BEND, Ore. – A Portland-based mentoring program for children who face the greatest obstacles is expanding to Central Oregon. Duncan Campbell founded Friends of the Children over 25 years ago and said his model is unique because mentors – or
“Friends” – are paid. "We love all mentors and other volunteers, but
these children’s needs are so great, that’s why we hire full-time people.
And, you need to make a long-term commitment. When we hire the friends,
for example, we say ‘if you can’t stay three to five years, don’t join
us, even if you’re gifted, because you’ll just be another adult that
breaks this child’s heart.'"