The county is looking for those willing to help. Photo from Ellsworth Air Force Base.

The county’s Department of Health and Human Services is looking for volunteers to help sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims and their families through the department’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program.

Volunteers are expected to serve for one year and be on call for one 12-hour shift, or two 6-hour shifts, per week to provide crisis counseling and companion services at county hospitals and police stations. The department is particularly interested in finding bilingual volunteers.

The program will train volunteers in crisis intervention and understanding the emotional, medical and legal issues that victims face, according to a county press release. The next training session begins in June.

To volunteer, you must be at least 21 with a valid driver’s license and immediate access to transportation.

For more information or to arrange an interview, go to the program’s website or call 240.777.1355.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Volunteers needed to assist sexual assault, other victims