FW: Trauma Intervention Program
- A national volunteer organization looking for participation from the RPCV community. While the message is addressed to the Atlanta-area RPCVs it is a national program. Note their website url at the bottom of the message.Hope everyone had a great Fourth,Liz-----Original Message-----
From: Gerzoff, Bob
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 7:51 AM
Subject: Trauma Intervention Program****For further information please contact Wayne Fortin TipIncCeo@... *******Recently I became aware through Ms Shirley Triano of the Atlanta Area
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Group. Shirley thought that members of the
group might be interested in volunteering for the Atlanta Chapter of Trauma
Intervention Programs Inc. Certainly I am interested in letting the fine
group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers know about our volunteer
A "Tip Volunteer" is a citizen living in the community who is very well
trained by our organization to provide comfort and support to those who have
been emotionally traumatized. Volunteers are called out by emergency
responders ( Police/Fire/ Hospital ER staff ) to be a "shoulder to lean on "
for those who are usually experiencing the worst few hours of their lives.
Volunteers are called to help familiy members after a sudden death, to assist
crime victims, to aid children left alone after the injury or death of their
parent(s), and to help anyone who has been the survivor of a horrific event.
Our volunteers are needed in these emergency situations because emergency
responders do not have the time to help those who are emotionally distraught.
Also, the emergency response system in this country is very "high tech" but
it's "low touch." Those who are in need of a caring shoulder usually
encounter a very "cold" and impersonal system. Our volunteers add a warm and
caring presence to very sterile emergency and hospital environments.
Being a Tip Volunteer is a significant committment in time and it's not for
everyone. But I think the returned Peace Corps Volunteers might find this a
challenging and worthwhile way to serve their local community. In a few days
I will be sending you the schedule of our Oct. Training Academy as well as
info. about what's involved in the volunteer committment. If you would like
to know more about our organization visit www.tipnational.org. Any assisatnce
you can give us in letting the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers know about the
Tip Volunteer opportunity would be appreciated. We would welcome the
opportunity to talk to your volunteers at one of your meetings. Sincerely,
Wayne Fortin, Founder/Ceo