Board Opportunities

The Lift Garage

Since our inception in 2013, community members with less means have saved more than 1.5 million dollars on car repairs. For the 75 clients we see each month, saving on their car repair could mean the difference between keeping their job/home, or become jobless/homeless. We have grown every year for the past seven years and we are poised for more impact with every year that passes. In 2018 we moved to our current location (at Lake and Hiawatha) in the heart of Lake Street where we offer 5 repair bays. Auto repair at The Lift Garage is the vehicle for repairing lives. We’re changing the world one car at a time.

Strategic PrioritiesWe have been experiencing a significant amount of growth in recent years, and our services are in high demand. Our strategic plan includes repairing more cars to keep up with the 700-person waitlist we had, and build our organizational capacity amidst growth.

Annual budget: $850,000 – Earned Income, Foundations, Individual Contributions



The Lift Board is interested in Board Member candidates who have knowledge and background in the following areas:

  • Garage operations
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Finance
  • Fundraising and development.

In combination with those skills we seek a rich cross section of candidates that are:

  • Racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse
  • Has lived experience with poverty or homelessness.

Ideal candidates will be active participants who are open to working collaboratively with others to accomplish the mission of The Lift. They will commit to playing a meaningful role in the successful execution of the organization’s stated goals.


Number of members currently: 8

Meeting time and frequency: 12 a year

Meeting location: Minneapolis



Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month

Financial Contribution Required: Yes

Service on Committee Required: Yes

Length of Term: 3 Years

Renewable: Yes

Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes

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2401 E Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55406


The Lift Garage offers people a vehicle out of poverty by: providing free or low-cost quality car repair; offering skilled job training in the field of auto mechanics; connecting community partners to strengthen the support network, and; linking customers with other needed resources.