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Community Chest Board Member Wins “Board Member of the Year” from Human Services Network!

(L-R) Chris Rowe (Hank's son), Tim Rowe (Hank's husband), Harriet

(L-R) Chris Rowe (Hank’s son), Tim Rowe (Hank’s husband), Harriet “Hank” Cummings, Shaun Griffin (Director, Community Chest), Erik Schoen (Director, Human Services Network).

The Human Services Network awarded Harriet “Hank” Cummings, Chief Assistant Clerk of Court Attorney, with its Board Member of the Year award at its 28th Annual Human Service Awards presentation on January 12, 2017. The award recognizes Ms. Cummings and her 6 years of work on the board of directors of Community Chest, Inc. located in Virginia City.

Cummings meets with the Community Chest team on a monthly basis and serves as the secretary/treasurer of the organization. She has assisted the non-profit with preparing a clean audit for three successive years, providing raises to one-fourth of the Community Chest staff, and most significantly, changed the group’s vision to “a just, thriving, loving community where all are welcome and cared for and all contribute.”

Community Chest Director Shaun Griffin related just one of Ms. Cummings’ efforts, which included her employer the Nevada Supreme Court. During Christmas 2014, she organized the entire Nevada Supreme Court office and support staff of more than 150 employees to personally contribute supplies and gifts for Community Chest’s team to help them do their jobs better. Together, the Supreme Court staff made cardboard chests that included tools to help the thirty-member staff work more efficiently. The generosity of the Nevada Supreme Court was simply overwhelming and nothing like it had been received in the past by Community Chest.

Congratulations to Ms. Cummings! Community Chest is proud to have you serve on our board, and grateful for your generous service.


special haunted “Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moonshine” benefit concert raises thousands of dollars for community chest programs!

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Community Chest held its most successful ever fundraising concert on October 28th, 2016, raising thousands of dollars for the Storey County (Renegade) Library and the Classroom on Wheels (COW Bus) mobile preschool program!

The hottest Halloween show of the year in Virginia City was definitely a night to remember at Piper’s Opera House. We sold out at the door, saw the most amazing costumes, and danced the night away to Poor Man’s Whiskey and Jelly Bread. The concert was such a success that we’re making this an annual event! If you couldn’t make it to this amazing show, we’ll see you next year!

Grateful thanks to our event co-sponsors Barrick, Cafe del Rio, and the Red Dog Saloon.



MISSION: To act as a catalyst for change and a center for resources to help people help themselves and others, as together we build strong and healthy families and communities.

WHO WE ARE: Community Chest is a non-profit agency serving children and families in northwestern Nevada since 1991. We provide holistic solutions with the goal of building and sustaining strong families and communities. With the support of volunteers, agency staff, public and private revenue, Community Chest has been developing, offering and sponsoring services that make a difference in the lives of Nevada’s youth and families. We at Community Chest are brought together to do very important work.

WHAT WE DO: Community Chest provides a diverse range of services which include: 1) counseling, 2) family advocacy, 3) youth enrichment programs, and 4) employment placement assistance.

WHO DO WE SERVE: We primarily serve the residents of Storey, Lyon, and Nye counties in Nevada. However, our work often extends to other regions in Nevada and more recently, through programs like Global Voice, to regions outside of the United States.

WHERE IS COMMUNITY CHEST: We are located in Virginia City, Nevada. We operate out of either the pink building at 991 South C Street in Virginia City or the Health and Wellness Hub at 175 E. Carson Street, Suite A for all clinical services.