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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 Teach Your Child About Giving

How to Teach Your Child About Giving

It’s never too early to instill altruistic values. Plus, the younger you start, the more likely these habits will form for a lifetime. There are plenty of ways to involve your little ones with donating, volunteering and sparking an interest for volunteer ventures early on. Read on for five ways to help your child learn about giving from a young age. 

 

1. Let Them Pick a Cause

You probably already have causes that are near and dear to your heart, but consider your child’s interests. For example, if you have an animal lover, you may want to consider an animal shelter. If they want to be a doctor when they grow up, you could choose a children’s hospital. It will be easier for your child to identify with a cause that they care about. Think about their interests and passions, then help your child research to pick a cause to support. 

 

2. Incorporate Giving into Special Occasions

Instead of sporadic giving, consider encouraging your child to use a portion of their birthday or holiday money to give back to an organization of your child’s choice. This will help your child associate positive memories with giving back. Plus, it gives them something special to look forward to each year. Another option would be for the whole family to donate or volunteer at a food bank during the holidays. Figure out what works for your family, and remember that it’s never too late to start a tradition. 

 

3. Ask Them to Pick Items to Donate

Knock out your fall cleaning while doing something great for your community! Help your child go through clothing, toys and other belongings to find items to donate. This is the perfect season to give warmer weather clothing to those in need. If possible, bring your child along to drop off the items. That way, they’ll get to see their giving in action. 

 

4. Emphasize the Outcome

It’s important for your child to understand what happens when they decide to give their time or money to an organization. Once they have a cause they’d like to support, make sure they understand where their money will be going or who they will be helping with their time. It’s important to help your child understand the “why” behind volunteering. This will make them more likely to continue doing good deeds in the future.

 

5. Volunteer Together

Volunteering together means bonding time all while doing great work. This is a chance for you to introduce your child to an organization you love, or to create new memories and traditions together. You get some quality time with them, and they get introduced to a whole new world of doing good. That’s a win-win!

 

Remember that leading an altruistic life can span far beyond yourself. It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness. Use this as an opportunity to find out about their interests and help plant the seed for our next generation of do-gooders!

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