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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

5 Ways that Giving Back Improves Our World

5 Ways that Giving Back Improves Our World

As it turns out, giving does more than simply warm our hearts during these cold months. It has a positive impact on the person giving, the person receiving, the community and even the world. Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving. As if you needed another reason to love supporting the causes you’re passionate about, check out these five ways that your gifts could improve the world around us.

 

1. It Makes Us Happy

Did you know that giving back releases endorphins, or those “good feeling” hormones?  One 2010 study showed that people experienced happier moods after giving. Without getting too scientific, it simply feels good to know that you’re doing something for somebody else that needs it. If you’ve been feeling a bit blue lately, consider offering your time or money for a mood boost. 

 

2. It Sparks a Ripple Effect

When others see you doing good, it can spark curiosity. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with your family and friends about your efforts to help specific causes and organizations. Then, watch as they make personal connections to the same cause, or become involved with organizations they’re passionate about. Before you know it, your efforts to give back can cause a ripple effect. Make a point to talk about your support with family and friends, and ask if they would be interested in getting involved.
 

3. It Improves Our Community

Whether donating your time or money, altruism helps improve your community. There’s no doubt that organizations are set up to help make the world a better place, and your contributions will help make the change you want to see in the world. Whether you decide to contribute to an organization that serves your local community or communities oceans away, feel good knowing that you’re taking steps to leave the world a better place than you found it.
 

4. It Leads to Altruistic Habits

The act of donating or volunteering once means you’re highly more likely to do the same in the future. Small steps add up to great leaps when it comes to an altruistic lifestyle. Make a yearly goal for the amount of money you want to raise or the number of hours you want to dedicate toward volunteering. Then, watch as those numbers continue to rise in the weeks, months and years to come. Before you know it, altruistic actions will come second nature.
 

5. It Makes Others Happy

Not only does giving put a smile on your face, it could also be the reason somebody else smiles today. Whether you donated to help ensure somebody receives a hot meal, clean drinking water, an escape from abuse or so many other worthy causes, your donation could be literally life-changing for somebody in need. While you may never know the direct outcome of your donation, know that by giving back to your community, you’ve helped to make the world a better place. 

 

‘Tis the season for giving, and now it’s your turn. Pick an organization in need, whether near or far. The benefits for you and your community are endless. Start small, do what you can and watch as the world transforms around you.

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