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 Program Inc. (TIP), a national non-profit organization was founded in 1985. TIP has 16 affiliates serving over 250 cities across the nation. Each affiliate, citizen volunteers respond to traumatic incidents at the request of Police, Fire and Hospital personnel to support those who are emotionally traumatized.
TIP has received the prestigious Innovations Award in State and Local government from Harvard University and Ford Foundation, Crime Victim Service Award from the US Justice Department and the Governor's Victim Service Award from the State of California.
TIP is a group of specially trained volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy.
TIP Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are called by police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital personnel to assist family members and friends following a natural or unexpected death; victims of violent crime including rape, assault, robbery, or burglary; victims of fire; disoriented or lonely elderly persons; people involved in motor vehicle accidents; people who are distraught and seeking immediate support; and survivors of suicide.
TIPNational is a national voluntary 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to establishing TIP Programs across the nation. Since1985, TIPNational has established TIP Affiliates which serve 100’s of communities across the country. TIPNational provides extensive support to its Affiliates through the following activities:
The Managers Hotline provides technical support and consultation to TIP managers.
Quality Training Programs are developed by TIPNational and are offered to Affiliates’ staff and volunteers.
The TIP Annual Convention is an opportunity for managers in all Affiliates to learn from each other and to share best practices.
The National Website provides Affiliates with up to date news and resources.
Quality Control activities protect TIP’s reputation by ensuring that all TIP's Affiliates adhere to TIP's high standards.
Public Relations activities keep TIP in the public eye and enhance TIP's national reputation.
"A great program. It appears the TIP program is an idea whose time has come." --- Giselle Fernandez, NBC Today Show
"I am aware of several victim assistance programs. However, none can come close to TIP Inc. in terms of performance, consistency, cost, scale of activity, supervision and morale." --- Mr. James Stewart, Former Director National Institute of Justice
"A shining example of an organization at its best." --- New York Times
"TIP provides an invaluable service to communities by addressing the emotional needs of persons who have endured tragedies. With emergency responders often unavailable to treat the distress of emotional trauma, I am comforted to know that victims and survivors can depend on TIP. It's an honor to have TIP volunteers in our midst." ---Mayor, City of Portland, OR