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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.

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.


MEET  A FEW OF OUR TIP ORANGE COUNTY VOLUNTEERS!

Volunteers were asked a series of questions and we would like to share their answers from the heart


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.

Alex W.

When did you become a TIP volunteer:
August 2018

Why did you become a TIP volunteer?
One of my friends from UCI was a TIP volunteer and after hearing about it from him I said, ‘That is something I’ve got to do.’  I have been a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout and cleaning trails and painting park benches is nice, but none of that compares to what you can do as a TIP volunteer.

What do you get out of being a TIP volunteer?
I am considering becoming a doctor, and through TIP I am able to see what it’s like to talk to people and mange people that don’t know me during the worst times of their lives.

What lessons have you learned as a TIP volunteer?

People are more receptive to our help than you’d expect.  It is surprising to me, more often than not, people are willing to let strangers in in intimate times. 

Alex W.

Dick O.

When did you become a TIP volunteer?
February 2009

Why did you become a TIP volunteer?
I saw TIP as a way to combine my college education (BS in Integrative Biology), my Army Medical Service Corps experience, and my hospital/medical knowledge in such a way as to be able to come alongside client family members, assist them emotionally, and help them understand the “system”.  TIP is an excellent way to make a meaningful impact on the lives of people suffering tremendous loss.

What do you get out of being a TIP volunteer?
I get a sense of helpfulness combined with a personal sense of usefulness when dealing with emotional crises in TIP situations. This spills over into my personal life and my interactions with friends and neighbors in their crisis situations.

What lessons have you learned as a TIP volunteer?

I have learned how to relate to clients from varied backgrounds, ethnicities, and sociological levels.  I have learned to control the male “fix it” gene and rather assist people in going forward with their lives immediately after a tragic event. 

Dick O.

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.

Patti M

When did you become a TIP volunteer?
February 2006

Why did you become a TIP volunteer?
I read a story in the newspaper about a TIP volunteer who had a very bad experience in her own trauma and didn’t want others to have that same bad experience.  I tacked the article on my bulletin board and waited until my last kid got his driver’s license so I didn’t have to taxi him around anymore, and then I called and inquired about becoming a TIP volunteer.  First questions I asked were “Was it safe? Do people really let you ‘in’?”

What do you get out of being a TIP volunteer?
I get to be Christ-like.  I come to a call, leave my-“self” in the car and serve others.  I was worried at first about not being able to share my Christian faith on calls, but realized I am sharing my faith by walking it out.  The TIP guidelines are perfect for doing that: “leave self,” “serve everyone,” “don’t judge,” “comfort others.” The world could use a lot more of this.

What lessons have you learned as a TIP volunteer?

How to be a better listener.  I don’t have to offer advice or fix problems, but just being there and listening is a great life skill that can be used every single day. 

Patti M

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.