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Two Myths about Volunteering at the TAP Tax Clinic

TAP Tax Clinic Each year at TAP, we file over 1,000 free tax returns for low-income residents of Roanoke. This work relies on the help of volunteers. Here are the two biggest myths about volunteering at the Tax Clinic—and why they shouldn’t stop anyone from helping out. Myth #1: I don’t know enough about tax…

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Youth Job Training: From Surviving to Thriving

Ernest got the job training he needed through TAP’s Young Adult Life Enhancement (Y.A.L.E.) program. When the pandemic hit, Ernest found himself homeless and unemployed in a city where he knew no one. He was “just trying to survive,” he says, and that crowded out any goals or plans for the future. Addressing each day’s…

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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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Homebuying in Clifton Forge for a Good Cause

With the housing market continuing to soar to new heights, the cost of purchasing a home has become incredibly daunting. In Clifton Forge, however, TAP has a golden opportunity for first-time homebuyers that won’t last long. This beautiful three-bedroom home is located within walking distance of Clifton Forge’s beautiful and historic downtown. The newly-renovated property…

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Help Keep Families Safe with Plumbing Rehabilitation

Our Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation (IPR) program helps to ensure families have safe drinking water, eliminates hazardous outhouse trips, and more. However, due to the pandemic, project material costs have skyrocketed. Without donations from supporters like you, IPR will not only have to turn down people who ask for help, it will have to drop some…

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Supporter Story: Network Computing Group

Mark Bowles first heard of TAP around the time he founded Network Computing Group in 1994. He worked with TAP occasionally, and in 2014 NCG became TAP’s main IT provider. Over the past seven years Mark has gotten a much closer look at our work, and NCG and its employees have become some of our most…

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Job Training: Forging a New Career

Katie received the job training she needed through TAP’s CareerForge Adult Education and Employment Program. When the pandemic hit, Katie found herself unemployed after losing her job as a preschool teacher. She searched for new positions but had no luck. “I didn’t have a plan,” she says. “I moved to the area because I got…

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Bringing Hope Home: Thank You!

We’ve just reached the end of our very first Bringing Hope Home campaign to raise annual support for TAP. As we look back on the year, we have one thing to say: thank you! Record Support We set an initial goal of $150,000 for Bringing Hope Home, but even during a time when many people’s…

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RESTORE: One Graduate’s Story

Getting the support she needed: TAP’s Re-employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid-Related Epidemic (or RESTORE) program. It’s fair to say that the pandemic has been tough on everyone over the past 16 months. But for those people already struggling before the pandemic, life got much harder. Before COVID-19 reached the Roanoke Valley, Tabitha Harper…

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Mentoring in the Alleghany Highlands

TAP’s Alleghany Highlands Youth Mentoring program needs your help! We are looking for adults to mentor youth, ages 10 to 17, affected by the opioid crisis. Why should you consider mentoring? Purpose Connection Experience Increase positive connection for both the youth and the mentee The skills you learn and practice as a mentor will come…

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Carter Bank & Trust and TAP Announcement

Carter Bank & Trust (CB&T) has announced a new partnership with Total Action for Progress (TAP) through their CARE Forward Campaign. This campaign will donate $10 to TAP for every new checking account opened until later this year. This generous support is in addition to the support CB&T has already committed to TAP’s Bringing Hope…

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Help Keep Kids Safe with Supervised Visitation

Rising Need In a time of rising domestic violence rates, we need to give at-risk families safe options. Sabrina’s Place provides secure supervised visitation and safe exchange services. It is one of the safest ways to prevent known abusers from committing violent acts during custody exchanges. As lockdowns started, domestic violence advocates were on high…

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Supporting Sabrina’s Place

“Sabrina’s Place means a lot to us, because Sabrina Reed’s life was taken suddenly and tragically and she was one of our sorority members,” says Katina Hamlar, president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Chi Omega Chapter. “The sorority sisters loved [Sabrina] and felt a great sense of loss. They see [Sabrina’s Place]…

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