Although Mr. Jim Tilley has been a member of the Longview community for a relatively short time he has proven himself to be an active community volunteer. At the present time, he divides his volunteer service between the Longview Museum of Fine Art (LMFA) and Circles of East Texas.
Mr. Tilley serves on the board of directors for the LMFA and this year is also serving as chairman for the Casino Night committee. This is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum and will be held on Saturday, August 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Tilley invites the community to an evening of delicious food, casino games, both a silent and live auction, and an exciting, live painting demonstration by local artist Anup Bhandari that will be auctioned during the evening. The proceeds from Casino Night will help fund the museum’s mission to bring world-class art to the community through exhibits, events, and art classes.
As a member of the Circles of East Texas Guiding Coalition team, Mr. Tilley works closely with families in poverty situations, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. This is a new initiative of Partners in Prevention and the first in the state of Texas. The 15-week goal-setting session, Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World, offers families opportunity to construct a plan on what resources they need to move out of poverty.
“Volunteering is the most rewarding activity you can be a part of for your community. Building relationships with people across race and class lines builds strong and vibrant communities,” Mr. Tilley said.
Mr. Tilley was born in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas, and received his bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mr. Tilley is a graphic designer with forbes&butler visual communications. He and his wife of almost two years, Amanda, are members of Winterfield United Methodist Church.
“I enjoy the friendly and giving nature of the community of Longview. In my short time here, I have found so many people willing to give of themselves for others,” Mr. Tilley said. “Longview really has a passion for building up its residents’ lives for the better.”