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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

    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

Journal Your Way to an Altruistic Life

Journal Your Way to an Altruistic Life

Sometimes, you just have to get it all out on paper—whatever ‘it’ may be. As it turns out, writing every day can help you lead a more altruistic life. One study even found that journaling for 15–20 minutes every day could lead to increased health benefits, like lower blood pressure. 

Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus. 


1. Stress Relief

You may not realize that you have a lot to say weighing on your chest. So do tell, what’s been on your mind lately? No need to tell us; instead you should write it down as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. 

You don’t always need a writing prompt to do good for your mental health. Simply sit down and put the pen to paper, writing down whatever comes to mind. This may feel awkward at first, but the more you write the easier it will become. There’s something about getting your thoughts all down on paper that allows stress to disappear. Some journalers even go to the extreme of crumpling the thoughts and throwing them away. There are no right or wrong answers in journaling—all you need to do is write!


2. Creativity

Contrary to popular belief, creativity isn’t necessarily something you’re born with. In reality, practice truly does make perfect. Studies have found that you can increase your creativity through repetition. When feeling stuck, try searching online for writing prompts or pushing yourself to think of a new scenario each time you write. Consider different word choices instead of the first one that comes to mind. The more you practice, the more creativity will flow throughout other parts of your life.

3. Goal Setting

The first step to achieve a goal is to visualize it and keep it top of mind. Think about what you’d like to accomplish. Write down your goal, and then document your progress each and every day. One example could be that you want to do something kind every day, no matter how big or small. Hold yourself accountable by writing down that act of kindness each day. Maybe it’s as simple as calling a friend on the phone or paying for somebody else’s coffee. If you put it to paper each day, you can look back on how far you’ve come.

4. Self-discipline

Small acts of self discipline add up to huge feats. At first, taking time to journal each day may seem like a daunting task. However, the more you do it, the easier it will become. Soon you’ll find that the self discipline you learn could carry over to other areas of your life. By breaking down a large task into smaller tasks of self-discipline, you’ll find that other tasks and goals become more manageable. If you could be disciplined enough to journal for a few minutes every day, think of the other possibilities in your life if you put your mind to it.

5. IQ Boost

That’s right—it’s not just studying that can make you smarter. Practicing your writing skills will have you flexing your brain, which leads to a strengthened IQ. Journaling means you’ll use different parts of your brain on a more regular basis. History shows us that some bright minds were journalers, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci and more!


Now it’s time to get out that pen and paper. If you’re more the computer keyboard type, do a quick Google search for free journaling apps—there are plenty of good ones out there. Once you get into writing, the health and wellness benefits will soon trickle into other aspects of your life. As time goes by, you may even realize how much you rely on your daily journaling sessions.