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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

21 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!!!

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!

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.
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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.

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.

Edward20

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Sals story and I feel inspired by the work that he does. I also appreciate his method, an how hands on he is in helping all of the wonderful people who require assistance.

Donor

Rating: 5

We donate regularly to Time is Now because we know every penny goes to help those in legitimate need. I love that Sal personally visits the needy and checks them out for himself. He accounts for every dollar, and follows up on those he helps. A weekly newspaper article keeps us up to date on the ministry so we know what's currently happening. Love this ministry!

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!

Kat_2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Time is Now to Help always seems to find those that might otherwise fall between the cracks. I wish I could give more to this amazing organization....and they aren't even in my state. I just appreciate their work that much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing grassroots effort. I first learned about The Time is Now on Facebook and am hoping to duplicate the effort in my county in Illinois. Thanks Sal, you are selfless in your actions and I'm proud to say we actually attended the same high school....of course I'm younger though!

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!!

1

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

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.

Jennifer151

Donor

Rating: 5

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