Second Annual Haunted Halloween Benefit Show featuring THE NOVELISTS!



Join Community Chest, Inc. in welcoming THE NOVELISTS for a very special haunted Halloween show at historic Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, featuring their signature storytelling style and four-part harmonies.

All who come are encouraged to dress as their favorite “Alice in Wonderland” characters in this special Halloween themed show! Proceeds will support the Storey County Community Library and the Classroom On Wheels (COW Bus) mobile rural preschool program.

Our shows sell out fast, so make sure to get your ticket today to Virginia City’s hottest Halloween show of the year!

About The Novelists:

An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony… two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you’ll find yourself immersed when you listen to The Novelists. Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies.

The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017. They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).

Notable performances include: “Sail Across The Sun” Music Cruise Festival (Hosted by Train), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas, TX), Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather, CA), California Wordfest, (Grass Valley, CA), Americana Music Festival (Virginia City, NV), Black Potatoe Music Festival (Clinton, NJ), Watsonville Strawberry Festival (Watsonville, CA), The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV), Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI – w/guest musician Daryl Stuermer of Genesis), Swallow Hill (Denver, CO), The Living Room (NY, NY)

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

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.

2017 THRIVE Conference Superheroes Unmasked!

Three Social Justice Superheroes will be unmasked at the fifth annual statewide Rural and Urban Nevada Social Justice Institute, also known as the THRIVE Conference. For the second time, this event will take place at Silver Stage High School in Silver Springs on Friday, September 15 from 9 AM to 1 pm. The THRIVE Conference is inspired and coordinated by Community Chest – a Nevada nonprofit organization that strives to build healthy communities by providing social services, educational programs, and a resource center to people in Northern Nevada.

“We wanted to come up with a fun and creative way to honor some of the important work being done throughout the state,” said Erik Schoen, Deputy Director at Community Chest, “The honorees will be awarded their very own Social Justice Superhero cape to wear, if they choose, as they continue the work of improving the quality of life for their fellow Nevadans.”

“I think a lot of folks don’t know what the term ‘social justice’ means and are, therefore, frightened by it,” continued Shaun Griffin, executive director of Community Chest, “The short answer is that social justice is concerned with breathing life into the heart of what it means to be a community.”

Peggy Edwards, M.S.

A community advocate tirelessly working to improve the mental health resources available to children, women, and men…

Dr. Mary Hylton, M.S.W.

An associate professor at UNR who created a program at Hug High School to increase civic engagement so that students are ready to be future community leaders…

Sheriff Al McNeil

Sheriff McNeil guided the development of a restorative justice approach in Lyon County which emphasizes inmate rehabilitation, treatment, and community healing…

CCI Executive Director Receives Honor from Storey County

Storey County Commissioners Issue RESOLUTION Honoring CCI Executive Director Shaun Griffin for his 26 years of service

At the August 15, 2017 meeting of the Storey County Commissioners, CCI Executive Director Shaun T.  Griffin was honored by a resolution from the county in honor of his 26 years of service to the community and to the state of Nevada.

Shaun co-founded Community Chest in 1991 with his wife, Deborah Loesch-Griffin to build a stronger community and address the struggles of our most vulnerable citizens.

Shaun leaves an incredible legacy of service, commitment, community, and love for his fellow citizens during his tenure as CCI’s Executive Director. His vision has created an incredibly strong organization with an amazing, passionate staff dedicated to carrying out the mission and principles of Community Chest. One of his greatest accomplishments was to bring the vision of a youth and family resource center to life: The Storey County Youth and Community Resource Center broke ground in 2014, and will more than double in size with the Phase 2 expansion scheduled for completion in 2017.

The Storey County and surrounding communities, the citizens of Nevada, and the staff of CCI are grateful for Shaun’s dedication and service to making our state a better place for all citizens, and honoring the dignity of those we serve. Mere thank yous seem inadequate for the immense influence, mentorship, and support that Shaun has provided as a leader. The CCI Staff will continue to carry on the torch of social justice and continue your legacy of service. Ten fe, Shaun!

Click here to read about the history and founding of CCI 

Click here to watch the “Visionaries” video about CCI narrated by Sam Waterston

Resolution #17-469


WHEREAS, SHAUN GRIFFIN has faithfully served Storey County for 26 years from 1991-2017; and

WHEREAS, SHAUN GRIFFIN has exhibited outstanding initiative, inspiration, leadership and organization skills directly benefiting Storey County, and the State of Nevada and its citizens; and

WHEREAS, SHAUN GRIFFIN has served with distinction, earning the respect of all he works with both locally and statewide; and

WHEREAS, SHAUN  GRIFFIN has consistently demonstrated excellence in professional and community leadership; while making significant contributions to the welfare of the community through involvement and participation.

THEREFORE LET IT BE KNOWN to all present that the Board of County Commissioners of Storey County do hereby resolve to commend and honor SHAUN GRIFFIN for exemplary service to the people of Storey County, Nevada this 15th day of August 2017.

PASSED and ADOPTED the 15th day of August 2017, by Chairman Marshall McBride, Vice-Chairman Jack McGuffey, and Commissioner Lance Gilman.


CCI Has a New Phone System!

If you have called CCI over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that our phone system has changed. CCI is proud to have implemented a 21st century Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system to increase our efficiency and access to the public!

CCI now has one main number to reach all of our programs, whether in Fernley, Virginia City, Dayton, or Hawthorne — Call us at 775-847-9311 to reach all of our staff and programs!

As with many new systems, it was necessary to take time to “smooth out the bumps”, so we apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during this transition. Rest assured that we will always do our utmost to connect you with the services you need!

Thank you for your continued support as we grow, change, and adapt!

Remember – to reach any CCI staff member or program, call 775-847-9311 and try out our new phone menu so you can reach whoever you are calling directly, the first time!