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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 Take Part in Global Volunteer Month

If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world. Last year at the height of the global pandemic, Global Volunteer Month was started by the 501(c)(3) Points of Light. The initiative comes as no surprise from this organization that says: “We envision a world in which everyone discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.” 

Remember, the process is simple. Get out there and get involved. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out these ideas to take part in Global Volunteer Month!

 

Choose a Cause

While you can choose to take part in Global Volunteer Month in whatever capacity and for any cause you like, they have conveniently outlined various causes for you to consider during different time periods of the month. Use this list as a way to think outside the box from organizations you normally support. In the end, you can always stick to an organization that you’re deeply committed to helping. Here are the various areas Points of Light suggests:

  • April 1-5: Education
  • April 6-12: Human and Civil Rights
  • April 13-19: Poverty and Inequality
  • April 20-26: Environment
  • April 27-30: Health and Wellness 

 

Involve Your Friends and Family

Volunteering is more fun when done together! Ask your family and friends to come along and join in. If you have children, it’s a great idea to start their volunteering efforts early. You have the opportunity to set a good example for them while spending quality time together. The sooner you start, the more likely they’ll be to continue their philanthropic efforts into the future. Make sure to discuss causes that might be important to your children instead of defaulting to causes you already support. While it’s a great idea to expose them to the same causes you care about, they’ll be more likely to continue involvement if they share the same passion. Introduce them to a variety of causes and see what sticks. 

 

Celebrate “Good Deeds Day”

This year “Good Deeds Day” falls on April 11. Every year on this day, thousands of people from across the world come together (miles apart) by taking the day to practice good deeds where they live. Examples of good deeds you can practice include:

  • Buy a coworker a coffee.
  • Do a random favor for a friend.
  • Hand out flowers to strangers.
  • Pay for somebody’s dinner.
  • Spend the day volunteering. 
  • Help an elderly neighbor with errands.

 

The entire month of April is dedicated to participating in Global Volunteer Month, but you can still practice year-round. Do what you can, when you can, and remember that small efforts are a big part of making the world a better place. Even if you use this month to volunteer once, you’re still putting good vibes out into the world. Remember to take each day and do what you can to help each other out. Now get out there and get to volunteering!

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