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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

5 Alternative Spring Break Ideas

5 Alternative Spring Break Ideas

It’s that time of year again: spring break planning season. Spring break is just around the corner, and if you’re a student, you’ve probably already been daydreaming about sunshine, relaxation and freedom from studying… at least for a little while.

Many students choose to spend their spring break on a trip somewhere exotic with friends, soaking up the sun. If you’re a student looking for something different this year, consider an alternative spring break—volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of others. If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.

 

Go on an international trip.

One of the most popular alternative spring break ideas is an altruistic spring break adventure. You still have the opportunity to go somewhere exotic with friends, only this way you’re volunteering in the surrounding communities. Whether it’s helping to build sustainable housing, teaching important skills to locals or providing medical assistance, your time and talents are fully committed to supporting those in need, all while having fun in a different country.

Some international spring break volunteering programs include Project Abroad, International Volunteer HQ and United Way. You can even check out local nonprofit organizations that offer international trips in sister communities. Whatever program you choose to work with, you can be sure that your efforts help those in need around the world.

 

Commit to a domestic trip.

You can have just as much fun and impact while staying close to home. Trips within your country often offer the opportunity to visit communities in need and serve those most vulnerable among us. These trips are great at providing similar experiences to their international counterparts, but often cost less in travel expenses and can be less of a paperwork hassle. 

 

Build your own fundraiser.

If you’re extremely dedicated to a specific cause, consider using your spare time over spring break to build your own fundraiser for an organization close to your heart. Maybe you want to run a bake sale, put together a 5K race or hold a silent auction to raise money. Gather a group of friends to help support their community over spring break and see just how much of an impact a small group of people can make.

 

Get involved locally.

If you’re not interested in going on a trip or creating your own fundraising event, see what involvement opportunities are already available within your own community. Many nonprofits will have increased volunteer openings over spring break, which are great to get involved in on a flexible basis. Whether it’s serving food at a local shelter or helping teach refugees English, you can still use your spring break to give back to those around you.

 

Donate what you can.

This spring break, consider giving what you can to help support the causes that mean the most to you. Whether that’s donating financially, contributing used goods or giving nonperishable food, find what you can to give what you can. When it comes to helping the community, every little bit counts.

Make the most of your time by choosing an alternative spring break and enjoy the sunshine while giving back. Whether it’s traveling abroad or staying local, your commitment to serving others helps build a better world for all of us to live in. 

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