Our citizen volunteers will provide emotional first aid to survivors of tragedy in order to ease their immediate suffering and facilitate their healing and long term recovery.
“Citizens Helping Citizens in Crisis”
Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) is a national voluntary non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that those who are emotionally traumatized in emergency situations receive the assistance they need. To accomplish that goal, TIP Inc. works closely with local communities to establish emergency services volunteer programs. In these programs, well-trained citizen volunteers are called to emergency scenes to assist family members, witnesses, and other bystanders whom the emergency system often must leave behind.
Since 1985 TIP, Inc. has established emergency services programs in over 250 cities. In each of these programs, citizen volunteers are demonstrating that given the opportunity, they can play an important role in the emergency response system. If you would like information on how to start a TIP chapter in your county, please call TIP’s national office at (714) 314-0744 or visit their website at www.tipnational.org.
Following a traumatic event, the person involved often feels helpless, confused, and in emotional shock. They are confronted with a situation for which they are totally unprepared. Often there is no one available in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to guide the victims through these difficult hours. The TIP volunteer provides this necessary temporary support until persons involved in the crisis are able to depend on family, friends, neighbors, and others.
When is TIP called?
TIP volunteers are always available. They are called by authorized police officers, firefighters, paramedics, hospital personnel, and business and administrative leaders to assist:
- Family members of SIDS victims.
- Family members and friends following a natural, accidental, or unexpected death.
- Family members of a person who has committed suicide.
- Victims of fire.
- Persons involved in automobile accidents.
- Disoriented or lonely older persons.
- Persons who are distraught and seeking immediate support.
- Large Groups (Businesses, Schools, and other organizations) who have experienced a traumatic event at their workplace.
Who pays for TIP services?
Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. is a non-profit tax exempt organization. Services are provided to victims and their families free of charge and are made possible through grants from local government and individuals and through fund-raising efforts.
Who are TIP Volunteers?
TIP volunteers are citizens of all ages and occupations who have a deep desire to help others. Many of the volunteers have been through a traumatic experience themselves and realize the importance of immediate support from a caring and knowledgeable person.
What TIP volunteers do:
- Provide emotional support.
- Help arrange for shelter, food, clothing, and transportation.
- Notify family and friends.
- Serve as liaison between the victims and emergency and hospital authorities.
- Help arrange follow-up services.
- Provide information and referrals to appropriate agencies for ongoing assistance.