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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

Ways to Express Love Throughout February

Ways to Express Love Throughout February

February is notably a month used to communicate love. Specifically, millions around the globe take part in Valentine’s Day on February 14 to show their significant others how much they care. Whether you plan to cook up a five-course meal for your sweetheart or treat yourself and ignore the holiday all together, the sentiment for Valentine’s Day is in the right place.

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month. Check out some suggestions below. 

 

Give Gifts

Relax, we’re not advising you to spend hundreds on flowers and chocolates this month. Instead, we’re referring to different types of gifts. Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Find your passions and your talents, and then use them to make a positive impact in the world. For example, maybe you’re super handy and good at building things. Consider helping to spruce up a community space in your neighborhood. If you excel in the kitchen, consider baking up some goods for those in need. Whatever it is that you’re good at, try to find a way to give your gifts back to the world. 

 

Make A Love Connection

Who says love connections are only for those romantically involved? Use February as a time to fall in love with an organization that gives back. Think about the things you love to do or the causes you identify with and do your research. From mentoring to food banks, animal shelters and fighting homelessness, there is an organization out there for almost every need. You just have to find it! Build a love connection by volunteering or donating your time. 

 

Express Your Gratitude

Handwritten cards are often a staple of the Valentine holiday, especially for young children. Who says you have to change any of that as you get older? Cut out a paper heart from construction paper and write a heartfelt note of gratitude and love for people in your life. 

Take it a step further and express gratitude or love for somebody you’ve never met. There are thousands of elderly nursing home residents who haven’t been able to see family members due to the pandemic. Write some cards to those local residents. Or, consider writing gratitude letters for our troops who may be missing family. There are plenty of people out there who are in need of some kind words.

 

Show You Care

It’s the little things that sometimes matter most. Small acts of kindness can go a long way. When you see an opportunity to help or do good for somebody, take it. This doesn’t have to be a huge gesture or take up much of your time. Sometimes small acts of kindness are the easiest to do and end up meaning the most to somebody who isn’t expecting it. Bring coffee to a friend who has been struggling lately. If even that sounds out of reach, simply pick up the phone and call that person. You never know how much these small gestures mean to them. 

 

There’s plenty of love out there in the world; you just have to open your eyes and look for it! Use February as a reminder to give the gifts you have to offer back to your community. Find an organization you can fall in love with. Write notes of thanks to those you know and those you don’t. Most of all, simply lead with love. Everybody is going through something right now, and showing more love and compassion in the world is never a bad idea.

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