TAP CEO Handing off your "mission"

Operation Vanguard

This is the first in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. See next post.   Two days ago, at 2307 hours, our allies intercepted encoded communications meant for ranking members of our enemy’s organization. Upon decryption, the communication yielded…

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TAP Supporters

Three Myths About Volunteering at TAP Tax Clinic

Volunteering has been proven to help people feel better and improve communities, but you have to pay the bills, right? TAP Tax Clinic offers temporary paid positions too. As a paid tax preparer, you can work as many hours as you want. Volunteering at TAP Tax Clinic Each year, with the help of volunteers, we…

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TAP Volunteer

Supporter Spotlight: Lawrence Thornhill

From One Veteran to Another Lawrence Thornhill knows that sometimes the best person to help a veteran is another veteran—that’s why he’s interning with our Veterans Services while he studies for his master’s degree in social work through Rutgers University. Through his internship, Lawrence, who is a veteran himself, works directly with vets to help…

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Client of the Year 2019

Client of the Year: Bill Tynes, US Military Veteran

Bill Tynes has worked with TAP over several years to better his housing and life situation. On a recent fall morning, he sat down with our staffers to recount the story of overcoming challenges in his life, including abuse, drug addiction, and near homelessness, to later becoming a homeowner. Growing up, Bill found himself in…

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TAP Press Conference

TAP to Launch New Program for Women in Recovery

TAP is starting a new program for women in recovery. Southwest Virginia is at the center of the nation’s opioid crisis. Overdose and neonatal abstinence syndrome rates far in excess of state and national averages. Total Action for Progress (TAP) is excited to announce a new program, RESTORE (Re-employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid-Related…

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TAP Presents New Legacy Award to George Kegley

We are excited to present a new award at our 2019 Annual Lunch: the Legacy Award. It will be presented to Mr. George Kegley of Roanoke. We congratulate him on this recognition and thank him for his tireless service to our community. About Mr. Kegley Kegley spent 44 years as a journalist for The Roanoke…

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TAP Supporter

Supporter Spotlight: Q&A with Suzanne Thorniley

Suzanne Thorniley, a licensed therapist trained in domestic violence work, is a supporter of TAP’s Domestic Violence Services (DVS) and has volunteered with the program for the past eight years. Her passion for the work of DVS is contagious. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with Suzanne and reflect on her experience with the…

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What you don't see on TV; Domestic Violence

Myths around domestic violence

How abusers blame their victims, manipulate the system, & how we can stop it Myths around domestic violence are alive and well. Whether it comes from an innate sense of justice or from watching shows like Law & Order: SVU, a fundamental belief in our society seems to be that eventually all abusers get caught—and…

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TAP Books Program

Seven things to know about TAP Books

How does this new book donation program work? Check out these answers to some frequently asked questions about TAP Books! How can I donate my books? Books can be donated by simply dropping them off at one of several convenient locations. A full list of drop-off points can be found at What does TAP…

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TAP Presents 2019 Cabell Brand Hope Award to Reverend Dr. Kathy O’Keeffe

Total Action for Progress (TAP) is delighted to present this year’s Cabell Brand Hope Award to Reverend Dr. Kathy O’Keeffe. The award will be presented at TAP’s Annual Lunch on October 15. The public is invited to attend. Reverend Dr. O’Keeffe is the pastor of Kingdom Life Ministries, International and the international pastor of Kingdom…

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Project Discovery alumna

The Road to NYC

A Project Discovery, a TAP Youth Education Program, alumna update “Project Discovery has helped me achieve a lot of my dreams,” says Denashia Dunnaville, a Project Discovery alumna. This summer, a dream came true when Denashia, a journalism student at Virginia Tech, had the opportunity to intern with MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi in Rockefeller…

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TAP Job Training

Adult Education: A Way Out of Poverty

A Chat About Job Training with Charysse Hairston and Spring Abney One job can make all the difference in lifting a family out of poverty. At TAP, when we sit down to work with someone who needs a job, we don’t just work to get them any job. We help people land good jobs—ones that…

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