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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

12 Days of Christmas Caring

12 Days of Christmas Caring

You’ve heard it, you know it, you can maybe even recite it from memory: “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This classic holiday song tells the story of a series of gifts given to the singer from his or her “true love.” The carol was originally published in England in 1780 and has gained worldwide popularity since then.

What you may not know is the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” actually start after Christmas is over. That’s right—the twelve days traditionally run from December 26th to January 6th. While the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may be a little strange by today’s standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community. Check out this unique spin on 12 ways you can show you care this holiday season.

 

1. Partridge in a Pear Tree

Share one kind action with a complete stranger. Whether it’s holding the door open, giving a bigger tip or just complimenting someone’s outfit, a little effort can make someone’s entire day.

 

2. Turtle Doves

Give an unexpected homemade gift to a friend. Even though the holidays are coming to an end, give a friend a lovely note or handmade ornament for them to remember the season.

 

3. French Hens

Spend extra time with your family. The holidays can be a very busy time, but don’t forget the reason for the season. Take some extra time to do something fun with your family.

 

4. Calling Birds

Make a coworker’s day. Work doesn’t have to be just work. You can brighten someone’s cold winter day by sharing a kind note, extra treat or helping accomplish a difficult project.

 

5. Gold Rings

Do something special for your significant other. Leave the kids at home for the night and take your partner out on a romantic date, just the two of you, to show some love.

 

6. Geese A-Laying

Learn about another culture. The holidays are a wonderful time to learn about different customs and traditions. Take this time to learn something new and give value to others’ cultures.

 

7. Swans A-Swimming

Remember the animals. Animals need love too, and you can show you care to those who have no voice. Volunteer, adopt or spend some extra time cuddling your furry friend.

 

8. Maids A-Milking

Surprise the kiddos. Sometimes the greatest gift we can give children is the gift of a memory. Make memories with the kids in your life by surprising them with something fun this season.

 

9. Ladies Dancing

Volunteer in the community. The lull after the holidays can be a difficult season for some nonprofit organizations. Keep up the good work by volunteering to help your neighbors in need.

 

10. Lords A-Leaping

Donate new or gently-used goods. The holidays may be ending, but winter isn’t, and the need is high. Show you care by donating goods you may have around the house.

 

11. Pipers Piping

Give financially. If you’re able, financial gifts are always helpful to those struggling. Give back this season by helping to lift the burden of others around you.

 

12. Drummers Drumming

Be present. The greatest way to give presents these next 12 days is to simply be present. Focus your attention on others around you and how to show them you care every day.

 

The holidays are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the giving season has to. Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas this year by showing the people in your life you care. Whether it’s a great act or a simple gesture, a little kindness goes a long way.

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