Westar Energy is organizing several community meetings across the state to help people sign up for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
LIEAP is a federally funded program aimed at providing a one-time payment to people struggling to pay their utility bills.
In order to qualify for the benefit, a person has to make less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level, have a history of making some utility payments and submit an application to the Kansas Department for Children and Families by March 29.
In 2018, more than 36,000 households in Kansas received an average benefit payment of almost $500.
Westar will be holding events in the following locations:
Jan. 28 - Topeka, Catholic Charities, 234 S. Kansas Ave., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 28 - Wichita, Colvin Community Resource Center, 2820 S. Roosevelt, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 29 - Leavenworth, Catholic Charities, 716 N. Fifth St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 29 - Hutchinson, Salvation Army, 700 N. Walnut, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 30 - Topeka, Community Resource Council, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 30 - Independence, Community Access Center, 307 1/2 W. Pecan, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 31 - Emporia, Salvation Army, 327 Constitution, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 31 - Arkansas City, Angels in the Attic, 109 S. Summit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 1 - Lawrence, Just Food, 1000 E. 11th St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 1 - Wichita, Northeast Senior Center, 2121 E. 21st St. North, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 4 - Atchison, Catholic Charities, 502 Kansas Ave., 9 a.m.-noon
Feb. 4 - Atchison, Salvation Army, 926 Commercial St., 1-4 p.m.
Feb. 4 - Pittsburg, Salvation Army, 307 E. Fifth St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 5 - Junction City, Workforce Center, 1012 W. Sixth St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 5 - Parsons, Labette County Assistance, 301 N. 30th St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Manhattan, Workforce Center, 250 S. Fourth St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Wichita, Salvation Army-Citadel, 1739 S. Elpyco, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Olathe, Catholic Charities, 333 E. Poplar St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Wichita, Shady Way Plaza, 1421 N. Spruce, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 8 - Wichita, His Helping Hands, 1441 E. 37th St. North, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Feb. 11 - Lawrence, Douglas County Senior Service Center, 745 Vermont St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 12 - Hiawatha, NEK-CAP, 1260 220th St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 13 - Fort Scott, Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 15 - Caney, Caney Chamber of Commerce, 320 W. 4th Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 19 - Hutchinson, Interfaith Housing, 1326 E. Ave. A, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 22 - Lawrence, Salvation Army, 946 New Hampshire St., 9 am.-3 p.m.