Christmas is Coming! Got Gift Cards?

Help support Community Chest youth programs
with your everyday shopping!

Community Chest, Inc. has started a new fundraiser to benefit our youth programs! We are selling gift cards to many places you visit for every day needs, including gas, grocery shopping, eating out, entertainment and more. Gift cards are sold at face value, so simply by purchasing gift cards as you normally would, you’re supporting our youth’s fundraising efforts! We will have some cards on hand or you can pre-order cards to fit your gift-giving needs. Check out our order form for a huge selection!

This is a great way to get a jump start on holiday shopping while supporting a great cause!

CCI Gift Card List & Order Form

To order gift cards, contact our Youth Programs at 775-847-9311 ext. 205 or
Email Shannon Parsons or Michael-Ann Lazzarino

CCI’s Home Visiting Program Receives Accolades from Parents As Teachers National Center!

We are proud to announce that our maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program Nevada Families First recently received a congratulations from the Parents as Teachers National Center for meeting the 17 Essential Requirements of their model and earning status as an official Parents as Teachers affiliate!

Nevada Families First is a high quality, evidence-based home visiting program serving pregnant mothers and families with children from newborn up to 5 years of age. Families receive parenting support, education, and opportunities to make connections with other families. Our program is primarily funded through federal MIECHV funds (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting), and uses the Parents as Teachers Evidence-Based Model.

Home visiting programs such as those authorized under MIECHV have strong bipartisan support from all levels of government, as they have been shown to improve outcomes in especially at-risk families. Topics and issues that home educators work on with families include feeding, child development, language and literacy, parenting, sleep, play, and many more.

According to Parents as Teachers, research shows that home visiting makes a difference for families: ¹

  • Children’s developmental delays and health problems are detected early
  • Children enter kindergarten ready to learn and the achievement gap is narrowed
  • Children achieve school success into the elementary grades
  • Parents improve their parenting knowledge and skills
  • Parents are more involved in their children’s schooling
  • Families are more likely to promote children’s language and literacy

Congratulations to our home visiting team on receiving recognition for all of their hard work serving their client families!

Interested in home visiting services, or know someone who might be? Contact the Nevada Families First program at 775-847-9311 ext. 204

Parents as Teachers Congratulations Letter



CCI Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month’s 30th Year

CCI’s Victim Services Advocate Kelly I. works with the Storey County Justice System to ensure that victims are provided the attention and support they need to leave traumatizing and abusive situations. Our Victim Services Unit tied purple ribbons all around Virginia City recently to bring awareness to this critical public health and safety issue.

Both Men and Women Can be Victims

Domestic violence outreach campaigns often focus on women, but both men and women can be and are victims of domestic violence. One study found that 40% of domestic violence victims are men. Of course, the picture is a bit more complicated: While some groups have used this figure to argue that women are just as violent as men, most domestic violence directed at men is in the form of slaps and other low-level violence. Men are significantly more likely to resort to extreme violence, to use weapons, and to kill their partners.

So while domestic violence against men does happen and is a serious problem, women remain the primary victims. But for this reason, men who have faced abuse often find themselves stigmatized and ridiculed. If someone you love says they’ve been the victim of domestic violence, you should believe and support them, since no gender is safe, and no amount of physical strength or emotional fortitude protects against abuse.

If you are a Victim of Domestic Violence please call:

Immediate emergency – 911

Victim Advocate – Kelly I. 775-720-0007

Services offered:

  • Assistance with Protection Orders
  • Court accompaniment
  • Social service referrals
  • Legal referrals
  • Support
  • Counseling

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

Storey County Community Library is pleased to announce September is Library Card Sign-up Month across the United States! Stop by the library at 175 Carson St. in Virginia City to fill out an application and pick up your library card.

click here to fill out the online library card application!

The library will send your new card to your mailing address. We are pleased to announce that all Storey County Community Library patrons will have 24/7 access to our online resources from their computers and mobile devices! Our online resources include the library’s online book catalog, EBSCO top rated online databases, newspapers, magazines, e-books, and audio books through the 3M Cloud Library.

Storey County Community Library has partnered with the Nevada Cooperative Libraries Automated Network (CLAN) to bring 21st century technology to Storey County residents of all ages! CLAN offers libraries across Nevada valuable access to interlibrary loan and e-resources.

Stop by the Storey County Community Library and see the new addition to the Community Resource Center building going up onsite!

The Storey County Community Library will be housed upstairs once the building addition is completed, along with a brand new Tech Center.

Community Celebrates Executive Director Shaun Griffin’s Service

On August 26, over 200 friends and family of CCI gathered at Miner’s Park in Virginia City to celebrate Shaun’s many years of service and dedication to the community, and his stepping back as CCI’s longtime Executive Director. Even the fickle weather cooperated as the wind decided to play elsewhere and the sun shone through the crowds!

There were full bellies thanks to the hardworking BBQ crew and all of the dishes lovingly prepared. As well, we had a great selection of drinks and desserts.

Multiple musicians kept the throng entertained. First it was renowned pianist Squeek Steele working her magic. Then it was Bob and June crooning so smoothly you would’ve thought you slipped into a dream. Finally, half of the quartet Drinking with Clowns kept us dancing with their Latin rhythms.

The highlight was a program put together by Shaun’s wife that featured many a surprise for Shaun including videos from his son Cody, his mother Jeanne, and others, as well as numerous folks who flew in and/or made a point to be there, including his oldest son Nevada. By the time the program ended, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

All in all, a magical evening made even more so by those who came!

Click here to see more pictures from the celebration!