The program which we would like help for is the play center which we hold once a week, in Bet Shemesh. We also held once a week a play center in Netanya for the past 6 years but as Bet Shemesh, is a new program which we started this year, we would love you help.
After school play centers – Our Netanya and Beit Shemesh play centers serve about 30 children each. At the play centers the children play games, sing, and laugh in a loving, supportive atmosphere. The children, who all attend special education schools, are picked up by Et Laasot once a week and are brought to the play center from 3:30-7:00 pm. With increased funding, we will be able to run our play centers two or three times a week.
At the play canter, our main aspect is educational; every month the center has a different program, such as: “Chesed month”, “Jerusalem month”, “Chagim month” and etc. And then, every week they come and learn through games about the program in that month.
Et Laasot’s each Play Center budget is 30,000 $ a year as follow:
|Play Centers||Amount per year|
|Facility Rental||7,000 $|
We are asking you to partner with us so that we can make a difference in the lives of greater numbers of children with special needs and their families.
Thank you for your consideration.
Et Laasot, “A Time for Action”, a non-profit organization created to improve the lives of developmentally challenged children and their families in Israel. Et Laasot serves more than 500 children and their families with vacation camps, Shabbat and holiday celebrations, family outings, financial assistance, and play centers.
This year, Et Laasot won the Netanya Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteers; in 2012, we were awarded the Minister of Welfare’s Shield for Exemplary Volunteers.
Et Laaasot – meeting the needs of special needs children and their families
Et Laasot was founded in 2006 by Rabbi Yossi Munk, the father of a son born with Cerebral Palsy.
As a parent who personally experienced the difficulties of raising a child with special needs, Rabbi Monk created Et Laasot to help other families experiencing the same challenges. Children and youth with special needs do not usually have the opportunity to participate in social activities that give them both joy and a feeling of belonging. With the help of Et Laasot’s volunteers, we offer developmentally disabled children activities that give them reasons to laugh and smile. Our programs not only make a difference in the lives of the children, but also give their parents time to recharge their batteries and provide attention to the their other children and their own personal needs. Et Laasot welcomes children and families without regard to religion, sex, or socio-economic status. Jew or Arab, Haredi, Orthodox or secular, any family with a special needs child is welcomed and embraced.
Et Laasot’s volunteers: the backbone of our organization
Et Laasot works together with schools and youth movements and has more than 1000 volunteers who give of their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of a child. Our volunteers often say that they receive even more than they give and that the experience of making a special child happy is rewarding and inspiring. Et Laasot volunteers work hard to make all of our programs a success, and we couldn’t do it without them.
Et Laasot’s programs include:
- After school play centers – Our Netanya and Beit Shemesh play centers serve about 20 children each. At the play centers the children play games, sing, and laugh in a loving, supportive atmosphere. The children, who all attend special education schools, are picked up by Et Laasot once a week and are brought to the play center from 3:30-7:00 pm. With increased funding, we will be able to run our play centers two or three times a week.
- Shabbat programs – Et Laasot takes groups of 60 children and youth to different parts of the country for a Shabbat program ten times a year. Each time the children and volunteers are hosted by a community that reaches out their arms to embrace them.
- Holiday celebrations and outings - On Chanuka and Purim we have festive holiday parties with singing, dancing, and special treats for the children and their families. We also organize parties, day trips, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. More than 700 kids, families and volunteers join us.
- Summer and holiday camps – Et Laasot volunteers run a week-long summer camp for about 120 children every year, filled with fun, games and outings to interesting and educational sites. We also run 2-3 day vacation camps during school holidays.
- Family vacations - Once a year, we organize a 3-day family vacation for 200 participants, where the special children, along with their parents and siblings, have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of other families who can relate to their challenges. We are also planning an information hotline center that parents can call for guidance and advice concerning the needs of their children.
- Financial assistance to families – Approximately 60 families receive financial assistance 2-3 times a year, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover, and one other time during the year.
- Big Sister/Big Brother program – teenagers volunteer to be a “big sister” or “big brother” to as special child, spending quality time with them, taking them for walks, and tutoring them, once a week.
- Dream trip – in June 2015, Et Laasot will be taking 40 teenagers with special needs, together with their volunteers, for a 2-week dream trip to Europe.
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