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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 Build an Altruistic Game Plan in 2021

How to Build an Altruistic Game Plan in 2021

At long last, the year 2020 is on its way out the door. While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year. To help keep yourself on track, develop an altruistic game plan to follow in 2021. It’s easy, effective and will help you keep what matters most top of mind. Check out these five ways to keep doing good at the top of your to-do list next year.

 

1. Find Causes You Love

Your altruistic plans for 2021 have a much higher chance of success when you truly care about the causes you support. Often an interest in supporting 501(c)3 organizations stems from a personal connection to the mission. Think about what matters to you most and look into different organizations’ missions. Chances are that there’s a nonprofit out there working toward a cause you love. If you can’t find the perfect fit, this year could be the time to start your own organization! 

 

2. Make a Commitment

While 20 hours of volunteerism next year may sound daunting, breaking it down to only 38 minutes of each week makes the goal sound far more reasonable. Setting up a plan for the year to come and separating it into hours volunteered per week or month makes a lofty goal more manageable. The same logic works for making donations. Determine how much you’d like to volunteer or donate in the coming year, then break down into smaller chunks. Small, frequent contributions add up over time.
 

3. Involve Your Loved Ones

They say if you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to get sidetracked from your goals without an accountability partner. Tell your friends and family about your altruism goals for 2021. Ask if they would like to join you in volunteering or coming up with a donation plan. That way, you can both keep each other accountable in the new year. Plus, it’s fun to have a partner to help you tackle your goals. 

 

4. Set Reminders

All goals and gameplans need a few reminders along the way to stay on track. Set a calendar reminder each month to put in your volunteer hours or make a small donation. That way, you’ll get a notification to remind yourself to keep up with your goals. Obviously life happens, so if you are unable to donate or volunteer that month, don’t sweat it! The same notification will come in the following month and you can choose whether or not to contribute at that time. 

 

5. Remember Small Acts of Kindness

Not every plan has to be a huge gesture. A little bit of kindness adds up to a larger impact along the way. Your altruistic giving plan could consist of a reminder to do one small act of kindness for a stranger each month. Even this small gesture has the power to turn around somebody’s day. Even better, encourage the strangers you help to pay it forward.

 

Now is the time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in 2021 as far as giving back to make our world a better place. Even small goals can make a huge difference. Choose various causes you love or set reminders to do small acts of kindness. No matter what your plans, you’ll feel great knowing that you’re making a difference.

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