Jim Campbell is a retired Air Force officer and a retired management consultant. Being retired has opened new opportunities for Jim to give back to the community. Shortly after stepping down as a management consultant, Jim became the Vice Chairman for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. In this role he has also become one of the lead builders. His efforts helped the local chapter step up to building a new home each year. His skills as a carpenter and project manager are invaluable. He also is adept at raising funds for new homes. As a Rotarian he was instrumental, developing a raffle for a 2016 new Silverado pick up that provided Habitat with $19,000 toward a new house. In the past two years, Jim has helped complete two new homes, worked on two handicap ramps, helped rebuild a porch for a veteran with disabilities, and was the lead renovator for home that was gifted to Habitat. The rehabbed home was sold with the proceeds essentially providing funds for a complete new Habitat home.
Recently St. Vincent De Paul contacted Habitat because a local individual with disabilities had been without a toilet in his home for three days. When Jim heard of this he enlisted a friend, they used a toilet that had been donated to Habitat. They installed the toilet after repairing a couple items in the home in just over two hours. When the repair team called St. Vincent De Paul and said the problem had been fixed, St. Vincent De Paul representatives were astounded at the rapid response and at no cost. We weren’t. It is not only with Habitat that he shines. He sings in two choirs. One at Faith Lutheran Church and with the Masterworks Chorale, a group that performs in the St. Louis and Metro-East area, presenting classical choral music. In addition to being a musician, he is on the Masterworks Chorale board, where he is responsible for setting up the sound system and support structures for the concerts at different venues. Jim is active in his church. He is currently their Stewardship chairman, and is responsible for overall budgeting and financial management. He serves on the architectural committee which is working on a major expansion project. He has supported youth group mission trips by being a leader. The teens adore Jim and the feeling is mutual. He is the “go to” guy for repair and any maintenance crisis for the church. If someone needs help in the community of O’Fallon, Jim seems to always be part of the solution.