Amy and Jim Keffer are longtime advocates for Oasis. Since 2011, they have donated funds to help provide safe spaces for young people in Nashville.
Amy and Jim are also avid cyclists who enjoy the freedom and joy that cycling provides. To fulfill a longtime dream and goal, Jim is cycling 3,850 miles across the country from Astoria, Oregon to Portland Maine starting on May 27th! “I look forward to sharing the sights and observations of my ride across the USA. I believe there's more good in this world than we're being led to believe,” Jim shared on his blog where you can follow along!
As part of this ride, Amy and Jim wanted to find a way to support young people at Oasis. In our minds, we knew adding Jim and Amy to our Bike Workshop family was a given. Oasis Bike Workshop is a year-round program where young people can learn how to build and maintain their own bike that they keep at the end of the workshop. While this program is one of the most visible in our neighborhood and the cycling community, we depend on individual and corporate donors for much of the funds to keep it running. The Keffers plan to support the Bike Workshop brings us one step closer to visiting over half a dozen Metro schools in the fall and taking our mountain biking team on the road!
Not only have Amy and Jim pledged $1 per mile to our Bike Workshop, they are also encouraging their community (and you) to pledge a one-time gift or even ten cents per mile. Your one-time gift could be any amount from $13 for the years the Bike Workshop has been open to $38.50 to signify one cent per mile that Jim will cover. If you donate ten cents per mile, your $385 gift will sponsor almost two young people who complete our workshop!
Read more about the Bike Workshop here and listen to our NPR story here.
You can donate to Oasis in honor of Jim by visiting this page and adding his name to the additional comments.
“This journey that was once just a dream is becoming a reality...well, at least for my trusty steed. I shipped my Allied Alfa to the Portland, OR Trek store today.” Follow Jim’s journey across the country here .