College of Design
Design Forward


DESIGN FORWARD engages College of Design community members in service projects that help improve the quality of life for members of our communities.


Bring your family and friends and join members of the College of Design community for a day of service in Twin Cities area, during Alumni Day of Serice in the Fall and National Volunteer Month each April.



Design Forward: Service by Design
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 AM - 11 AM
Project Partner: The Food Group




The Food Group, 8501 54th Avenue N, New Hope, MN 55428 (free parking)

NOTE: Transportation for this event is on your own, however the location is near transit lines and some carpooling may be available. If you are willing to offer a ride or you need one in order to participate, please indicate that when you register.
Metro Transit



Project Description:

Design Forward gathers the College of Design community together for a volunteer project at The Food Group on Saturday, April 22. We will be sorting and packaging donated food to fight against hunger!


The Food Group is a food bank dedicated to fighting hunger and nourishing our community. They distribute good food to a network of more than 200 hunger relief partners.


Warehouse projects range from sorting donated food, re-packaging bulk food into consumer size packages, packaging fresh produce or frozen meat items, etc. These items go to Fare for All sites and 200 partner agencies, including food shelves and community programs that directly serve people living with food insecurity.



Who can participate? Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family members age 11 and older.


Cost? FREE but registration is required.


Registration: (Please register once per person.)


Preparing to volunteer: Wear comfortable work clothes. Bring a drink or snack if desired. Coffee and water will be provided. We'll provide black, Design Forward t-shirts to all participants at the event. If you have one from a previous project, you can wear that and opt out when registering.


Questions? Contact Lori Mollberg, Alumni Relations Office, 612-625-8796



This event is hosted by the Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB) in partnership with United Way and The Food Group.





U of M Alumni & Friends Day of Service
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9 AM - Noon



Wear your maroon and gold and join fellow Gophers from coast to coast for an Alumni Day of Service, and make a difference in your community. College of Design alumni and friends are invited to convene at the college-hosted Twin Cities project site or dozens of other sites in Minnesota and across the country, at a location that fits your interest and availability. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, friends, colleagues, and youth 13 and up are all welcome.


College of Design-hosted project site:
Watch for details on our project partner coming this fall!


View All U of M Day of Service Projects:
Watch for updates in August 2017



Who?  Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family


Cost? FREE, but registration is required to help with planning.


Contact Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations or 612-625-8796







2016 / Urban Ventures; Second Harvest Heartland

2015 / Arc Greater Twin Cities & Value Village; Second Harvest Heartland

2014 / Rebuilding Together Twin Cities



2016-17 Sponsors

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damon farber HGA studio hive

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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