As the mercury drops, the Waynesboro Salvation Army is trying to keep up with the demand for energy assistance.
Lieutenant John Blevins said electric companies in the area usually gives grants to help.
The Salvation Army helps as many as 60 people with their electric bills every month.
According to Blevins, in December, the organization gave out about $1,200.
This month, 35 people have asked for assistance. He said many of them have showed up in the last couple days.
"It was hard to anticipate that we were gonna have a cold winter and all of the sudden a cold snap and so the funding comes in through cycles and if the need hits in part of the cycle where we don't have as much, then definitely. We can be in the position where we can't help everybody," Blevins said.
Blevins said this season, the agency has received more requests for housing. He said that sometimes when people can't pay their bills, they can be evicted.
If you need assistance, look below for local resources.
For those who heat their homes with Harrisonburg Electric Cooperative, they can contact the Salvation Army in Harrisonburg to ask for assistance.
Dominion Power and SVEC customers who live in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro or Augusta County can also contact the Salvation Army in their area.
Dominion Power and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative customers who live in Shenandoah County can contact Shenandoah County Social Services.
SVEC customers who live in Page County can contact Page One.
SVEC customers who live in Highland County can contact Highland County Evangelistic Association.
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