New training sessions in 2012 starting soon- volunteers needed in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties in Florida!
Looking for volunteer opportunities in the Gulf Coast? If you have some extra time and would like to volunteer for a non-profit organization- check into TIP!
Trauma Intervention Program is a group of trained citizen volunteers that provide support to emotionally traumatized citizens immediately after tragedy strikes. Our wonderful volunteers are on call 24- hours a day and 365- days a year. Volunteers assist family members following natural or unexpected deaths; victims of crime; disoriented or lonely older persons; victims of vehicle accidents; family members after a suicide; and anyone emotionally traumatized by a crisis event.
TIP volunteers are also a huge asset to local hospital personnel, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.
"Anyone can become a TIP volunteer, according to Tommy Carter, because there are no prerequisites. “All we ask is that you have a cool head and a warm heart, and TIP provides the rest.” Volunteers attend a 35-hour training course, taught by nationally recognized TIP trainers. A three-hour continuing education class is offered required once per month. Classes meet on evenings and weekends, allowing volunteers to continue their daily work schedules. After training, volunteers choose their own on-call schedule of three twelve-hour shifts per month. They might not be called during that time, but if they are, they must be able to “drop and go” at a moment’s notice.
Calls might involve an elderly woman suddenly faced with the death of her spouse, or a child traumatized by the death of his pet. A family might be facing the loss of their burned-out home, or a single mom and her kids may be afraid to enter their home after a burglary. Although the situations vary considerably, one constant remains: These people won’t have to face their crisis alone if TIP is there." Read more at the TIP website at http://www.tip-ser.org/
Want to help?
"TIP is a non-profit tax exempt organization. It is funded through government grants, fund-raising events, and individual contributions. You can offer to help by writing Tommy at 1269 Holiday Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563, or by calling (850) 934-6654, or by emailing TommyC@tip-ser.org. If you would like to become a TIP volunteer, check our website (http://www.tip-ser.org/) for updated training sessions being held in the Pensacola area and the Okaloosa County area. The training schedule can also be viewed on the national website (www.tipnational.org), and volunteers can register directly from the national site."
The next training classes
The training offered by TIP will teach you the fundamentals necessary to assist those facing difficult situations. The next training class is being held at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office in Milton beginning February 15th. You are welcome to attend the first night of classes (orientation) on February 15th from 6pm to 9pm (or any of the later training dates) to see if you would like to join the organization with no obligation! There is a $30 tax deductible registration fee for training.
To view the full registration schedule, click this link.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact Tommy Carter at TommyC@tip-ser.org or by phone at (850) 934-6654. This is an outstanding organization and with 3 counties to care for, they are always in need of new volunteers!
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Until next time,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL