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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

Walk the Walk: The Perks of Volunteering as a Family

Walk the Walk: The Perks of Volunteering as a Family

Both fortunately and unfortunately for us, kids are like sponges. They pick up on the things that we do, both good and bad. Future giving patterns are malleable at a young age, both with the time they’ll give and the donations they’ll make in the future. That’s why it’s important to not only talk with your children and teens about volunteering, but to actually practice what you preach. As they continue to grow and develop, it’s a critical time to establish good habits early on. Check out how your family can get started building the next generation of do-gooders, and why it’s important to lead by doing.

 

Lead by Example

“Because I said so” might work when sending your child to their room, but it doesn’t necessarily carry the same weight when talking about volunteering versus actually doing the work. Don’t get us wrong—telling your children how to live an altruistic lifestyle is a great step in making the world a better place. However, sometimes you have to “walk the walk” instead of just “talking the talk.” 

When your entire family gets together to do volunteer work, it is setting an example for the future your child will create. Habits form over time. On average, it can take two months for a habit to form. By starting to volunteer monthly with your children, you’re making it more likely that they’ll continue volunteerism in the future. Soon enough, volunteering will be a habit that you’ve helped them form. 

 

How to Get Started

Start by involving your children in selecting an organization. Involving them in the decision will help you find out more about their interests and give you a glimpse into who they might grow up to become. Start with some organizations that you have supported over the years and explain why they mean so much to you. Then, try to use their interests or your mutual interests to pick a cause to support. 

Remember that you can always spread the love and volunteer at multiple organizations until your family finds the right fit. Or, you could form a tradition where your family finds a new organization to volunteer with each month. No matter where you decide to give your time, it helps to keep a routine such as carving out time the second Saturday of every month. Meet as a family and decide what works best.

The final and hardest part is simply showing up. Set the example and don’t let excuses creep in. While life happens, it’s important to lead by example and continue to meet the commitments that you set for yourself and your family. Remember that your children are watching everything we do and taking mental notes whether we realize it or not. Set manageable goals, and you’ll be on your way to building those good habits. 

 

The Perks of Volunteering at a Young Age

The main reason to give back as a family is to do good in the world and establish giving habits for years to come with your children. However, there are plenty of other reasons to start their altruistic efforts at a young age, including:
 

  • Spending more quality time as a family.
  • Developing future giving patterns.
  • Adding to future job or college applications.
  • Helping youth find new interests and passions.

 

These are just a few reasons to start giving back together. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together. It’s time to walk the walk with your volunteer efforts to show your kids what you can accomplish together. You’ll get more time with the family, plus help to build the future generation of philanthropists.

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