Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

New Britain, Conn., February 13, 2020– The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has elected two new board members to join the Foundation’s already-strong team of volunteers. Elected to serve new multi-year board terms were Jerrell Hargraves and Pastor Thomas Mills.

Jerrell Hargraves

Jerrell Hargraves serves as the Human Rights and Opportunities Officer for the City of New Britain. A New Britain High School graduate, Jerrell has been living in New Britain for 30 years and serves on the Board of Directors for New Britain Public Library. In his free time, Jerrell is also a youth basketball coach with over 15 years of experience.

Pastor Thomas Mills is an Adult Probation Officer for the State of Connecticut and is the Senior Pastor at Grace Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in New Britain. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain and has volunteered for CCARC and the Hospital of Central Connecticut in the past.

“The Foundation is pleased to have Jerrell Hargraves and Pastor Mills join our Board,” said Paul Zagorsky, Community Foundation Board Chair. “We look forward to working with them as our organization continues to be visible, relevant, and impactful in the communities we serve.”

Pastor Thomas Mills

The two new board members were officially welcomed at the first board meeting on February 12th while retiring members, Mark Bernacki, Cori Humes, and Ken Malinowski were thanked for their service at the final 2019 meeting in December. Also of note, Hospital for Special Care President and CEO Lynn Ricci completed her service as Board Chair, and Paul Zagorsky of Zagorsky, Zagorsky, & Galske will serve a two-year term with Art Schaller, President of Schaller Auto World, serving as Vice Chair beginning 2020.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, responsibly manage permanent charitable assets, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership. For more information, visit