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

Erik COW Tonopah

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!