You’re Invited! Join Us for a Very Special Open House

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CCI and Storey County Community Celebrates Completion of Community Center with Open House Event!

Please join CCI, supporters, volunteers, and the Storey County community as we celebrate the completion of the Storey County Youth and Community Resource Center!

CCI is proud to announce our Open House event to be held at the Center at 175 Carson Street in Virginia City on Friday, June 1st from 5-7pm. Attendees will be able to tour the greatly expanded spaces and nibble on root beer floats as well as cheese and wine. A short program will also be held.

The additional space will showcase the rebirth of the Storey County Library which now has unobstructed 100+ mile views for 180 degrees, and has the latest in high-tech computers available for use by the public. As well, attendees will be able to walk through the much bigger youth multipurpose space that is big enough for full-court volleyball games as well as dramatic and musical performances. Other highlights include a dedicated kitchen with ability to serve food through a pass-through window outside, an elevator, and other amenities.

“This literally could not have happened without the hands of many who believed in what we were trying to do,” said Erik Schoen, CCI Executive Director. A partial list of such supporters include the Pennington Foundation, the Crowley Foundation, the Hart Foundation, Steven Nightingale, the NV Energy Foundation, the EL Cord Foundation, Barrick, the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, the Hawkins Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, Storey County, Nancy Cummings and Tammy Westergard with the State Library, Amy Geddes with the Lyon County Library, Nevada Health Centers, and the project architect Darrin Berger. “This list,” added development director Shaun Griffin, “does not include the many, many more silent hands that have contributed to the dream over the years.”

The cost to attend is free and ALL are welcome!

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Community Chest constantly strives to both understand the needs of the communities we serve, and ensure that everyone we serve is satisfied with their experience.

Are you currently participating in a CCI program? Are you a former program participant? Have you attended a group/class/workshop hosted by CCI? Have you used any of our library services? Then we would love to hear from you!

Your feedback is essential for CCI to continue to provide needed support services to the people we serve with the utmost care, accountability, professionalism, and respect for the dignity of our clients and community members. Please fill out our customer satisfaction survey today!

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.”