While working together with city officials, businesses, and non-profit organizations, we will collaborate and cooperate to create emotionally engaging communities where people Love Where They Live!

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The Bucket Brigade originated in 1988 and was created by Dale Neudecker. Over the last 30 years, the Bucket Brigade has painted just over 1,400 houses.

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Volunteers from the community join on these cleanup days in both spring and fall to pick up litter within our neighborhoods.

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Part of our original mission is to carry on an education program to stimulate interest in the beautification of public areas and to create a consistent branding message “Love Where You Live.”

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Forty years ago, community leaders and the labor unions gave our area a wonderful gift – Gordon Moore Park. However, stunning as it once was, recent years have found the beauty subdued by rundown and outdated facilities.

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James Killion Beautification & Enhancement Committee
(JK BEC) was formed by Mayor Brant Walker to address issues and concerns in James Killion Park.

Every year Pride, Inc. extends over 7,000 “Dorothy Davidson Pride Eye Awards” to deserving citizens who make an effort to keep their business or personal property neat and well maintained.In March 2006 we renamed the award the “Dorothy Davidson Pride Eye Award”, in memory of our later Lifetime Honorary board member. During the time Dorothy served on the Pride, Inc. board, she committed her time and resources to the Pride Eye program. She would recruit volunteers, scour local neighborhoods, and oversee the huge mailing year after year. She was the reason the Pride Eye Awards were such a huge success.

Home of the month is awarded to homes or businesses that have gone above and beyond in maintaining the appearance and beautification of their property. Every year Pride, Inc. extends this award to an Alton and Godfrey resident for the months of June through October

Pride, Incorporated led a fundraising effort for a beautification project at what is known among Altonians as the old State House Circle. It is located at College and Central Avenues and adjacent to OSF St.Anthony’s Health Center.

To celebrate Pride, Incorporated’s 50th anniversary as a beautification organization, we felt it was a perfect beautification project that would further improve our neighborhoods. This location holds historic significance to Alton.

The first capital of Illinois was located in Vandalia, Illinois. In the late 1820s, Illinois citizens began to advocate relocating the capitol to a location nearer the center of the state. A bill was introduced in 1833 for a statewide vote to determine a new location from a list of choices including Alton, Jacksonville, Peoria, Springfield, and Vandalia, which were at the state’s actual geographic center.

Alton was the victor, however, the legislature determined the margin of votes too small to be conclusive and ignored the vote. In 1836, a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln and his colleagues, in the legal profession, advocated moving the capital to Springfield.

On February 25, 1837, the General Assembly voted to relocate the capital from Vandalia to Springfield. Hence, had the vote been upheld, State House Circle would have been the location of the Illinois state capitol.

Several years ago, the Alton/Godfrey Rotary organization updated the fountains and planted trees at the location. Over time, the trees became overgrown and unmanageable. Through the cooperation of the City of Alton, the trees were removed in preparation for the new landscaping project.

Alton/Godfrey Rotary and OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center became partners with Pride, Inc. to initiate the work. Along with Pride’s fundraising efforts and the generosity of so many businesses and individuals the stone beds and appropriate landscaping was completed.

State House Circle has now been restored to the prominence it deserves.

It has since been the volunteers from Pride, Inc. that continue to pour their souls and hard work into keeping the area attractive and well-groomed. If anyone is interested in assisting with one or more of our beautification projects, please contact us.

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• An arboretum and street tree planting in Bethalto with the Bethalto Beautification Committee

• Planting of bushes at the East Alton Community Center with the East Alton Women’s Club

• Coordinated a tree planting program in Rock Spring Park with the Upper Alton Women’s Club and planted 500 hardwood seedlings in the area of Homer Adams Parkway by the Godfrey Lions Club and the Boy Scouts.

• Coordinated planting of 100 dogwood trees along Route 67 in Alton by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

• Arbor day planting of White Oaks, the Illinois state tree, by 25 area schools

• Planting of trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses along Godfrey, Humbert, and Delmar Roads sponsored by the Godfrey Women’s Club and the Village of Godfrey

• Planted 600 wildflower plugs and 100 pounds of wildflower seeds at the northwest corner of the intersection of Twentieth Street and Highway 67 in Alton

• Planted 1,200 spring-flowering bulbs 850 in flower beds around Lincoln Douglas Square in Alton, 200 in Bethalto, and 250 in Roxana thanks to a donation from Alton Community Service League.

• Improvement of Monument Street with the East End Improvement Association. Trees were planted on both sides of the street.

• A beautification program, including the planting of flowering globe locust trees, along Madison Avenue in Wood River by American Oil’s Wood River refinery.

• A three-year program undertaken in 1966 to beautify, repair, and improve the Lovejoy Memorial Monument; dedicated in 1969 by Governor Richard B. Ogilvie.

• Coordinated the beautification of three triangles on Court Street in Alton, including the installation of a fountain on each triangle by members of Hellrung Construction company, donated to the City of Alton.

• Formal dedication of the Alton Godfrey Jaycees lookout in Riverview Park in Alton.

• Beautification of two triangles in Wood River with the Wood River Women’s Club and Home Nursery.

• Played a leadership role in the development of a plan to preserve the bluffs from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park, except the City of Grafton. The Pride sponsored law was signed by the Governor of Illinois in early 1991 after nearly a year of work and is known as The Alton Lake Heritage Parkway

• Establishment of the Beltline Beautification Committee (now called Homer Adams Parkway).

• Sponsored Project Look Good attempting to control the weed problem in the business areas of the City of Alton

• Coordinated beautification of the Olin parking lot area in East Alton by Olin Corporation.

• Coordinated a tree planting program in Rock Spring Park with the Upper Alton Women’s Club. Planted 500 hardwood seedlings in the area of Homer Adams Parkway by the Godfrey Lion’s Club and the Boy Scouts.

• Development of the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden.

• Student Pride Members organized the first “March for Parks” in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Earth Day.

• Cosponsored Golf for Youth Program with the Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course.

• Purchased thirty wrought iron trash cans thanks to a grant from Alton Township and worked with the Upper Alton Business Association, the Parkway Association, the North Alton Business Association, and the Alton Marketplace to make the project possible.

• Pride’s Students Pride committee-organized fall and spring cleanups.

• Preservation of the Alton Lake as a national recreational area.Placed litter containers along the Great River Road Bike Trail by Pepsi-Cola Company in Alton.

• Project Soar in cooperation with Piasa Bird Council, Boy Scouts, and Owens Illinois. This project included Operation Eye Sore, Litter Bag Sunday and the Great River Road Cleanup.

• Worked with Senator Sam Vadalabene, IDOT, and other agencies to establish, maintain, upgrade and expand the Vadalabene Bike Trail along the Great River Road from Alton to Grafton.

• Received $5 million grant from The Olin Foundation for design and construction of the Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course under auspices of Alton Park and Recreation Commission headed by Dr. Gordon F. Moore.

• Requested traffic lights are installed at the entrance to the Gordon F. Moore Park for safety reasons.

• Worked in cooperation with the Greater Alton/Twin Rivers Growth Association, the Corps of Engineers, and the City of Alton for the development of the Alton Riverfront.

• Coordinated a tree planting program in Rock Spring Park with the Upper Alton Women’s Club.

• Planted 500 hardwood seedlings in the area of Homer Adams Parkway by the Godfrey Lions Club and the Boy Scouts.

• An Earth Week Program in cooperation with Alton, Marquette, and Wood River High School students.

• Cosponsored Golf for Youth Program with the Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course.

• Operation Clean Lake and many River Road cleanups

• Cleanup of Vaughn Hill Cemetery in Wood River by Scout Troop 44 in Roxana

• Cleanup of debris in Pere Marquette State Park by students of Principia College

• Cleanup of roadsides in Rosewood Heights by the youth of the First Baptist Church, Rosewood Heights

• Cleanup weeks in Alton, East Alton, and Wood River

• Pride’s Student Pride committee organized fall and spring cleanups.

Advocacy Committee

A Pride, Inc. Community Outreach

Mission

Advocating for and creating positive impressions of the River Bend through education, programs, and activities.

Vision

While working together with city officials, businesses, and non-profit organizations, we will collaborate and cooperate to create emotionally engaging communities where people Love Where They Live!

Participating Organizations:

The Bucket Brigade, co-sponsored by Pride, Inc., Advantage News, and Sherwin Williams has been painting homes for area residents since 1988. The program matches volunteer teams with homeowners who are no longer able to maintain their homes without assistance. In order to qualify for the program, homes must be one-story, owner-occupied residences.

Most of the homeowners that benefit from this program are seniors who simply cannot handle such a huge job alone. Other recipients are those with physical or financial limitations that prevent them from doing the work. Volunteer teams complete the painting at no cost to the homeowner.

Our exclusive paint supplier is Sherwin Williams. They donate the first 300 gallons of paint, then sell the remaining 500-800 gallons to us at cost. They visit each homeowner to measure the job and discuss color options. Obviously we could not provide this program without their ongoing support along with donations from other organizations and individuals.

Dale Neudecker, a Pride, Inc. Board member created the Bucket Brigade project in 1988. That first year his volunteer teams painted 23 homes. Since then, the project has grown up to 50 volunteer teams annually and more than 1380 homes have been painted in River Bend communities.

The Bucket Brigade Committee consists of approximately 20 members, who visit each nominated home to evaluate its qualification for the program. In addition to accepting nominations for homes, the committee is also seeking volunteer teams to participate in the program. The teams usually consist of 10-15 members. They select the home they wish to paint from the list of approved nominations. This gives the team an opportunity to select a home that matches their particular abilities.

"Transforming Lives, One Brushstroke at a Time:

The Bucket Brigade Story"

Nomination Form

First 300 gallons of paint donated by Sherwin-Williams

To nominate a home for the Pride, Incorporated – Advantage News Bucket Brigade community painting program, mail this completed this form.

City-Wide Litter Cleanups

Volunteers from the community unite in both Spring and Fall to cleanup our neighborhoods.

Over 50 different organizations, youth groups, clubs, churches, and corporations are committed to beautifying our neighborhoods by adopting a designated location.

Alton City-Wide

Litter Clean Up Registration

(optional)

Additional contact information

I agree to terms & conditions provided by Pride Incorporated. By providing my phone number, I agree to receive text messages and/or emails from Pride Incorporated.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

9am – Noon (Rain or Shine)

Pick up a donut, free gloves & bags, and get directions to areas that need the most attention at these Registration Stations:

Downtown –200 W. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd & Belle St.)

Middletown –Hellrung Park (entrance at 7th & Central Ave.)

If needed, your group can pick up supplies at:

Alton Visitors Center or

Jacoby Arts Center two weeks prior.

Supplies donated by Madison County Building and Zoning Dept. and City of Alton Public Works.

Participating Organizations:

Alton Main Street

100 Black Men of Alton

Alton Fire Department

Alton High School FCCLAAlton Knights of Columbus

Ardent Mills

Arrow Signs

Boys & Girls Club of Alton

Campbell’s Construction & Restoration

Club Paws

CNB Bank & TrustEast

End Improvement Association

Germania Brew Haus

Girl Scouts

Gils Learning & Developing

Imperial Manufacturing

Jacoby Arts Center

Jennifer Bishop School of Dance

Junior League of Alton

Illinois Natural History Survey

Kids Growing Kindness

Kiwanis Club of Alton-Godfrey

LCCC Trailblazers

Lucky Pets

Marquette Catholic High School

Masonic Temple

Rainbow Girls

Middletown Neighbors

Mississippi Landing Lofts

North Alton-Godfrey Business Council

OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Care

PACUP/SWAP

Principia College

Republic Services

Rotary of the Riverbend

Rushmore

Sierra Club

Trinity’s Way

Upper Alton Association

Youth Build AmeriCorps

YWCA of Alton

Illinois Central School Bus

THANK YOU

to the many organizations,

businesses and individuals that helped make our

City-Wide Cleanup a success!

Please help to teach the message to

Love Where You Live!!!

Education

Part of our original mission is to carry on an education program to stimulate interest in the beautification of public areas and to create a consistent branding message “Love Where You Live.” This is done through sponsoring speaker series and creating interactive programs in our schools to teach the importance of sustaining a clean community.

Congratulations to our Anti-Littering Poster Contest Winners

Pride, Inc. and the City of Alton teamed up to offer a poster contest for students in 3rd through 5th Grades at East, North and West Elementary Schools in Alton.

Students created posters displaying the importance of keeping our communities clean and not littering.

The top three posters from each school were selected and Mayor David Goins presented the winners with a trophy and gift card.

Great work!!!

Gordon Moore Park Restoration

Restoring Gordon Moore

Forty years ago, community leaders and the labor unions gave our area a wonderful gift – Gordon Moore Park. However, stunning as it once was, recent years have found the beauty subdued by rundown and outdated facilities.

Undoubtedly, nearly everyone has visited Gordon Moore Park to watch children play soccer, enjoy the gorgeous rose garden, fish, play a round of gold, and so much more. Gordon Moore Park offers numerous types of recreation but these visits reveal our park is in need of revitalization.

Over one million cars visit our park yearly. When someone visits they see a representation of our entire community. We must present ourselves better! Our park can be an economic engine for area businesses. A better park attracts more tournaments, translating into dinners at area restaurants and booked rooms in our hotels.

Much like forty years ago, a committee of various leaders in our community has formed to help make this happen. There is an overwhelming amount of potential to be had, as many have noticed. What started out as a small idea has grown into a unique opportunity that everyone can contribute to as well as benefit from. Initially a simple proposal to incorporate some minor improvements, it grew to a $1.7 million project, and now to today being a $2.2 million project. What is most exciting is that already $1.575 million has already been raised!

A renovation of this magnitude cannot be accomplished alone. Our goal is to raise $425,000 and start construction by 2017. Four decades ago, we were handed this jewel. Now it is our turn to step up and create the success our community deserves.

Goals for this restoration include:

  • New Entrance

  • New Concession Stand with shaded seating area

  • New Inclusive Playground with something for every child

  • Renovations to the Muenstermann Building

  • New Bathroom facilities

  • All improvements implement ADA access

Donations & Contributions

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Each brick is $75

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