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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

Acts of Kindness You Can Do This Fall

Acts of Kindness You Can Do This Fall

The season of giving is quickly approaching, so why not get a head start? Performing kind deeds is a great way to help others and make yourself feel good. A random act of kindness can turn someone’s day around. Since the weather is cooling down, you can add a little sunshine and warmth to a stranger with these simple ideas. 

1. Rake someone’s leaves.
Consider any of your neighbors or relatives that aren’t as mobile as they used to be. They could probably use some help clearing their yards of fallen leaves. Do know someone with young kids they’re constantly running after? He or she would likely greatly appreciate you taking the time to rake the heaps of leaves in the front yard. Raking leaves helps others, and it also is a great way to get some exercise, making it a double-whammy activity.

2. Go on a clean-up nature walk.
Fall is a fantastic season in which to spend time outdoors. The air is crisp, the leaves have turned beautiful colors, and the temperatures are perfect. Consider taking advantage of the beautiful weather by going on a walk through nature. You could bring a trash bag and a picking tool to clean up garbage along the way. By doing so, you’d be keeping your community clean and getting to soak up the beauty that autumn has to offer. 

3. Write an encouraging note to a loved one.
If you know someone who’s been struggling with a dilemma lately, try sending them a thoughtful note. You telling them you care about them will go further than you might think. Consider writing it on fall-themed stationery for a fun touch. Words of affirmation are incredibly powerful, yet incredibly simple, ways to spread some kindness. Either write them down, or say them to you someone you care about, the next time you feel like brightening someone’s day.

4. Help out at your local community center.
Many community centers host fall activities like craft nights or storytimes. Think about offering a helping hand at its next event. You’ll meet new people from your area, and you’ll likely have a good time doing it. Your community center will greatly appreciate you taking time out of your day to help others around you. 

5. Drop off food at a food pantry.
If you have a backyard garden, consider taking some fresh produce to your local food bank. The pantry will be thankful for your gracious donation, and so will those who frequent it. You’ll feel good knowing the hard work you put into your garden is helping people in need.

6. Make a meal for your neighbor.
Few things show you care quite like a home-cooked meal. Try bringing a yummy fall dish to your neighbor next time you feel like doing something kind for others. You could also invite them over for a meal. It’s a great way to get to know a new neighbor or grow closer to friendly one.

Fall is a great time to show others you care. These simple acts of kindness can go a long way in the eyes of others, and they can make you feel good, too.

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