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TO BE A TIP VOLUNTEER...

Tip VolunteersTo be a TIP volunteer, it takes...

Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others

Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own

Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they must feel

Compassion, to truly care about making someone else's life better

Patience, because the process doesn't always go as smoothly as it might

Dedication, to stick with the call and see it through

You've shown these qualities and so much more, so thank you for all that you do.


MEET  A FEW OF OUR TIP ORANGE COUNTY VOLUNTEERS!

Here is a glimpse of the dedicated hearts behind Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County. Volunteers were asked three simple questions:
    - When did you become a volunteer?
    - What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
    - Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?

We would like to share their answers from the heart!

How you can show support! TIP Volunteers are very special people.  Each spends over 500 hours annually providing support to people who are experiencing the worst time in their lives. Not everyone can be a TIP Volunteer, but anyone - including you - can support a volunteer.  By Adopting a TIP Volunteer, you will be helping us to train and equip a TIP Volunteer for a year.

Dawn-Marie A.

When did you become a volunteer?
Feb 2009

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
That a person experiencing trauma can be supported by a caring presence at a time of great need - someone who empathizes with, cares about, and is FOR them. 

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer? 
I had the time, energy, and ability to give to a worthwhile cause and had wanted to be involved in an organization whose purpose was to help others.  I had been searching for a couple of years, since my son left for college, to find just the right fit - something in which my personality and strengths worked well.  I found TIP and feel privileged and honored to be involved with the organization and to be a support for people in need.


Dawn-Marie

Freddie C.

When Did you become a TIP Volunteer?
I have been a TIP Volunteer since September, 1998.

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
I can't imagine my life without being a TIP Volunteer.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
My experiences with our 45 year old  son's brain surgery at 6 mo and again at 14 yrs taught me no one should be left alone in the surgery waiting room at a time like that.


Freddie C.

Jackie S.

When did you become a volunteer?
October 2013

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
As a volunteer for TIP, I am able to provide emotional support for those people who are experiencing an instance of trauma in their lives. It is a simple act to just be there for someone in need of a hand to hold, word of kindness, and a listening ear to make a difference. The feeling that I have helped someone get through the darkness of their trauma with compassion lifts my spirit. I have learned so much. I take great pride knowing that I am a part of wonderful organization such as TIP.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
I was looking for a worthwhile organization to donate some of my time, and be able to make a difference.  I attended the 2013  “Heroes with Heart” dinner as a guest, and was amazed at the wonderful appreciation for all the first responders given by TIP.  I grew up in a family that was affillliated with the Anaheim PD for many years….it didn’t take long to realize this was the right organization for me.


Jackie S.

Teri M.

When did you become a volunteer?
Fall of 2013

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
Being a TIP volunteer is a rewarding and fulfilling position. It means that I can give back to my community in a very necessary capacity. I really enjoy working with others and helping them by providing emotional first aid. I always look forward to the days I am on call. The information learned during our training is so valuable – not only on our calls, but in our own personal lives with family and friends.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
As a TIP volunteer I am called to assist others who have been traumatized by an event in their life, be it death, assault, robbery, fire, etc. I was an elementary school teacher for 25 years and being a TIP volunteer fills a need I have to be helping others.


Teri M.

Mary S.

When did you become a volunteer?
February 2013

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to me?
I can "pay it forward"  the care and help given to our community during the Santiago Fire. Also, four times in my life  I have experienced the feeling of helplessness and not knowing what to do next -  the notifications of the death of my mother and father, in the emergency room when one of my sons tried to commit suicide and at the hospital when my other son almost died as a result of a snow boarding accident. It would  have been a great help to have  "someone"  there at those times. TIP volunteers are that "someone."

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
I know a little of what it is like to have, in the blink of an eye, my world completely turned upside down never to be the same again - Those first few hours of shock, disbelief and and what do I do now? I am honored to be able to be there now  to help someone who is going through this similar kind of time. 


Mary S.

Carin H.

When did you become a volunteer?
2011

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
It is an opportunity for me to walk along side my fellow brothers and sisters in perhaps one of their darkest and loneliest moments of their lives. In sharing their burden, perhaps they can receive HOPE in the midst of feeling such despair just in knowing that they are not ALONE.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
I had been trained as a CERT volunteer (which provided Medical Emergency Assistance) to victims of traumatic events. In so doing I met two women who had also been trained as TIP volunteers. The "seed" was then planted. I realized that dealing with the medical aspect of emergencies was not my "call." I felt I would be more suited relating to people’s emotional needs in a crisis. It was then I started to pursue the opportunity to be trained to provide emotional first aid instead.


Carin H.

Simon H.

When did you become a volunteer?
June 2013

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
It means everything.  It provides me with a huge amount personal growth and appreciation.  The personal connection you experience during each call is unique, a true privilege and always stays in your heart.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
I became a Tip volunteer because I volunteered in an amazing organization whilst living in China (2 years). I wanted to build on the foundation I had gained.  Having lived in England, USA, China and Mexico I have experienced many life experiences, cultures and people. I am emotionally strong and enjoy connecting with people.


Simon H.

Marc D.

When did you become a volunteer?
January 2013

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
Being ready to help people in our community who are going through possibly the worst times in their lives and helping them to get through it.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
Basically, this can be summed up from the line in a song I recently heard; "Every day we live is a chance to give."


Marc D.

Tom W.

When did you become a volunteer?
February 2008

What does being a TIP Volunteer mean to you?
TIP is a place I go to few times each month that allows me to be totally unselfish.

Why did you become a TIP Volunteer?
A good friend and long time TIP volunteer (Debbie A) had sent out info periodically about joining TIP. My good friend and tennis partner and his young daughter were killed in an auto accident in 2007. I reached out to Debbie and she arranged for TIP to provide emotional support in the form of comfort and care for the remaining family members. I saw first hand what a stranger could do to help out in a family's worst nightmare.


Tom W.