Changing Gears - Doug's Charity Bicycle Ride

For: Granite State Independent Living
United States
Organizer: Doug Craw
Changing Gears - Doug's Charity Bicycle Ride (Granite State Independent Living)
of $17,000 goal
58% Complete
Raised by 96 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hi - I'm Doug and I am on a 3,400 mile mission!

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The Challenge

I am riding across America to help support programs for at-risk youth as they transition into adulthood. I am not a professional cyclist. I actually work as an Employment Coordinator at a nonprofit helping students with disabilities achieve success.

This cross country bike ride is unsupported, meaning that I am doing this solo! Riding through the cold rains, sweating in the desert sun, camping at night and carrying everything that I will need for 2 months on my person. 

When I tell people about my trip, the first thing they ask is, "Why?"

The Mission

My short answer is, "Because kids like Shawn need your help."

Shawn is an 18 year-old African American with a visual impairment resulting from albinism. Growing up, he had a hard time fitting in and so he grew up angry. He got in fights. He dropped out of school. He landed himself in placement. Then he learned about GSIL.

That's when Shawn changed gears. He is now a graduate of the Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)Earn & Learn Opportunities program, an alternative learning program where students learn real-world skills (i.e. interviewing, interning, personal finances) while earning academic credits outside of the classroom. The non-traditional environment better suited his learning style, personal and professional needs. It allowed Shawn the opportunity for success. Today, he's working towards earning his GED with a dream of entering the medical field. He learned that sometimes by changing gears, you can navigate the rough paths and climb the upward hills that you never believed you could. 

I'm passionate about what I do. "At-risk youth" are adolescents who are less likely to become self-sufficient adults. Many times it's a result of growing up in extreme poverty, having an unstable or dysfunctional home, experiencing racial discrimination, or living with a disability. I am determined to spread the word from California to New Hampshire about how important it is to provide assistance to these adolescents as they transition from high school into adulthood. 

This is the time in a student's life that can determine whether they land a job after high school or whether they land themselves in prison. It's the journey you take that defines the destination.

Getting Involved

By supporting my charity bike ride, you are generously supporting independence for at-risk youth, like Shawn. *All proceeds go directly towards the mission and programs of Granite State Independent Living. Please consider making a donation today and helping me reach the East Coast!Every gift, no matter how big or small, makes a difference(*all donations are tax deductible). Then share this page with your friends, family and colleagues.

Stay tuned on Facebook for tour updates, donor highlights and to track my progress!

Thank you for supporting my cause and theirs,


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 29, 2016

Posted on July 29, 2016

It's not too late to help us reach our goal! 

Thanks to generous friends like you, we have raised over $14,000 of the $17,000 fundraising goal - That's over 83% of the way there! Can you help us push through those final fundraising miles?

Thank you for supporting Doug and the students he fights for every day!

Posted on June 22, 2016

Posted on June 22, 2016

Doug is on the final leg of his journey!

Friday, June 24th - Join us at the GSIL office in Concord as we welcome Doug home after cycling across the United States and raising over $12,500 (to date) of the $17,000 fundraising goal to support at-risk students throughout New Hampshire! 

Granite State Independent Living
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 12:00pm
21 Chenell Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Posted on May 31, 2016

Posted on May 31, 2016

Thanks to Doug and the generous support of friends like you, together we have raised over $11,000 for students at-risk of dropping out! Doug is now over half way crossed the country and we cannot wait to see what the second half of his adventure holds in store. Thank you all for your incredible support throughout this mission.

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