LYNCHBURG, Va. -

As the temperatures drop, a Lynchburg non-profit is working to keep the heat on.

Interfaith Outreach has a program called "Emergency Assistance."  It helps needy families pay utility bills when funds are low.  Applicants have to show proof of income to qualify.

Shawne Farmer, executive director of Interfaith Outreach, says requests for help have increased dramatically in the last month.  Cuts to state and federal programs have led people to seek more assistance from non-profits like Interfaith.

"They're desperate," said Farmer.  "If they don't raise a certain amount of money in a day or two, they are going to find themselves out on the street or without power."

Interfaith is trying to raise $15,000 this month to cover the rising demand for assistance. The organization is rafling tickets to the Virginia Tech vs. UVA football game on November 30.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at at the following Lynchburg locations: Depot Grille, The Cavalier, Pokie Joe’s in Boonsboro Shopping Center, B&C Sports at River Ridge Mall, and the Interfaith Outreach Association office on Clay Street.