This May we join in the celebration of Older Americans Month which aims to “give aging a new voice.” This year’s theme “Age Out Loud” highlights the importance of older Americans engaging in their communities and advocating for themselves and others.
Through his community involvement and natural charisma, Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington resident and volunteer, Zigfrid ‘Ziggy’ Zoltners, personifies this year’s theme.
At 87 years old, Ziggy selflessly volunteers hundreds of hours each month in various roles. In the community’s general store, he runs the cash register, stocks shelves and acts as a customer service representative. He also hosts community movie nights and delivers mail to care center residents being sure to take the time to read to those in need of assistance. He also visits with those who might need someone to talk to and is a welcome guest.
Ziggy was recognized in May by HandsOn Twin Cities as a recipient of the “Be the Change Award.” The award recognizes “every day heroes who go above and beyond the call of volunteerism.” He was nominated by the staff at Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington for his heartfelt service as a volunteer. Kare11 featured Ziggy’s story on Tuesday, following the Be the Change awards ceremony which featured keynote speaker Jana Shortal, co-host of “Breaking the News.”
Ziggy is known for his cheerful demeanor, sense of humor and quick smile. “I don’t like to say there’s nothing to do. I like to meet people and help out if I can,” says Ziggy. The award is well-deserved for Ziggy who inspires staff and residents alike with his servant’s heart.