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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

8 Ways to Spread Warm Wishes This Holiday Season

8 Ways to Spread Warm Wishes This Holiday Season

As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer. Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference for a friend, or even a stranger. Consider these eight small acts of kindness that can go a long way 

 

1. Pay for Somebody’s Coffee

Next time you’re in the drive-thru getting your caffeine fix, consider paying for the person behind you at the window. This is a small yet thoughtful way to make somebody’s day. If you’re looking for an option that takes you out of the spotlight, this is the perfect act of kindness. You’ll be well on your way before the person behind you ever realizes you paid for their cup of joe. 

 

2. Scrape a Stranger’s Window

If you’re already out there in the cold, you might as well put a smile on somebody’s face. Take your scraper and wipe off the windows of your neighbor or friend. You may have cold hands by the end, but this act of kindness is sure to warm your heart (and the person who doesn’t have to scrape their own window!).
 

3. Donate to Your Favorite Organization

The holiday season is also a time for gift-giving to nonprofit organizations. Year-end giving is a vital fundraising opportunity that many organizations rely on to help get through the end of the year, and to set up the year to come. Consider making a donation to your favorite organization. If you’d like to give a gift that gives back this year, consider leaving a donation in someone special’s name. 

 

4. Give a Sentimental Gift

This holiday season, give a friend a gift with meaning. Sometimes the most treasured gifts don’t cost much at all. Whether it be a framed photo of a treasured time, something to represent an inside joke or any other sentimental gift, your friends and family will remember it for years to come.
 

5. Donate Warm Clothing

As temperatures drop, consider donating hats, mittens, coats and other warm weather gear. Find a local organization distributing these items to people who will need it most. Another great idea is to keep warm blankets or clothing in your car to hand out to those you see who might use some extra warmth. 

 

6. Write a Note of Thanks 

Write up an email, get out the quill pen or round up your carrier pigeon. However you want to send a note of thanks, take some time to write out your heartfelt appreciation for those you love. Speak from the heart and you’re sure to make somebody’s day.
 

7. Shovel a Neighbor’s Driveway

Warm your neighbors’ hearts by getting outside and shoveling snow. This is a great option for somebody who may not be able to do so because of age or other factors. If you’re willing and able, get out the shovel or snow blower and lend a warm, helping hand.
 

8. Bake Some Treats

‘Tis the season to bake up some sweet treats. Make some extras and drop off care packages to a nursing home, a friend or complete strangers in your neighborhood. Maybe it’s your secret family recipe for chocolate chip cookies, or a brand new one you’ve been waiting to try. Whatever it is, gather it up and spread some warm, gooey, holiday cheer. 

 

Everybody could use a reason to smile this year, and these ideas are just small ways you can extend warm wishes. Consider these small acts of kindness, or make up your own. Try setting a daily or weekly reminder to do one small thing for somebody else. It’s sure to improve your week and the person you’re helping.

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