Tammy McMahon Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Tammy McMahon, Program Coordinator, SSSRA (l) and Sandra Wolff-Chevalier, Superintendent of Recreation, Tinley Park-Park District (r)

Tammy McMahon, Program Coordinator, celebrated 10 years of full-time service with the association on January 17. Through the years, Tammy has managed various areas of the association’s services. Her current responsibilities include: managing our Special Olympics programs, managing our Day Camp programs, assisting the Superintendent with outreach contacts and events, and supervising one of our Recreation Specialists. Tammy is credited with introducing and developing our Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program, and for strengthening the association’s relationships with many community groups, including: Park Forest Baseball, Tinley Park Bobcats and Bulldogs, Tinley Park High School Athletic Department, and the local Special Olympics Torch Run Officers. Events held with these groups have promoted Inclusion and community awareness of our services. Congratulations Tammy!

SSSRA Maintains Continued Excellence in Safety and Loss Control

Cindy Grannan, Director of Parks and Recreation, Oak Forest Park District (l) and Pam Alvarado, Program Coordinator, SSSRA (r)

During 2014, SSSRA went through a comprehensive risk management assessment, conducted by the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA). The review included an examination of agency policies and practices, in both administrative areas and areas of special recreation service delivery. The association attained a score of 100%!

On November 20, the SSSRA Board of Directors recognized Safety Coordinator Pam Alvarado for her oversight of the safety program and leadership through the Loss Control Review Process. Pam has been at the agency since 2006, and has led the agency through 3 Loss Control Review processes. Along with serving as the association’s Safety Coordinator, Pam manages transportation services and secures facilities for all agency programs and special events.

PDRMA is a self-governed, member owned risk management agency of more than 150 public entities. PDRMA staff guide member agencies in taking proactive steps to improve safety and wellness across the organization. This results in safe programs for our participants and family members.

Recent Grants and Contributions Received

Due to the generosity of the following foundations, service clubs, and individuals, program expenses for select programs will be covered, and programs fees will be lowered or free for our residents during 2015:

Edmond & Alice Opler Foundation, Oak Lawn, IL
$10,000 for day camp transportation services

Andrew and Alice Fischer Charitable Trust, West Dundee, IL
$5,375 for Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program

Aileen S. Andrew Foundation, Orland Park, IL
$5,000 for transportation services

Eisenberg Foundation for Charities, Arlington Heights, IL
$4,000 for early childhood programs

Walmart, Orland Hills, IL
$2,500 for early childhood programs

Saint Margaret Mary Parish, Naperville, IL
$2,500 for programs and special events

Ecolab, Joliet, IL
$2,000 for early childhood programs

GKN Foundation, Woodridge, IL
$1,000 for early childhood programs

Sarkisian Foundation, Naples, FL
$1,000 for early childhood programs

Suburban Service League, Frankfort
$500 for early childhood programs

Many thanks to these groups for their assistance to our participants, and for their continued support of our valuable mission.

SSSRA Welcomes Kailee Galligan

On Friday, August 22, 2014, SSSRA welcomed Kailee Galligan, Recreation Specialist as our newest team member.

Kailee completed her Undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a Therapeutic Recreation concentration.

Prior to working at SSSRA, Kailee completed her internship with Tri-County Special Recreation Association. She also worked as the Supervisor at the SIU Student Recreation Center. At school, Kailee worked with the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Program.

Kailee has already begun her orientation training, driver training, and preparing for the fall season. In September, she will attend a training to become a Certified Disabled Sports Specialist through BlazeSports. We are excited to have Kailee as part of the SSSRA team and look forward to working with her.

Strategic Plan Initiatives Result in Additional Services for Our Families

The association’s short-term Strategic Plan Initiatives, which were implemented over the past 2 years, have resulted in the following positive outcomes and expansion in program services:

    - A fourth and fifth transportation pick-up location located in Richton Park and Oak Forest has been added, in addition to original sites in Tinley Park, Homewood-Flossmoor and Lansing.

    - Seven weekly programs and 6 special events were expanded to a second location, date and time, in order to accommodate additional participants in popular programs.

    - A total of 54 programs and special events were offered free or at a discount during the past 2 years, in an effort to make participation easier for our families.

    - Eight Adapted Sports experiences were offered for our participants with physical disabilities, in the areas of Cycling, Sled Hockey, Golf and Boccia.

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