CCI Supports Survivors: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Sexual Violence Impacts Everyone

CCI’s Victim Services Advocate works with victims of sexual violence to provide the attention and support they need to to heal, seek justice, and have their voices heard. Our advocate and interns tied teal ribbons all around Virginia City recently to bring awareness to this critical public health and safety issue.


If you are a Victim of Sexual Assault please call:
Immediate emergency – 911
Victim Advocate – (775) 720-0007

Services offered:
Assistance with Protection Orders
Court accompaniment
Social service referrals
Legal referrals

Did you Know?

•Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem.*
– Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape some time in their lives, and 1 in 67 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape.

– Victims of sexual assault often experience short-term consequences including guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock, and feelings of isolation. Victims may also experience long-term health risks and behaviors such as PTSD, eating disorders, depression, pregnancy, and STI.

– The majority of sexual assaults, an estimated 63%, are never reported to the police.

– Despite misconceptions, the prevalence of false reporting for sexual assault crimes is low – between two percent and ten percent.

• The good news is that prevention is possible and it’s happening.
– Individuals, communities, and the private sector are already successfully combatting the risk of sexual violence through conversations, programs, policies, and research-based tools that promote safety, respect, and equality.

– By promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.

• We are in a watershed moment.
– With America focused on this very important issue, we have an unprecedented opportunity to improve understanding and change behaviors. The time to rally communities and the broader public is now.

*For references and more information, visit

Kinross Gold Gives Early Childhood Education a Boost in Tonopah

Photo by Kirk Greber Back Row: Emily Hendrickson, Karmin Greber, Dave Hendriks, Denise Carver, Carissa Abbott Front Row: Representing COW Bus students: Ira Speakman, Eli Brogden, Lily Abbott, Blake Bird, Maverick Gromis

Kinross Round Mountain Gold Corporation has again shown itself committed to the well-being of our community by a generous contribution to fund additional staffing for the Tonopah Classroom On Wheels Pre-K Program (COW Bus).

“Round Mountain Gold has a long history of supporting education initiatives in our communities. We are pleased to present this donation to the Tonopah COW Bus and to a community that is of great importance to our employees and our operation,” President and General Manager Dave Hendriks affirmed.

This action was originally proposed by Shaun Griffin, Co-founder and Development Director of Community Chest, Inc of Virginia City, who is responsible for providing this resource in Tonopah. “We are thrilled that Kinross Round Mountain Gold has contributed these funds to hire a teaching assistant for the COW Bus in Tonopah. Early childhood education is essential for students to thrive when they reach elementary school. This is how public-private partnerships change communities for the better.”

Program Teacher Karmin Greber is seen here beside Emily Hendrickson, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator for Round Mountain Gold. The COW Bus program operates year-round, welcoming students into a large classroom on the Tonopah Elementary School Campus during the academic school year and offering summer sessions at Jim Butler Park in the actual “bus” which is painted white with brown spots to resemble —  you guessed it —  a cow.

This type of innovative pre-k service has been a successful model around the US and abroad since the 1960’s, currently seen in places such as Aspen, Colorado and Mobile, Alabama, helping improve school readiness and outcomes in comparison to children who have little or no exposure to early education resources.

“Having lived and raised my family in rural Nevada for over thirty years, I understand firsthand the importance of educational programs, such as the COW Bus, for the youth in our communities.” explains Kinross Round Mountain Corporate Responsibility and Human Resources Manager Denise Carver. “We are thrilled that this donation will positively impact the lives of many families in Tonopah.”

A Message of Gratitude from CCI’s Co-Founders

shaundebvacay.pngShaun Griffin, one of CCI’s co-founders and Executive Director of 26 years, recently stepped back from his “head chief” position and embarked on an incredible, long-overdue adventure around the world with his spouse and CCI co-founder Deborah Loesch-Griffin.

The community celebrated Shaun’s incredible legacy, his tireless service, and well-earned retirement in late August at a gathering of over 100 folks at Miner’s Park in Virginia City before the Griffins departed for their long-awaited journey.

The Griffins wished to send the following message to supporters:

“To all our friends, colleagues, and family members that attended the celebration on 8/26/17 of Shaun’s transition from his position as Executive Director at Community Chest, Inc,

First, It was one of the most special days of his life!

Second, we want to thank you and share with you the journey we went on this past fall through this photo-journal. We have such a deep appreciation for the blessing of time and support you all gave us to do so.

In spirit, Shaun and Deb”

Click below to view the Griffin’s travel photo journal!

Fall 2017 on-line Transition Thank You Booklet


Storey County Community Library Joins Nevada Reads

Love a good read? Nevada Reads—a new conversational book club from Nevada Humanities—has not one but two excellent selections for the top of your 2018 “must read” list.

 Marlena: A Novel by Julie Buntin
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

Nevada Reads is a new statewide book club that invites Nevadans to read selected works of literature and come together in their communities to share the ideas and perceptions inspired by the books they have read. Nevada Reads offers avenues for safe discussion of topics of importance to Nevadans.

Get involved! All across Nevada in 2018 you will have the opportunity to join in Nevada Reads book clubs, discussion groups, and/or community partnership-led events that focus conversation around these two books.

Don’t miss out! Pick up a copy of these books, and watch this space for all details about upcoming Nevada Reads opportunities near you. Join in the statewide Nevada Reads conversation. For more information, check out

CCI’s Holiday Efforts Serve Record Number of Community Members

Community Chest’s holiday outreach was an incredible success this season! With the help of our community,  a record 120 Angel Tree gifts were sponsored by Storey County residents. In addition, we distributed Christmas food baskets to 40 families.

We wish to thank the following groups and individuals for their generosity of time, effort, and donations during this holiday season:

Eastern Star Storey County High School students
Storey County Middle School students COW Bus students
Fraternal Order of Eagles – Comstock #523 Comstock Classics Car Club
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada VFW Women’s Auxiliary – Dayton Valley Post
Toys for Tots Carson City Girl Scouts Troop #708
Storey County Commissioner Jack McGuffey Special Thank You to our Storey County Post Office for allowing us to post the Angel Tree in their lobby again!

We hope you realize the difference you make during this giving time of year. A sincere and grateful thanks to everyone involved in this community effort!