A nonprofit that focuses on providing in-person assistance to individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss, been victimized by crime or experienced shock from a natural or manmade disaster put out a call Wednesday for volunteers in Hemet.

The Trauma Intervention Program of Southwest Riverside County has partnered with the Hemet Police Department to offer training opportunities for new “TIP” volunteers.

“If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, TIP is that and more,” said Magda Stewart, CEO of Southwest Riverside County TIP.

The county chapter has been in operation since 1993, serving multiple jurisdictions. The national organization was chartered in 1985 and provides guidance and support to the constituent parts.

Victims of sexual assault, car crash survivors and those who experienced tragedy stemming from suicide are among recipients of TIP volunteer care, according to the nonprofit.

Also, victims of residential fires and wildfires, rape and robbery victims and their loved ones, as well as “disoriented and elderly persons” who are alone without help can receive assistance 24 hours a day, according to Hemet police Lt. Nate Miller.

“They are dispatched by police officers, firefighters, paramedics and hospital personnel to assist people,” he said.

Training sessions generally involve a 55-hour commitment over eight days, mostly in the evenings. The organization is actively seeking volunteers in the Hemet area.

Anyone interested was asked to contact the nonprofit at 951-698-2453.

More information is also available at www.tipswrc.org .

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