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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

Improve Your Wellbeing with National Sleep Awareness Week

Grab your pillow and get ready because National Sleep Awareness Week is coming up soon, March 14-20. The week kicks off on daylight savings weekend (that’s right, more daylight is in your future!). With the week fast approaching, there’s still plenty of time to catch up on your Zzzs. First, it’s important to understand why sleep is so vital to your health and wellbeing. 

A recent “Sleep in America” poll found that, on average, Americans say they feel sleepy at least three days of the week, with 62% saying they simply try to “shake it off” instead of remedy the sleeplessness. Studies have also shown that healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Let’s take a look at the risks associated with lack of sleep, along with how you can work toward building healthy sleep habits for increased mood, productivity and happiness. 

 

What Happens When You’re Tired

You may think that the only person you’re hurting by not getting enough sleep is you. However, that’s far from the truth. Lack of sleep can affect your mood, your ability to make decisions and how you interact with others. Some risk factors for lack of sleep include:

  • Being more prone to serious medical diseases, like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. 
  • Having a weakened immune system which makes you more susceptible to illness.
  • Having decreased brain function, including the ability to make decisions and problem solve.
  • Becoming more emotional or moody.
  • Being more likely to have accidents of any kind.

In a world where you’re trying to do more good, lack of sleep can end up actually doing more harm. Consistently stretching yourself too thin can mean you end up with decreased judgement, and you can’t give  your all each day. By working on building healthy sleep habits, you can work toward putting your best foot forward every day. 

 

Building Healthy Sleep Habits

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that the factors for healthy sleep start with SLEEP: Structure, Light, Electronics, Exercise and Prioritize. 

  • Structure: Routine helps us get in the swing of healthy sleep habits. Pick a wake-up and sleep time, then stick to it. 
  • Light: When possible, spend time during the day in the natural sunlight. 
  • Electronics: Power down your electronics at least an hour before bed.
  • Exercise: Physical activity does a great deal of good for your health, and also helps relieve stress. In turn, exercise helps you fall asleep at night. 
  • Prioritize: Too many people put sleep on the backburner. Recognize how it helps your body and make time to sleep. Set that example for your family!

Celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week by studying up on healthy sleeping habits or simply trying to get more shuteye. It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing. When in doubt, follow the SLEEP advice from the National Sleep Foundation. We wish you sweet dreams next time you’re trying to fall asleep!

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