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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

Donating to Charity Without Breaking the Bank

Donating to Charity Without Breaking the Bank

If you live an altruistic lifestyle, chances are you already know the impact that donating to local nonprofit organizations has on your community. These charities make a genuine difference in the lives of others near you, and giving to them supports their efforts. 

However, if you’re low on cash, financial donations might not be possible during this stage in life. You want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start without money. Fortunately, we have ideas to help you donate to charity without breaking the bank. 

Volunteer for a job search.
Of course, one way to give without donating money is by volunteering your time. While many people think of volunteering at a food bank or homeless shelter (and these programs definitely matter), have you ever considered volunteering with a job search center? You can work one-on-one with people looking for jobs in your community. Help craft resumes, practice interviews and apply. Through serving, you can set someone up for success for years to come.

Teach valuable skills.
See what valuable skills you have on hand that you can teach others. For instance, if you’re currently reading this article on a computer, chances are you have more computer skills than many people. Use your time to serve others by donating your talents and skills. Teach computer skills, any household abilities you know like cooking, plumbing or repair work, or any artistic talents, such as writing. Individuals can then use these skills in their next job application.

Give gently-used items.
More than likely, you have something in your home right now that you don’t use. You can give these unused or gently-used items to charities you care about, who will make sure they get to the right people. Donate any gently-used clothing, toys or items to clear out space in the house and brighten someone else’s day. Just be sure these items are still in good condition; any dirty, broken or extremely outdated items probably aren’t a great choice.

Fundraise with friends.
Just because you’re low on money doesn’t mean other people are. Get a group of friends or family together to help you raise funds for your favorite nonprofit organization. Put together a local collection, share about a cause on social media or participate in an organized walk or run. With a supportive network of caring people in the community, you can make a huge difference for a charity you love. 

Donate blood and organs.
Fortunately, everyone has something they can donate: their blood and organs. If you’re eligible, check in your area for local blood drives and blood banks where you can donate. According to the Red Cross, one donation can save up to three lives. If you’re not eligible to donate blood, consider becoming an organ donor. If your death occurs under suitable conditions, your body’s organs could be passed on to save up to eight different people.

Host an event.
If needles aren’t your thing, see what events you can host in the community to raise money for a cause you care about. For example, sell your old items at a charity garage sale. Or, offer treats and host a bake sale. Or, get a group of people together for a friendly car wash. With a little bit of effort and organization, you can create an incredible event that really has an impact on the lives of those around you.

If you want to give back but don’t want to go broke, you can still get involved with a nonprofit organization you love. Keep these ideas in mind for ways to donate to charity without breaking the bank, and you can truly benefit your community.

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