COMMUNITY CHEST INC

A Center for Resources...A Catalyst for Change

Virginia City, NV   |  www.communitychestnevada.net

Mission

To act as a catalyst for change and a center for resources to help people help themselves and others, as together we build strong and healthy families and communities.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Erik Schoen

Deputy Director

Michael-Ann Lazzarino

Main address

PO Box 980

Virginia City, NV 89440 USA

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EIN

88-0266600

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The main problem we are trying to overcome is the general lack of investment in all things health and human services related.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

COW Bus

COW is an outreach service providing parenting training, early childhood education and school-readiness programs for families with young children in Storey, Lyon, and Nye counties.

This outreach program prepares pre-K students to become school ready. In 2001, over 75% of the families served by the COW Bus indicated they had gained confidence in their parenting skills and were more able to access resources in their community, including those not related to young children, as a result of their participation. The bus offers programs to approximately 250 children and families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

CCI offers Before-and-After School programs for K-12 youth in partnership with the Storey County Schools. The Before- and After-School programs typically include breakfast snacks, reading, study time, social skills activities, recreation, field trips, and theme-based activities to enrich the lives of the 150-plus youth who participate annually. There are programs at the two elementary schools in Storey County.

All of the K-6 youth programs have a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free emphasis, which is a natural outgrowth of our organizational intent: to build healthy communities.

Comstock Kids serves children K-6, and the SOARS Program serves our middle school youth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In the early 1990s, Community Chest began offering counseling to families and youth. Since then, the family advocacy program has grown to include many types of counseling services— domestic violence, substance abuse, personal and court-ordered counseling. Our counselors also work with many high school prevention programs.

The family advocates work as team leaders for CCI’s community programs. They oversee the Family Resource Center and the Comstock YouthWorks education and employment program. They also serve as advisers for the various councils, youth leadership programs, and family services for this region.

Last year, 150 families and 100 youth received counseling or family advocacy, including four anger management and conflict resolution groups held at local high schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The food closet offers bulk and fresh food to families in this region in conjunction with the Northern Nevada Food Bank. At least 20 volunteers a month assist with these two programs, which are integral to the lives of local citizens. Since 1997, we have provided food, clothing and emergency rent and utility assistance to over 2,500 people in Storey and Lyon Counties. In 2000, the barter system generated 2,000 hours of service and $3,600 in donations. All of these programs— from counseling to the food closet, are available on a barter basis. This program enables people to utilize these services based upon their volunteer work. These volunteer hours are traded for services thus keeping the dignity of the volunteers intact, and contributing the talents of our local citizens to meet real community needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The employment placement program at Community Chest assists clients in all phases of the employment search, training and placement. In order to participate in the program, the client must actively engage in the following sessions and workshops: (1) initial assessment, (2) weekly check-ins, (3) monthly workshops.

Our clients are professional, dedicated, and skilled individuals looking for employment. We work closely with each client and provide continual support in their job search. This entails developing a strong and lasting support system. To participate in the program, the client needs to be proactive about their engagement with the Case Manager at Community Chest.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Adults

Nevada Families First (NFF), a Parents as Teachers™ affiliate program, is CCI's free and voluntary maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program. Parents as Teachers™ is a nationally-recognized, high-quality, evidence-based home visiting model that connects overburdened families with child development assistance, education, information, health and developmental screenings, and resources. The national Parents as Teachers™ vision is “that all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.”

During the home visit, the Parent Educator provides information about issues such as feeding, safe sleep practices, nutrition, bonding and attachment; and activities that can stimulate a child’s mind and growth. Health issues are addressed which may include smoking cessation, postpartum depression, health insurance and the importance of finding a regular health care provider. The Parent Educator can also provide education and support for breastfeeding mothers, screenings for potential health or social needs, and help get families connected to services from government agencies and/or community-based organizations.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Infants and toddlers

The GAME (Guidance through Academics, Mentoring, & Employment) program serves the education and employment training needs of out-of-school young adults ages 18-24 in Lyon and Storey counties. The program works in partnership with a variety of organizations and employers in Storey and Lyon counties to train and retain our young adults.

Program benefits include:
Individualized instruction, employment skills training, and peer mentoring
Academic classes and life skills
Group centered approach
Employer/supervisor, and fellow employees as coaches while learning real skills
CCI and employers in Storey and Lyon counties work together to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to facilitate entry level employment
A community support and resource network through other area non-profit agencies and organizations
One-on-one motivation and goal setting
Personalized planning and encouragement to create change
Weekly stipend for 7 weeks while studying for GED/HSE
Employment placement with 12 weeks of paid learning experience

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

CCI operates the Storey County Community Library in a unique partnership with Storey County and the Nevada State Library. The library offers programs for youth and adults, and access to a wide array of electronic resources through EBSCO, including e-books, magazines, newspapers, and a variety of electronic databases.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In brief, we are working to make sure that everyone has access to the resources they need to not only survive, but thrive.

We engage strategies to engage and effect change at both the macro- and micro-level services by providing services that are needed NOW by families and youth struggling to get by, and through community-development engagement work to develop broader-scale capacity to address needs over the long-term.

Financials

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Operations

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COMMUNITY CHEST INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacy York

Storey County Senior Center

Shannon Parsons

Community Chest, Inc.

Lucy Pitto

Nevada Gold Mines

Ben Albers

Private Practice

Harriet Cummings

Retired

Michelle Gamble

Lumos & Associates

Suzanne Valdez

AT&T

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/7/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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