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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 Navigate New Nonprofit Normals

The world right now is a confusing place. While we may be coming out on the other side of a global pandemic, we still have a long way to go. Some are vaccinated, some are not. Some feel comfortable not wearing a mask in public and others aren’t ready to leave the house just yet. Luckily, no matter your comfort level or lifestyle, there are ways you can give back and do good both virtually and in person. Read on to see how some things have changed, others have stayed the same and how that means more options to do good in the world.

 

Volunteering

Good old-fashioned volunteering involves showing up to your favorite organization on a given day and offering to help in any way possible. However, the pandemic has made volunteering in-person uncomfortable for many. Luckily, organizations adapted as best as they could during lockdown. 

Many organizations found ways for volunteers to virtually give back in ways that weren’t possible pre-pandemic and many nonprofits will continue these efforts long after lockdown has ended. Can’t make it there on time? No worries! See if there are opportunities to continue giving back from home. If you are ready to go back to in-person volunteering, make sure to schedule ahead of time, giving you time to take all of the proper safety measures required by the organization.

 

Donating 

The way you donate most likely hasn’t changed much, but there are some minor nuances that have emerged as a result of the pandemic. Many organizations that did not offer easy online donation options have either added options, or revamped their offerings, making it easier to give. Plus, many organizations offer recurring options so you can set up a giving pledge as easy as your streaming subscription. If you prefer to drop-off a check in-person each month so you can see the team and catch up, make sure the nonprofit is allowing donors to stop by. 

 

Fundraising Events

Fundraising of the future may look vastly different than events of the past. While fundraising events were once an exclusive event, the pandemic forced many to transform into an online-only soiree. Now, the future of fundraising events and how they’re held is unclear.

What this could mean for the future is that organizations can provide more “seats at the table,” so to speak. Many organizations could open up to an online and offline event structure to accommodate those far away or those who are not comfortable venturing out into the world just yet. The good news is that whatever your comfort level, there will be options for you moving forward!

 

While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay. That means more options for you to get out there and give back!

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