn and lend a hand to CLUES at their weekly food distribution.

CLUES currently has two locations (Minneapolis & St. Paul) and their mission is to advance social and economic equity and wellbeing for Latinos by building upon their strengths and cultures, uplifting their community, and activating leadership for systemic change.

We are looking for 7 folks to join us to do some good, get to know CLUES and help get food out the door.

Clues St Paul, 797 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106, USA

Earth Day Root River Clean Up - Lanesboro, MN

April 22, 2023 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm


Come on out and Give A Damn about the Root River and Root River Trail. We will be grabbing our gloves and trash bags and picking up all the winter debris to help keep the river water clean and beautify the bike path.

Our river clean up will start and end at Juniper’s Restaurant. Once we finish all our work we will certainly raise up a THANK YOU VOLS pint of Surly.

*This Earth Day Clean Up is just the start of a full day of Surly Festivities. Please join us for the 6th Annual Get Squirrely with Surly Pub Crawl after we spit shine the river banks.

109 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949, USA

Earth Day Clean Up - Mississippi River, MPLS

April 22, 2023 - 9:30 am-11:30 am


Join Surly Gives A Damn to clean up the mighty Mississippi and surrounding area with our friends at Prospect Park Association and Minneapolis Park and Recreation for the Earth Day Cleanup event.

Help us make our beautiful city shine and the water remain clean. We will toast all of our hard work with a cold Surly once our work is complete.

East River Parkway & East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Raccoon River Valley Trail Clean Up, Iowa

April 29, 2023 - 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Dallas Center

Come on out and Give A Damn on the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Dallas Center, IA. We will be picking up garbage along the Raccoon River Trail. SGAD is looking for 30 folks to help. So, please tell all your friends and neighbors about it!

This trail uses the former right-of-way of a railroad built in the 1870s and early ’80s to connect the city of Des Moines with the Iowa Great Lakes region in the northwest part of the state. Currently it is estimated that 350,000 people per year use this wonderful trail. So, come on and help us get it looking beautiful for summer.

We are partnering with our friends at The Handlebar & Nineteen14 restaurants to get as many community folks out picking up as possible. We will start and end our clean up at The Handlebar and will 100% have a beer there when our work is done.

1607 Sugar Grove Ave, Dallas Center, IA 50063, USA

Mississippi Park Connection Tree Planting Event

May 6, 2023 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm


Join Surly Gives A Damn to plant 150 trees along the Mississippi River! We will be helping our friends at Mississippi Park Connection live their mission and help to help maintain our urban canopy. We will be looking for 50 folks to help with this endeavor.

Mississippi Park Connection strengthens the enduring connection between people and the Mississippi River by enriching the life of the river and the lives of all who experience our national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Come on out to build that connection and do some good!

5100 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55421, USA


Sign up to volunteer with Surly Gives a Damn and you get the following: a free Surly, a bunch of community, all the good feels and a free t-shirt. Wear the shirt each time you volunteer with us and feel prouder each time, guaranteed.

Fine Print: If there are opportunities to volunteer at special events, you need to first put in some time. (Simply sign up and complete an SGAD event first and that will get you on the “inside scoop list”.)