Displaced Homemaker Program Changes Lives

Community Chest’s Displaced Homemaker Program provides employment services, support, and resources to homemakers who must transition back into the workforce due to their household losing its primary wage earner’s income because of divorce, death, disability, or job loss.

Our Case Manager, Kelly Ibarra, explains employment challenges for rural Nevada residents and the services provided by this program; and a program participant discusses how she is becoming self-sufficient with the support and skills she has developed from enrolling.

Interested, or know someone who could use these services? Contact us at 775-847-0414.

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.