Update to this story: United Way of Central Indiana is deeply saddened to hear the news of Jim’s death on April 9, 2018. He was a true inspiration and hero to all of us.
Jim Limp may be 91 years old, but his age certainly doesn’t keep him from his active volunteer schedule. As a proud retiree of Eli Lilly & Company, Limp has been involved with community service for his entire life. He spent countless hours volunteering as a coach for Eli Lilly baseball and basketball teams and was an active member of the American Heart Association. When he retired from the workforce in December 1986, Limp saw this as an opportunity to dedicate even more of his time and resources to volunteering and giving back. He believes, “The most important virtue a person can have is a caring nature. To care for a person is to help them.”
One of Limp’s greatest accomplishments is his 30-year service with SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Every month for the past 30 years, Limp has volunteered two full days of his time to be a SCORE mentor to help others achieve their goals and dreams with a small business venture and has been recognized as the longest serving SCORE member of all three hundred United States chapters.
In addition to his work with SCORE, Limp has served as a volunteer at Witham Hospital in Lebanon for the past 30 years, the same hospital his wife of 60 years, Mary Jane, and his three children were born. Jim and his wife have been long time supporters of United Way of Central Indiana, particularly in Boone County. He has been a tutor for ReadUP for many years, taking on this responsibility in a very deliberate and serious way. Limp and his wife have also set up an endowed fund with United Way which will allow the ReadUP program to continue to prosper and grow throughout schools in Boone County.
In 2009, Limp received the Golden Hoosier Award for the State of Indiana for his lifetime of service to Boone County. Limp is very passionate about giving back to his community of Lebanon and feels blessed to be a resident of Boone County. Volunteering has been such an active part of his life for the past 30 years since retirement, and he encourages people of all ages to look for volunteer opportunities. “You’ll get rewarded with an amazing feeling of satisfaction knowing you have made a difference in another person’s life.”