GRAMMY®-Winning Singer/Songwriter Rodney Crowell Featured at 8th Annual “A Night to Imagine” Fundraising Concert

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Eventbrite - "A Night to Imagine" Fundraising Concert with Rodney Crowell


Join us for another exciting night of music, friends, and good times in old Virginia City’s historic Piper’s Opera House at Community Chest, Inc.’s 8th Annual “A Night to Imagine” Fundraising Concert!

This year we are proud to present multi-GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell to the Piper’s stage!

Aside from being an incredibly talented songwriter and musician, Crowell’s contributions to the music community and Americana genre are unmatched. Born in Houston in 1950, Rodney Crowell has released twenty albums in four decades, with five consecutive number-one hits, and has also worked widely as a songwriter and a producer. His honors include a Grammy, an ASCAP lifetime achievement award, and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

This show has been graciously sponsored by Barrick and Charles Schwab Bank. We thank them for their generosity and support.


CCI Staff Visit Nevada Legislature to Promote Home Visiting and Financial Literacy

Community Chest’s NFF Program Director Michael-Ann Lazzarino, and Parent Educator Farah Rashdan recently attended Assets and Opportunity Legislative Day at the Nevada State Legislature to promote financial literacy and resources for teens and families. This event was sponsored by Opportunity Alliance Nevada. Attendees attended a networking breakfast, met with legislators, and had the opportunity to sit in while the legislature was in session. Michael-Ann and Farah also met with Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, state representative for Storey County, to discuss the importance of promoting financial security and economic mobility for Nevadans.

Nevada Families First (NFF) is a voluntary, free program that provides high-quality, evidence-based parent education and support to pregnant mothers and families with children up to age 5 through home visits, health and developmental screenings, and other resources.


Nevada Families First Parent Educator Wins Award from Nevada Home Visiting!


Community Chest is proud to announce that Farah Rashdan, one of our fantastic Nevada Families First (NFF) Parent Educators, received an award from the State of Nevada’s home visiting office for submitting the best quarterly report out of all of the agencies in the state at their February 2017 quarterly meeting!

Community Chest’s Nevada Families First program provides high-quality, evidence-based parent education and support to pregnant mothers and families with children up to age 5 through home visits, health and developmental screenings, and other resources.

Congratulations to Farah! We thank her for all of her hard work, dedication, and passion for serving  her NFF families!

Kinross Gold Donates Over $35,000 to Support Public Health in Northern Nye County


Community Chest’s work in supporting healthy communities has expanded to Nye County, where we have partnered closely with citizens and community providers to facilitate the Tonopah Community Coalition.

Kinross Gold recently made a gracious and much-needed donation of $35,200 to support public health in northern Nye County. These funds will be used to enable the public health nurse to provide full-time services in the region. The office hours had been cut due to funding shortages, and the prospect of losing many services like immunizations, family planning, wellness checks, etc., was imminent. This critical medical support will now continue for the coming year.

All of the residents of this community and the Tonopah Community Coalition and Nye Communities Coalition are most grateful for this wonderful contribution. Please contact Beth Ennis at the Tonopah Public Health office for future appointments at 775-482-6659.

All of us involved in trying to build a stronger Tonopah and surrounding communities give our deepest thanks to Kinross Gold for their contribution to public health.

CCI 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!


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.


CCI Program Participant Wins Nevada Women’s Fund Scholarship!

Community Chest is proud to share the fantastic news that Cass Woods, a Nevada Families First program participant, was the winner of a  Nevada Women’s Fund Scholarship for 2016!

Cass is a married mother of two studying Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Western Nevada College. She will be transferring to UNR in about a year to complete her studies for a baccalaureate degree. She has grown up in Virginia City all of her life, moved away, and found that she wanted to raise her family in a place that helped to raise her! Please join us in congratulating Cass for reaching for her dreams!!

COW Bus Program Expands to Tonopah

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Our Deputy Director, Erik Schoen, proudly posing with the Tonopah COW Bus!

The Classroom on Wheels (COW) Bus program is a mobile early education program that provides preschool curriculum and activities, parent education, and support and resources to frequently isolated rural families. One of our oldest and most popular programs, Community Chest is proud to have expanded this innovative “preschool-on-a-bus” to Tonopah in Nye County through collaboration with local community stakeholders!


Community Chest on the Radio!

Check out this interview with Erik Schoen, Deputy Director of Community Chest, discussing our history, vision, the services and support we provide to our communities, and our upcoming “A Night to Imagine” annual fundraising concert featuring Poor Man’s Whiskey! Thanks to Lotus Radio’s “In Depth” for featuring us on their show!