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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 Find a Cause You Care About

Doing good in the world is in your nature. That’s why you’re here reading this, after all! Sometimes the most difficult part is getting started. There are questions upon questions that come to mind. Is the organization legitimate? Will I get along with other volunteers? Is the nonprofit using my fundraising dollars in the way I expected? 

Have no fear—there are simple methods of finding a cause and organization you care about while answering all of those questions and more. Check out these ways to be matched with your dream cause and put your good deeds into action. Get out there and explore, because there’s a world of good deeds just waiting to be done. 

 

Consider Your Hobbies and Interests

Start by identifying what lights your inner fire. What makes you passionate? This could be something you’ve always known or a brand new cause you’re hearing about for the first time. There could be a personal reason that you want to help an organization, maybe because you’ve experienced the cause they support. Or, maybe you’ve always had a soft spot for the cause, such as being an animal lover and wanting to volunteer at an animal shelter. Take a moment to write down all of the causes and interests you have, and then try to pair them to organizations out there working toward the same cause. 

 

Try “Speed Dating”

We’re living in a world where you can virtually connect with friends, family and even strangers! Why not try “speed dating” but with a twist? Take the time to contact organizations you’re interested in. Pick up the phone and call to ask questions you may still be wondering after checking them out online. Consider questions like:

  • Can I have a copy of your most recent annual report?
  • What would I be helping with as a volunteer?
  • If I were to donate, can I ensure my specific donation goes toward a part of the organization I’m passionate about?
  • What are the goals of this organization over the next year and five years?
  • How can a volunteer like myself most help your organization?

 

Volunteer at Multiple Organizations

After doing your research, make a list of your favorites. Remember that you don’t need to commit to a single organization off the bat, let alone ever! You can have multiple organizations and causes that are near and dear to your heart. Good things take time, and you’ll need to see what works best for you before moving forward.

 

Get Coffee with a Board Member or Volunteer

While a small cup of coffee may only get you through the afternoon, the act of grabbing coffee with a board member or volunteer can go much further. Once you have organizations narrowed down, ask a member of the nonprofit if you can grab a cup of coffee or dinner with a current supporter. Use the time to ask all of the questions you’ve been thinking about that haven’t been answered thus far. 

 

Understand Where Your Money Goes

Whether you’re volunteering your time or giving your own hard-earned dollars, it’s important to know that the organization you’re supporting is doing what they set out to do. Organizations are required to file a Form 990 with the Internal Service Revenue (IRS) which will help you understand how the organization is allocating their funds.

 

You don’t have to choose just one cause or organization to support. You can provide support for various causes and various organizations. Take the time to figure out what feels right for you and your own goals for doing good in the world. Get out there and get to exploring!

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