All Community Chest Youth Programs Closed Until April 6

Sunday, March 15

Dear Ones –

Because of quickly changing developments regarding COVID-19 and the announcement of statewide school closures for the next three weeks, Community Chest is immediately doing its part to limit unnecessary social contact until April 6 in the following ways:

  • Closure of all youth programs, COW bus stops, and its library.
  • Continuation of all case management and counseling services through tele-health.

In addition,

  • The healthcare clinic will remain open as it is currently on Monday afternoons and all day Wednesdays.
  • We will have a skeleton crew available to help provide food boxes through our food pantry at our Community Center at 175 Carson Street in Virginia City. During business hours, please call our main number 775-847-9311, extension 105.
  • If someone is needing immediate assistance and/or wishes to speak with one of our counselors, call 775-297-1267.

Please know that our prayers are with each and every one of you. We know that some of the above-mentioned closures will be hard for some families. At the same time, this is an unprecedented emerging health crisis that is calling for severe measures and sacrifices. We feel these strategies will allow us to continue supporting folks as we are able in a way that doesn’t work against the larger community strategies now being implemented for COVID-19.

As new developments occur, we will keep folks posted.

Thank you for your understanding.


The Entire Community Chest Team

ON SALE NOW: Birds of Chicago Visit Piper’s Opera House for CCI’s 7th Annual “Night to Imagine”



It is with great excitement that CCI is pleased to announce that the Birds of Chicago — an Americana band “riding a well of good mojo” — will be the featured performers at its 7th Annual “A Night to Imagine” benefit show.

As with previous shows, this promises to be another magical, intimate evening of music, friends, and good times in old Virginia City’s historic Piper’s Opera House. Attendees will have time to peruse the artist merchandise, bid on the silent auction items, donate $20+ for a mystery bottle of wine, find their seats, sip and anticipate. Pro tip: It is highly advised that attendees bring extra cash. 🙂

As this is expected to be one of the few, if not the only, Northern Nevada appearance by the Birds of Chicago, we suggest buying your tickets early as we expect a sell-out.

Friday, May 29th, 2020
Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City
Doors 7:30; Show 8pm

Eventbrite - ROSANNE CASH with John Leventhal - She Remembers Everything


Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana scene since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a much wider audience.

Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep divide and dread, Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep. Co-produced with Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the 60’s and 70’s, with love as the undeniable through-line.

Built around the chemistry and fire between Allison Russell and JT Nero, and their rock-steady band, BOC tours hard. Russell and Nero played with different bands in the mid-aughts (Po’ Girl and JT and the Clouds) before finding their way to each other. Nero, who writes the bulk of the songs, found himself a transcendent vocal muse in Russell (a powerful writer herself) and the band honed its chops on the road, playing 200 shows a year between 2013-17. All that shaping and sharpening, over so many miles, led them back to Chicago’s Electrical Audio in January of 2017, to begin recording Love in Wartime. “Any act of love is an act of bravery,” says Russell.. We want to give people some good news. And we want them to be able to dance when they hear it.”

Their most recent releases include 2016’s Joe Henry-produced Real Midnight and 2017’s EP American Flowers, BOC’s debut from the label Signature Sounds Recordings. Critics have searched for the right words to describe Real Midnight’s deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and musicality…. “Secular gospel” was one phrase that caught some traction. That fervor is evident in Love and Wartime as well:

“Roll Away the heavy stone/roll away the heavy hours/roll on in the summer moon/who’s alive who’s alive who’s alive?”

The invitation is joyous, but urgent. There’s another phrase that they used to describe poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: Rock n Roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost, and Love in Wartime doesn’t leave any doubt about that.

Birds’ shows attract a mix of indy rockers, jam-kids and Americana/roots lovers, mixing moments of hushed attention with wild, rock and soul abandon. Says Nero, “a good show can send you back out into the night feeling — for at least a little while – that everything isn’t broken.”

These days, that’s no small thing.



This show has been graciously sponsored by Charles Schwab Bank, and supported by Evangeline Presents and Red Dog Saloon.

We thank them all for their generosity and support.


Want to join on as a sponsor? Reach out to Erik Schoen, CCI’s Executive Director, at (775) 847-9311, x102 to discuss the possibilities. Or, email him at

All other questions? Again, each out to Erik. Please note that all tickets sales are nonrefundable and final.


Blockchains Donates $5,400 to CCI Programs

Blockchains VP of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Matt Digesti and Senior Associate Athletic Director for the Nevada Wolf Pack Craig Fink presenting the ceremonial check to Community Chest Executive Director Erik Schoen and his wife Stephanie at the Nevada Men’s Basketball Team’s last home game on February 29, 2020.

Before a nearly sold-out and enthusiastic crowd, Blockchains concluded its second season-long run of donating $50 for every blocked shot over the course of the Nevada Men’s Basketball Team’s 2019-2020 season. With another talented and athletic team, the total amount donated by Blockchains to Community Chest for all of its programs came to $5,400.

Combined with the $6,000 from last year, Blockchains total donations to Community Chest have now exceeded $11,000. All of these funds help to support the continued building of capacity in rural Nevada communities so that all have the resources needed to thrive.

In addition to the donation, Blockchains and Community Chest were mentioned at halftime of every basketball game for each of the dozen or so games.

We are so thankful to Blockchains for its continued support of Community Chest. We would also specifically like to thank Jeff Berns, Blockchains’ CEO, and Elaina Duffy, Blockchains’ Vice President of Brand.

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A picture from last year’s check presentation with Wolfie.

Go Pack!