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Tom Li, 35, of Oak Park volunteers as a mentor and tutor for kids in neighborhoods all over the city twice a week. "I like working with kids. They're appreciative of the time I spend with them," Li says. "They're the future, and it's best for society to do right by them."

Chicago Police Officer Gerold Lee, of Bridgeport, volunteers as a mentor to Harold Washington College student Angie Wines through the Illinois Education Fund. For the last year, Lee has met with Wines, who wants to be a police officer, every month to help her prepare for a job in law enforcement. "There's personal rewards and satisfaction in helping people out the best you can," he says. "It feels good."

Megan Dailey, 34, of Belmont Heights is hosting a benefit on Sept. 15 in honor of her late father, retired Chicago police commander Maurice "Mo" Dailey, who died of a brain tumor. All proceeds will be donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Christopher Frost, 26, of Bucktown, spends one day a week with Philip Kaish. They met through Best Buddies Illinois, where Frost volunteers and where Philip, who's autistic, takes classes. "I enjoy being there for someone with a disability," Frost says. "And he always gives me a different perspective on things."

Mary Johnston, 44, of Edison Park is a serial volunteer who spends her free time helping immigrants study for the U.S. citizenship test, volunteering at the North Park Nature Center and making crafts with seniors at a nursing home. "It feels good to help people, and I think it's just good citizenship."

Recent Northtown Academy graduate Justin Romero and a dozen of his classmates painted a mural under the viaduct on Peterson just east of Rogers Avenue as a gift to the Sauganash neighborhood. The Northtown graduating art students worked on the painting in six-hour stints every Saturday in May and June.

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Avondale School classmates Paulina Juache, Delilah Torres and Destiny Kirby painted flower boxes and planted flowers outside the school as part of a Logan Square beautification project sponsored by Bank of America. "We made the neighborhood more green and more beautiful," Destiny says. "I enjoyed it very much."

Since 1985, Richard Eastline of Lake View has volunteered 3,500 hours for the Blind Service Association in Chicago. Eastline makes recordings of WFMT/98.7-FM's classical music listening guide.

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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