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Where grant money went

by Sal Dimiceli

February 13, 2014

Driehaus $30,000 Matching Grant = $60,000 in Assistance

On Jan. 22, we received the $30,000 in matching funds from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

Thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, and all of your matching donations, we are able to share with you how $60,000 was distributed to help the poverty stricken.

We are so grateful for the continued support of Richard Driehaus and all the positive changes Richard has made for our fellow creations. A big thank you to Richard, the Driehaus Family, the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and everyone that helped to make this matching grant a wonderful success.

This is how all of us helped:

Rent/Shelter = $21,203.53

Three families that became homeless were provided emergency shelter in motels last month. These are families you see at the grocery store, at school, at church. You will not know they are suffering the stress and humiliation of homelessness by looking at them. We have lifted their burden of shame and gave them back their dignity. Your donations, matched by Richard’s, have paid many, many overdue rents. Single parents and children, senior couples and those suffering from devastating illness have been kept in their homes and apartments.

Utilities = $11,678.07

Electricity = $6,007.82 • Gas = $5,670.25

This time we filled propane tanks for two senior citizens that could not afford the recent drastic price increase. These forgotten elderly were on the verge of living without heat and fuel for cooking. Our extreme winter weather has caused some the highest utility bills in years, and if they are not paid by April, they will be disconnected.

Our helping hand has removed the burden of huge utility bills and stress of impending disconnections. We have allowed warmth for those that were trying to be very conservative by leaving their heat at the bare minimum to keep their pipes from freezing, just because they knew they would never be able to pay the high utility bill when it arrived.

Food = $3,433.82

Your donations, matched by the Richard H. Driehaus $30,00 matching grant, provided emergency food assistance with gift cards. Food will continue to be in short supply for those who cannot afford it. The recent reduction in food assistance will hit our fellow Americans hard. Our food pantries struggle to keep up with the demand for food. Our food gift cards and emergency food deliveries are a welcome relief for many living with hunger.

Transportation = $20,734.58

Transportation assistance is one of the top requests we receive. There are very few programs in our area that provide this assistance. Transportation is vital in our area as we lack public transportation, our weather is not suitable for bicycles year round and most areas you need a car to reach jobs and health care. Our fellow Americans’ lives are changed by this assistance. Our fellow creations are able to keep their much needed jobs. Children and seniors can obtain health care.

Toiletries = $750.00

Toilet paper, diapers, shampoo, soap, deodorant are all necessary to maintain personal hygiene. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss are all necessary for dental hygiene, especially if you do not have any extra funds to see a dentist. Personal appearance is important in maintaining your employment.

Household necessities = $700.00

Do you consider towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, cleaning supplies ... a luxury? All these items are considered household necessities. Many live without these items we take for granted. Most towels, blankets, sheets and pillows I see are very worn until we provide new blankets, pillows and sheets. So many families were in dire need of laundry detergent, dish soap, sponges and toilet bowl cleaner.

Dental assistance = $1,500.00 and donated time

A simple thank you for your donations is not enough when you see the relief of pain we have provided for our fellow creations. The wonderful oral surgeons, doctors and dentists that have helped us by providing their time and excellent care with our dental assistance to the poverty stricken, need a round of applause. God bless our gracious dentists who donated their time and skills to make a huge difference in the lives of those living in pain. Thank you to Lake Geneva Oral Surgeons, Braden Dental Center, Thomas J. Schuetz, DDS, Richard Driehaus and all of you for making this dental assistance possible.

Grand total = $60,000.00

Every penny you donated, along with the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust $30,000 matching funds, went to assist the poverty stricken.

My dear readers and friends, what we do together is so special. Helping our fellow creations, our caring and sharing, doing our good works, is life changing for those we help. God Bless all of you for making our The Time Is Now to Help so special. Together we will continue to remove the many pains of poverty including, hunger, loneliness, fear and homelessness.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,


Fox Charities New Year $25,000 Matching Grant

Fox Charities has once again graciously stepped up to match your donation dollar for dollar, doubling your help to those in need.

Please help

Make checks payable to:

The Time Is Now to Help

P.O. Box 1

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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 how your donation provided assistance for the poverty stricken.

Upcoming event

Night of Love Wine Dinner Sunday, Feb. 23, at Geneva National Clubhouse. Presented by local chefs from the American Culinary Federation Geneva Lakes Chapter benefiting The Time Is Now To Help and ACF-GLC Education and Programs. $60.00 per person or table of ten $500 (Before February 15, 2014) 5-Course Dinner with Wine Pairings.

Sal will be there to share the good works we are doing to make a difference. Please visit www. to purchase tickets. With questions please call (262) 903-8162.

Thank you

Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, Fox Charities, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Paul Ziegler, Ziegler Charitable Foundation, The Summertime Foundation, Kunes’ Country Stateline Superstore, Unilock Chicago, Thomas and Mary Johnson, David and Jill Schaefer, Eric and Erica Lawton, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, AIG Matching Grants Program, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lawton, Gregory L. and Jean Marie Dexter, Corcoran Landscaping and Construction, Dr. Robert Conlon, Lake Geneva Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Mark Braden, Braden Dental Center, Dr. Thomas J. Schuetz, Martin Group, John Stensland and Family, Bonnie Glennon, Brellenthin Family, La Grange United Methodist Church, Ada Duffey, Barbara Spiegelhoff, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schuberth, James Zakos, George and Lauretta Clettenberg, Jeffrey Arnold, James and Karen Goodrick, Carolyn May Essel, Donna Kashinski, Margarie Egger, Nancy Briggs, Shirley Korth, Glenn and Jean Dyer, Paul and Margaret Plevak, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, The Geneva Inn, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God-loving volunteers of all our caring 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.


Anna Marie Cygan in memory of dear friend Irene Budleski and dearest cousin Francis Olson. Donna Veith in memory of her husband Michael Veith.

Furniture donations

Please contact Love, Inc. for all your furniture, clothing and household item donations. Call (262) 763-2743 or (262) 763-6226 to schedule pickup.

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