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How Jessi and Charles Make a Difference

At times, it can feel impossible to make a difference in your own life. And it can often feel even harder to change someone else’s life. Jessi and Charles St….

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Help Stop Domestic Violence in Virginia

Written by Stacey Sheppard, director of TAP’s Domestic Violence Services. Violence is Up Statewide Sexual and domestic violence advocacy agencies across the Commonwealth conducted a needs assessment in Virginia, with…

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Op-Ed: IMAGINE THE VALLEY WITHOUT TAP by Craig Balzer

Originally published in The Roanoke Times on January 13, 2022. Re-posted here with permission. 2022 marks the 57th year of Total Action for Progress’ existence. During the holiday season, many…

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Supporter Spotlight: Eddie Smith

Local business leader and lifelong Roanoker Eddie Smith believes that “the one characteristic that makes our community so special are our people.” It’s that love for his community and the…

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2021-2022 TAP Annual Report

You helped TAP serve over 4,700 people last year We are proud to share with you some bright moments and encouraging stories from the past year. Please peruse our 2021–2022 Annual…

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Abby Verdillo Hamilton: 2022 Cabell Brand Hope Award Recipient

We are happy to announce that Abby Verdillo Hamilton, CEO of United Way Roanoke Valley, is the recipient of the 2022 Cabell Brand Hope Award! Abby was born in the…

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Project Discovery: Ramari

Ramari didn’t see the point of school. At the beginning of his high school career, he described it as “a scam” and “a drag.” Thanks to TAP, Project Discovery, and…

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Domestic Violence Story

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Content warning: this story includes details of abuse. Jane (not her real name) works in the medical field and is a devoted mom to…

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OnRamp: Connecting People with Careers

Mary (not her real name) wanted to rebuild her life after escaping domestic violence. She had a safe place to stay with a friend, but she needed a new start…

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TAP History: Who is Bishop Marmion?

The Impact of Bishop Marmion William H. Marmion had a vision to unite the diocese. His legacy lives on today through our Bishop Marmion Head Start Center.  An Advocate for…

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Campaign Update: Bringing Hope Home

We have just reached the end of our second Bringing Hope Home campaign to raise annual support for TAP. As we look back on the year, we have one thing…

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Finding a Path Forward with Job Training

It was the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann Ellis found herself unemployed and unprepared for the workplace. Caring for her daughter kept her busy, and she wasn’t sure how…

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Starting Again with Job Training

Laura Richardson had a tough couple of years. While dealing with health issues, she lost both her medical assistant certification and her job. Her path to recertification became more difficult…

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