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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: The Time Is Now exists solely for the purpose of alleviating the suffering of those who find themselves facing economic hardship.

Results: The Time Is Now to Help is a charity founded in 1989 to provide assistance to those in desperate need, using 100% of donations for poverty relief. Our founder Sal Dimiceli Sr. has been awarded top ten CNN Hero in 2011, many local awards and is a winner of the Realtor Magazine and National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award in 2017. Over 500 people are helped each year with shelter, utility assistance, car repairs, gas, beds, food, clothing, wheelchairs, household necessities, toiletries and much more.

Target demographics: Poverty stricken children, senior citizens, working poor families, the handicapped, disabled veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500

Geographic areas served: Southeast Wisconsin, Illinois

Programs: shelter assistance, utility assistance, food, automobile assistance, household necessities, toiletries, beds, dental assistance, clothing, etc.

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Deb Paige P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in need of an accessible vehicle to transport myself in my power wheelchair... THE TIME IS NOW came through- far above and beyond my dreams!! The men stuck with me until issues were resolved, they never gave up on me, and all is great now. I am able to transport myself to and from medical appointments and social outings!!! Thanks and much appreciation Sal and Shawn!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I founded The Time Is Now to Help in 1989 to help people that are suffering due to poverty. We help over 500 people each year with food, shelter, car assistance, utilities and much more. Im so grateful for our supporters, volunteers and everyone that has written a positive review. Thank you!! God Bless you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering for The Time Is Now To Help for most of my life. It has really opened my eyes to see how much need there is in our own country right now. The Time Is Now really helps so many families that truly need assistance. Between putting roofs over family's heads to feeding the hungry, volunteering and getting to know and help these families is the most rewarding part of my life.

Giovanni B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Time is Now helped a friend of mine when they lost their job. They made sure the kids had food and a roof over their head. Our community is lucky to have The Time Is Now.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Time Is Now to Help continues to help so many people in desperate need. Being on the board and being an active volunteer keeps me busy nearly every day of the year. Sal does not slow down for weekends, holidays or sick days. His dedication to his charity is as huge as his heart for those that need his helping hand. I'm so proud of his Realtor Magazine Good Neighbor Award and again winning the Best of Walworth County Non-Profit for 2017!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of The Time Is Now to Help for many years. The organization is working hard to bring awareness to, and assistance to, the many poverty stricken living in the United States. I have seen first hand how life-changing The Time Is Now to Helps assistance can be. Removing the pains of poverty, witnessing the sometimes hidden struggle for our seniors and disabled, preventing homelessness for single mothers and families, and feeding hungry children is what moves me to volunteer and give.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of Sals column he writes for years, and can relate to his story, and promise to God,I am the youngest of 11 children and was raised in the south, by a woman I grew to admire more and more as I grew older, my Mother Dorothy Allen Pilgrim, I always dreamed about pampering her and making her life easier my father passed when I was 6 months old, and left her to raise 11 children alone I remember setting under a shade tree as my Mother work picking or chopping cotton in hot southern heat to put food on the table for all of us, needless to say we were very poor, but she raised 11 children although she couldn't give us much, she did teach us all to be kind hard working God Loving adults,that's why I can relate to his story, I always thought if I could het the lotto I would love to give a poor family as many as possible help,enough about me and why I'm a fan of his work like the Women said Good Neighbor’ isn’t enough to describe Sal,”
he is deserving of such high praise. “of being called a hero he deserves a higher praise ,of being called a Angel of God ,I call him my Guardian Angel I was praying for God to help me find a way to get back on track with all my living expenses, my home was about to go into forecloser, my utilities were all behind I had no clue who or where to turn to my Job is a stay at home care giver for my disabled daughter and husband and two of my Grandchildren ,and I had gotten sick my self and was in the hospital for a few weeks ,I'm paid to care for my daughter, I have no sick days or Medical leave pay ,being sick I missed 2 months pay the next morning after praying for God to show me away I had stopped at the gas station, and grabbed the paper like always and it was opened to the page with the time is now story, I thank God and his Angel Sal .

Fran E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i was down and out staying with someone. needed to get my own place .was down on my luck trying to work safe some money just couldnt come up with that 1st month,s rent an security. well could came up with one. but would had no money for food, get utilities on. sal was so kind paid for both my 1st month rent and security deposit, it truly ment the world to me an my and my now ex husband..i had to start all over again .wich i did.so thankful for the help sal given us at time we truly needed it. being told you have 2 weeks to get place, in middle of trying to get on disability. sal was an angel. thank you from bottom of my heart. its a memory that will be with me for life time.

Kim_247

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that this charity gives 100% back into the community. Sal takes an active role in these people’s lives personally. He works tirelessly and constantly in the service of others in every aspect of his life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a contributor to The Time is Now to Help. I am so happy and appreciative that I have a place that I can contribute to that I know uses 100% of the donations to help people. They help people in our surrounding communities and that is a comfort. Not only is it a totally charitable group, but I get my tax document every month for my donations. I am not a large contributor, but it is important for me to do what I can. To know that I am able to make a big difference in my community because my donations are added to many others is extremely satisfying!!! They are supported and recognized by many other larger charitable groups because of the tireless work of Sal Dimiceli and his family. Sal has devoted his life to helping others. Read his inspiring story on their charity web page thetimeisnowtohelp.org.

Liz B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The weekly letters about our "neighbors" in need and the help that is provided by this wonderful charity bring tears to my eyes. 100% of the donations go to helping people in our own community. My sister and I now make donations to The Time is Now to Help in lieu of gifts to each other.

Mona H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best organization! The Time Is Now values every single penny donated. They make sure funds are properly distributed to help desperate people get through tough times. Kind and compassionate in every way. Thank you Time Is Now!

1 Donna187

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a paraplegic and The Time Is Now To Help has helped him immensely. They got him a new wheelchair that was much need and helped get repairs done on his accessible van.
This organization has been a blessing to so many people in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations I have ever had dealt with. I reached out to them for help with my son obtaining a wheelchair and received a call back within a couple days. Sal not only took much time to talk with me and my son, he bought my son Michael a brand new wheelchair and had much needed repairs on his van taken care of so my son would have a safe van to travel with his daughters and back and forth from doctors appointments. I had the opportunity to meet Sal and his family and the love they have for people I can't even express. So loving, giving, caring, devotion, selfless and God fearing people. God Bless them and the works that they are doing!!!!!!

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Daryl

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never before met a more sincere and caring individual than WC, the man that heads up "The Time Is Now To Help: I applaud his hard work and dedication in helping the senior citizens, the handicapped, poor families, veterans, and single mothers and children in need. It is my opinion that his organization is the best in helping people in need and making sure your donations to The Time is Now to Help is well spent.
D. Peck

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would be homeless if it was not for the time is now they are generous beyond anything you could imagine they are truly the hands and feet of Jesus

Todd40

Donor

Rating: 5

This is quite simply the best nonprofit I have ever dealt with. I don't often find myself having extra money, but when I do, I try and send it here. I know, without question, that every single cent will be used to help someone in need. I imagine real items, like a bed, a wheel chair or a repaired car being given to a family that needs it. It means a lot to be that my donation is not lost in administrative fees, but becomes something tangible.

I wish I could give six stars.......

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far my favorite nonprofit. In my humble opinion, Sal, his family and all the other volunteers are candidates for saint hood. Each time I donated I always knew every cent went to help a real person. You can't really say that about too many places these days. I wish I could rate them 10 stars.......

Donor

Rating: 5

My Wife and I have been supporters for years. We have been honored to work with Sal in helping find homes and jobs for people in need in the past and will continue to help this fine organization however we can. We support the food pantry too.

Just being in contact with Sal is uplifting enough. I know when Sal meets people in need, their hearts are lifted with hope for the future. Sal know that shelter and food is not enough and sometimes people need love too.

I am so proud of Sal and his crew for doing all the extremely good work they've done over the years.

God bless Sal and those who help The Time Is Now To Help.

forthewildones

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the community where Time is Now provides care and services, I think people take for granted the time, energy and compassion given by the founders and staff of this unique and important organization, Sal and all deserve our gratitude and support as they work to alleviate immediate suffering of the poor and disadvantaged in a loving responsible way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Time is Now is an exceptional organization run by compassionate, intelligent professionals who volunteer ALL of their time for the sake of the less-fortunate among us. Thanks to this organization, there are thousands of stories to be told that start with homelessness, poverty and despair that end with hope and promise for a better life. Everything good you have read about the Time is Now is true. Every penny you give goes directly to those who need it. Like everyone else who knows the founders personally, I am in awe of the depth of their giving of themselves, as well as of funds and services. My favorite story about Sal is how--after a very long day working to help people, he went out after dark to find and rescue an injured Canada goose, and then brought it to a local wildlife hospital for care. True compassion understands that All Life is precious and a miracle. The people touched by the Time is Now are better--not just financially, but spiritually. If you are looking for a very special cause, this is it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't usually write reviews for organizations, companies or products ... however I can't say it enough... Sal Dimiceli is by true definition a HERO. I had the honor of personally meeting him in 2008 when I volunteered at a local Lions Club. He was a guest speaker, sharing his personal story of growing up in poverty, his devotion to himself and Our Lord, giving insight on the Charity he began more than 20yrs ago, The Time Is Now to Help. Last year, I reached out to him, this time because I had nowhere else to turn. I was desperate, unable to care for my granddaughter's, needs like medical care and clothing/ food. She was 3yr old, diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Sensitivities and constant panic attacks. I have legal custody of her and being a single grandmother, I am her ONLY care-giver. Her father had died shortly after her 1st birthday and her mother was struggling with her own issues. I was unable to hold steady employment because I couldn't find childcare. She was in 2 different centers, however BOTH Director's ask that I find more 'suitable' providers that are better trained to care for disabled children. Unfortunately, there are none in the area where we live. I worked closely with the local school district for 8 wks and eventually she qualified for the Early Child Program (Special Education). She was given a great opportunity that would help in so many ways However, financial problems were making it difficult for me to give her the help she needed...I WAS WITHOUT A VEHICLE FOR 12 MONTHS. There is NO public transportation in the rural area we lived in. Moving wasn't an option since the School District had the best program for her needs. Also financially strapped, coming up with the costs of moving wasn't an option either. After writing a letter to Sal, it was atleast 3 wks before I heard from him. Meanwhile, I had given up hope, thought I was facing another rejection. A few days before Christmas, I get the call that has forever changed our lives. Understanding now, why it took as long as it did, I am grateful to the businesses & individuals who contribute to this fantastic Charity. Donations are used in the SAME area where there is a NEED. When I wrote a letter to Time Is Now to Help, funds were low where I live, the reason it took awhile for a return call. Sal does ask ALOT of questions, he digs deep into personal and financial matters. He is cautious with every phone call and letter he gets. There are so many who write to him, the need is often times greater than the help that can be given. As much as Sal would love to help every person he meets or talks to, its impossible. If he weren't cautious, if he didn't dig deep... this Charity would't have the success it does. Donors would be hesitant, communities wouldn't be as confident, everybody would wonder what the funds are being used for, who is being helped, did money go to those truly in need or was fraud involved? Nobody needs to question this Charity, without a doubt every $$$ goes towards giving families/individuals HOPE when once there was none. Christmas Eve, I picked up my new vehicle, with the help of so many. My granddaughter has received the medical care she needs from neuropsychologists, therapists, pediatric dentists (oral surgeons) . She will be entering 4K in September. Another example of how Sal Dimiceli impacts the lives of so many.

Ricky J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no better charity in the area than The Time To Help Is Now or a more selfless man than Sal Dimiceli. This man nor only those that can't help themselves but donates 20% of the profits from his real estate business to the cause as well as having put several millions of his own money. Not only did he help my wife and I when we couldn't afford to fix our car but also runs a homeless shelter, pays utility bills and puts food in empty pantries. On top of that he does not expect others to do all the work. He personally visits the unfortunate people who need his help and drives them to the store, utility, or wherever necessary to provide assistance. He has also instilled the gift of charity to his children who are following in his footsteps to serve this poorly under served community. Besides my wife and I he has helped no less that at least 5 other members in our community we know personally. Some men just talk the talk but Sal and his charity walk the walk and truly give of themselves 7 days a week. He deserved the CNN nomination for person of the year several years ago and deserves the recognition.

1 Emily130

Donor

Rating: 5

The Time is Now to Help is a well respected non profit organization in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area, with a proven track record of providing genuine, thoughtful help to those in need. The organization is run by a leader who has integrity and is accountable in a responsible way to make sure the donor dollars and volunteer resources are streamlined to offer substantial, life changing help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provided invaluable assistance to me...as a working single mother, any unforseen expense can be detrimental to our living situation.....I would be homeless if it were not for Sal...they also helped with back to school clothes, supplies, etc. for my kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were able to get my car back on the road and catch me up on my rent. I never expected that kind of help that also kept my dignity in tact. Thank you.