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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 to Close Out 2020 on a Positive Note

5 Ways to Close Out 2020 on a Positive Note

Let’s face it—this year hasn’t exactly embodied the word ‘positivity.’ But despite all of the bad associated with 2020, there has still been a healthy amount of good that came from this unprecedented year. Above all, 2020 showed us how to be compassionate and stick together. 

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note. Or, come up with your own good deeds to spread the love this holiday season. 

 

1. Build a Care Package

There are so many people in need this holiday season, and the pandemic has taken a toll on many. There are countless community members that are now unable to afford essential items due to the pandemic. That’s why it’s a vital season to do more good. Consider putting together a care package for a neighbor, family member or somebody you know that may be struggling. 

Another great option to consider is handing out warm blankets and bags of essential items to the homeless community. Put together some essentials, like toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant. Keep them in your car for the next time you see somebody in need to that you can do something helpful in that moment.

 

2. Pay It Forward

Next time you’re grabbing a coffee or in a fast food line, consider paying for the person behind you. While you may need to work up the courage to perform a nice act for a total stranger, this is an option that lets you go virtually unnoticed. You’ll simply have the satisfaction of knowing you helped put a smile on a stranger’s face. They’ll be left with the thought that a simple act of kindness can completely make somebody’s day. Who knows, they may be ready to also pay it forward, and your small act could cause a chain reaction of kindness. 

 

3. Volunteer

‘Tis the season for giving back. Volunteering for a local nonprofit organization is sure to put a smile on your face—and the faces of others that you’re helping! You could also use this time to become better acquainted with an unfamiliar organization to see if you’d like to donate more of your time in the coming year. If you’re unsure about volunteering during the pandemic, consider reaching out to ask about virtual volunteering options. Many organizations have also needed to shift their thinking, and have since come up with ways to virtually get involved.
 

4. Donate

Year-end giving is a pivotal time for many organizations, and this year has been more financially strapping than most. If you’re able, consider giving to a cause that you hold near to your heart. Food banks are especially needed this year, but many causes are experiencing hardships as a result of the pandemic. Every amount, no matter how big or small, is a step toward a nonprofit reaching their goals.

 

5. Commit to Doing Good in 2021

If you’re all out of days in the calendar year and booked up with family time until the New Year, there’s still time to start off 2021 on a positive note. Make a commitment to do good deeds in the new year. If you’re worried about the time commitment, don’t overcommit to start. Make a goal to something like one small act of kindness a week, or even a month. Remember that any positive actions you can put out into the world can create an equal and opposite reaction.

 

How are you going to make 2021 a positive year? Consider starting small, or reinforcing the good habits you picked up from 2020. The more you do something, the easier it will become in the future. It’s time to kick off January with goodness in your heart, and keep spreading it all year round. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.

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