Why He Gives: James Fultz's Generosity Helps Local Children
The following is by Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission vice president of community development, Rhonda Chisenhall
Another holiday season is upon us, and with it, thoughts turn to sharing our prosperity with those in need. Northern Kentucky is rich with donors, givers and doers who support those less fortunate. At my agency, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, we have many, many people and businesses to thank, but James Fultz is special.
That’s why I recently sat down with James, an Edgewood resident who has generously raised funds to support the NKCAC’s Boone County Head Start program, which provides high quality early education for low income children.
“I just try to do things the way the good Lord wants us to.” That’s how James Fultz sums up his overall view on life. The Northern Kentucky native likes to keep things pretty simple. He lives in Edgewood and has worked for 25 years as partner and shop manager for Performance Body Repair in Burlington.
A person of few words and meaningful action, Fultz and his company are involved in numerous charitable giving efforts that are making a real difference in the lives of his Boone County neighbors.
This holiday season — just like many past — Fultz is fundraising on behalf of 54 low-income children who attend the NKCAC’s Boone County Head Start program. He’s collecting donations from his clients and colleagues, which the NKCAC will use to purchase gifts for students. Santa will deliver the gifts on students’ last day of school before the holiday break.
“I got involved with Head Start mainly through my wife,” says Fultz. “She worked in the kitchen at Head Start in Elsmere, and then transferred to Boone County, and we’ve been helping the children there every year since.” The Fultzes’ children and grandchildren attended Head Start in Kenton County.
Fultz’s charitable commitments go beyond the holidays: He organizes Halloween trick-or-treating events, coordinates Thanksgiving dinners, fixes and gifts refurbished bicycles and provides other relief to needy families throughout the year.
Fultz gets tremendous satisfaction from seeing the impact his assistance has on needy children. He says sometimes families will send him thankful notes or a photo of happy kids on Christmas or Thanksgiving Day. One family revealed that if it hadn’t been for Fultz’s generosity last holiday season, they would not have had Thanksgiving dinner at all.
“I guess I just like to help those who aren’t as blessed as I am,” says Fultz, who also makes it a priority to educate and motivate his younger employees at Performance Body Repair about the company’s commitment to charitable giving. “The people who do business with me know what I’m about.”
For additional information about the Head Start program visit our website at www.nkcac.org or call us at 800-783-6607 or 859-586-6607.