Don Schwarz, a good friend of Illinois Review, was recently presented the Hall of Fame Service Award from the Executive Service Corps (ESC) of Chicago in recognition of his more than 1,500 hours as a volunteer for the organization, which provides professional consulting services to non-profit organizations.
“His experience and knowledge is priceless,” said Theresa Collins, ESC’s director of consulting. “Don is just a great person all around.”
As explained in the Frankfort Patch, Schwarz (photo right, credit Anna Schier) discovered ESC seven years ago when he met a former colleague who was working there. Since then he has worked with a wide range of nonprofits, including government entities, service organizations and religious groups.
“It’s the satisfaction of thinking that you have contributed to the future success of that organization,” said Schwarz, when asked about the rewards of volunteering as a consultant.
Schwarz, now retired, was a leader in telecommunications for nearly 35 years before establishing his own public relations firm, and has been involved in community leadership since the early 1960s, when he participated in organizations such as the Lions Club and Rotary Club.
A Frankfort, Illinois resident of more than 35 years, Schwarz serves as chairman of the Frankfort Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, a board member of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Lenox Performing Arts Association, and as a governor of the Chicago District Golf Association.
Don reminds us that Illinois is blessed to have great citizens doing incredible things for their communities. Congratulations Don!