No matter what the tragedy, having a trained neighbor to support you during tough times can have the potential to make all the difference. That’s the philosophy that guides the Trauma Intervention Program of WNC — also called TIP — a volunteer program that has served our region since 2015.
TIP of WNC works with local public safety officials throughout Buncombe and Henderson counties to provide emotional + practical support for residents experiencing trauma, including scenarios such as overdoses, suicides, fatal car accidents, or homicides. TIP volunteers are available year-round, 24 hours a day, and are generally called in by first responders.
Interested in joining the team? Right now, they’re recruiting new volunteers for an intensive 10-day training session, which runs Thursday, March 23-Saturday, April 1. No experience is necessary — but prospective volunteers must pass a background check, be able to respond anywhere in Buncombe + Henderson counties, and be 16-years or older. Learn more and sign up.