News and Features

  • Grandpa Gang looking for volunteers
  • Women Empowering Women Networking Group moves to SSP
  • The season is coming... Get your Flu Shot Sept. 15
  • Pay Now Illinois Law Suit
  • How to Donate

The Grandpa Gang, which coordinates the annual Christmas Wonderland light display in Rock Spring Park, is looking for volunteers to work three to five days a week from 8am-noon to help with tasks like setting up displays and hanging lights throughout the park. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday through the week of Thanksgiving. 

Each year Christmas Wonderland warms the hearts and helps families and friends capture the holiday spirit. All proceeds from the attraction's seasonal revenue are returned to the community in the form of donations to local charities.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 am at Rock Spring Park (2100 College Ave.) in Alton.

For more information or to volunteers, please contact the Alton Visitor's Center at 618-465-6676 and help the Grandpa Gang make this event possible.

The Alton Chapter of Women Empowering Women (WEW) is moving their monthly meetings to the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The goal of the group is to offer support and practical information that empowers, encourages, and inspires professional women. Laura Mattson organizer of WEW said she felt the move to SSP reflected the members commitment to helping other women by supporting organizations such as SSP that provide valuable assistance and services to women in the region.

At each lunch session, attendees will have the opportunity to network, swap business and professional leads and needs, while also expanding their professional and personal acumen through presentations being provided by area and regional women with subject expertise to share. Membership is free and open to all business women in the Riverbend area.

There is no cost to attend the meeting. Lunch will be available for you to purchase at the SSP Grill.





Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and an influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. "Flu Season" in the United States can start as early as October and last as late as May. Are you prepared for this coming season?

SSP and Walgreens has you covered. Walgreens will be coming to SSP on September 15 from 10am-noon in MPR 2 for those interested in getting their seasonal Flu shot. 

For more information, please call 618-465-3298.






Pay Now Illinois is a coalition of 64 human and social service agencies serving Illinois' most vulnerable populations. The members of the coalition provide a broad range of essential services including healthcare, housing for the homeless, sexual abuse counseling, and programs for at-risk youth. As a group, we are seeking payment of more than $100 million from the state for more than 300 days of work performed under signed contracts. 

As of May 4, 2016, the coalition is suing the Governor and six department heads, asking the Court to enforce our contracts with the State so we are paid immediately and in full. We have upheld our end of a legal agreement; the State must uphold theirs.

Our actions are unprecedented because the situation is dire. The lack of funds is undermining our ability to continue to serve people in need, and threatening the viability of some agencies. For more information, please visit




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