We can't help but feel connected to our customers. After all, the product of our day's work goes into each and every one of their homes and businesses. Maybe that's why Westar is so set on giving back to the communities we serve. We donate funds and services at the local level to address real needs and to improve and enrich our customers' lives. This isn't just a company policy. This is a philosophy embraced by our community - the Westar Energy employees.
As the largest electric energy provider in Kansas, Westar Energy is dedicated to operating the best electric utility in the Midwest and providing quality service at below-average prices.
Headquartered in Topeka, Westar Energy employs about 2,400 people and serves nearly 700,000 customers in much of east and east-central Kansas. Our energy centers maintain more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity, and we operate and coordinate 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines.
Our service trucks and customer service centers use advanced technology to better serve our customers. Our 800-LIGHT-KS outage line can accept 30,000 calls per hour. Computer terminals in our service trucks generate work assignments for our crews. During storms, these tools help us restore power quickly.
It is also important to Westar Energy to give something back to the people we serve. Through the Westar Energy Green Team, Westar Energy Foundation and Westar Energy Community Partners, we help preserve the state’s environment, support non-profit agencies and encourage volunteerism among our employees and retirees.
Founded in 1990, the Westar Energy Foundation has donated more than $13 million to nonprofit Kansas organizations for community civic projects, programs for the elderly and programs focused on youth education that are designed to improve academic performance and prepare youths for the world of work.
To help customers struggling with their energy payments, the elderly and individuals with severe disabilities, Westar Energy began collaborating with the American Red Cross on Project DESERVE in 1982. Westar customers have donated enough money through utility bills to allow Project DESERVE to make more than $6 million in emergency assistance grants.
Imagine organizing all the Westar Energy employees, retirees and their family members who are willing to volunteer their time to education and grassroots environmental projects that focus on Kansas' native resources. That's what we did 20 years ago, and since then, 750 Westar Energy Green Team volunteers have planted indigenous wildflower and more than 23,000 trees, built bluebird nesting boxes milled from old power poles, created nature trails, helped sensitive species thrive in the wild, and worked to preserve wetlands and restore prairies.
To acknowledge Westar employees, retirees and their spouses who volunteer with public charities such as the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way, Meals on Wheels, food pantries, area schools and children's camps, Community Partners was founded in 1998. After a volunteer donates 100 service hours to a qualifying organization, Community Partners then awards $100 to the nonprofit of that volunteer's choice.
Westar Energy is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
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