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LSSI executive chairman receives president's service award

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  • Arlington Heights resident Eric Draut receives the President's Call to Service Award. Draut is the executive chairman of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

      Arlington Heights resident Eric Draut receives the President's Call to Service Award. Draut is the executive chairman of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
    Courtesy of LSSI

Submitted by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

On June 23, Eric Draut, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois executive chairman, was honored with the President's Call to Service Award in recognition of his dedicated service to LSSI, the Cornerstone Foundation and the thousands of clients served annually by the organization.

The President's Volunteer Service Award was created to recognize the best in American spirit and is bestowed to Americans who improve their communities through volunteer service. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President's Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service during the course of their lifetime.

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The President of the United States' Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003, to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities across the United States and to encourage volunteerism. The council created the award, issued by the Points of Light Institute and The Corporation for National and Community Service, on behalf of the President of the United States.

"Eric has a deep commitment to LSSI's mission and a willingness to serve in any way," said David M.A. Jensen, LSSI president and chief operating officer. "LSSI is fortunate to have someone with his leadership and management talents serving our organization. We have witnessed firsthand with Eric the very qualities the President's Volunteer Service Award reflects."

Draut is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Unitrin and currently serves on the board of directors of TCP Capital. He was named chairman of LSSI's board of directors in 2012, and since 2013, has served as executive chairman. He has been a volunteer and has served on the LSSI board since 2006, including board chairman from 2008 to 2010. An Arlington Heights resident, Draut is a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights.

Founded in 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is a statewide, nonprofit social service agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. LSSI is on of the largest statewide providers of social services in Illinois and last year served 96,700 people through 190 programs at 85 sites. For information, visit and LSSI's Facebook page.

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