Social Capital and Community Well-Being

The Serve Here Initiative

  • Alva G. Greenberg
  • Thomas P. Gullotta
  • Martin Bloom

Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Alva G. Greenberg, Thomas P. Gullotta, Martin Bloom, Kevin Graff
    Pages 1-12
  3. Colonel Timothy Coon
    Pages 33-52
  4. LaShaune Johnson
    Pages 53-66
  5. Sarah M. Chilenski, Nicole Summers
    Pages 67-99
  6. Sharon Hunt, James Mattson
    Pages 119-139
  7. James R. Cook
    Pages 141-159
  8. Janet F. Gillespie, Lauren M. Mutignani
    Pages 189-198
  9. Michael Fendrich, Martin Bloom
    Pages 213-236
  10. Alva G. Greenberg, Thomas P. Gullotta, Martin Bloom
    Pages 237-239
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 241-247

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive overview of how communities can leverage their social capital to improve overall quality of life for citizens. In addition, it offers detailed guidance on the design, implementation, and evaluation of social capital initiatives. It defines critical concepts of social capital, its decline in recent years, and the potential for rebuilding it through progressive social policy initiatives. Chapters present an innovative social policy template, Serve Here, for improving Americans’ collective quality of life, starting with young adults. Serve Here sets out a comprehensive, sustainable service learning plan aimed at increasing quality higher education for young adults, reducing college debt, and enhancing long-term civic participation and community building. The book offer guidelines for developing tailored solutions to ensure greater parity of social capital to regional, demographic, and other marginalized populations.

Featured topics include:
  • The civic value of social capital.
  • The economics of social capital in communities.
  • Building social capital across communities by leveraging personal relationships.
  • Social capital and returning military veterans.
  • Millennials and social capital. 
  • Teaching the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Social Capital and Community Well-Being: The Serve Here Initiative is a valuable resource for clinicians and practitioners as well as researchers and graduate students in community psychology, social work, education, and healthcare policy.


Civic involvement and social capital Civic participation and social capital Community development and social capital Community organization and social capital Compassionate capitalism and social capitalism Cost-benefit analysis of social capitalism Criminal behavior and social capital Economic prosperity and social capital Emotional well being and social capital Military veterans and social capital Millennial generation and social capital Physical health and social capital Political action and social capital Primary prevention and social capital Social capital curriculum Social capital models Social entrepreneurship Volunteerism and social capital

Editors and affiliations

  • Alva G. Greenberg
    • 1
  • Thomas P. Gullotta
    • 2
  • Martin Bloom
    • 3
  1. 1.Serve Here CTOld SaybrookUSA
  2. 2.Child and Family Agency of Southeastern ConnecticutNew LondonUSA
  3. 3.AshfordUSA

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