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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

4 Ways to Do Good in a Virtual World

4 Ways to Do Good in a Virtual World

Who knew that making a difference in the world could be as easy as wi-fi and your own couch? Leave it to the world of do-gooders to find ways to volunteer, even in the midst of a global pandemic! 

Just because you may not be able to be there in person doesn’t mean you can’t be there in spirit with your time and resources. Virtual opportunities are just as important as the tasks you may have been doing pre-pandemic. Check out these four ways you can help do more good without ever leaving your house.

 

1. Find Organizations in (Virtual) Need

By starting with a simple search, you might be surprised at how many organizations are getting creative and looking for virtual help. Start with a simple online search. You’ll find many causes offering opportunities to volunteer remotely, including VolunteerMatch.org, United Nations Volunteers, and DoSomething.org.

The magic of virtual volunteerism is that you could start close to home with a local organization in need, or you could use this as an opportunity to seek out an organization you’re passionate about that operates across the world! It doesn’t matter which you prefer, because the world of virtual volunteerism is endless. 

 

2. Offer Your Talents

Virtual volunteering may force you to rethink how you are best able to volunteer. Think about what other talents you may have that are untapped. Many organizations need help writing, researching, or doing other virtual tasks that you might not think about as the ‘normal’ volunteerism. However, these tasks are just as important as showing up in-person. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or to try something new. You will get better with practice! 

 

3. Spread the Word

Word of mouth is a time-trusted technique for marketing. Why? People trust people they know. So when you’ve found that organization that you’re passionate about, involve your friends or loved ones. Consider virtually volunteering together, or simply sharing the experience that you have had with the organization. Sometimes the biggest help you can offer is to share your passion with people, which could ignite a spark for their passion.

 

4. Consider Giving or Calling for Gifts

These are hard times for many. If you’re short on time but have some extra money to give, consider helping out organizations that may be struggling. If you don’t have money to give, but still want to help raise funds for an organization, ask about getting connected with an organization’s fundraising team. Many 501(c)(3) orgs may need help following up with past donors or securing new ones. This can all be done through calling, emailing or even texting.

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