SOAR Inc. will turn up the grill at the city pool this summer as the organization combines the annual summer feeding program with outdoor activities for children of all ages from Tallassee and surrounding areas.

SOAR Inc. is planning to grill hot dogs and provide activities at the Tallassee City Pool from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 and July 8 and 22, according to founder Andrus Love.

"We are looking to cook 100 plus hot dogs and provide a drink, plus chips, for all participants,” Love said. "Our swim activities are designed to promote a family-friendly type of environment. There will be organized activities like relay races, water basketball and volleyball competitions, and open swim time."

Pool activities will be set up for ages 7 and older and the kiddie pool is available for ages 6 and under.

Love believes an open line of communication is important and can help children cope with a wide range of situations.

"Our small group session called ‘Talk Ball’ will enhance communication skills while stimulating the mind to think of real-life situations in order to offer ways to cope and/or develop a plan of action," Love said. "Simulated conversations with the older participants will cover areas like, but is not limited to, bullying, love, trust, anger, management, helping and topics of that nature. Each participant will be given the opportunity to express their views and/or concerns about the given daily topic."

Once the pool activities wind down, SOAR will crank up the grill and the stereo.

"We plan to grill hot dogs on-site during open swim time with music after all activities have been completed,” Love said.

According to Love, the summer feeding program would not be possible without support from the community and the organization is currently seeking donors to help with funding.

"We are seeking sponsors and/or contributions because it takes money to provide quality services," Love said. "Monthly donations are needed. These donations are what will allow us to provide more quality services free of charge. We are nonprofit, so we rely heavily on individuals, businesses and corporations to help fund the mission."

SOAR serves children in Tallassee, Reeltown and Notasulga. For more information go to