Some believe that in the West, our tax dollars are used to fund all kind of social welfare programs including medical assistance and old age security benefits. An elderly immigrant from Pakistan lives in our building. He is 92 years old. He gets subsidized apartment, free health care (including hospitalization and medicines) and to top it off, a social welfare nurse comes to visit him twice a day to take care of him and to clean his apartment and to make sure he takes his medicines.
Twice a week a van comes to pick him up to take him to an Elder Care facility where he socializes with people of his own age and engages in activities that keep the body and mind healthy!!
Our tax dollars are also used to provide the infrastructure in good shape and to provide fee education (including buses coming to pick up students from home).
If we get unemployed, we are covered by Unemployment Insurance that pays us for about a year so we don't end up in the ditch.
If that is not a proper use of Zakaat, I don't know what else is!!