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Driehaus offers $30,000 for matching grant

July 19, 2012

We are very happy to announce that The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust is providing The Time Is Now to Help with a $30,000 Matching Grant opportunity.

This is the ninth year Richard Driehaus and his family have so generously provided this wonderful opportunity for our donors and recipients of assistance.

Richard's donations over the past nine years, matched by your donations, have provided desperately needed assistance to our poverty stricken families, senior citizens, disabled, and children.

We are extremely grateful to Richard, his family, and all of you for making our world a better place to live in for the many people turning to The Time Is Now to Help for poverty assistance.

Every dollar you donate will be doubled/matched. Please help our fellow creations in desperate need.

Dear W.C.,

I am requesting help for a family that is on the verge of homelessness.

The father was laid off last spring and has been trying hard to find a full time job. He is working two part-time jobs only earning minimum wage. The mother is working part-time but it is not enough to pay all their expenses. I know this family is trying very hard to find good jobs and support themselves.

Can you please keep them from becoming homeless?

A worried friend

Dear Readers,

Many people had high hopes for an improved economy this election year.

It seems that many things are working against it. The economic worries from overseas. Gas prices are rising again. The overwhelming heat has resulted in huge utility bills if you are lucky enough to have air-conditioning. The lack of good paying jobs. And now we have a drought and rising food prices.

Will we ever see relief from one financial crisis after another?

The endless stream of economic distress has been extremely hard on anyone trying to get by on a fixed income. This means our senior citizens, handicapped, and single parent households have had to cut back on daily necessities and food in order to pay the rent. Families dealing with job loss and/or illness are pushed way beyond their means.

What are our fellow Americans going to do if this economy does not turn around soon?

There needs to be drastic changes in our policies in order to save the American dream so many of us hold so close to our hearts. It seems to be a dim memory for millions across our beloved country.

This family was one of many facing eviction and homelessness this week. I am overwhelmed with emotion over the state of our great nation.

People contact me with stories of unbelievable struggle. Our fellow creations are crying out in fear and shame over the turn their lives have taken in the last few years.

Many went from good jobs, with benefits, to plant closings and lack of health care. How did our great country get to this place? I ask myself this everyday as we scramble to save lives from financial ruin.

When I receive their letters telling of their plight, I hope my research finds exaggeration.

Instead I come face to face with the reality of the human suffering caused by the poor business practices of our government. I find the letters to be true.

Children are hungry from lack of food. Without school breakfast and lunch programs provided in the summer months, I receive letters from teachers and school administrators worrying about their poverty stricken students they know are having a hard time. The letters tug at my heart as I go out and find many hungry children.

I find elderly living in fear of becoming homeless, all while living with pains of hunger, utilities off or on the verge of disconnection.

The disabled are simply ignored as they find their assistance being cut back even further. The loss of good American jobs, while those in government have great jobs, with the best health care and benefits. All while the American people suffer after giving our government billions in tax dollars.

Thank God our fellow Americans have us caring and sharing to help ease their pains of poverty. God bless all of you for making that possible.

This family was much the same as many others I have assisted lately. The father had a decent job with a fair wage and benefits until it was cheaper to perform his task overseas. Even our country's Olympic uniforms were made outside of our country. At what cost to human rights and benefits to our American labor force?

Where is the pride our forefathers had for what our nation stands for?

Remember when labels used to say Made In America? When is the last time you actually saw one?

China is a communist country. China does not believe in human rights for their people. Why does our government allow our countries business to be dictated by or get indebted to a communist country? This is not what our forefathers and soldiers fought for.

I try to contain my disgust for the obvious answers to these questions as I try to prevent our neighbors from going hungry and becoming homeless. We are much too busy helping families such as this one with the most basic needs, shelter, food, and transportation, to be wasting energy on outrage and anger.

This family was very much in need of our immediate intervention.

They were on the verge of homelessness. The loss of a job and a medical emergency put them at the highest risk of financial disaster. A once stable family became dependent on unsubstantial welfare and begging for help from already financially stressed family and friends.

I have seen this scenario far too many times this year. I have to say it is the worst it has been in the several decades I have been giving assistance to those in need. I have been in many extremely poverty stricken areas and households.

We helped this family by helping them find a more reasonable rental and we spoke to a potential employer for the husband.

We also helped to provide food, utility assistance, toiletries, and household necessities.

So many fellow creations continue to live without the most basic needs, in order to be able to just pay their rent. They do without better clothing, food, and electricity to prevent homelessness. I feel for their desperation. I felt for this families desperation and we stepped in to relieve it.

If you have been waiting to donate, now may just be the time. With such a generous offer from The Richard Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust to match every donation up to $30,000, your donation is doubled in value. This matching grant is very much needed and appreciated by The Time Is Now to Help. Thank you Richard, the Driehaus family, and all involved with the Richard Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust for making this matching grant possible.

The Time Is Now to Help has been selected as a Top 5 Finalist in Hunger and Poverty Relief in the Midwest region for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards! You can vote for The Time Is Now to Help by visiting www.classyawards.org/vote. Voting ends at 11:59 P.M. PST on July 26, 2012.

Once again, together we make our world a better place doing God's good works.

Health and happiness, God bless everyone, W.C./Sal

Please Help: Make checks payable to:

The Time Is Now to Help, P.O. Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157. The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing exactly what every penny of your donation provided for the poverty stricken.

A Very Special Thank You: Chris Anns Resale Shop, Mark and Natalie Reno, Kunes' Country Auto Group, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Craig Wiser, Distribution and Transportation Service, Whiting Law Group, Martin Business Group, Gloria Dei Ladies Circle, Douglas Thorp, Adam Quam, Denise Sifuentes, SK Soni, Laurel Kaage, Karin Collamore, Michele Monet, J.T. Marty, Stephen Ahlgren, James and Glenda Moeller, Mary Ann Zaremba, Susan Russella, Glen and Ellen Wiedenhoeft, Jackie Hennerley, John and Sharon Lagalbo, Frank and Ann Huml, Jr., June Davidsen, Michael Burke, Emily Hummel, Victoria Wertz, Riely Mikrut in honor of Staphanie Mikrut with blessings and love, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring food pantries, ALL of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, and the businesses that allow our donation boxes. Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262)249-7000.

Memorials: The following donations were given memory of Daniel and Wayne Collamore: Roberta Collamore, Arthur and Joanne Rasmussen, Lois Crubaugh, Richard and Norma Schwall, and David and Karen Schwall.

Chris Ann's Resale Shop: I will continue to ask Chris Ann's Resale shop for furniture and household necessities to help our poverty stricken fellow Americans. If you have anything you would like to donate to Chris's shop please call (262)348-9088. They are located at 406 Hwy. 120 North, Lake Geneva, WI, in the old Floor Store building across from the Shell gas station and Next Door Pub.

We desperately need cars: Please donate a used car to help our fellow American's get to work and other daily necessities. Goodsearch for The Time Is Now: Search the web with www.goodsearch.com and help to raise funds for The Time Is Now to Help. Just make www.goodsearch.com your homepage and pick The Time Is Now to Help as your charity.

Please visit: www.timeisnowtohelp.org