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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

Fall into Volunteering this Autumn

Fall into Volunteering this Autumn

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of sweaters, pumpkin patches, and caramel apples. With the weather cooling down, many want to spend their free time curled up at home. However, there are plenty of ways to help your community this time of year. Autumn’s beautiful weather and fun holidays make it easy to find volunteering opportunities in your area. We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started.

Organize a neighborhood park clean-up.
Before the leaves begin to fall, round up your neighbors for a pick-up of your local park. It’s important to clear the area of garbage before it gets covered in leaves, and eventually snow. Otherwise, come spring time, you’ll be left with a soggy mess once the snow and ice melt. Pick a nice day, grab some bags and gloves, and you’ll have your park looking better in no time. 

Rake leaves for someone in need.
Do you have a neighbor or loved one who could use an extra hand? Maybe they’re a senior citizen or they have young children. Consider offering to rake their leaves for them. Not only will you be doing someone a favor, but you’ll also be spending time in the crisp weather. Raking is also a good form of exercise, which is an added bonus to your good deed!

Make blankets for a homeless shelter.
The weather is cooling down, so people will be looking for ways to keep warm. You can help residents of homeless shelters do so by making and donating blankets. Fleece tie blankets are super simple to make; you can find tutorials with just a quick internet search. Consider hosting a blanket-making party with your friends and family. It’s a great way to bond with your loved ones and do something good for others.

Take underprivileged kids trick-or-treating.
Many children’s homes seek volunteers each year to take children trick-or-treating. They often support many kids, so it’s difficult to take them all out at one time. You could be of great help to them by making sure the kids have a safe and fun Halloween evening. Plus, it’s always fun to see Halloween through the eyes of a child.

Set up a drive for your local food bank.
Every year, there are families who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner. You can help them by organizing a food drive with your school, faith-based organization or family and friends. By collecting and donating canned goods and non-perishables, you’ll assist your local food pantry providing families with the holiday meal they deserve. You can even volunteer to help serve it!

The fall is a great time to volunteer and do some good in your community. You can do it solo or with a group. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better knowing you gave back. Then you can relax with a cup of cider and a slice of pie.

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