Community Involvement

The word “community” means many different things to different people.  For Metropolitan Gravel Company, the concept of “community” has had a consistent meaning for over 40 years.  The owners and employees of Metro Gravel demonstrate their common values and beliefs every day by sharing their resources to promote social cohesion and acts of good will in the Twin Cities community.  Metro has donated its time and resources to many important causes.  Here are just a few of community and charitable events that have brought us great joy to support!

Julia’s Journey

Julia’s Journey Golf Tournament is a yearly event benefiting Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, in memory of a very special, blue-eyed girl. Metro Gravel has been a major contributor to Julia’s Journey Golf Tournament for the past 3 years.  With their generous contributions we were able to raise over $80K for the Hematology and Oncology Department.  The money has gone to a wide range of projects around the hospital such as a mobile hospice unit, laptops for the families of patients, a monthly pizza night, even gas cards for parents to get to and from the hospital.  Metro Gravel has shown enormous support and caring for those children and their families fighting cancer. 

For more information regarding Julia’s Journey and how you can help please visit

“Gone Fishing”

“Gone Fishing” benefits children with disabilities and is an event that is held on Minnesota lakes each year.  For the last ten years, Metro has donated T-Shirts and Caps to disabled participants of the event and also for the helpers who donate their time to the event.  The T-shirts and caps, imprinted with the “Gone Fishin” insignia,  are proudly worn by all participants.

Minnesota Amber Run

Metropolitan Gravel is proud to donate to the Minnesota Amber Run The Minnesota AMBER Alert Fundraiser is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Minnesota's children home safely by providing a means to raise funds and educate the public on the AMBER Alert program.

Founded in 2003, this local group of concerned motorcycle enthusiasts organized the first AMBER Alert motorcycle run in the nation. Since then they have volunteered thousands of hours and raised over $50,000 for the Minnesota AMBER Alert Network.

"For abducted children, the greatest enemy is time...
... their greatest hope is you."


For more information, visit the Minnesota Amber Run’s Website:

Valley Outreach

For many years, Metropolitan Gravel has donated produce from the Houle family farm gardens to Valley Outreach. In addition, Katie Houle, a daughter of the Metro Gravel owners has volunteered at Valley Outreach.  In 2008, Katie sponsored and supported a fund-raiser that raised several grocery carts of food and thousands of dollars for Valley Outreach.

Valley Outreach is a community based, privately funded non-profit organization serving our neighbors in need of food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance. The Valley Outreach Food Shelf provides food and other essentials. Dawn's Closet provides gently used clothing and accessories at no cost to women and children of all ages. The Valley Outreach Emergency Fund provides emergency financial assistance to help families in crisis.

For more information about Valley Outreach, visit their website at:


Metro has provided assistance to this woman’s shelter for the past several years.  Metro has found it rewarding to provide gift cards for women to purchase things they and their children need.  Metro owners have also inspired their children to donate to this worthwhile cause in the form of sponsoring families of the Turningpoint Women’s Shelter with a goal of continuing to pass their charitable giving traditions on to future generations.

For more information about Turningpoint, visit their website at:

Washington County Historical Society

With the desire to promote interest in capturing and preserving the history of Washington County, Metro Gravel has donated resources for the new Washington County History Book that was recently published.  In addition, Metro supported the rededication of the Civil War Monument that is located at the Court House in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota.  The rededication ceremony was funded by Metropolitan Gravel Co., Inc.  in memory of Civil War Veterans, William Wolf, 1st Minnesota Artillery and, Needham Bird, Louisiana Company I, 31st Infantry.

For more information about the Washington County Historical Society, visit their website at: