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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 Doing Good Can Get Us Through Hard Times

How Doing Good Can Get Us Through Hard Times

With a pandemic waging hardship across the world for more than a year now, every person has experienced challenges, sadness and a multitude of emotions as a result. It can be difficult to find the good with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding everyday life. Yet in order to get through the hard times, a surprising tactic may be the ticket to finding relief: helping others.

Studies have shown that when we give a part of ourselves, we receive so much more in return. Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others. 

 

It’s Science

Researchers at Harvard have stated that having a purpose can lead to a longer life. Given the connections to happiness and an altruistic lifestyle, these findings aren’t surprising. 

That’s not the only research that’s been done linking our happiness to supporting others. Dr. Laurie Santos is a professor at Yale University who teaches one of the most popular courses of all time. Her course on the science of well-being and happiness garnered thousands of students interested in taking the class from around the world. 

One of those top insights to lead a happier life involves being kind to others, especially during the events of 2020 and now 2021. 

“Research shows that we get happiness from doing nice things for other people,” Dr. Santos said. “The people who self-report being happiest are focused on those in need—they donate more of their time and money to charity and engage in random acts of kindness.” via Newsweek

 

How to Get Involved

Volunteering with a local organization is a great way to take the first step in your journey to do good. Many organizations have pivoted their operations to offer virtual volunteering opportunities or socially distanced offerings. Start by identifying a cause that you’re passionate about and then reach out to see how you can get involved. 

Encourage random acts of kindness among your friends. Hold a competition and hold each other accountable. Start a fundraiser for an organization in your community and ask others to match your donations. The possibilities are endless with doing good and giving back. 

Focusing on others during these difficult times is a way to take your mind off of anxieties and stresses going on in your everyday life, all while providing a positive outcome for somebody else. That’s a win-win for everybody involved. 

 

Don’t forget, it’s science! Study after study shows that your sense or purpose and fulfillment, along with happiness, directly contributes to boosting your own happiness. 

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