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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

Volunteering While in School: 6 Ideas for Students

Volunteering While in School: 6 Ideas for Students

If life is anything for certain, it’s busy. And when you’re a high school or college student, life is even busier. Between classes, extracurricular activities and work, what little free time you do have is preoccupied with finishing up homework and perfecting college and job applications.

There’s a lot you can be doing with your time, but one way to be fulfilled while expanding your resume is to serve others in the community. Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well. Here’s six ideas to get started.

 

1. Become a mentor.

Becoming a mentor for a child is a simple and fun way to get involved and volunteer with those in your neighborhood. Whether you’re working on homework together, going to a sports game or just hanging out at the mall, you can be a positive influence on a child who’s looking for support. 

Check out local elementary and middle schools in your area to see what programs they have available, or go straight to nonprofits that offer mentoring jobs. While you’re helping a child in need, you may be surprised at just how much you get back through the time together. 

 

2. Donate gently used goods.

Are you spring cleaning this time of year? Take those old, gently used items to your local shelter and help support families struggling in these upcoming summer months. Whether it’s clothes, shoes or non-perishable food items, your donation matters and can make a difference in another’s life. For busy students, volunteering through your material items doesn’t take much time but goes a long way in making a difference.

 

3. Tutor students or language learners.

Several younger students or newcomers to the community who could use guidance in language learning or homework. Whether you’re working with elementary-aged students or adults who are new to the community, volunteering by tutoring is a great way to give back with your time and talents. Education is a valuable tool, and you can help others use it by tutoring an hour or two a week.

 

4. Walk or run for a cause.

Summer is just around the corner, which means community walks and runs will be coming up faster than you know it. Check in your area to see which ones go to support a cause you care about, and sign up to make a difference. Opportunities like these are useful because they take up little of your time, but a small contribution goes a long way in helping others.

 

5. Give back at a local shelter.

If you have a few extra hours to spare, consider giving back at a local shelter by volunteering to serve food, clean or sort items. Volunteering options like these may be less regular and more sporadic, so they can fit into a schedule that may be more difficult to manage. If you have a spare hour or two, use it to commit some time to helping those in your community. When it comes to giving back, a small step can be a huge help.

 

6. Clean up the community.

Finally, volunteer to clean up your surrounding neighborhood. Even a few hours can help clean up trash, beautify parks and gardens and wipe down city streets to make your community as attractive as possible. Helping the environment not only will make you proud of your accomplishments and your neighborhood, but it will serve those around you with fresher air and a cleaner future.

If you’re a high school or college student, a busy schedule doesn’t have to mean you can’t help others. Volunteering can be anything from a few sporadic hours here or there to a significant commitment. Whatever time you have in your schedule, use it as an opportunity to live altruistically and serve others lovingly.

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