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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

Five Holidays to Support in January That Give Back

Five Holidays to Support in January That Give Back

The eggnog has been drunk and the decorations stowed away until the next holiday season (okay, they may not be all put away just yet!). Now it’s time to look ahead into the new year and all that we have to celebrate. While you may be thinking the holidays are over, there is still plenty to take part in during January alone. Check out these holidays you can recognize this month to help do good deeds in your community and beyond.

 

1. National Mentoring Month

Not only is mentoring a huge benefit for mentee, but the mentor also gains invaluable experience. It sounds cliche, but often the person being mentored can provide a different perspective for the mentor. Take part in National Mentoring Month by checking in your local community to see if there are mentoring programs already established, like a Big Brothers Big Sisters program. You could help provide stability and insight in a young person’s life this month by taking steps to become a mentor.

 

2. National Blood Donor Month

January is also National Blood Donor Month. Especially during a global pandemic, the need for blood donations has never been higher. Mask up and head out to your local blood donation center where you could help save countless lives. If possible, consider organizing a blood drive at your place of work so that others can have the opportunity to donate. Many blood banks have mobile vehicles that will make giving blood convenient.

 

3. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked every year. January is a month dedicated to preventing these situations from happening. Do some research to find an organization that is dedicated to helping with the prevention of slavery and human trafficking. Consider volunteering your time there this month, or making a donation if you are able. Every small donation or gift of your time adds up to help reach the larger mission and goal. 

 

4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man dedicated to equality for all and civil rights. Even in the year 2021, the work for equality for all is still not done. You may think of this holiday as a day off from work where you could use the time to relax. Instead, consider using your time to further Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts. Volunteer or donate to an organization dedicated to civil rights. Or, use the day to volunteer or donate at an organization of your choice. Whatever you do, use your day off to make your community a better place. 

 

5. National Soup Month

Okay, so National Soup Month is a holiday for those who love soup. However, you can give this an altruistic twist by volunteering at a soup kitchen in your community. They may not be serving solely soup, but you get the idea. Another idea to celebrate is to collect cans for your local food bank. Ask your neighbors to pitch in, or organize a drop off site in your community. 

 

Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving. No matter the month, there’s always a reason to do good in the world. Together, let’s use January as a time to make a positive difference.

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