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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

How to Donate Without Leaving Your House

How to Donate Without Leaving Your House

The pandemic has kept many of us in our homes for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on giving back. You can still help your favorite organizations, many of which could really use it right now—2020 has not been kind to the nonprofit industry. Check out these easy ways to donate while still chilling in your pajamas. 

 

Donate online.

This one may seem basic, but it’s effective and easy. Almost all nonprofit organizations now have an online donation option. Most use a platform to track and manage the donations they receive, so you can be sure that your money and information is being handled securely and safely. If, by chance, the organization doesn’t have this option on their website, mail them a check; most still accept gifts the old-school way.

 

Start a fundraising page. 

Some nonprofits will allow you to create a profile and fundraiser, then invite your friends and family to follow your page. You’re able to donate online, as well as include others in the process. Share your story about why you love the organization and how their gifts would help those in need You’re also able to share your profile on social media or via email to reach a wider audience. Most importantly, you have the chance to help a great cause without leaving the comfort of your own home.

 

Clean house.

We all have a lot of extra stuff we could probably do without or that doesn’t “spark joy,” according to Marie Kondo.  Why not clean house a bit while giving back? Your “trash” could be someone else’s treasure. Go through any gently used clothing, home supplies or toys your family doesn’t need and pack them up to give to a local shelter or cause. Many places offer drop-offs, or you can call the organization to see if they offer pick-up services. 

 

Become an organ donor.

This one is quick and easy. Check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online organ donation page to register and become an organ donor in your state. Then next time you’re at the DMV (hopefully the line is short), ask them to put the registration stamp on your license. The little red heart with a “Y” inside is what this mark looks like. You get to help others without stepping away from your Netflix marathon. 

 

Donate for the future.

Did you know that you can include nonprofit organizations as beneficiaries in your will? Planning ahead like that helps nonprofits plan for the future.Have a conversation with your loved ones about your plans to give back when you’re gone or talk to a lawyer about drafting a document. When your will gives back to a cause, you can impact the world even after you’ve passed on. 

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home. You can even come up with your own way to give back; get creative. Even with a busy schedule, you can make an impact on the world and know that your contributions helped make someone’s life better.

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