Angel Zimmerman was born and raised in Antigo. She played softball and hockey all through middle and high school, graduating from Antigo High School in 2001.
She was also a coach for a variety of teams in the school district.
She coached the Antigo Girls Hockey Club U19 team from 2003-09 and later coached the Antigo and Rhinelander co-op team from 2010-12.
Zimmerman received her associate’s degree in human services from Northcentral Technical College in 2006.
In 2013, she coached for the Antigo girls junior varsity softball team and was their assistant coach from 2014-19.
She’s served as a member of the Antigo Optimist Club since 2011 and served on their board of directors from 2012-19. She has also been a member of the Antigo Elks Lodge since 2012 and is currently their grant writer.
“I served one term as president, one as vice president and co-chaired the Optimist Halloween Bash from 2014 to present,” Zimmerman said. “I was also the co-chair for the Optimist cheese wagon for two years.”
She’s been on the executive committee for the Wisconsin Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs since 2014 and been a part of many different committees and coalitions in the Antigo area related to youth services.
She’s also been on the Langlade County Economic Development board of directors since 2019 and on the executive committee since 2020. She’s served on the Aspirus Langlade Hospital board since 2019.
Zimmerman has dedicated the last 16 years to helping the Boys and Girls Club of the Northwoods. She’s been the CEO for the last nine years.
“Helping youth realize the potential they have to succeed in life, my role has also helped to meet so many wonderful community members and get more engaged in our community,” Zimmerman said.
How long have you been volunteering in Langlade County?
“I started volunteering as a high school senior, in 2000-01. I was a part of the Helping Hand Program, and once or twice a week I would go to West Elementary and help out in one of the classrooms.”
Can you tell me a few places you’ve volunteered at?
“I have helped out with the initiation level for the Antigo Area Youth Hockey Association. I’ve volunteered at the Antigo Food Pantry, and I’ve coached my daughters T-ball and coach pitch teams. I’ve also volunteered at MC Rock Fest and County Fest working the entrance.”
Can you tell me an aspect of a volunteer experience that you’ve really enjoyed?
“I enjoy coaching the most because I like to help youths realize the potential they have to improve and see the excitement they have once they are hitting their goals.”
Who inspires you the most to serve others?
“My parents, My dad really drove good work ethic into me growing up and he will help any person that asks for help. My mom has worked as a caregiver for most of her life with people both young and old. Before COVID, my kids, who are 4 and 6, would go visit the residents at the assisted living home where my mom works once a month. My husband has also been very supportive of everything I do for the Boys and Girls Club and various community groups and clubs.”
What makes you want to volunteer?
“I feel great when I can help others, and it feels good to be connected with our community in various ways.”
Share the best piece of advice you have been given either on love, life or music.
“Never take criticism from someone you wouldn’t go to for advice. There’s always going to be a naysayer in the crowd.”
What advice do you have for others who might like to follow in your footsteps?
“It’s never too late to volunteer or join a club/group that you feel you can contribute to. There are less people volunteering now than ever before.”