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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

7 Ways to Practice Thankfulness This November

7 Ways to Practice Thankfulness This November

Thankfulness is a healthy and smart practice to better yourself year-round. However, it’s easy to let our daily routines take over and push practices like this to the side. That’s why November is the perfect time to remind ourselves to actively practice the art of thankfulness. After all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Check out these seven easy ways you can practice your gratitude and improve your attitude on life this month.

 

1. Send Handwritten Notes

An email may be faster, but a handwritten note takes more time and care. Get out your pen and put some thoughts to paper. We’re talking literally! In a digital world, a handwritten note means that much more. Plus, who doesn’t love getting surprises in the mail that aren’t bills? 

 

2. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Thoughts are fleeting, no matter how much we convince ourselves that we’ll remember later. Keep a gratitude journal that you use daily to write down what you were most thankful for on each day. At the end of the month, go back and read the words you wrote for a positive pick-me-up! Then, don’t forget to reach out to some of those people that helped to make your day a little bit brighter. They’ll be glad to hear from you.

 

3. Meditate

Sometimes it takes some inner reflection to determine what we’re truly the most thankful for. When you quiet your mind, you’ll be able to hear your thoughts loud and clear. Take a small amount of time each day, even 10 minutes, to reflect on what you were thankful for during the past day. If you’re struggling to calm yourself, consider downloading a guided app onto your phone to help you focus your thoughts.

 

4. Pick Up the Phone

Texting is the way of the future, which makes picking up the phone and calling somebody that much more special. Go through your list of friends and family to find somebody that you think could use a smile. Give them a call and let them know why they mean so much to you. Who knows, you could end up talking for hours.

 

5. Give Back

If you’re thankful for a special cause, consider donating your time or money to help a local organization. This is the perfect way to show that you care and to make your contributions go far. If you are unable to give time or money, consider spreading awareness by educating others on the mission of the organization so that others might donate time or money. This will ensure you can remain thankful for the organization for years to come!

 

6. Give a Social Shoutout

You may not be able to shout your gratitude from a mountaintop (depending on where you live) but you can get a wide reach by using your social media. Surprise one of your friends or family members by letting the world know how much they mean to you. Go ahead and post a picture with some heartfelt words to make somebody’s day.

 

7. Remember to Say “Thank You”

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, a small thanks can go a long way. Remember to remind yourself each day that saying “thank you” can mean the world to somebody. Whether a stranger held open a door or your friend did you the biggest favor, remember to tell that person that you are thankful for their actions. It’s that simple—just say “thank you” out loud.

 

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year. Remember that letting somebody know that their actions had meaning will help further your bond and relationship moving forward. Now it’s time to practice giving thanks!

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