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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

Spread Hope on International Pay It Forward Day

Spread Hope on International Pay It Forward Day

Kindness is a powerful tool that can have an immense impact on the world, especially when we’re isolated. Even little steps of generosity go a long way in lifting spirits and building an altruistic community.

One well-known way of showing generosity is by “paying it forward”—doing something generous for another without any intention of reciprocation. Next Tuesday, April 28, marks the annual celebration of International Pay It Forward Day. According to their website, the holiday “... is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world.” 

Paying it forward is a way to spread goodness into the world. If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.

 

1. Buy a friend a meal.

Celebrate Pay It Forward Day from a distance by offering to pay for a friend’s food delivery. You can then enjoy a meal together over video chat. It’s a win-win situation: they get a free meal delivered to their door, you get to have a meal with a friend.

 

2. Pre-order at the pump for a stranger.

Sometimes gas can make a world of difference for a struggling individual or family. If you’re at the pump, talk to the cashier about paying for the upcoming person’s gas—a surprise that may mean more than you could know.

 

5. Write a kind note.

If you’re short on cash this time of year, leave a thoughtful note for a friend or family. We all need some love and support right now, and a small act of kindness can go a long way. 

 

6. Make a homemade present.

If you want to get creative in your downtime, craft a homemade gift you can pass along to pay it forward. You’ll get to enjoy the process of creating it and make someone’s day.

 

7. Help someone out.

Next time you notice someone struggling, be the first to step up and volunteer to help out. Whether it’s getting your older neighbor groceries, helping a coworker or just being a shoulder to cry on, your support is valuable.

 

8. Spread the word to others.

You can share the value and importance of Pay It Forward Day by telling others about the initiative and the impact it has. When you do pay it forward, encourage others to pass the generosity along.

 

9. Volunteer in the community.

There are so many needs in the community right now, so peruse social media and local nonprofit websites to find ways to help. You can deliver meals to families in need, start a fundraiser, tutor students over video chats and much more. 

 

10. Donate to a cause.

Finally, keep paying it forward by donating to a cause or organization you care about this week. Give back and you’ll know that your contribution paid it forward for others who were struggling.

This International Pay It Forward Day, spread kindness and live an altruistic lifestyle by giving generously to those around you. When the cycle is started, we can all get involved and continue to show love and goodness to others.

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