This winter has been a hard one for the country’s midsection, particularly the northern Great Plains. Fierce blasts of arctic air have kept the mercury low in the thermometers and sent energy bills soaring. For nonprofit organizations like ours, Mother Nature has guaranteed that the normally challenging task of making ends will be all but impossible.
“During a cold winter, our budget is severely strained by the cost of utilities, especially with the price of oil these days,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “As with all nonprofits, literally every penny in our yearly budget is spoken for, so when our bills increase unexpectedly, we face a financial crisis.