Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A cell phone provider is helping victims of domestic violence in our local community.
The Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program recognizes a longtime domestic violence volunteer each year by donating to an organization in their honor.
This year $2,500 was donated on behalf of Laura Fagin to the local chapter of RISE, previously named the SOS Shelter.
Laura Fagin started volunteering in 1993 by keeping track of donations, but said her responsibilities have grown since then and now helps with anything the shelter needs.
"I love all of the people that are working there," Fagin said, "And I just enjoy being there and doing whatever has to be done, I do."
The executive director of the RISE shelter said $2,500 can go far when helping local victims of domestic violence.
"We're buying food, we may be buying diapers, formula, toiletries," said RISE Executive Director Rebecca Allerton, "You know supports some services, phone bills and all those things to keep us in business and be able to accept people 24/7 which is what we do."
Verizon also donates used cell phones through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program. The phones go to domestic violence victims so they can be prepared to make emergency phone calls if needed.