Bilingual volunteer assists Spanish-speaking wish families 

Bernardo became a Make-A-Wish volunteer to continue his passion for helping families, specifically using his Spanish language fluency to help families.  

Having grown up with parents who didn’t speak English, he knows what a crucial role translators play in helping navigate new situations. Bracero, a native of Aurora, lives and works in Bloomington as a Business Analyst at State Farm.  

After attending several Make-A-Wish fundraisers in the central Illinois area, he learned about a need for bilingual volunteers. Bruce Weldy, McClean County Regional Council Member, helped recruit Bracero. The two now serve on the McLean Area Regional Council together, demonstrating their passion for helping others.  

“Becoming a Make-A-Wish volunteer has given me the opportunity to develop relationships with people I otherwise would have never met.”