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Who We Are...

eScrip Online MallTrauma Intervention Programs, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer organization of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy.

TIP National, along with elected officials, public safety officials, and community leaders, have worked together to make TIP of Western North Carolina a reality in Buncombe County and surrounding areas.

In the hours following a traumatic event, victims and survivors often feel hopeless, confused, and in emotional shock. They are confronted with a dire situation for which they are totally unprepared, and they may feel devastated. Police officers, firefighters, or paramedics on scene are often busy with their own duties and responsibilities and find it difficult to provide meaningful emotional support to family, friends, and survivors. This can be very frustrating to both emergency services personnel and the others involved in the crisis, and there may be no one else available in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to guide them through these difficult hours.

TIP of WNC is a Chapter of Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. which was founded in San Diego County in 1985. There are currently 15 regional TIP Chapters in the nation serving over 250 cities.

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What We Do...

Tip Volunteer ServicesA TIP volunteer is called in by emergency services personnel. The TIP volunteer will respond within minutes and after a quick briefing, will provide immediate and temporary support until the persons involved in the crisis are able to depend on other family members, friends, neighbors, or others. TIP volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital personnel with:

Some of the ways TIP volunteers assist are:

Without the TIP volunteer present, the victims or survivors of a tragedy may be left to fend for themselves at a time when they are emotionally traumatized, and least capable of thinking clearly or rationally.

Mission Statement

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.