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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 to Keep Your Heart Warm During Cold Times

How to Keep Your Heart Warm During Cold Times

The weather outside has been truly frightful. Record lows have swept the nation along with snow and ice storms. Couple these factors with a worldwide pandemic, and it’s easy to understand why you or members of your community may need something to warm their hearts. Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.

 

Beat Feeling SAD

If you’ve been feeling down because of the cold weather and extended amounts of time indoors, you’re not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, affects 10 million Americans each year and occurs during cold months with less sunlight.

It’s essential to recognize how you’re feeling. Signs of SAD can include fatigue, depression, changes in appetite or social withdrawal. 

SAD can often occur because of the cold weather or lack of sunlight. So if you can’t go to the warmth, bring the warmth to you. Investing in a heat lamp can help boost those serotonin levels and leave you feeling like it’s summertime in the dead of winter. The ideas below are all ways to help you beat SAD and take care of yourself during these times. 

 

Something for You

Happiness starts from within. That’s why it’s important to take the time to do things that make you happy. While this may look different to various people, some things  are scientifically-proven to make us happier, including exercise.

Exercise helps release endorphins. If you can’t go outside, consider an at-home workout that will get your heart pumping. Crank up some feel-good music and throw yourself a dance party, or walk up and down the stairs. Even the smallest actions to get your heart rate up can make a huge difference. While you may not feel happy getting started, you’re sure to release endorphins by the end of the workout. 

Also, ask yourself what relaxation and self-care specifically looks like for you. Maybe it’s staying warm and curling up with a good book and a blanket. Light a candle with a calming scent like lavender or essential oils. Whatever keeps you warm and warms your heart, make time for that activity. 

 

Something for Loved Ones

While taking some “you” time is sure to keep your heart warm, there are some things you can do to make others happy, all while giving yourself some smiles. In a world where texting reigns supreme, it’s an atypical gesture to pick up the phone and actually make a call. Stay cozy inside and set up a virtual hangout with your closest friends. Laughter has been deemed the best medicine, and that’s because it is an instant mood boost. 

 

Something for the Community

If you’re in a place where you feel like you have something to give, whether it be time or money, consider virtual acts of kindness to warm your heart. Studies have shown that serotonin levels are boosted when we give to others. Consider a virtual volunteer opportunity that you can do from the comfort of your home. If you’re able, consider donating to your favorite organization for some feel-good vibes.

 

If you’ve been feeling down, remember that you’re not alone. These have been hard times for us all, especially in the face of a global pandemic. Remember to take care of yourself and check in on your loved ones. Plus, doing things for others can end up helping you keep a warm heart as well as spread kindness across the community. Stay warm out there, friends, and remember that spring is just around the corner. 

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