Design Forward

Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).

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 the Twin Cities area during Homecoming week in the fall and National Volunteer Month each April.

Design Forward Volunteers

Fall 2018 Project

U of M Day of Service: Design Forward

Saturday, September 29, 2018
College of Design-hosted site with Great River Greening: 10 AM –2 PM
Other project sites and start times vary

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, and colleagues are all welcome.  Share your stories and photos #DayofServiceUMN   

This program is FREE, but space is limited at project sites and registration is required to help with planning.  


College of Design-hosted project site information:
Great River Greening “Podcast”
Saturday, September 29, Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area 6690 East Viking Boulevard, Wyoming, MN 55079

 Improve the natural habitat for pollinators!

Join us for this family-friendly event as we partner with Great River Greening at the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area in Wyoming, MN just 35 minutes from the Twin Cities. Volunteers will release milkweed seeds through a “podcast” and plant pollinator friendly plugs including common, butterfly, and whorled milkweed at the Sunrise Unit. This event is occurring during waterfowl hunting season, although far from the popular game area. Orange safety vests will be provide to volunteers.
Light breakfast, snack, and lunch provided. All ages welcome, children must be supervised.

20 participant maximum for our group. Pre-registration is required.

Register at

About Great River Greening:

Great River Greening inspires, engages and leads local communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives. Our events are fun, educational and rewarding. Join us and make a difference!


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

Blanket Drive for Bridging

Can't make it to the project site?
The College of Design is also hosting a blanket drive for Bridging from September 24 - October 7. You can participate by donating new and gently-used blankets of all sizes (twin, full, queen, or king) to help Bridging furnish homes with hope!

Drop-off Site:
UMN College of Design
McNeal Hall Atrium 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul campus
(M-F 7:00am - 7:00pm, Sat. 7:00am - 4:30pm and Sun. 1:00pm - 5:00pm)


Rapson Hall HGA Gallery 89 Church Street Se, Minneapolis
(M-F 7:00am - 7:00pm, Sat. 7:00am - 5:00pm and Sun. 12:45pm - 5:00pm )

About Bridging:
Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Driven by volunteers and donations of furniture and household goods from the community, Bridging has furnished over 75,000 homes since 1987. In addition, they provide 400 individuals with blankets each week. You can help! Learn more about Bridging at


Spring 2019 Project

Design Forward: Service by Design

April 2019

Watch for details coming spring 2019.


Past Design Forward Projects and Partners

2015 Design Forward Volunteers

2018–19 Sponsors

Cum Laude
Studio BV
Peterssen Keller
Damon Farber
DLR Group
Dean's List

LHB and Made for Retail

Become a sponsor.