Enhancing the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in eastern North Carolina.

Serving the Eastern Region of North Carolina

About Caswell Center Foundation, Inc.

      Caswell Center Foundation was established in 1999 to enhance the quality of life for persons at Caswell Developmental Center and in eastern North Carolina with developmental disabilities.

        In October 2001, the Project PRIDE (PRiority to Individuals with Disabilities in the East) was a mini grant opportunity established through funds donated to the Foundation from external sources that have allowed Area Programs to apply for funding assistance when all other funding sources were exhausted.

        In April 2002, Project HOME (Helping Our Individuals Maximize their Everyday Lives) was established through funds primarily donated from Caswell Developmental Center employees through the State Employees Combined Campaign as a mini grant opportunity for Caswell Developmental Center individuals to have access to funds to assist them in becoming more independent and achieve a better quality of life.

      Caswell Center Foundation also assists in providing educational opportunities for staff at Caswell Developmental Center and professionals in the eastern region who provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2003, Foundation started its annual aging workshop series. These types of educational opportunities provided a wealth of knowledge from nationally known speakers that help enhance the quality of care individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities receive.

        How can you help?   Caswell Center Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible. The Foundation is an active participating agency in the annual State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC 2579).

        Caswell Center Foundation’s annual golf tournament is held in the spring on the Thursday before the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Festival on The Neuse. Donations and sponsors are needed for this annual event. Caswell Center Foundation also accepts memorial and honorary gifts.

        Contact Danielle Howell at Danielle.Howell@dhhs.nc.gov or Lisa Burwell at lisa.burwell@dhhs.nc.gov if you’d like to be added to our golf tournament mailing list, annual developmental disabilities conference mailing list, and/or general Foundation information distribution list.

P. O. Box 1459

Kinston, NC 28503-1459

252-208-1409 or


Fax: 252-208-3771

Email: Danielle.Howell@dhhs.nc.gov Executive Director or Lisa.Burwell@dhhs.nc.gov Administrative Assistant


Caswell Center Foundation, Inc.

is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

Tax ID#


To contact us:

Board of Directors


Dick Archie


Kinston, NC


Dr. Eleanor B. Wright

Vice Chairperson

Wilmington, NC


Debbie Chused

Kinston, NC


Vernice Fulcher-Hoyle

Cove City, NC


George W. Graham

Kinston, NC


Dean Horne

LaGrange, NC


Dr. Ed Cooper

Kinston, NC


Ann Ragland

Carrboro, NC


Vanessa Ervin

Hubert, NC


Ex-Officio Board Members


Jack Ashby

Leon Owens


Staff Support


Danielle Howell

Executive Director


Lisa Burwell

Administrative Assistant


Diane Howard

Secretary Ex-Officio


Tim Russell

Treasurer Ex-Officio


Kate Snodgress

Program Consultant




Text Box: Helping Our Individuals Maximize Their Everyday Lives
Text Box: Project PRIDE
PRioritizing Individuals with Disabilities in the East
7th Annual Golf Tournament

Click .doc for Project PRIDE Application (community grant

application & guidelines)

Click .doc for Project HOME Application

(Caswell Center grant application & guidelines)















Statement of Non-Discrimination


1. No person is excluded from the services because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.

2. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or physical or mental disability with regard to hiring, assignment, promotion or other conditions of staff employment.

3. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or physical or mental disability in membership on the agency’s governing body.

There are 4 grant cycles each year, January, April, July & October. All grants must follow guidelines in order to be considered.