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