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Ed Zumwalt named Volunteer of the Year


On Dec. 18, Milwaukie City Council presented its first Volunteer of the Year Award to octogenarian Ed Zumwalt, proof that volunteering keeps a person young.

Called a “tireless force of energy and passion,” Zumwalt has been involved in the city and the Historic Milwaukie Neighborhood since the mid-1990s.

Zumwalt is known for his activism, his sense of humor and his years of work on the Milwaukie Daze Festival. He has also served on the Library Board, as a member of the nonprofit group Celebrate Milwaukie Inc., and he has coordinated countless other community events.

His favorite volunteer activity has been organizing the Scott Park concerts held every summer in the amphitheater behind the Ledding Library. He has also enjoyed helping with First Friday Art Walks.

Zumwalt hopes that more of the downtown businesses help with the event in the future.

“Everyone wants to give back,” he said. “Folks are busy ,but if everyone could contribute two hours a week or even two hours a month, they will help make this a better community. Plus, volunteering is rewarding.”

City Council selected Zumwalt as the “Volunteer of the Year” for his many contributions, which have made a profound and lasting impact on the community and the citizens of Milwaukie. As the recognition of its kind, City Council has aptly named the perpetual award in his honor. Each year, the recipient’s name will be proudly displayed in the lobby of City Hall, alongside Zumwalt’s.

If you see Zumwalt around town, the city encourages you to make sure you thank him for his work, then get involved. It is what Zumwalt would want.

“Everyone should get involved. It’s about community,” he said.