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OPPORTUNITY: Trauma Intervention Program Seeks Volunteers

“It takes a special person to take on someone else’s pain,” Gina Magee has said of the volunteer work.

This is the year! In 2013, make a difference by volunteering to become a shoulder to cry on for those in the local community affected by death, crime, fire, accidents, or other life-altering heartbreak.

Gina Magee, who serves as executive director of the Trauma Intervention Programs of Southwest Riverside County and is the wife of Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee, is inviting residents to take part in a training program to become a volunteer for Trauma Intervention Programs of Southwest Riverside County.

“It takes a special person to take on someone else’s pain,” Gina Magee has said of the volunteer work. “You need to be able to connect. You need to be able to cry.”

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Once TIP volunteers step in, first responders are more able to do their jobs, she added.

To qualify to be a TIP volunteer, applicants must graduate from the TIP Training Academy; pass a Department of Justice background check; have a working vehicle and current driver’s license, along with valid auto insurance; have an email account and a cell phone.

TIP volunteers are required to sign up for three, 12-hour shifts per month. There is also a mandatory continuing education meeting each month.

Once training is complete, volunteers serve TIP in Southwest Riverside County. The fee for training course supplies is $50 per person, due at orientation.

January training will take place at Rancho Springs Medical Center located at 25500 Medical Center Drive, Murrieta, CA 92562. The schedule is as follows:

1/17/13 Orientation 6 – 9 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

1/18/13 Victimology 6 – 9 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

1/19/13 1st four EFA Skills 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

1/20/13 5th EFA Skill 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

1/23/13 Working /Emergency 6 – 9 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

1/24/13 Street Smarts 6 – 9 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

1/25/13 Dealing with Death 6 – 9:30 p.m. at RSMC Admin. Big

1/26/13 Policies/Procedures 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at RSMC Admin. #2

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a TIP volunteer, call the TIP message center at 951-698-2453, or contact Gina Magee at 951-226-6793; visit www.tipnational.org for more information.

Jim January 06, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Thanks you Gina for your dedicated support of the people of Riverside County with this great program.
Alicia grey January 06, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I must say that the program scheduling isn't very flexible for those full-timed working families that wish to volunteer thier time & expertise
BAJ January 06, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I am a retired counselor and I would love to help with this. But I have no desire to take on 12-hour shifts.
Donald M Stacy January 06, 2013 at 09:57 PM
As a current TIP volunteer I can tell everyone this is a great program and i get a sense of satisfaction giving back to our community. The twelve hour shifts are on-call only, not required to be on duty all the time, just available if needed.
Judy January 07, 2013 at 06:27 AM
I agree, I would be interested if the shifts werent that long

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