SOAR seeks sponsors for youth and community programs

(Carmen Rodgers) Andrus Love, founder of S.O.A.R. Inc. addressed the Tallassee City Council explaining the need for funding community and youth programs in Tallassee and surrounding communities.

SOAR Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving Tallassee, Reeltown and surrounding communities, is gearing up for a variety of spring and summer activities and is seeking sponsors.

On April 28, the organization will host a community cleanup in East Tallassee to help the elderly and single mothers with free lawn care.

those otherwise may be unable to take on the task.

“We also identify places or other businesses in the surrounding areas that need assistance,” SOAR founder Andrus Love said.

SOAR will offer meal lines and more this summer for children in Tallassee and surrounding communities. Last year, Walmart and McDonald’s in Tallassee sponsored the summer feeding program.

Love said his organization will also offer fishing trips to area youth.

“Fishing trips is also an annual event but I separate the ages for a more structured environment,” Love said. “This particular trip is for the kids ages 7-12 and I plan on showing them how to bait, cast and catch a fish.”

Love said he would tie the fishing trip to the old saying, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, but teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

For older kids in the SOAR program, Love has planned a special trip to Notasulga to visit Crooked Oaks, which is owned by former Auburn football coach Pat Dye.

While these upcoming events are meant to fun, there is also an underlying purpose, Love said.

“All events are planned to coincide with my three objectives — provide more events and activities, feed those who need and enhance police and community relations,” he said.

Love began SOAR just over a year ago and said he enjoys helping others and the community through his program.

“I love helping people, changing lives, teaching new perspectives and offering hope,” he said.

Love graduated from Reeltown High School in 1995 and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/sociology from UAB. In 2011, he graduated from Troy University with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and counseling.

Love has more than 10 years of experience in youth services with the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Resources in Macon County.

“I’m utilizing my knowledge and experience to give back to where I am from,” he said. “This is where I am from and this is the motivation.”

For more information or to make a donation, call Love at 334-354-9745 or visit www.facebook.com/SOARIncorporated/.