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The Time Is Now to Help

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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

78 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!!!

1 SpringMeadowMom

Donor

Rating: 5

Sal and his army of volunteers are by far the most caring, the most thoughtful, and the most trustworthy of any charitable organization I have ever had the pleasure to support. I firmly believe Sal has never met a stranger...just a friend he didn’t know before, and he treats everyone, like a treasured family friend. If only all charitable organizations worked as hard as this one to spend every nickel donated on the folks they are determined to keep from the brink of complete despair, the world would be a much better place to live and love.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sal and his band of angels are the real deal. The work he does is straight from his heart; he heals not only with money, but with food, clothing, furniture, vehicles, and most importantly, friendship. I don't support a lot of community organizations, but Sal and The Time is Now to Help is at the top of my list and I send them as much as I can whenever I can because every cent goes to helping those who cannot help themselves at this point in their lives.

Ragtimecowboy J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Time is Now has lived it’s Mission for over 20 yours , helping thousands .
Time has shown the dedication of this organization to the most vulnerable of society

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year I had just moved into a trailer. I had injured my neck and was awaiting surgery. Then my furnace went out. The time is now stepped in and helped me get a furnace! It was a long 4 weeks, but by the grace of GOD, they helped me... and I am sooo very blessed of Sals organization!

ColleenGardler

Donor

Rating: 5

I 1st heard of this non-profit when Sal was being honored by CNN for an award. I started reading all the letters people sent him over the years archived on his website. When I finished nursing school and got my 1st paycheck I sent his organization a check for $500 and told him about a neighbor I had growing up who was very poor. I never forgot how that neighbor and her young daughter struggled. Sal sent me a hand-written thank you note that I saved. Whenever I feel like the world is a cold place I remember that there are people like Sal and it gives me hope again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been reading the letters that poor people send in for years. I finally had some extra money and in the letter I sent to The Time, I told them how I remembered as a child a poor neighbor that needed help. I always wondered what became of that neighbor and her young child. Sal sent me a handwritten thank you note for my donation. It really impressed me how he not only helps the poor but took the time to acknowledge me as a donor. Thank you!

Debra N.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my husband 2 years ago. We were married 39 years and lived in our home for 28 years. It has been a struggle for me (since I live on a very small monthly disability check) to try to keep my house. It went into foreclosure because I owed so much and extensive repairs were needed. Now is the Time to Help is a Godsend! Thanks to Sal and his wonderful organization I was able to get an apartment, had some of my late utilities paid and adopted a puppy! His name is Rex. He is 5 months old and the sunshine in my life. Thanks to Sal and his wonderful organization! My days are so much brighter!

Susan A.4

Donor

Rating: 5

What better way than to be able to know that your donations are going directly to helping those in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a mother of 2 disabled children and a couple of times our family fell on hard days. If it wasn't for The Time Is Now To Help, I don't know how we would have gotten through. I don't have enough Thank Yous to show how much it meant to us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was blessed to meet Sal & The Time is Now to Help during a time when I was struggling to stay afloat. It was a God thing because I wasn't looking for help, our paths crossed by fate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was helped by this charity at a time in my life and so was a family member.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot put into words how grateful I am from the help I received from Sal w The Time Is Now to Help. I had no idea that a co-worker- friend (another Saint ) wrote a letter to Sal, on my behalf because she knew that I was struggling & stressing about losing my home that I worked so hard for. I just watched the video Sal made about why he choose to make helping people his mission & it again brought tears to my eyes, because my story is the same as his mothers, I raised my 3 children on my own with no child support ever. When I left my husband, my youngest son was two years old & my daughters were 5 & 6 years old. A friend picked us up from the home we were in, she came in a van & myself, my 3 children & whatever cloths we could fit into the van & she took us into her home which was 3 states away & she had 4 children of her own. I had no vehicle & I walked a mile to work everyday @ Subway until I saved enough money to buy a used car. I then saved enough money to get my 1st apartment. I worked at fast food places & was barely able to pay rent & bills, but, somehow, God-willing, I stretched every penny & we got by. Fast-forward to today, I now have the best job I have ever had, I manage low-income housing apartments, which at the time I left my husband, I never even knew there was any such thing as low income apartments/housing so I always paid full rent sometimes only making $8. an hour. So, I very much understand how it is to struggle & my job allows me to help so many people with affordable housing & guiding them in the right direction to receive services that they may benefit from. Even though I have a good job, I still live paycheck to paycheck & my vehicle broke down, the motor went out I needed a new car to get to work, I still owed money on that vehicle. My brothers friend had a van that he agreed to sell me. Meanwhile, The stress of everything, falling behind on the mortgage, trying to do a loan modification on the house & it was denied a couple times, everything spiraled out of control. Sal helped me pay the remainder of what I owed my brothers friend for the van & then he paid for the van to be looked at & fixed to where it was safe & reliable. He helped me with paying my utility bill & gave me gas cards. I was & still am in shock that I received this help from a complete stranger. I am beyond humbled & more grateful than any words can say. I thank God always for each & every blessing & Sal is certainly on the top of the list.

Gene S.1

Client Served

Rating: 1

We were helped by Sal, but when it came down to it he offers a handout. I was in need of a hand up. But i found that my "friend" wouldn't even speak to me because I moved out of Lake Geneva. I wanted to do for myself and family.
The Time is Now to Help offers candy to a starving child. sweet and delicious but lacking substance.
Ron Spotz

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to "The Time to Help is Now" Sal's organization. I follow his work in my local newspaper, saw the interview on CNN & read the honor awarded to him my the Real Estate Organ. He helps so many people in need with no other place to go. God bless Sal and his helpers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Time Is Now To Help has made it possible for my granddaughter to get medical care, therapy and the help she needed. She has Autism and other behavior problems. I have been her legal guardian since birth, she just turned 6yr old. I needed reliable transportation & living in Walworth Cty made it difficult to get to ALL her appointments in the Milwaukee/ Waukesha area. With the help of Sal, my granddaughter has made great improvements. Her doctors and teachers have notice drastic changes. When they ask what I think has been a factor in her progress.... without hesitation I say The Time Is Now. There is absolutely nothing worse than not being able to give your children/granddaughter basic necessities because of poverty. I will be forever grateful.

Kim_247

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity and it is and has been recognized by numerous charitable organizations with matching grants since it's inception. I know that every penny I donate to this cause is going to help people in our corner of the world and it is not going to administrative costs. Sal Dimiceli and his family work tirelessly 365 days a year helping everyone they have the resources to help, with Sal digging in his own pockets when necessary to do what needs to be done. This charity is an incredible asset to the people and I am proud to know that it is a charity I can feel safe in donating to that it will be used for the good, and many times my money will do double duty as they are recognized with matching grants!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years back When the economy was hit hard, I was out of work and would have ended up homeless. At the time I was a single mom with 2 children in the home. I was blown away by the generosity. I thank God for this ministry.

Patty Brennan B.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I regularly donate to "The Time Is Now to Help". The work that Sal and his many volunteers do is simply amazing and from the heart. Very often there is a "matching donation" opportunity which helps your donation go further. It's sad that there is such a need for all of the help that this organization provides but thank God that Sal founded such a loving, caring non-profit. We will continue to donate as long as there is a need. (This is the only organization that we donate to as ALL of the monies go to help the needy.)

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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.