Envie Fitness owners Alexandra Blake and Alita Ashcroft are among many Wollongong business owners wanting to do something to help the families of employees of Gujarat NRE.
The two women run a women-only gym at Woonona and said the whole NRE situation had been playing on their minds.
"We have a number of members whose husbands work for NRE, a staff member's husband does and also one of my closest friend's husband," Mrs Blake said.
"I have been wanting to do something to help and have been thinking about what we could do. As a start we have offered for our current members who are affected by the loss of wages a complimentary grace period for their membership so they can keep exercising during these stressful times.
"We have also been having a think about what we can do for the wider community. Then we decided to offer all the wives of the workers or any female workers a free membership at EnVie. This will help with stress levels, depression, anxiety, etcetera."
Mrs Blake said in many households the wives played a key role in helping to keep things together at times such as these and this was one way to give them some encouragement and support.
She encouraged people to call the gym for more information on 4284 8549.
Meanwhile, the Food Barn has been helping families put food on the table and the IMB Building Society has encouraged Gujarat workers to see if its financial-hardship assistance package can help them.
Chief executive Robert Ryan said each situation would be reviewed individually.
The package includes waiving of any IMB deposit-account transaction fees for three months, waiving any IMB term-deposit break costs for three months, and help with IMB loan repayments.
Further information on 133 462 or from any of IMB's 14 Illawarra branches.