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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

4 Last-Minute Gift Ideas that Give Back

4 Last-Minute Gift Ideas that Give Back

They say it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving. If you haven’t done your holiday shopping just yet, have no fear—there’s still time. Just because we’re coming down to the wire this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to give a gift without meaning. We’ve got you covered. While everybody enjoys a good candle, let’s just say that these new gift ideas CAN hold a flame to last year’s regift. Check out these four ideas for last-minute gifts that also give back.
 

1. Shop Local

Small businesses need our support now more than ever. COVID-19 has changed so much about our everyday lives, including buying tendencies and trends. Pre-pandemic, many of us window-shopped at small boutiques and businesses. However, as the pandemic has carried on, many have taken to online shopping because of the contactless options to shop.

If you aren’t comfortable venturing out in public, there are still ways to support local and small businesses. Many small shops also have online buying options, or would allow you to purchase a gift card over the phone.
 

2. Give a Donation in Honor of Your Loved One

Giving a donation is a surefire way to make a difference in our world today. But did you know that you could also honor your loved one in the process? Consider making a donation on behalf of your gift recipient. Start by choosing an organization that you know they would love and support. Not only does your gift go to a great cause, but you also get to honor your friend or loved one by making the donation in their name.
 

3. Give the Gift of Time

While material gifts seem to be the norm during the holiday season, memories are created with time spent together. Give the gift of quality time by thoughtfully planning a day for your gift recipient. This could be anything from doing their favorite activities to volunteering together, or whatever you can come up with to stay occupied and strengthen connections. 

The best part about giving an experience is that it can be low cost and memorable.If your plans can’t be enjoyed safely right away, simply write out your plan in a card and ask your recipient to redeem the gift as soon as it’s safe to gather. Plus, this will give your loved one something to look forward to. 

 

4. Order from Do-Good Companies

While businesses used to be all about profit, many companies are now finding it just as important to make an impact in their communities and the world through purpose. For example, some businesses will donate a product to a cause for every product they sell. Consider doing a quick search for those for-profit companies who are Benefit Corporations or Certified B Corporations that also place an emphasis on giving back. 

 

While you could give more “stuff” this holiday season, consider giving a gift that will leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons. Remember that what you do today could have a positive impact on your community and even the world. Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

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