Jim and Jill King
Jim and Jill King – Creating Community
Jim and Jill King are well-known in Cambridge City. Jill’s ready smile and can-do attitude have made her a favorite at the Wayne County Foundation, in the Cambridge City school system, and at the Museum of Overbeck Art Pottery, just a few of the many places where she volunteers. She served as a Board member for the Wayne County Foundation for six years, served on the grant committee, and was the recipient of the prestigious Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service in 2012.
Jim is actively involved in the Cambridge City Main Street program which is thriving under his leadership. As President, he applied for and received a $25,000 Key Initiative Grant from Forward Wayne County that will be used to create an Arts and Development Center in the Mathias and Kline buildings on Cambridge City’s Main Street. This grant not only develops a flexible-use space for the citizens but also revitalizes two historic structures along the city’s main corridor.
The Kings own an historic home on Main Street and recently opened a café a few blocks away – two ways they have shown their commitment to a community they have called home for 35 years. A third way they personally support their community is through a donor-advised fund which they established at the Foundation to benefit various community projects. Upon their passing the assets of the fund will be used to create a permanent fund that will add to or replace trees at Creitz Park, a natural jewel in the Cambridge City community.
Together the Kings serve their community now with their time, talent, and treasures and have created a legacy that will assure their passions are funded long after their time in Cambridge City has ended.