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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

How to Find a Cause You Care About

How to Find a Cause You Care About

So, you have a passion for helping others. You’ve heard about struggles locally, nationally and even internationally, and you want to make a difference. You want to get involved with a cause, but there’s just one small problem… you’re not sure which cause to get involved in.

After all, there are so many wonderful organizations, charities and programs out there, all working towards making the world a better place. You would love to help all of them, but you don’t have a ton of time on your hands. Does this sound like you? An eager volunteer without a cause. For some, finding an important cause they’re passionate about proves to be very difficult. If you want to live a more altruistic life, but aren’t sure where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to find a cause you care about.

1. Question yourself.
First, find a cause you care about by asking yourself the hard questions. It’s easy to look at various causes and immediately feel overwhelmed by the different needs, so start out by questioning your motives. What do you truly care about? Many programs in the community need volunteers, but more than anything they need passionate volunteers and donors who truly care about the cause and believe in the mission. Start by asking yourself the tough questions to see where your passion lies, not simply where the need is.

2. Think about your own life.
While you question yourself, think about your own life. What experiences have you had that inspire you to give back in a similar way? Maybe you had a mentor growing up who really inspired you; you could also be a mentor to a child in your community. Maybe your family immigrated here, so now you have a special connection with immigrants or refugees. Or, maybe you had some tough challenges growing up, and want to help those going through similar situations. Reflect on your life to see where your heart connects with a cause.

3. Consider your strengths.
Next, consider your strengths. Volunteers are always valuable, but let’s be honest: there are some things we’re better at than others. For instance, if you have an intense fear of public speaking, then teaching English classes at the community center might not be the best fit. Think about what your strengths are and what organizations have programs in place that could utilize those strengths.

4. Examine your capacity.
Once you’ve identified your strengths, think about your capacity. This could mean anything from available time, to your actual mental or emotional capacity. Depending on the organization and the role you fill, it might take a lot out of you mentally or emotionally. Do you have the capacity to make the commitment to fill the role? On the other hand, some volunteering commitments can take up a significant amount of time. Do you have the availability for the position? Think about the many areas of your capacity and what you’re capable of taking on right now.

5. Do your research.
Once you’ve considered your own life and discovered a cause you care about, it’s time to find the right organization that fits your passion! Do your research on organizations locally, statewide or nationally to learn more about programs you could get involved with. Research their mission, programs and available volunteer opportunities to see how they could fit into your life. Researching the organization beforehand is critical to finding the right volunteering fit.

Now that you know the cause you care about and the organization you want to help, reach out! Get in touch with a nonprofit you identify with and see how you can get involved to help make the world a better place.

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