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How to Pre-register for Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Help your friends and family register for a COVID-19 vaccine by sharing this information with them. You can also call the vaccine hotline at 877-829-4682 if you prefer to speak with someone by phone. You can pre-register for a vaccine on the Virginia Department of Health’s vaccine website.  The vaccine is free for everyone.  Transportation…

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Ashley's story

Ashley’s Story

Ashely is a single mother; a survivor; a woman achieving her dreams—how your donations helped make it happen. Poverty has a deeply disenfranchising effect. Your gift to TAP brings hope and opportunity to people in need. Watch the journey of a single mother who escaped domestic violence and overcame disaster to create a new path…

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Support for working parents

Support for Working Parents

Support for working parents through TAP SwiftStart Sometimes all it takes to change your life is having the right people in your corner. For two young mothers in our SwiftStart program, those right people were SwiftStart career mentors—and each other. SwiftStart works by removing some of the common barriers parents face when looking for well-paying…

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Inspiring Others to Give

When Bob Fetzer, president of Building Specialists, Inc., heard about our efforts to raise funds during the pandemic, he was struck by our vision during a time of crisis. He received a call from Annette Lewis, our president and CEO, asking if Building Specialists would continue its financial support of TAP even though we had…

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COVID-19 Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Relief Loan Fund is offering loans up to $3,000 for businesses impacted by the pandemic. Has COVID-19 affected your small business? Eligible businesses must be located in the City of Roanoke, be at least two years old, and have less than 25 employees. How to Apply for the COVID-19 Relief Fund Click the…

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TAP Books at Work in the Community

Today it seems like even entry-level jobs require some form of work experience. It’s a Catch-22: you won’t be hired without experience, but you can’t gain experience without being hired. Marquayna Hamm lived that journey. She went from working at a job that didn’t inspire her to landing a job at Roanoke Memorial Hospital—and she…

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first-time homebuyer education

First-time Homebuyer Q&A

Being a first-time homebuyer comes with a learning curve and purchasing your first home is a big step. It’s normal to have some questions along the way. Our Housing Counseling program has the answers for first-time homebuyers—and can help for free! The program offers assistance in the form of: A First-time Homebuyers Education Workshop Pre-purchase…

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Volunteer spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Angie and Sarah of Covington

The Second Chances Clothing Closet started small, but with the belief that small efforts can make big impacts. Beginning as a clothing drive offering donated men’s suits for job interviews, it now operates year-round at 118 S. Lexington Avenue in Covington, providing free clothing for men, women, and kids, housewares, and even furniture. The success…

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TAP Personal Finance Services

Offering Financial Independence

TAP’s Financial Services component helps clients become financially independent through an array of programs, including offering personal finance coaching, providing small business loans, assisting in the purchase of a house, and maximizing annual tax refunds. Now, perhaps more than ever, these programs are important avenues to give people the opportunities to succeed, even in difficult…

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Mental Health in a Pandemic

A Shoulder to Lean On We’re now almost a year in to the pandemic that stopped life as we knew it in its tracks. As families around the world are feeling the strain, some right here in our own community now have a new shoulder to lean on. Monique Worrell, a licensed clinical social worker…

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Bringing Hope Home community sponsors

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our Partners Make a Difference We would like to thank our corporate sponsors, whose contributions have helped lead the way in our Bringing Hope Home campaign. Our sponsors, shown below, collectively contributed $40,000 toward the campaign. Their generosity has directly benefitted the people TAP serves, helping us to offer life-changing programming in the areas of…

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TAP Superhero Kids program

TAP Assuming Care of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Virginia

Roanoke, Va., (December 15, 2020) – After decades of serving the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia (BBBS) will close effective January 31, 2021. Despite the unfortunate closure, Total Action for Progress (TAP) is honored to assume care of the BBBS mentoring program. TAP will facilitate the program’s 50 current matches in an effort to ensure those…

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What is the Bringing Hope Home Campaign?

In October 2020, we announced a new fundraising initiative: Bringing Hope Home. This annual campaign was created to raise support for TAP. Funds that you contribute will go directly to programming that uplifts people right here in our community. Our History and Our Future For 55 years TAP has been helping people in southwest Virginia…

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Ted Edlich

2020 Cabell Brand Hope Award Recipient: Ted Edlich

This year we are honored to award Ted Edlich, TAP’s former president, with the 2020 Cabell Brand Hope Award. His dedication to TAP’s mission has extended into his retirement years as he continues to give back to his community. Early Life Ted Edlich grew up in Greenwich Village in Manhattan and has spent most of…

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