Who We Are
Serve Here CT was founded in the fall of 2013 by Alva Greenberg, a philanthropist with a passion for community service.
After a decades-long association with the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut (CFA), Alva brought in Tom Gullotta, CFA’s longtime CEO, as Chief Advisor. They hope to make Connecticut a national leader in facilitating and incentivizing community service for young people through Serve Here CT. The ultimate goal of Serve Here CT is to create a program that can be replicated nationally to reduce academic debt, and encourage active community members through service.
Alva G. Greenberg
Founder and President
Alva 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 and Kenyon Review literary magazine.
Alva started her postgraduate career as the co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper in Old Lyme, Connecticut called “The Gazette.” In 1997, she opened ALVA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in New London, Connecticut. She did this 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.
Thomas Gullotta (Tom) is Serve Here CT’s Chief Advisor. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, retiring in 2015, and as a member of the Psychology and Education Departments at Eastern Connecticut State University, retiring in 2014.
In addition to authoring nearly 100 chapters, papers and reviews, he has co-edited or authored over thirty volumes devoted to illness prevention and promotion of health for the treatment of children, adolescents, and families.
Currently, he is working on the Serve Here CT Curriculum and accompanying edited volume to be published by Springer in early 2016.
Learning Module Facilitator
in 2008, Barret joined the Junior League of Hartford and has connections and affiliations with other area agencies including the Aurora Foundation and the Glastonbury Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ Club. On a broader scale, Barret is an active member of Sociologists for Women in Society and presently serves as an elected member of its Membership Committee. Barret completed her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. Her areas of research include gender, gender and leadership in higher education, and human rights.
Barret’s thoughts on putting together the curriculum:
My social capital and cultural capital led to my facilitation of the first Serve Here CT Learning Module. As I prepared the curriculum, I reflected on the types of advice and programming that I most benefited from as a 20-year- old in a new area of the country. I sought support from friends of mine who are also seasoned networkers and whose careers have benefited from their community ties. In an era where Facebook and LinkedIn are omnipresent, it is important that Millennials understand that face-to- face interactions – playing on a kickball field, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or gathering sponsors for charity balls – facilitate a connection that far surpasses even the most articulately written LinkedIn greeting. In preparing the curriculum, I kept in mind: it is hard to care about the needs of your community if you do not participate in your community. Furthermore, it is hard for your community to embrace you and your ever-changing needs as a young professional if you are not seeking out opportunities for involvement.
I am open to speaking with any future learning module facilitators about the curriculum. This is a module that can be tailored to meet the collective needs of the participants.
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