Helping Lake County immigrant families gives local REALTOR® joy

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Luigui Corral

Since 2007, the real estate profession has opened Luigui Corral’s eyes to many opportunities in the communities around his RE/MAX offices in Round Lake Beach and in Wheeling, not only for his business but for helping immigrants and their families become productive citizens.

That’s why he gives much of his time to the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, a charity that helps immigrants and their families learn English, find gainful employment, access healthcare, prepare children for Kindergarten, connect to other important community resources and become United States citizens. The charity is based in Round Lake, with satellite offices in Mundelein, Waukegan, Zion and Wauconda.

“It touches my heart to see children in need, hungry and without access to education,” says Corral, a member of the organization’s board of directors and chair of its marketing committee. “It makes me happy to see Mano a Mano programs prepare kids for kindergarten, as well as feed and educate them in the summer. Many times, the kids depend on school lunches as their main meal of the day.

“I became involved because I see a huge social need in my community, and I believe I can help achieve more with skills I have been blessed with,” says Corral, a REALTOR® for nine years.

Corral is a director with North Shore-Barrington Board of REALTORS® (NSBAR) and a member of its grievance committee.  With Illinois REALTORS®, he is a member of its 2017 Housing Opportunity Working Group. During the last year, he was a member of its Professional Development Major Investors Group.

Corral is also a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) in Chicago.

“My real estate career has helped me become involved in the community and vice-versa,” says Corral. “Serving hundreds of families opens your eyes, helps you see the needs of the community and helps you realize the responsibility of giving back to the community. I feel a lot of joy when I help others. It is a privilege to be in a position to help.”

Read the Illinois REALTORS® blog for weekly stories about the community involvement of Illinois REALTORS® during the association’s 100th anniversary year. If you have an idea for a REALTOR® to highlight with an article, please send it to: bkozar@illinoisrealtors.orgTo read more stories like this one, go to: http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/membermonday #MemberMonday #IAR100yearsstrong

 

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