Humanitarian Work at Turbo Tim's

Supporting the Community that Supports Us

Here at Turbo Tim’s, we believe we should be the change we want to see in the Twin Cities and the world.  That philosophy begins with the way we run our shop, but it doesn’t end there.  Our whole team goes the extra mile to make our community a better place to live.  Whether we’re out cleaning our adopted highway, hosting community events, or just stocking up our Little Free Library, we feel good knowing that we can impact everyone around us, not just people with vehicles!

The Lift Garage Partnership

We’re extremely proud to partner with and support the incredible local non-profit, the Lift Garage.  The Lift Garage is a 501c3 nonprofit aimed to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase car inspections, and honest advice that supports our community on the road to more secure lives.

Our team at Turbo Tim’s is happy to work in tandem with the Lift Garage, directly expanding their capacity by providing services within our own shops.  In addition to this partnership and financial support, Turbo Tim Suggs is even a Lift Garage Board Member!  We love everything the Lift Garage and its inspirational founder Cathy Heying stand for and we’re all-in!

Cathy standing in front of a car under repair
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Highway 280 Cleanups

Turbo Tim’s adopted a section of Highway 280 all the way back in 2012.  For more than ten years, the Turbo Tim’s crew has been gearing up and braving the elements and trucks whooshing by twice a year to keep the space clean.  After all the wild trash has been bagged, the gang usually heads out for a big lunch and something fun like go-karting!  Wee!
HWY 280 2022
Tim and Jaret High Fiving
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Organizations We Partner with and Support

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A Chance to Grow

Brain-based programs and services that help children and adults reach their highest potential.
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Residents adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.
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Turbo Tim’s adopted a section of Highway 280 and the crew gets out twice a year to pick up trash and debris.
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All Pets Animal Hospital

Our friends located in Columbia Heights. They take great care of our kitties when they need a little extra attention.
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American Cancer Society

Funding vital cancer research and dedicated to prevention.  Making life better for cancer patients and their families.
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Animal Humane Society

Affordable vet care, training resources, and services so that once they’ve found each other, pets and their families can stay together.
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Appetite for Change

Bringing people together to learn, cook, eat, and grow food, creating social change that lasts in North Minneapolis.
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Arbor Day Foundation

Non-profit organization using reforestation and urban forestry to solve issues of climate change, community, and biodiversity.
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The largest open studio tour in the country, which happens annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis the third weekend of May.
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Programs and events empowering individuals and communities to create positive change through the visual arts.
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Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

Local leader in effective bird conservation supporting programs that create safe and healthy spaces for birds and all who enjoy them.
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Audubon Neighborhood Association

Community programs and initiatives that better the community including the Northeast Market Garden and Farmers Market.
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Bitty Kitty Brigade

Foster-based rescue for orphaned neonatal kittens in the Twin Cities, MN and surrounding areas.
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Conservation Corps of MN & IA

Engages youth and young adults in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship.
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Domestic Abuse Project

Building communities free from violence by providing holistic healing for every member of the family. 
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East Side Neighborhood Services

Holistic range of services from youth services like childcare, summer camp, and an alternative high school, to older adult support and classes.
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Edison Activity Council

Parent group that lifts up their student teams and clubs to foster a community where all students can participate if they choose.
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Face It Foundation

Gives men the support they need to face depression, take control of their recovery and get their lives back.
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Friends of the Mississippi River

Engages people to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region.
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Frogtown Curling Club

Local curling club in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul with league events and curling classes.
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House Paws

Mobile veterinary care that checks up on our kitties right in the shops without us having to bus them somewhere else!
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Imperial Court of Minnesota

Supports the LQBTQ+ community through fundraising, volunteer work, and community engagement.
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Juxtaposition Arts

Teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space in North Minneapolis.
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Kiwanis Club of Northeast Minneapolis

A local group of like-minded volunteers who make a difference for kids who need adults who care.
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The Lift Garage

Non-profit that offers quality, affordable auto repair for people who are on a path to a better future.
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Little Free Library

Our little free library provides free book sharing right there in the neighborhood for all the avid readers young and old.
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Metro Meals on Wheels

Provides nutritious and delicious home-delivered meals in the Minneapolis area that offer independence for those served.
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Metro Blooms

Creates resilient landscapes and fosters clean watersheds, embracing the values of equity and inclusion to solve environmental challenges.
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Mile in My Shoes

Uses the power of running to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to build connections, boost wellness, spark social change.
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Minneapolis Regional Chamber

Brings people together around issues that matter to our economic competitiveness, including workforce development, education, transit and housing.
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Minnesota Super Cup

An emerging local soccer tournament showcasing the state’s top pre-pro and semi-pro teams.
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Minnesota Waldorf School

Nurtures highest capacities of thinking, feeling, and willing by cultivating a sense of truth, the power of imagination, and a feeling of responsibility for themselves and the world.
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Low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and core vaccinations for cats, dogs, and rabbits in Minnesota.
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Strengthens and supports our Northeast Minneapolis artist community with resources, promotion, and fellowship.
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North Star Roller Derby

Minneapolis’ non-profit, member-operated women’s full-contact flat track roller derby league.
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Open Eye Theatre

Serves artists and audiences by advancing adventurous and imaginative arts programming including puppet shows at our shops.
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Open Hands Midway

Meal and food shelf program serving two weekly meals and a weekly food shelf for the Midway Saint Paul area.
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Pillsbury Elementary School

Fundraising support for the local public school in Northeast Minneapolis.
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Rebuilding the Village

Focuses on bringing families together to be the support system for each other in the places where social systems fail in Saint Paul.
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Increasing access to mental health care for queer and trans youth so they may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.
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Sexual Violence Center

Nonprofit rape crisis center serving Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties in Minnesota.
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Southern Anoka Community Assistance

Committed to providing basic needs services to Columbia Heights, and many surrounding communities.
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Saint Anthony Sports Boosters

Primarily serves youth athletes who live within the St. Anthony and New Brighton area, including the summer football camp.
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Saint Anthony High School

We annually support the public school by sponsoring the Huskies boys and girls basketball teams.
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Telling Queer History

Storytelling and community-building gatherings that connect LGBTQ+ people across generations, races, gender identities and class backgrounds.
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Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus

One of the largest gay men’s choral groups in the country, performing a wide range of musical styles.
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Union Park District Council

We participate in the annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam summer event in at Merriam Park.
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Urban Boatbuilders

Empowering youth to succeed in work and life through woodworking and experiential learning.
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Urban League Twin Cities

Headquartered in North Minneapolis.  Advocates for equity, justice and power for African descendants in the Twin Cities.
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Voices for Racial Justice

Envisioning a world without racism that honors the culture, knowledge, power, and healing of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.
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Waite Park Community Council

We support the fun and participate in the annual summer festival held in the neighborhood at Waite Park.
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Waite Park Elementary School PTA

We support their parent-initiated events like the Glow Run and the Waite Park Spring Carnival.
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Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured, sick and orphaned wild animals and knowledge for the people who care about them.
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Women Venture

St. Paul based training and support organizations for small business entrepeneurs.
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Sponsors of YMCA of Eagan.  Social services organization dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.