Danville, VA – Many heating bills are going to be much higher because of the cold and some organizations are really feeling the pain because they have large buildings to heat.
As Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Faith Stamps makes sure the heat stays low in their buildings, so hopefully the bills will too.
"It is tough, it is tough," said Stamps.
During the month of December, their heating bill jumped about $500, almost hitting $2,000 between their Danville and Chatham locations. As high as that sounds, factor in that they were closed half of the month because of winter break.
"It does have an immediate impact on us," said Stamps.
With a tight budget, that impact is on the kids.
"Unfortunately there may be areas where programs may be cut back on, those kinds of things," said Stamps.
In Danville, this has been the coldest January in the last quarter-century, leaving Stamps to worry about the next bill.
"I'm concerned about January, I think it's probably going to go over the $2,000 mark," said Stamps.
They are not the only ones feeling the heat of these big bills.
"The bill has obviously gone up somewhat," said Dick Stoakley, Administrator at First Presbyterian Church.
Stoakley says they have strategies.
"We try very hard to heat only the parts of the building that we need," said Stoakley.
Stoakley tells us the heating bill hasn't hurt them yet. But everyone hopes the weather gets better soon, so their bills can too.
The Boys and Girls Club says their many sponsors help them stay afloat in times like this. But they always welcome donations.
To help the Boys and Girls club, go to www.bgcdanville.org