This week’s speaker was Bob Huff a TIP volunteer. TIP stands for Trauma Intervention Program. “Citizens Helping Citizens in Crisis” is their motto. The TIP program is a team of specially trained citizen volunteers who are called to emergency scenes by hospital and public safety personnel to assist family members after a sudden death, victims of crime, witnesses to tragedy, children left alone after the death or injury of a parent, and anyone traumatized by a crisis event. TIP volunteers work 24/7 365 days a year. Our local volunteers are requested on site by the Corona Fire Department, Corona Police Department, or the Corona Regional Medical Center. They come to help fellow citizens in need in the worse situations of their lives. The volunteer never knows what type of tragedy they will be responding to. Training consists of classroom work and riding along with CPD and CFD. There are 31 active volunteers in the Corona area. They have served over a 1,000 residents. Not everyone is able to be a TIP volunteer. It is difficult not to internalize someone else’s tragedy. The program is always seeking more capable volunteers. Our fellow Rotarian, James, talked about how much the TIP volunteers assist the Corona Police Department. And he recalled how different times were before this program was implemented. We are all grateful to know that these wonderful volunteers live in our community and are ready to respond if we should ever find ourselves in a time of crisis.
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