PLATTSBURGH A group of community-minded individuals continues to find ways to help their friends and neighbors, this time assisting victims of domestic violence. Adirondack Young Professionals hosted a mixer at Southgate on U.S. Avenue Feb. 7 to collect donations for STOP Domestic Violence, a state-certified program which provides 24-hour assistance to victims. Phone cards, diapers, dish soap and toiletries were among the items collected for the programs temporary assistance shelter, or safe dwelling which takes in victims of domestic violence. Collecting the donations was a way to take an important means of gathering people together for a networking event and helping the community at the same time, said ADKYP board member Victoria Zinser-Johnson. Our group brings people together across different demographics with the purpose of continuing to attract and retain young professionals in our area, said Ms. Johnson. We all have different causes we believe in and its important to support them. This is just one of the small things we can do to give back to our community. ADKYP is not just a social mixer, were a group that wants to give back to the community, said fellow board member Sarah McCune. I would like the community to see us as a resource for them, helping businesses, keeping young professionals here and encouraging like-minded people to join us in giving something back. While STOP Domestic Violence receives funding from the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, donations such as ones from ADKYP are essential to furthering those efforts, said program director Susan B. Kelley. We are very grateful for all their efforts, Ms. Kelley said of ADKYP. Without community involvement, people who have to use our program would find it much more difficult to survive. Those who could not attend the young professionals mixer but would still like to make a donation toward STOP Domestic Violence, may contact ADKYP board member Keri Mack at 561-4295, board chairman Michael Cashman at 564-2592, or Facebook members may visit their Web site on-line at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5631904308. For more information about assisting STOP Domestic Violence, call their offices at 563-6904 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.