NORFOLK, Va. — The Salvation Army Hampton Roads area command is stepping up to help furloughed workers with their bills.

The local command said it will pay the utility bills for furloughed Coast Guard and federal employees in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake.

It said clients are usually required to provide shut-off notices from Virginia Natural Gas.

The Salvation Army will waive those requirements with this offer.

Furloughed employees must live in a zip code within Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, or Chesapeake.

They must provide a photo ID, a copy of their pay stub, Virginia Natural Gas account number, and copies of their most recent bills for the respective accounts. 

The information should be sent to or

The Salvation Army also has a food pantry available 5 days a week, Monday - Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, where those in need can collect groceries, baby diapers, and formula.