The Drought is Taking Its Toll

As the devastating drought continues, remember you’re not alone. Vinnies is right here, doing what we’ve always done: offering a hand-up to people doing it tough. We encourage anyone who is struggling as a result of the drought to contact us.

Government Assistance

Since December 2018, Vinnies has been delivering the Federal Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI), as well as other drought assistance. DCSI funding has now ended.

Through the DCSI alone, Vinnies assisted close to 3,700 farming households and delivered more than $11 million worth of assistance. We are proud to have been part of this initiative.

While the DCSI has come to an end, Vinnies will still be there for people impacted by the current drought.

Vinnies Drought Assistance

Vinnies is helping farmers and others affected by the drought with everyday household and living expenses, as well as providing support and referrals to other services. Here are some of the ways we could assist you:

  • Help to pay bills
  • Food vouchers and hampers
  • No Interest Loans for a variety of household items
  • Supporting community events such as BBQs, dinners, and community forums
  • Making referrals to partner organisations supplying food and water for livestock
  • Home visits to provide a shoulder to lean on
  • Referrals to an extensive network of other providers to cover all areas of need.

If you would like to access our support, or just want a bit more information, please call 13 18 12.

Donate to Vinnies’ Drought Appeal

Ben is a young farmer who recently suffered a health problem that led to Vinnies stepping in to support him and his family.

“My wife and I have been coping with drought conditions since 2011. We’re not ones to ask for help but it’s gotten to a point where we decided we needed to accept some assistance from Vinnies.”

Since 2011, Ben has had to sell off all his cattle and change to farming sheep and goats as a means to better survive the drought conditions.

After rupturing one of his eyes, Ben has been unable to complete all the farm work he was previously responsible for, with his wife needing to step in to get it done. This has created further financial and emotional stress.

“Vinnies kindly offered to pay for my medical bills, as this was an added expense we simply couldn’t afford on top of running the farm and providing for our two children.”

Ben is just one of hundreds of farmers that Vinnies is supporting through the drought.

Please donate so we can continue to be there for people like Ben.

Donate to NSW Drought Appeal

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