The Sabine Association for Retarded Children (SARC) was founded in 1969 by a local couple who wanted to help area youth who were mentally retarded or developmentally disabled. The agency later became the Sabine Association for Retarded Citizens, and today is officially named The Are of Sabine, though it is still commonly referred to as SARC.
SARC provides job opportunities, and educational and work training to disadvantaged citizens through an adult day habilitation program, and provides residential living services to up to 36 disadvantaged citizens in six separate community homes.
Today, the SARC serves 86 clients, and employs 90 people. The agency is funded primarily through the federal government with Medicaid dollars. It operates with a $1.5 million annual budget and is governed by a nine person board of directors consisting of local concerned citizens.
Through its adult day program, the SARC offers several products and services, including the following:
Automotive services at Sabine Car Care. (318) 256-2202
The Louisiana Technical College Sabine Valley Campus was first founded as the Sabine Parish Trade School and opened its doors in 1952. The school served primarily Sabine Parish. The name of the school has changed as the mission and/or service area changed as reflected by its past names of Sabine Valley Vocational Technical School to reflect the expanded service area of Vernon, Sabine, and DeSoto parishes; Sabine Valley Technical Institute to reflect the change in mission to offer more technology related training programs; and most recently to Louisiana Technical College – Sabine Valley Campus to reflect the expansion of course offerings to include the Associate of Applied Technology Degrees.
The mission of the college is to provide relevant technical and academic education needed to assist individuals in making informed and meaningful occupational choices. Its purpose is to train, retrain, cross-train, and continually upgrade the state’s work force to the end that individuals are employable at both entry and advanced levels. The college offers full-time and part-time instruction for all job preparatory programs offered. All programs offered are open to any person 16 years of age or older regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or qualified handicap. Associate Degree programs offered in the Business Department require a high school diploma.
A GED program is offered in conjunction with the Sabine Parish School System at the college campus for persons who wish to pursue a high school equivalency diploma. This program may be taken alone or in conjunction with other skilled training as the schedule allows. Training programs currently offered at the school include the following
Certified Nursing Assistant
Industrial Electronics Technology
Band and Circular Saw Filing
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
Office Systems Technology
Computer Specialist – Applications
In addition to the above preparatory training programs, the college offers evening extension classes for the purpose of upgrading training for current employees; customized training for the purpose of providing selective training to persons in a particular business or industry; quick-start training for new companies and/or existing companies expanding to provide at least 10 new jobs. The college can also offer Zenger Miller training programs to companies needing training for employees in interpersonal skills, leadership skills, or quality enhancement.
The college offers financial aid to qualified applicants in the job preparatory training programs. Financial aid is available through the Pell Grant, Veteran’s Benefits, JTPA, Vocational Rehabilitation, Project Independence, and other agencies.
The LTC – Sabine Valley Campus is a state-operated college offering quality education at a low tuition cost to its local citizens. . All interested persons may receive information concerning enrollment by coming by the college and speaking with the Student Personnel Services Officer or by calling the school. The LTC – Sabine Valley Campus is an Equal Opportunity School.
Rotary Club of Many
Contact: Rob Morrow (318) 256-9401
Various businessmen of Many, with the help of the Rotary Club of Natchitoches, got together and began the Rotary Club of Many in 1968. Since that time, the Rotary Club of Many has established itself as one of the strongest clubs in Sabine Parish and the surrounding area. Today, the Club is 36 members strong and continues to grow and participate in many activities throughout Sabine Parish.
Fund raisers are the key to the club’s success. Three major fund-raisers in which the Club participates is the Flag Contract, where flags are placed at each participating business or individual on major holidays, the Rummage Sale, held on the first weekend in November, and the Annual Pancake Supper usually held in February.
With its fund-raisers, the club sponsors three college scholarships for students in Sabine Parish. Over the past few years, the Rotary Club has given over $20,000 in scholarships. The club also sponsors students to the Boy’s and Girl’s State, Camp RYLA, and this year, the club has approved a student to attend Camp Enterprise.
The club also makes monthly donations to the Taylor House, a shelter for abused women and children; Meals on Wheels, a couple that is fed one meal a day for one year; St. Jude’s, the March of Dimes, Coats for Kids, the “Angel” tree at Christmas and Many’s June Jubilee. The list could go on.
One major project the Club has worked hard on and has gained international recognition is the water project in El Salvador. The Rotary Club of Many with the help of Rotary International and the Rotary Club of El Salvador was recently approved for a grant of over $500,000 to help the people in EI Salvador have running water in their homes.
The Rotary Club is on the grow and if you want to grow with us, please contact a Rotary member for information on how you can be a member and grow with us.
Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts
Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops are active throughout the parish. Area Scouts are members of the Netami District, Norwela Council out of Shreveport. District Executive is Tony Rachel of Robeline. (318) 354-1686.
Over the past few years, Scouts have actively participated in Popcorn Sales, Scouting for Food, Clothing Drives, Pinewood Derby and numerous other activities. The Scouts are always visible during parades and at area festivals. From earning scholarship money for camps at Garland Scout Ranch by working at the invitational bass tournaments on Toledo Bend Lake, to helping erect flagpoles for elected officials, to collecting clothing for the needy, the Scouts have distinguished themselves as young leaders in each of the communities they represent. Dedicated to guiding young men, from first grade through high school, the Scouting Program helps develop leadership through self motivation hard work and serving others. Scouting units may be found in Many, Zwolle, Negreet, Pleasant Hill, Florien and at the Mormon Church.
Many Lions Club
The Many Lions Club was founded August 22, 1927. Over the years the Lions Club has been involved in numerous civic activities. Through their membership, they support the La. Crippled Children’s Camp in Leesville and host barbecues for the campers several times during the summer months. They contribute to the La. Eye Foundation and on a local level collect eyeglasses. Fund-raisers throughout the year allow the club, which is composed of 30 business leaders, to award two scholarships to high school graduates. The Lions have long distinguished themselves in community service.
Many Lioness Club
Founded in the 1970’s as an auxiliary of the Many Lions Club, the Many Lioness Club is a service organization composed of ladies who have proven themselves as hard workers. The Lioness Club sponsors the Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant as a fund-raiser annually. They participate in numerous community events, including parades, festivals and Lions-sponsored events. “We Serve Too” is their motto.
Wildflower Garden Club
The Wildflower Garden Club of Sabine Parish is a social organization with the purpose of friendship and getting acquainted with local residents and newcomers.
The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month in a member’s home.
Club dues of $15 per year includes membership to any or all sub-club functions. Subclubs include:
Snack and Snoop Group
All guests are welcome
For information call Junie Dahlem at (318) 256-5278 or Jerry Whiting at (318) 256-9983
580 Main St. Many, LA 71449 ( 318) 256-6242
Project Celebration, Inc. is a nonprofit community resource agency located in Many , Louisiana. It was established in mid-1980 by citizens of Sabine Parish who were concerned about drugs and violence in their community. The roots of the organization can be traced back to a group of energetic parents wanting a better future for their children. The goals at that time were simply to bring the high school prom back to the school setting and to provide a drug and alcohol Free graduation night for seniors.
Project Celebration became incorporated in 1989. The goal of the organization by this time was to reach parents and young people with information encouraging healthy lifestyles. During the following years, Project Celebration brought Drug Abuse awareness information to the community in a variety of ways. Contracting with Sabine and Vernon Parish School Districts, administering small grants, and enlisting the aid of volunteers, are just a few of the methods used to disseminate drug abuse and violence prevention awareness material and information.
Project Celebration has been instrumental in bringing much needed programs, such as the Youth Center, the D.A.R.E. program, Head Start, and the Taylor House to the community. New services are continually being sought in an effort to enrich the lives of the residents of Toledo Bend Country.
The Project Celebration main office is located in downtown Many, in a turn-of-the-century two-story house available to various agencies and organizations to hold training and meetings. Project Celebration is currently facilitating the F.I.N.S. program for the 11th Judicial Court; a Children’s Trust Fund grant to maintain a Community Resource Center; Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communications services for Vernon Parish Schools; the Mayor’s Youth Council; the Taylor House; Sabine Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence; and other programs within the scope of positive community development. Private counseling is also offered on site at Project Celebration.
In keeping with the history of Project Celebration, they remain involved as facilitators of the annual Project Graduation, providing a drug and alcohol free party for seniors on their graduation night. They will also continue to pursue worthwhile programs and funding to aid in the development of our community, creating a safe and healthy environment for area families and children.