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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

Fun Ways to Give Back This Fall

Fun Ways to Give Back This Fall

They say time flies when you’re quarantining at home. That is the saying, right? It’s hard to believe that the official start to fall is September 22. With changing seasons comes more than just pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and crunchy fall leaves. The new season also brings forward new opportunities to do good out in the world. And who says giving back can’t be fun? Check out these five ways to have fun and give back as we make the transition to cooler weather and fall. 

 

1. Donate to a Food Bank

The pandemic may force many to forgo trick-or-treating this year. While that may be a disappointment for many, you can turn it into a positive. Use this as an opportunity to redirect your halloween activities. Instead of focusing on the sugary candy of the holiday (definitely get that too!), you could get a jumpstart on donating to a local food bank. While food bank donations are typically popular during the holidays, there is still a great need for food donations across the country happening right now. 

 

2. Pick Up In Your Local Community

Picking up trash or sprucing up your community is a great way to stretch your legs, get fresh air and social distance for a cause. Throw on a pair of gloves, grab a trash bag and head out to public places where you know you can keep a distance from others. You could also check with a neighborhood association or organization to see if there are opportunities to revive the community with tasks like painting or making simple repairs. As an added bonus, you’ll get to enjoy the cool fall air! 

 

3. Undergo Fall Cleaning

Fall cleaning is the NEW spring cleaning. Consider using this changing season as an opportunity to go through your belongings to find things to donate. It’s vital for many organizations that they receive clothing donations this time of year as the weather turns cooler. See if you have any winter wardrobe staples to donate like hats, mittens, gloves and coats. But don’t stop there! You can also go through household essentials and belongings like kitchen items, blankets and more. 

 

4. Get Your Craft On

Fall may be a spooky season, but there’s no reason to be afraid of getting crafty. You could take your newfound time at home and try sewing masks for people in need. Or, try your hand at making halloween costumes for children who might otherwise go without. These are just a few ideas of crafty ways to give back. The sky's the limit. Don’t be afraid to get, well… crafty with your craftiness. 

 

5. Host a Virtual Fundraiser

While in-person fundraisers have come to a halt, you can still do your part this fall by hosting a virtual fundraiser for an organization of your choosing. Many people have taken to asking for donations for birthdays in lieu of gifts. 

If you don’t have a birthday coming up, there’s no need to wait. Check out the website of your favorite organization to see how you can partner to raise money virtually. This could be as simple as using your social media channels to link back to the organization’s website and sharing the reason you care deeply for its cause. 

 

So next time you’re sipping that pumpkin spice latte, consider the fun fall activities that you could be doing to give back. The most important thing is to get creative and get out there. Sometimes the smallest activities can make a huge difference, so don’t wait!

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