If you or someone you know is struggling to pay bills, New Jersey Natural Gas is holding Energy Assistance Days for Monmouth and Ocean County residents facing financial hardship.

NJNG will hold its annual Energy Assistance Days in communities throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Representatives, along with community agencies, will determine which program best fits your needs and help you with the application process.

Attend one of the upcoming events and learn how to lower your energy bills and prepare yourself or someone you know that's in need for the winter season.

In Monmouth County:

Sept. 18, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima, 12 Throckmorton St., Freehold

Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Long Branch Library, 328 Broadway

Sept. 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Municipal Building, One Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park

Sept. 28, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Bayshore Senior Day Center, 100 Main St., Keansburg

Oct. 3, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the SCAN Adult Education Center at Monmouth Mall, 180 Highway 35 South, Eatontown

In Ocean County:

Sept. 19, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Ocean County Library Lakewood Branch, 301 Lexington Ave.

Sept. 21, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at the Melvin Cottrell Center for Senior Citizens, 45 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson

Sept. 26, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the St. Francis Comminity Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island

To qualify and apply for energy-assistance programs, bring proof of identification, proof of income, proof of home ownership or rental agreement and recent copies of energy bills.

Pass this information along to anyone you know who can use utility assistance help.

For more information or to connect with NJNG's Energy Assistance specialists, call 800-221-0051 or email energyassist@njng.com.