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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

14 Altruistic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

14 Altruistic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! This week, we celebrate the love we share for our significant others, families and friends. No matter what your Valentine’s plans are, you can give the most lovely gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.

 

1. Send a love letter. This Valentine’s Day, spread the love by sending a love letter but not just to your partner. Write them to other people and organizations in your life that you value. Tell them why they matter, what they mean to you and how much you love them.

 

2. Run a charity race. Many organizations—local and national—sponsor Valentine’s Day races to raise money. Stay active and give back at the same time by signing up to run for love.

 

3. Spread some (puppy) love. Animals need valentines too. Check out your local animal shelter to see if they need any volunteers or extra help. Who knows? You may even find a pup or kitten to fall in love with and take home.

 

4. Buy organic. Love the environment by making eco-friendly choices this week and into the future. If you’re buying flowers for someone, try buying a fresh bouquet at your local market. Not only will you love the Earth a little more, but you also support the community.

 

5. Donate blood. January may have been National Blood Donor Month, but February is Heart Month so the love doesn’t have to stop. Donate at a local drive to give from the heart to those who need it.

 

6. Choose fair trade. Buying fair-trade goods not only ensures great quality gifts for your valentine, but also helps support small business owners. Whether it’s chocolate, jewelry or a Valentine’s card, you’d be surprised by things you can find in the world of fair-trade.

 

7. Remember our military. Don’t forget our military men and women serving overseas who aren’t able to spend the day with loved ones. Send a care package, letter or goods their way to show them you care.

 

8. Help your neighbor. One easy way to show love this week is to help a neighbor or community member in need. A little effort goes a long way to show you care.

 

9. Date for charity. Are you single, but still looking for that special someone? Get involved and find a local speed-dating for charity event in your community to meet your potential love while also giving back.

 

10. Clean your closet. Start spring cleaning early by going through your closet now and donating clothes and household items you no longer need.

 

11. Support disaster relief. Show you care this week by supporting disaster relief needs in your community and beyond.

 

12. Give a meal away. Staying in on Valentine’s Day? Why not double your efforts and put together a meal to donate to a local food bank? Not only will you enjoy your night in, but you can be sure you made someone else’s night even more special.

 

13. Volunteer locally. Want a new date night idea? Volunteer together for a local cause to show your love for each other and the community.

 

14. Donate your date night. You can also go all out for Valentine’s Day and donate your date night. Take the money you would have spent on a night out and give back to your favorite organizations to see the impact you can make.

 

For Valentine’s Day, give love to others by giving back. Try out some of these Valentine’s Day tips to truly see love blossom in your life.

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