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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

The Top 8 Benefits of Volunteering

The Top 8 Benefits of Volunteering

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering. Even in today’s Coronavirus climate, volunteering is an extremely important way to give back. 

And while volunteering is beneficial to others, it can be extremely rewarding for you as well—in ways you might not have considered. Here are the top 8 benefits of volunteering.

 

1. Make new friends. 

What better way to increase socializing during this time of isolation than by getting safely involved with others while contributing to a cause you care about? By volunteering with a nonprofit organization, you can meet other people who share your interests and make new friends. 

 

2. Build your network. 

In addition to the friendships you create through volunteering, you also have the opportunity to build your professional network. Like they always say: It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Volunteering with an organization gives you the perfect chance to meet professionals in an area you’re interested in who can serve as great resources as you further your professional and career goals.

 

3. Expand your resume.

Adding your volunteer connections, skills and experiences to your resume enhances the impression you make on potential employers—demonstrating that you are well-rounded beyond the work environment and that you find importance in the act of contributing to your community in meaningful ways. That goes a long way when many companies are seeking quality of character in addition to work experience. 

 

4. Improve your confidence.

As you grow in your volunteer positions, it’s common to improve your confidence and self-esteem. Particularly when teens or young adults volunteer, they develop a stronger sense of self and self-worth through the value of work they commit for others.

 

5. Develop emotional stability.

With new friends, better confidence and a deeper sense of purpose, volunteering can even help develop stronger emotional stability. For instance, one study found in The Balance stated that when people with OCD, PTSD or anger management struggles volunteer, they feel more connected to others. This connection in addition to the act of doing meaningful work can decrease symptoms and improve social function.

 

6. Feel happier.

Volunteering helps to end loneliness, builds bonds and even improves mental health—all of which leads to feeling happier. The bonds we make through volunteering are especially important right now, while many of us are spending more time alone. When you commit time and effort to improving someone else’s life, you might be surprised at how much joy reflects back into your own life.

 

7. Learn something new.

If you get involved with volunteering for an organization, chances are you will have the opportunity to learn something new through your experiences. If you enjoy expanding your horizons and gaining new skills, volunteering is the perfect way to go.

 

8. Explore your interests.

Finally, no matter what you’re interested in, chances are there’s an organization out there you can connect with. Whether you have a deep passion for serving refugee families, helping children in the foster care system or working with animals, you can explore your passions, skills and interests all while serving someone else.

When it comes to volunteering for a cause, there are a variety of different reasons to get involved, now more than ever. These top 8 benefits are only a few of the gifts you can receive back from serving in your community. Get involved and see for yourself.

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