|How You Can Help
One of the best ways to help the mentally ill
in Israel is through a financial donation to Zimra. We are not a government agency, and
all services are offered free thanks to the generosity of people like you. Every dollar
spent by Zimra goes to programs and services that help improve the quality of life of the
mentally ill in Israel.
Financial donations can be made in three ways:
By phone: 972-2-581-2343
If you wish to make a donation to a
specific Zimra program, please specify so when you send or phone in your contribution.
This will guarantee that your donation goes directly to the program indicated. You may
choose from the following list:
Other Ways You Can Help
1. Make a Time Donation - helping
others makes you feel good. Find out how you can volunteer. Call 972-2-581-2343.
Budget Goals and Objectives
With a yearly budget of $250,000, Zimra serves approximately 5,000 of Israel's 100,000 mental health patients. The organization's goal it to increase the number of patients it helps to 10,000 by increasing funding allotted to its major programs, as well as by securing additional equipment:
I. Music Therapy
Zimra volunteers hold musical performances once a week at hospitals and treatment centers, with a minimum of 400 people at each event. The organization's objective is to increase the number of events to 20 per month.
Frequency of Musical Performances in 1999:
Expanded Musical Performance Program in 2000
Additional Annual Cost:
Zimra currently has
one band that performs throughout the country.
Funding required for expanded musical performance program in 2000:
II. Hospital and Home Visits
Zimra volunteers currently make 3,500 visits per month to mental health patients throughout the country. Its objective is to increase that number to 10,000 visits per month. This expansion would require an increase in the program's budget from $12,805 to $36,585.
Number of Visits in 1999
Expanded Hospital and Home Visit Program in 2000
Funding required for expanded musical performance program:
III. Supervised field trips throughout the land of Israel
Zimra currently takes 100 patients from 5 hospitals on a field trip once a year at a cost of $5,400. Its objective is to increase that number to 1,000 patients from 20 hospitals at a cost of $54,000 per year.
Number of field trips in 1999:
Expanded field trip program in 2000:
Funding required for expanded field trip program:
IV. Subsidized housing for married mentally ill couples
Zimra provides full-scale services for mental health patients who wish to marry at a cost of $25,000 per couple. This includes arranging and covering the costs of their wedding; locating and refurbishing homes for them to live in; supplying them with electrical appliances and furniture; and subsidizing their rent. Zimra assisted 20 couples in 1999, and its objective in the year 2000 is to assist 40 couples.
Funding required for expanded subsidized housing program:
$50,000 (20 additional couples at $25,000 each) V. Counseling and emotional support by professionals and trained volunteers
In an effort to better serve the families and friends of mental health patients, Zimra's objective is to set up a crisis center staffed by licensed psychologist who will offer their services free of charge. The cost of establishing the center is $10,500 with ongoing costs of $1,650 per month.
Set Up Costs
Cost of program in the year 2000:
Zimra currently has one vehicle at its disposal to transport volunteers and mental health patients to and from activities. Its objective is to purchase a mini-bus at a cost of $60,000 and maintain it at a cost of $18,000 per year, including the driver's salary. The bus will also be used to deliver food packages.
Funding required for mini-bus acquisition:
Summary of Expanded Programs and
2 Costs include transportation,
food, drinks and volunteer-training course.