A day on the famous Cow bus

When first starting at CCI in September 2021, I instantly wanted to learn and experience all about the programs that the organization offered. Due to my love of kiddos and cows I knew from the beginning, the COW Bus would be one of my favorites. This past Monday was the first day that I stepped onto a CCI COW Bus, and let me tell you it’s a day I will NOT forget!

Walking up onto the bus was so exciting. I instantly felt this rush of childhood memories come swarming back into my 30-year-old head. Seeing all of the colors, arts and crafts hung on the walls and ceiling, books, and toys — I was in a kid’s dream bus! At four years old it doesn’t get any better than that! After exploring the bus for a few minutes, the kiddos started to arrive, and my excitement grew.

As the kids were being checked in, they started to take off their backpacks and jackets and put them away. Now remember we are on a 30-foot school bus, so every bit of storage is crucial, and Miss Cindy (who started CCI’s COW Bus program 25 years ago) has mastered the art of using every bit of space possible. After greeting each child and mentioning to them that they had a special visitor (me), she had all the kids sit down in a circle until everyone had arrived. 

To start the day off, Miss Cindy asked me to grab the flag so we could say the flag salute. After (of course) being shown by a few of the kiddos how to hold the flag properly we began. Hearing them say the flag salute was the highlight of my day! 

After the flag salute we all sat down on the floor of the bus and Miss Cindy asked each kid about an exciting thing that happened to them over the weekend. Hearing their stories was so much fun! As they described riding go-carts, playing with their Nerf guns, going to ballet class. It made me start to think about exciting things I did on the weekends as a child, and it made me slightly emotional. It made me feel like a kid again, where I had not a worry in the world. 

After the storytelling of their exciting weekend, the kids started to work on spelling their names and a fun project they had been putting together for the holiday coming up. It was a book on how to catch a leprechaun. Each kid in the class was working on a few pages where they illustrated and wrote what they imagined a leprechaun looked like, what you would need to trap them and so much more. While using their imagination, crayons, scissors, and glue they all were able to create their own pages in the book.

~ Tara Massa

9th annual Eide Bailly Resourcefulness Award- Nevada 2021!

Community Chest, Inc. has been awarded $10,000 from the ninth annual Eide Bailly Resourcefulness Awards, which recognize nonprofit organizations for their creative and sustainable revenue generating initiatives across five states – Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and North Dakota. Community Chest’s award-winning program, Comstock Kids Early Childhood Education Center, came from nearly 10 years of gathered insight that showed the number one requested service within their rural Nevada County community was licensed daycare facilities. Community Chest worked to fill this need by opening their Comstock Kids ECE Center. Because they were still able to provide safe in-person services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment skyrocketed, helping not only their community but also their organization in creating another stream of revenue outside of the grants they would typically receive.

Transportation Services

Our services have expanded!

Medical & non medical rides available!

Dayton/ Moundhouse:

Tuesday & Thursdays to Carson city

Wednesdays to Reno

2nd & 4th Mondays to Carson city


Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday to Reno

2nd & 4th Fridays to local appointments/ businesses

Silver Springs/ Stagecoach:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday to Reno

Tuesday & Thursdays to Carson CIty

1st & 3rd Fridays to Local and Fallon


Thursdays to Carson

1st & 3rd Mondays to Reno

~Donation: 60 years of age and older, $5 per one- way trip

~Fare: 59 years of age and younger, $5 per one-way trip

~Appointment window: Between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

~ Please give one week notice to schedule

~To schedule a ride, call (775) 557-5009 Extension 3311

*preference given to medical transportation requests

CASAT Learning February Newsletter


According to the Research: What We Know About Teen Dating ViolenceAdolescent dating violence, also known as teen relationship abuse or teen dating violence (TDV), is all too common in the United States, with 33 percent of teens reporting some form of abuse and 10 to 12 percent of teens reporting physical abuse (Offenhauyer & Buchalter, 2011). However, while rates and effects of adult intimate-partner violence and marital abuse have resulted in concern in the public health sector and responses in policies, programs and legal interventions in multiple sectors, the same…

Upcoming Live Events

Sexual Health Topics in Therapy

Every 4th Tuesday of the month beginning
February 22, 2022 | 11:00-12:30 PM PST

Presenter: Mary Minten, PhD, MFT, CST, LCADC
Continuing Education Units: 1.5 CEUs/month

This series will cover topics related to sexual health in the therapy process through presentation, case studies, and discussion. The goal is to build and maintain competence in working with sexual health. Beginning to advanced providers are welcome. Cases will include individual and relational …  MORE

Social Determinants of Mental Health

February 25, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST 
Presented by: Julie Stevens MPS, ACPS, ICPS
Continuing Education Units: 3 CEUs

An examination of the social determinants of mental health reveals that some persons are at risk of mental illness and substance use disorders because of unfavorable social, economic and environmental circumstances. These disadvantages are cumulative, beginning at birth and remaining throughout life. The World Health Organization has published key findings and recommendations to bring aware… MORE

February 2022

February 2022 Community Events Calendar

Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

February 1- Bridging Faith and Science to Combat the Overdose Crisis Series
February 1- Anxiety Learning Series: Practice, Reflection and Intention Setting 
February 3- Financial Peace University
February 3- Addressing The Behavioral Health Needs Of Our National Guard
February 7- Northern Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board
February 7- PRSS- Best Practices for Ethical Decision-Making
February 8- Black Monday Opioid Awareness Event with Darren Waller
February 10- Northern Nevada Behavioral Health Coalition Meeting
February 10-Working with Survivors with Substance Abuse & Addiction Needs
February 11- Prevention Basics: An Enhanced Prevention Learning Series
February 14- NV Board of Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors Meeting
February 15- Washoe Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board Meeting
February 15-One Choice Prevention: A Message of Hope and Science
February 16- Teen Dating Violence Training Series: Hanging Out or Hooking Up
February 17- Peer-Led Innovations In Reentry: Towards Holistic Recovery
February 22- Virtual Support Groups for Adults Coping with Grief
February 23-24- Sexual Health Topics in Therapy Monthly Consultation Series
February 23-25- MHTTC Grief Virtual Learning Institute (GSVLI)
February 24- Cultural Competency Training
February 25- Demonstrating the Value of Enabling Services at Health Centers
Social Determinants of Mental Health

Nevada Community Action Association names CCI as their January 2022 Agency to spotlight!

Dedicated to supporting and serving families in northwestern Nevada, Community Chest provides a wide range of services that include: counseling, family advocacy, youth enrichment programs and employment placement assistance.

This past July, Community Chest, Inc. celebrated their 30th birthday 🎉 Thank you to Community Chest leadership, staff, volunteers and donors for making this possible! Families of northwest Nevada benefit from the services provided through Community Chest and continue to be uplifted and empowered.