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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

Celebrate National Recommitment Month

Just like that, another month is coming to a close, and yet it still feels like last spring. Maybe you picked up a hobby (or ten?!) in quarantine, or maybe you lost track of some of your goals. We get it. Life happens, and there was no better excuse to drop off from a goal, hobby or health journey than the past year. However, with the new month also comes a chance to get back on track. 

May is recognized as National Recommitment Month. It’s a time of renewal and even to build new habits or relationships. What will you recommit to this month? Check out some ideas below and get ready for a total sense of renewal!

 

Recommit to Your Relationships

Pick up the phone and give your long-lost friend a call. Show your spouse or your significant other that you have truly been listening to them by making an effort to try an activity that’s important to them. Recommitting to a relationship could mean with anybody you choose. Choose somebody important in your life who you haven’t been able to keep up with as much as you’d like and commit to putting in that effort.

 

Recommit to a Hobby

Pick up the instrument that’s been collecting dust. Pick up your knitting project, or get in the kitchen. Whatever the hobby was that you wanted to try so desperately, take this time to recommit. It’s never too late to pick a hobby back up or to start something new! Think of a hobby you’ve always wanted to have and then try. Everybody starts somewhere, including the pros.

 

Recommit to Your Health

It’s not easy to take care of your health during times of high stress, which everybody has been experiencing in the past year. Recommit to your health by taking small steps. Set a goal and commit to drinking the recommended amount of water per day. Up your step goal by 300 steps each day, so it doesn’t feel like a huge change all at once. You have the power to recommit to small steps for a big health change!

 

Recommit to Doing Good

Step up your volunteering or giving game! Just because you fell off track for a while doesn’t mean you can’t get back in the swing of things. Commit to giving a certain amount throughout the rest of the year to an organization you love or commit to a certain number of days you’ll volunteer. Break up those numbers, so they don’t seem as daunting. Instead, do incremental giving or volunteering over time to lighten the load!

 

Recommit to Trying New Things

Just because it’s a “recommitment” doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have done it. Recommit to trying new things. Pick what feels comfortable to you, from once a week to once a month. Sure, it could be as extreme as skydiving, but it could also be as small as trying a new food you’ve never tried before. 

 

Recommit to Yourself

Above all else, do what makes you happy. Recommit to finding happiness by putting yourself first. If you need a rest and recharge day, take it. If you need to be surrounded by friends or loved ones, call them up. Take the time to recommit to what makes you happy to be totally and truly fulfilled. 

 

There you have it—plenty of ways to recommit this month. Plus, there are plenty we haven’t even mentioned. How will you recommit this May? Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy. Recommit to your health, relationships, volunteering and more to help boost your day- to- day life.

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