Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) - Volunteer / Donate
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
As a VASAP volunteer you can:
- Conduct outreach to county hospitals and police stations for sexual assault/rape victims
- Accompany and support victims during the court process
- Use interpretive skills
- Apply to become a member of the Victim Services Advisory Board
Outreach Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services to victims of rape and sexual assault at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, be a Montgomery County resident and be able to make a one year commitment. They must also have access to private transportation and have a valid driver's license.
Court Companion Volunteers staff Montgomery County District courthouse offices in Rockville and Silver Spring. Volunteers assist crime victims seeking peace and protective orders by helping them complete necessary paperwork and, if requested, accompany them to the court proceeding. Volunteers are asked to commit to providing one morning per week for a yea. Afternoon hours are also available.
VASAP provides training and bi-lingual volunteers are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in volunteering with VASAP, please fill out our application form and submit it to us. We will then contact you for a follow-up interview.
There are two separate funds that accept donations to will help victims of crime.
The Crime Victims' Compensation Fund Account assists income eligible victims of crime with crime related losses such as medical and funeral expenses, wage losses and property replaced. Donations to the fund are matched two to one by Montgomery County. For example, if you donate $25, the county will match this amount by $50 and the fund will receive a total donation of $75.
The Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program Trustee Account can be used to buy clothes for low-income victims of crime, replace clothes that are retained as part of evidence collection for sexual assault victims, provide transportation to victims in need, as well as help support the VASAP volunteer component and other program needs.
To donate to either fund, please specify which fund you would like to donate to and send a check or money order to:
The Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program
1301 Piccard Drive, Suite 4100
Rockville, Maryland 20850
You can also donate unused toiletries to VASAP in order for us to add that extra touch in helping crime victims.
Your donations may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser.
For immediate assistance, call:
240-777-4357 24-hour crisis line
Contact us by email at email@example.com.