Caldwell Friends, Inc.
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About Caldwell Friends
Our mission is to inspire, enrich, and enable at-risk children and youth, ages 7-14, to realize their full potential and motivate them toward positive life choices.

Caldwell Friends Inc. falls under a Community-Based mentoring program. Mentors and mentees in this program participate in one-to-one outings and activities, doing things they enjoy together, like: shooting hoops, watching a game, listening to music on your smartphone, baking, or catching a movie.
Some mentors and mentees meet on the weekends. Others get together with their mentees in the evenings. Each match is unique, lasting at least one year, and they develop a schedule that works for them.

Interested in being a mentor? Do you have questions for a mentor?

Meet Our Staff
Currently, Caldwell Friends is in need of mentors.  There are several children ages 7-14 who are waiting for positive role models in their life.  The mentors in our program have a fun and influential experience mentoring. 

The Requirements?

A mentor is to be: 
  • Be at least 18 years of age​
  • Have means of transportation and a valid drivers license 
  • Complete an application, which includes references and a criminal background check
  • Spend at least 2 hours a week or 8 hours a month with a child
Susan Rudisill, Program Assistant, has worked at Caldwell Friends for over 20 years!  The best thing she likes about working at Caldwell Friends is what the program offers. "It provides children hope for a better future through a one-on-one friendship with a caring mentor. What a difference we all can make by giving of our time and resources!"

Liz Eller, Executive Director, isn't from Caldwell County but calls it her home. Her favorite thing about Caldwell Friends is to see the change in the mentors and children.  She observes the mentors having a great time, and the children experience life in a fun and new way.  "Community truly comes together, working to make children's lives better and with a more promising future!"