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 2019


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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Keystone Community Services Food Shelf Help

April 1, 2020 - 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

St Paul

We will be packing food boxes, unloading food deliveries, processing donations, and stocking shelves. The Keystone Community Services food shelves are still open and serving approximately 100 families every day and your help is vitally important!

Keystone is committed to providing a safe volunteer experience; therefore, they have modified their service delivery to allow greater social distancing and safety protocols for participants, staff, and volunteers. They have hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, gloves and protocols for socially distancing volunteering.

Come Give A Damn if you are healthy and able.

1916 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

SGAD Emergency Food Drive for The Food Group

April 1, 2020 - 10:00 am-8:00 pm

Minnesotans pride themselves on where they’re from and supporting each other when the rubber meets the road. In this time of extreme challenges and uncertainty, we’ve witnessed this compassion firsthand. We also know we need to keep at it.

The Food Group, Surly Gives a Damn (SGAD) and 10 local liquor stores are providing an opportunity for all of us to help with an emergency food drive from April 1 through April 30. The act is simple. The need is great. And we know it’s not slowing down.

“The Food Group is so grateful to have generous community partners like Surly Gives a Damn,” said Sophia Lenarz, executive director, The Food Group. “Food shelves and meal programs are seeing needs skyrocket right now. We can’t respond to the rising community demand without all of us coming together.”

Bring non-perishable food items to one of 10 participating local liquor stores when you’re making your next supply run, drop it in the giant Food Group blue bin, and snap a photo of the QR code to get a coupon for a free pint at the Surly Beer Hall (to be redeemed when doors are back open).

“In the 10 years that SGAD has worked with The Food Group, the need to provide meals to our community has never been greater,” said Mary Sellke, executive director, SGAD. “We’d love to see the bins filled every day of the emergency food drive so we make sure more Minnesotans know where their next meal will come from. I know we can do this during our essential supply runs, and then by staying home.”

Participating locations include:

If you’re looking for more ways to help our community SGAD and The Food Group keep opportunities up-to-date on their websites.


Second Harvest Heartland Emergency Food Box Packing

April 2, 2020 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Join Surly Gives A Damn in helping Second Harvest Heartland pack Emergency Food Boxes!

We’re looking for 15 folks total (2 separate shifts) to gather up and give back during this difficult time. We will pack a variety of shelf-stable items like canned fruits and vegetables, meats, grains and other items on their assembly line. Once they are packed up, these emergency food boxes will be distributed to Second Harvest food shelf partners within their service area and then out to those in need.

When: Thursday, April 2: shift 1 is 9:00-11:00am and shift 2 is 3:00-5:00pm.

SGAD Donation Garden Prep Day

May 9, 2020 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm


We will be prepping our SGAD donation garden for its growing season. So, roll up your sleeves and get your overalls, there is a lot of work to do to get our garden ready for action.

All of the fresh produce that is grown will get donated to The Sheridan Story and their clients, so they will have fresh produce over the summer months.

Once our work is complete, we will meet up with the Dangerous Man garden crew and raise a toast to all our hard work together.

Sign up will be located here on Monday, April 13.

611 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA

Mississippi Park Connection Tree Planting

May 16, 2020 - 10:00 am-1:00 pm

We will be back at it this year with Mississippi Park Connection and their Plant for the Future campaign. We will be looking for 50 folks to plant a few hundred trees. Don’t worry, we will be joining up with our buddies at Dangerous Man to help us get this done. So far, we have planted 4,700 trees. We only have 2,500 to go to hit our goal 7,200 by 2021!

It sounds like there is even a secret island out that way that’s supper pretty. Shhhhh. We will most certainly enjoy a cold one after all our work is done.

Sign up will be posted here on Tuesday, April 21.


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 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”.)