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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

67 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!!!

Melanie30

Client Served

Rating: 5

While my family and I had an extremely trying year and were facing eviction I searched and searched for some where to turn for help. It seemed we reached continuous dead ends when someone told me about The Time Is Now. I wrote a letter and continued to pray for some guidance, all the while telling myself if I didnt hear back, it just meant there was someone in a worse spot than we were. 4 days after mailing my letter, Sal came to my home and I knew at that moment our prayers were heard. I was in a state of shock and quite honestly still am. This is a group of people doing Gods work every day with nothing asked in return. They are amazing people and I feel blessed just to have met a man sent from God!!

Judith26

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several months ago I came on hard times when I had
To take temporary custody of my two nephews, I nearly lost my home, my car needed serious repair, we had little food to go around. With the time is now to help and it's group of caring and sharing people sal was able to provide my family major assistance that I can't even explain without it bringing tears to my eyes. He put us in a safe car, brought my utilities up to date, fed us,
Clothed us, and put our life back on track.
I sent a letter and three days went by and sal like an angel showed up at my home and saved us. He took away our hunger and our fears and helped us. I didn't even know people or
Charities like this really did anything. You hear stories about
Charities taking donations but never providing a helping hand to those in need. To my suprise, they really came to our aid!
I recommended this charity to one friend of mine and a stranger
Who unloaded some their struggles on me, and sal and the time is now
Came to their aid as well!
The time is now to help is a safe place and the answer to my prayers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't even know Sal but am in constant awe of what he and The Time Is Now is able to accomplish for those in need. The stories about those that are helped are just amazing, tear-jerking, and inspiring. The Time Is Now has changed the lives of so many people in need. Seeing Sal on CNN a couple years ago gave a view of the huge impact this charity has had on the community. This is one charity to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first saw Sal on CNN heroes a few years ago and fell in love with what he was doing. So many people are hurting across our Country and it's such a blessing to have The time is now helping out and assisting all these people in a time of need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first saw this Charity in CNN Heroes a few years ago and have been following them. What an amazing service they provide to broken people helping them get back on their feet. We need more groups like this around the Country and around the World to help the less fortunate get through hard times.

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Becky48

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been looking for a charity to support for a long time. I came across a story about Sal and his work through my church's Facebook page and was immediately inspired. As a new mom, every story of child abuse, suffering, neglect and hardship that I learn of breaks my heart just that much more. I pray for those children, but somehow wanted to do more. Sal was the answer to my prayers for doing more. By supporting The Time Is Now to Help, I feel a little closer to making a difference for those innocent children. God Bless!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm an assistant property manager for an apartment complex in the area. I've seen some pretty down on their luck people in my line of work. People who are losing everything due to unforeseen circumstances. When things get too far out of control for some I know I can contact The Time Is Now To Help and they are always willing to hear the person out and do whatever they can to help. I had a resident facing eviction and The Time Is Now To Help stepped in and found this poor woman a place to stay and helped her get back on her feet when she had NO ONE to turn to for help. I can't express what it means to me to have them to turn to when no one else cares, and to know they will be there time and time again. I take donations for them and I try to pay them back but I could never give back what they offer day after day to those in need. Thank you The Time Is Now To Help for being there.

1 Lisa264

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The definition of the word charity is generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need. The Time is Now to Help is that and so much more. Not only does Sal and his team provide THINGS that people need they also provide something that many other charities don't provide, they help give people their dignity back. Poverty strips people of so much more than material possessions and The Time is Now recognizes this and addresses it. Yes, people need food and shelter but they need to be treated as and made to feel like they matter, that they're important and that they aren't worthless. I think it's amazing that they're able to provide them with their material needs as well as emotional needs as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Time is Now To Help is the standard by which every other charity should be judged. It matters to me that every single cent I donate goes to help someone and does not become a paycheck of an overpaid administrator. Sometimes I read the stories Sal posts and imagine it’s my money helping someone fight homelessness or starvation. It makes me feel good.
To have a nonprofit run on zero percent overhead is only possible because of the selflessness of everyone involved.

1 Patty26

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a TRUE, Genuine
GREAT team of people! Sal and his people touch so many lives in so many ways EVERYDAY SINGLE DAY! Am PROUD to be a donor and one of The Time Is Now's biggest fans! We have seen 1st hand the immediate and caring response to those in need they provide. Sal has given us great leads to GREAT employees. There aren't many organizations out there that I am aware of that return a call for help immediately and as
affirmatively as The Time Is Now. They inspire my Husband and I to try to "pay it forward" everyday.

1 John179

Donor

Rating: 5

When giving to a charity it is important to know that most all the money goes to those in need, TIN does exactly this. Further, instead of just giving money, food, shelter or clothing; TIN goes further and actually verifies what would most help and works with those in need to not only solve the immediate issues, but to better their situation going forward. I read weekly in the paper how TIN has helped someone and often find myself in tears knowing that there are so many people walking among us in such a wealthy community who with a little help from those around them would be in a much better position. Last, whenever we donate and regardless of the amount, shortly after a letter arrives in the mail letting us know exactly where our dollars went to help.

God Bless You Sal

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization reminds us of the positive change we can make in this world. Reaching out and helping those who are less fortunate, whether it be by donating a toy to a local shelter or buying someone a much needed cup of coffee, is something The Time is Now takes to a whole new level... helping families get back on their feet, making sure they can celebrate the holidays sheltered in warmth with good food in their bellies. The work of Sal and Corrine (and their team of volunteers) is wonderful and I am sure can be equated to a miracle in the lives of those they help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so moved by the CBS News segment last year that I "liked" The Time Is Now to Help on Facebook. I promptly put a $20 bill in an envelop and mailed it. I didn't expect to hear anything back but was pleasantly surprised when I received a thank-you and update from Sal Dimiceli. My $20 provided 132 pounds of food! Wow! I have no doubt that this is one organization that really does make every cent count.

Shari L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read this newspaper column for years (sharing how clients were helped) and have been so moved at the compassion and individual support that was offered to each person or family in need. Families that had lost hope--and this man enters their life and gives them necessities along with replenished hope for their future and in other people. I love the fact that he visits these families personally and figures out what is the best way to get them back on their feet. When you give to the Time is Now to Help, you know that you will be making a real difference in people's lives who truly need it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for The Time is Now to Help for several years now, I have seen how the assistance this organization provides has helped so many people and families. The things that they do really make a difference for the people who are in need of help.

Jennifer151

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel like my donation is actually *doing* something, and that every penny is well spent.