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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

4 Reasons You Should Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Ah, can you feel it? Spring has sprung, and summer is upon us. June is officially known as Great Outdoors month, and rightfully so. Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air. Check out the reasons you should get out and about in the warm summer breeze, along with some ideas for you to try this summer.

 

It’s Good for Your Mental Health

If you’ve felt happier while being outside but you’re not sure why, there’s a simple explanation—it’s science. Being outdoors has been proven to boost your dopamine and endorphins, which help boost your mood. Even a small amount of time outside each day can help improve your mental health.

If you have kids home for the summer, getting outdoors can be twofold. First, it’s a great way to keep them occupied. Second, it can be great for everybody’s mental health. As we all know too well from quarantine, there’s something about being confined to the same space that can affect mental health. Give yourself and your kids a change of scenery to stimulate their minds (and maybe wear them out just a little!). 

 

It’s Good for Your Physical Health

Many outdoor activities involve moving your body, which is great for your physical health. Just 30 minutes of physical activity per day has been proven to reduce the risk of diseases. Many activities you can do outside involve movement, from sports to a simple walk around the block. Plus, Vitamin D (which you can get from the sun!) helps improve your immune system and strengthen your heart, bone and muscle health. 

 

It’s Good for Your Community

Being outside isn’t automatically good for your community, but it can be. Pick an activity that helps you give back while also getting that sunshine. An activity as simple as picking up litter gives you a workout, gets you a tan and, best of all, gives you the sense of accomplishment from giving back. 

 

It’s Good for Building Relationships

Whether making new friends, spending time with family or kicking it with your kids, experiencing a common bond together in the great outdoors is the best way to strengthen your relationships. Consider asking somebody you’ve been meaning to catch up with if they’ll come with you on an outdoor adventure.

Who knew that getting out into the great outdoors could be so good? If you’re not sure what you’d like to do outside, check out these examples to get started! 

  • Visit National Parks
  • Try to Visit Every State
  • Walk Outside Each Day
  • Learn to Kayak or Canoe
  • Go on a Bike Ride
  • Pick Up Trash in Your Community
  • Go to the Park
  • Pitch a Tent and Go Camping
  • Find an Ice Cream Truck (It Counts, It’s Outside!)
  • Plant Flowers or Plants
  • Volunteer at an Organization with Outdoor Opportunities
  • Water Sports - Wakeboarding, Swimming or Paddleboarding


Now that you know the benefits of spending more time outdoors and have some ideas, it’s time to put these thoughts into practice. Take advantage of the weather while it lasts. With this many good benefits, there’s no reason not to take advantage.

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