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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 Turn a Day Off into a Day “On”

Holidays typically mean a day off of work with time to relax, kick back and maybe even get some things done that you’ve been putting off. However, some holidays carry more meaning. The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is all about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is the perfect holiday to exercise taking a day “on” instead of a day off. While Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been designated the true holiday to perform acts of service, there’s no reason you can’t practice this for other holidays throughout the year. 

There are plenty of ways you can get the best of both worlds on any holiday by spending family time and giving back. Check out these steps to turn your day off into a day “on.”

 

Find an Organization

The first step is to decide where you’d like to give back for your “day on.” Consider lining up your volunteer efforts with either the holiday or with one of your passions. For example, Memorial Day may be a great opportunity to volunteer for an organization that honors Veterans, and Thanksgiving may be a great opportunity to volunteer at a foodbank. Or, you could volunteer for an organization that aligns with your passions. As long as you’re giving back, your day on is off to a good start! 

 

Involve Your Family & Friends

If you were looking forward to spending the holiday with your loved ones, you can still get the best of both worlds. Ask your family and friends to take some time to volunteer with you. There will still be plenty of time for your planned activities, but the act of volunteering will get your day off to a great start. Experiences are meant to be shared, especially great ones like this!

 

Make it a Tradition

In order to have a tradition, you have to start somewhere. Consider making your day of giving back a tradition by starting this year. Weave it into the day’s activities so you have something to look forward to. You’ll leave the day of volunteerism feeling refreshed and great knowing that you helped somebody in need.

 

Reserve Some Time

First things first—you’ll want to make sure the organization is open for volunteering on your weekend off. You may need to volunteer on the holiday weekend instead of the actual holiday, depending on the organization. Once you’ve selected where you want to volunteer, call up the nonprofit and reserve your time slot. Ask what you’ll need to bring to be successful so you know what you’re up against.

 

Consider Donating

If you already made plans this year or are looking to give back in another way, consider donating to an organization of your choice. Most organizations make it easy to donate through their website. You can often choose between a one-time donation or a recurring donation to find the best option to meet your needs. 

 

How will you honor a day of giving on your day off? There are countless reasons to make it happen. Feel good knowing that you made a difference and used your time for good!

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