Social Capital and Community Well-Being

Serve Here CT is founded on the ideals of social capital, which is the measure of active involvement of members within their community. Social Capital and Community Well-Being is a textbook that explains how to build social capital within groups of individuals, within neighborhoods and communities, and within and between states. The book provides the content for the seminars Serve Here CT fellows attend as a part of their involvement.

Social Capital and Community Well-Being engages citizens to promote the social and civic health of their communities as demonstrated by Serve Here CT. Serve Here CT’s intention is to share the textbook along with its accompanying curriculum with the general public including social workers and teachers.

Social Capital and Community Well-Being can be purchased from Springer Publishing.


Table of Contents

Editors: Alva G. Greenberg, Thomas P. Gullotta, and Martin Bloom

  1. What is Social Capital?
    Author: LaShaune Johnson
  2. Models of Social Capital
    Author: Bronwyn Hunter
  3. The Value of Social Capital
    Author: Sarah Chilenski
  4. Social Capital and Compassionate Capitalism
    Author: Sharon Hunt
  5. The Economics of Building Social Capital
    Author: Max Crowley
  6. The Tools of Social Capitalism
    Author: Jim Cook
  7. Case Studies of Social Capitalism at Work
    Author: Jan Gillespie
  8. Building Social Capital from Inside Out
    Authors: Norris Haynes and Jan Gillespie
  9. Social Capital and the Returning Military Veteran
    Author: Tim Coons
  10. Stalled: The Millennial Generation
    Author: Jill Shinha
  11. Serve Here CT: A Model of Social Capitalism
    Authors: Alva Greenberg, Tom Gullotta, Pat Johnson, Kevin Graff, and Mary Ellen Jukoski
  12. The Evaluation Model for Serve Here
    Authors: Michael Fendrich and Martin Bloom
  13. The Serve Here CT Curriculum


Editors Bios


Alva G. Greenberg has a deep philanthropic commitment to the arts and to the welfare and education of children. She is a 1974 graduate of Kenyon College with a major in drama. She has served on the board of the College as well as the Kenyon Festival Theater

Alva started her post graduate career as the co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper in Old Lyme, CT called “The Gazette”. In 1997 she opened ALVA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in New London, CT while simultaneously making a significant commitment to the redevelopment of downtown New London by purchasing and rehabilitating four buildings and starting a Saturday Market at the waterfront.

She has served on many community boards including the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Garde Arts Center, Inc., the Pequot Foundation and the Florence Griswold Museum. She currently sits on the board of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Read to Grow and the Gund Art Gallery at Kenyon College.


Tom Gullotta is Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut (retiring 2015) and formerly a member of the Psychology and Education Departments at Eastern Connecticut State University (retired 2014). His scholarship encompasses the co-authorship of two college textbooks, the founding editorship of The Journal of Primary Prevention (Kluwer/Academic 1980 – 2000), co-editor, Advances in Adolescent Development: An Annual Book Series (Sage 1985 – 2000), editor, Prevention in Practice Library: A Monograph Series (Plenum, 1996 – 2001), and senior editor, Issues in Children’s’ and Families’ Lives: A Book Series (Springer 1990 – present). In addition to
authoring nearly 100 chapters, papers or reviews, he has co-edited or authored over thirty volumes devoted to illness prevention / promotion of health for the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Tom was the senior editor for the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (Kluwer / Academic, 2003) and has returned to that same role for the anticipated three volume second edition of that reference work due to be published in early 2015.


Martin Bloom is emeritus professor at the University of Connecticut. He has authored several books in primary prevention, research and evaluation, human growth and development, and gerontology, as well as a number of articles in these fields. He is also an editor emeritus of the Journal of Primary Prevention.


About the Contributors


Sarah M. Chilenski, Ph.D., is a Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor at the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from PSU in 2006. Her primary interest is examining how communities, schools, and universities can collaborate in the pursuit of quality community prevention and positive youth development programming. To this end, she has worked for over 15 years on the implementation and/or evaluation and research sides of community coalitions and other community prevention programs, including a year of service she spent with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Currently, she conducts research on the dissemination of the PROSPER model and is the Principal Investigator of the Implementation Evaluation of Evidence2Success, a new city/community prevention system currently under development and being piloted by the Annie E Casey Foundation and several other partners.


James R. Cook has been a faculty member in the Psychology department at UNC Charlotte since 1980, after receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Consistent with his training and identity as a community psychologist, he conducts research and works with community partners to foster change to improve the lives of people who are economically and socially disadvantaged and/or who have disabilities. Dr. Cook has integrated his service to the community into the primary faculty roles of teaching and research, and
has helped develop university-community partnerships that enable university students, faculty and staff to work together with community members to address important community needs.


Colonel Timothy Coon is currently the Curriculum Manager for the Connecticut Police Academy. He has also been a high school teacher in History and English at Coventry and Rockville High Schools in Connecticut. In his military career he is currently a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and is the Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve, European Command. He enlisted in 1987 and was commissioned in 1988 through the Federal Officer Candidate School in FT Benning, GA, as a Lieutenant of Infantry. His decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge. He has also been elected to the Glastonbury, CT Board of Education, and is currently on the Glastonbury Town Council.


Max Crowley is a prevention scientist and health policy researcher studying how to effectively and efficiently protect children and prevent risky health behaviors. Currently, Dr. Crowley is a National Institutes of Health research fellow at Duke University and a research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (Crime). Crowley’s work benefits from interdisciplinary experience in child development, family-based prevention and public finance, as well as his work in maternal and child health policy at the federal and state levels. He has received multiple national awards for his scholarship and currently co-chairs the Society for Prevention Research’s Task-force on Economic Analyses of Prevention. Crowley also co-leads a new NIH-funded research network around advancing benefit-cost analyses of preventive health services. This work is motivated by a growing need to understand how society can best allocate scarce resources to meet the needs of children and their families to prevent future burdens on health and public systems. His time
working in government illustrated that early childhood investments capable of protecting children and reducing strain on social service systems are of particular interest within the evolving economic and political context. To meet the growing demand for estimates of programs’ economic value, his work seeks to design community prevention efforts that strategically invest in youth to reduce risky health behaviors as well as the future burden on social service systems. This includes developing performance-based financing strategies to ensure high-quality program delivery.


Michael Fendrich Ph.D. received his degree in community psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and a post-doctoral M.S. in biostatistics from Columbia University in 1987. He was on the faculty of the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago for 14 years before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to head the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare in 2005. This fall, he will be joining the University of Connecticut where he will be Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the School of Social Work. As a methodologically oriented psychologist with a highly interdisciplinary orientation, his work has focused on high risk behavior among adolescents and young adults with particular emphasis on substance abuse. He has conducted extensive federally funded research on the measurement of substance use in the community and risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse, psychiatric disorder, and criminal justice system involvement. Most recently he has led evaluations of drug court interventions for adult criminal offenders with co-occurring substance abuse disorders.


Janet F. Gillespie, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The College at Brockport of the State University of New York. Dr. Gillespie received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with concentrations in clinical-child and community psychology. Her publications include articles on children’s quality of life, research ethics, school-based prevention, and social problem solving and social skills training with children. Her research interests also include positive psychology and child and family social competence. Dr. Gillespie is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.


Norris Haynes, Ph.D. is Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. He is Founder and Director of the Center for Community and School Action Research (CCSAR). He served as Chairperson of the Counseling and School Psychology Department at Southern Connecticut State University from 2001 to 2008. Dr. Haynes is also a Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center where he served as Director of Research for the Comer School Development Program. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Haynes is a founding member of the leadership team for the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and a founding
member of the leadership group on Social and Emotional and Character Development (SECD) based at Rutgers University. Dr. Haynes is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and monographs. He has authored, co-authored and edited several books.


Dr. Sharon Hunt MSW, at the American Institutes for Research, is a licensed social worker with 30 years of experience in a variety of capacities; she has managed programs for individuals who are homeless and mental health residential programs for adolescents and adults, and worked in foster care. She recently worked as the Deputy PD and Substance Abuse Specialist for the SAMHSA Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, which provided TA to systems of care (SOCs). Dr. Hunt currently is the PD of the SAMHSA Logistics and Tribal TA contract, ensuring that SOC tribal grantees receive TA to support their development and implementation of SOCs. She is also a Substance Abuse Specialist for the OJJDP State Training & Technical Assistance Center. In 1997, Dr. Hunt co-conducted a multi-site qualitative study of the impact of the termination of SSI benefits to individuals who had drug addiction/alcoholism as a disabling condition. Dr. Hunt is a licensed foster parent and an adoptive parent.


Bronwyn A. Hunter is a NIH/NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at The Consultation Center, Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Yale University School of Medicine. Bronwyn obtained her PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University in 2013. Her work broadly encompasses interventions to support criminal justice and former substance using populations, with a specific focus on women. Bronwyn is also interested in how state policies impact individual outcomes for criminal justice involved populations as well as how stigma influences criminal recidivism and substance abuse relapse.


Dr. LaShaune Johnson is a sociologist, with additional graduate training in human development and feminist studies. She is a faculty in Creighton University’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and a Faculty Associate for Creighton’s Master of Medical Anthropology program. She has had research positions in Connecticut, Missouri and Nebraska, where she has done community-based research about cancer survivorship among racial/ethnic minorities, adult and childhood obesity, and immigrant/refugee health. Also, she has presented and written about student social interactions during online courses. She is a member of the Midwest Sociological Society’s Social Action Committee, and is an active volunteer for breast cancer organizations. Appreciative of the support she received as a first-generation college student, she tries to support the success of others by regularly volunteering to be a preceptor/advisor for female public health students in Missouri and Nebraska.


Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D. is the President of Three Rivers Community College located in Norwich, Connecticut.


Jill Witmer Sinha (MDiv., PhD., University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor with the Camden School of Social Work, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Sinha examines the role of faith-based organizations, religiously-affiliated organizations, congregations, and nonprofit human service agencies in the provision of public and private social welfare among vulnerable populations. Her work among urban minority youth in alternative school settings, nonprofit (non-governmental) organizations providing microcredit services among in India, and civic and volunteer behavior among immigrant members of ethnic congregations has appeared in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Social Service Research, Research on Social Work Practice, International Journal of Voluntary Associations, Journal of Civil Society and Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. She has been actively involved in promoting civil society development in conjunction with the campus Office of Civic Engagement, through service learning projects, and by participating in local organizations’ initiatives.