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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

Restore Our Earth™: Celebrate Earth Day 2021

We only get one lifetime to make the world a better place than we left it, and April is the perfect reminder. That’s because every April 22nd is recognized globally as Earth Day. It’s an annual day recognizing the fight against climate change and promoting environmental protection.

As the official Earth Day site states, “As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business as usual.” While quarantine and work from home orders have been hard on us all, there was one thing that seemed to improve: the environment. 

Across the world, air quality improved and carbon dioxide emissions went down. Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference. Check out the ways you can get involved below by educating, acting and giving this Earth Day with the theme Restore Our Earth™.

 

1. Educate

One of the best ways to arm yourself to do more good in the world is to educate yourself on the issues at hand. Use Earth Day to explore what causes exist to help our environment. From climate change to recycling and more, there are ample ways you can give back to your community and, in turn, the world.

They say it takes a village, so once you feel that you’re well versed in helping to Restore Our Earth™, it’s time to help those around you better understand how they can make a difference. Use your passion for the cause to fuel their passion. Talk to family and friends about how you can make a difference together.

 

2. Act

While thinking about the cause is a great start, it’s action that will truly make a difference. Every cause starts with one person who stood up to make a difference. What starts as one small gesture has the potential to turn into a movement. Before you think about being just one person, consider the fact that every movement started with a single voice.

Consider volunteering your time to help clean up your community. Or, gather some friends to find a local organization where you could volunteer your time. You’ll feel great knowing that you’re contributing to leaving the world a better place than you found it.
 

3. Give

If you’re able, consider giving back to causes striving to make a difference in the environmental landscape. Even a small donation helps add up to make a big impact. Consider setting up a plan to give back monthly and continue to contribute year-round! 

If you aren’t able to monetarily give at this time, consider using your voice to help fundraise for an organization committed to the cause. Many organizations can use help calling current donors or cultivating new donors. Lend your voice to help raise funds for the cause. 

 

Join in on the movement to make our planet a better place! Visit EarthDay.org for more information and to find an event near you for this April 22nd, 2021.

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