Samy's Camera Outreach

Samy's Camera Outreach The goodwill division of Samy’s Camera.  We provide empowering portraits for children’s & women’s causes, seniors, hospice patients, and animal shelters, plus free photography classes to low-income schools and youth groups. For info, volunteer opportunities & all media inquiries, press kit or photo requests, please contact the program director, Deborah Cloyed at outreach@samys.com.  

Samy's Camera Outreach

Helping LA Sheriff’s Department Prevent Youth Crime

In the past quarter century, there’s been a dramatic drop in crime rates among Los Angeles youth.  Uniquely dramatic compared to other large cities.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of gun fatalities amongst...

Samy’s Camera Donates After School Photography Course & Cameras

This Fall, Samy’s Camera Outreach donated a semester photography course to Westminster Elementary Math & Technology/Environmental Studies Magnet. Magnet programs aim to diversify and desegregate Los Angeles schools.  Instead of the court-ordered bussing of the...

Annual Photo Booth for Camp Ronald McDonald Holiday Party

Samy’s Camera was back for 2017, their ninth year providing a full-service photo booth for the families of Camp Ronald McDonald Holiday Party.  Samy’s Camera’s Harold Sweet and his trusty team of fellow employees...

Samy’s Photo Camp: Remembering Spring

As school starts back up in full swing, I find myself reminiscing about last Spring’s stellar photography students. Spring 2017, we brought three new schools into the Samy’s Camera fold (and returned to beloved Good...

Irvine Public Schools Foundation: Samy’s Camera Donates Photography Workshop

In February, Samy’s Camera Outreach donated a photography workshop and memory cards to the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s annual Enrichment Day. Proceeds went to their Innovative Grants program, providing funding directly to teachers for innovative teaching...

Celebrating Life: Photoshoots for Hospice Patients – An Interview with Dr. Sunita Puri

Samy’s Camera Outreach has teamed up with USC’s Keck Hospital to offer portraits for their hospice and palliative patients.  The program is in collaboration with Keck Hospital’s Dr. Sunita Puri, an esteemed clinician-educator and author in...

Food Forward: Fighting Food Waste and Hunger

An estimated 40% of food in the United States goes to waste, according to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC.org). In California, we throw out 5.6 million tons of food per year (KCET.org).  It’s...