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TIP is a team of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide practical and emotional support to survivors of tragedy.
TIP volunteers are dispatched to help victims and/or family members after a traumatic incident has occurred. Such traumas may include suicide, attempted suicide, home fires, non-criminal traumatic incidents, SIDS infant deaths, auto accidents, accidental drowning, death of a loved one due to illness or sudden trauma, and to support children left alone after a family tragedy.
TIP volunteer basic commitment consists of being 'on call' for three 12-hour shifts each month. Shifts are from 7a.m. - 7p.m. and 7p.m. to 7a.m. Additionally, volunteers must attend a 3-hour Continuing Education Meeting each month. Volunteers choose the shifts they cover.
Nationally, TIP has received the prestigious Paul H. Chapman Award for Improvement of Justice; the Innovations in State and Local Government award; and the National Crime Victim Service Award. Locally, TIP of N. Nevada has been awarded a Governor's Points of Light Award for Volunteer Management & The Chamber Reno*Sparks*Northern Nevada Non-Profit of the Year.
The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) provides a direct service to victims and their families, ensuring their needs are met and they do not experience a second injury. TIP volunteers are dispatched by first responders to work with victims during those crucial first few hours following an incident or trauma. Such traumas may include suicides, attempted suicides, home fires, non-criminal traumatic incidents, SIDS infant deaths, auto accidents, accidental drowning, death of a loved one due to illness or sudden trauma, and to support children left alone after a family tragedy. TIP volunteers provide emotional aid and practical support to victims, their families, and friends.