Country Hope is among the charities who say they have been saved from the brink of collapse, with the JobKeeper package being extended to more not-for-profits on Wednesday.
Charities must now show a 15 per cent decline in turnover to be eligible for JobKeeper, and Country Hope more than qualifies due to fundraising events being gutted all throughout Wagga.
The prospect of JobKeeper was a ray of hope for administration officer Kirsty Cole, who said there were more families than ever before who depended on them.
"It's been really tough times for rural people with the drought, the bushfires, and now the coronavirus," Ms Cole said.
"We really need to make sure we can keep our heads above water so we can support our community."
Ms Cole said an important part of their job was lending a sympathetic ear and emotional support for suffering families, which was proving difficult in the age of self-isolation.
However she said the least they could do was to give them financial support, and that JobKeeper would allow them to continue doing just that.
Country Hope have already applied for JobKeeper and will be anxiously waiting for April to tick over to May, when funding begins to pour in.
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General manager Ellie Webb said the JobKeeper was a literal lifesaver, especially with events being cancelled, their shop being forced to close, and the dwindling pool of donation money.
"It could mean the difference between being able to continue our services and not being able to continue our services," Ms Webb said.
"Children still get sick - we had a family register just last week. Families might lose their jobs, and we are still trying to do whatever we can to help them."
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