Why I give

“After working for many years as a writer and editor for local newspapers and magazines, I got out from behind the desk, picked up a camera and got to know the people of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. With my Nikon slung around my neck, I set out to capture the lives and spirit of Cleveland’s people. Taking pictures, and volunteering in the city schools, raised my awareness of the children in our city. Statistics say that 90 percent of Cleveland’s kids live in poverty, many growing up amid hunger, instability and violence. But numbers do not tell us about their hopes, joys, talents, personalities and dreams. Each child is unique and special and deserves every opportunity to thrive. Poet and author Langston Hughes, himself a Cleveland kid, wrote, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode?” I support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, which provide safe, caring and inspiring places for kids to learn and grow, to help ensure that no child’s dream need be deferred.”

Pamela Zoslov

Shaker Heights