July 15, 2010A favorite excuse in many offices concerns organization. When things are not going as they should, somebody says, "tomorrow, we have to get organized."
Unfortunately, in the case of organization tomorrow rarely ever comes, although many things may be changed in the name of organization. When a manager finds himself unable to control events, he or she might consider any actions taken to give better control to be attempts at organization.
Organization might be considered synonymous with new or improved management control accounting, office procedures, or sales planning and controls, but the introduction of these systems does not constitute organization.
Helping fellow Americans nowJuly 15, 2010Dear W.C.,
I find this very hard, I am writing to see if you can help my wife and I. We are very scared because we are about to become homeless. We are both seniors and have always worked. I lost my job due to the recession and the factory I worked at for years had to downsize.
My wife worked for 52 years. She has recently had some health trouble and we have no supplemental insurance. We are renting a small place because we lost our old home. We wanted to sell it but we couldn't. We never had children. We read The Time Is Now To Help column in the newspaper.
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Time Is Now To HelpJuly 08, 2010Dear W.C.,I never thought this recession would go on for so long. I have seen so many of my friends lose their jobs and then their homes. I always counted my blessings and thanked God I had a job and could pay my rent. I have a 9-year-old son that spends half his time with his father and half his time with me. My ex-husband has always paid his child support and been a wonderful father. Then, last year my ex-husband lost his job and he is unable to offer any child support. He is frantically looking for another job. I recently needed emergency surgery and will be out of work for the next two months. I will only be receiving half of what I usually earn and on top of that no child support. I tried applying for assistance at several agencies and was told there is nearly a two year wait.
The Time is Now to HelpSingle motherís life Ďa messíJuly 01, 2010Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help with my rent and utilities. My life is a mess and I have lost my job. My ex-husband abducted our two children over a year ago. We were just finished with a very painful divorce and I received primary custody. My ex-husband was very unstable and that was the main reason we got our divorce. He had a girlfriend even while we were still married and she said she wanted the kids. He threatened me during the divorce if I didnít give them primary custody he would take the kids and I would never find them again. I guess he was right. I have exhausted my search and have not been able to find them. I lost my job due to the amount of time I took off. I have not been able to pay my rent or utilities for two months now. The laws seem to not be able to help me. My children are only two and three so they will not remember where they live or their name if they have changed it. I am at my breaking point and the only thing holding me together is my faith.
The Time is Now to HelpTogether making a differenceJune 24, 2010We just received the wonderful news that the Richard Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust has granted The Time Is Now To Help a $30,000 Matching Grant. This matching grant will begin immediately. There could not have been a better time to announce this generous opportunity due to the overwhelming amount of requests for assistance The Time Is Now To Help is receiving. We are very thankful to be offered this grant and humbled by the amount of assistance it will mean to the many people struggling in poverty in our area. Please consider donating at this time as every dollar you donate will be matched by the Richard Driehaus Matching Grant. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Retail: the solutionJune 17, 2010In the previous column, I discussed a merchant who lost the competitive edge slipping into bad buying habits and discontinuing doing what had worked for them in the past. Whether youíre a brand new owner, or one who hasnít had a ďbusiness physicalĒ for a while, the same principals pertain.n Know Your Expenses ó There are two basic expenses: fixed and variable. Purists will say thereís also semi-fixed and semi-variable. This is true but for simplicity purposes lets stay with the two primaries.Fixed are what your accountant defines as your operating expenses, or your overhead. Examples include your lease payment, loans, officers salary, depreciation, etc. Variable expenses run in correlation with your sales volume. Also referred to as controllable expenses, they include inventory purchases, hired hourly labor, delivery costs, etc.
The Time is Now to HelpDaughter finds father in desperate situationJune 17, 2010Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for my father. He is a widowed senior citizen. I live out of state and just came to the area to visit him. I found him living in a rundown mobile home with no utilities. His car is broke down. He has health problems that he says use up a lot of his income from Social Security. He never told me how badly he was doing. I am a single mother and unable to help him at this time. I have my own financial struggles and this is why I havenít been able to even visit for several years. The last time we talked he said his phone was being disconnected and we would have to write letters from now on. I asked him how he was doing financially and all he would say was fine. I know he didnít want me worrying about him but now that I have visited I am more worried than ever. When I was looking through a newspaper I came across your organization, The Time Is Now To Help. Can you please help my father?
The Time is Now to HelpNeighbor seeks help for single motherJune 10, 2010Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for a single mother and her children. I donít know how they are even getting by. I drive past their small rundown house every day on my way to work. I am just a concerned neighbor that has noticed a fellow creation in need. All I know is she is raising two children on her own, and one of her children has special needs. Her car looks and sounds like it is falling apart. Iím actually worried for their safety every time I see her drive by. Itís easy to see the house is in need of some major repairs. The mother looks so sad, tired and thin when I see her working outside. I wish I could offer her help but my family is struggling to get by as well. Could you please check in on my neighbor?
Single father casualty of recessionJune 03, 2010Dear W.C.,I am a single father that has become another casualty of the recession. I always prided myself on working hard, paying my bills, and being a good father. My ex-wife has psychiatric and drinking problems so I have full custody of my kids. They are 8, 12, and 14. I have done everything I could to bring these kids up right without any help from their mother. My own mother watched them for me when I had a job. Now I find myself laid off. Our gas has been shut off for a month now and we are about to be evicted. I was never able to have any savings as every penny I earned went to rent, utilities, food, and clothing for my children. I am not a drinker or a smoker. We live very frugally. My mother has been bringing over casseroles because she knows we do not have enough food. My Mother is living on Social Security and just makes end meet. I have applied for assistance but I am on a waiting list. I never dreamed it would be so hard to find a good job. There are a lot of people trying to get a job. Everyone has the same story I do. They just want to provide for their families. Could you please help my family through this rough time?
The Time is Now to HelpSenior worker close to evictionMay 27, 2010Dear W.C.,I have fallen behind in my rent and I am about to be evicted. I live with my adult daughter that has some physical disabilities. She has applied for assistance but has been waiting for over a year. She had to move in with me because she could no longer live on her own. Due to her disability getting worse and loss of her job she has fallen on hard times as well. I am a senior citizen living in a one bedroom apartment and it has been hard for me due to a surgery that laid me up for longer than I had thought. I still have my job but was not paid for the time off. I just need enough help to bring my rent up to date. I am confident that I can make ends meet going forward. I just have to keep my faith and my health.
The Time is Now to HelpSeven years reporting caring, sharingMay 20, 2010Today we share our 362nd column in the Lake Geneva Regional News. For seven years we have been sharing with you what The Time Is Now To Help actually does on a daily basis. We help many families, senior citizens, children, and the handicapped. We often work holidays, evenings, and weekends to bring assistance to those reaching out to us in their desperation. We could not accomplish the many deliveries of food, rental/shelter assistance, car repairs, car donations, budget counseling, utility assistance, etc. without the support we receive from you. You are with us every step of the way from opening the envelope requesting help, to knocking on the door, to holding hands and wiping tears as we give loving support and guidance. I just canít say it enough times, ďWe could not do this without you!Ē
The Time is Now to HelpOur fellow creations need helpMay 13, 2010Dear Readers,I am writing this to you today with a heavy heart. The Time Is Now To Help is in desperate need of funds to help the many poverty stricken fellow creations that have turned to us in their desperation. Together we have eased the pains of poverty. When we found our neighbors living in darkness and cold, we provided utility assistance to bring warmth and light. For many, together we have removed the most desperate fear of homelessness by providing shelter. When we have found people living without food and the most basic needs, we have provided these as well. We research every request to be sure your donation is being used to provide relief to people with genuine needs. We review budgets and lifestyles, and guidance for a long term plan. Together, we provide the daily necessities to survive these very tough times in our beloved United States of America. The following letters are just a few of the many I have waiting for our helping hand. I have had to read some of the most heart wrenching life stories from our neighbors in need, reaching out to us for help. Please help me help them. I usually like to conclude my column with a happy ending of resolution to a life of struggle. These are just a few of the many people waiting for our assistance, that will not have a happy ending until we offer them the caring and sharing they need. Please help.