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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

Help Save Lives on World Blood Donor Day

While we often think of human necessities like food and water, there is one vital resource that could be running low and is needed to save lives—donating blood. This year, celebrate World Blood Donor Day with the rest of the world on June 14. This is a worldwide holiday meant to recognize safe blood donations and to recognize those who donate every year. Not sure if you’re ready to give or looking for other ways to get involved? Check out more on the history and ways that you can participate below.

 

Why Blood Donations Are Important

Every day, 38,000 blood donations are needed. From emergency transfusions to people with disorders or diseases, there is no shortage of reasons blood donations are a necessity. Type O-Negative blood is especially helpful because it can be donated to any individual, regardless of their blood type. Simply put, giving blood saves lives. 

 

How You Can Participate

  • Donate Blood (If You Can Safely Do So): The easiest and best way to participate is to give blood or plasma if you are able. Find a clinic or pop up near you to safely donate. Make sure to check out the list of requirements in order to be able to donate before making your appointment. Once you’ve committed to give, there will be professionals waiting to help guide you every step of the way.
     
  • Volunteer at a Clinic: Even if you aren’t able to participate by giving blood, there are plenty of other ways to take part in World Blood Donor Day. Volunteers may be needed for non-medical portions of the visit, like checking people in and taking their information or following up after the visit to make sure they are feeling well. Ask your local donation site if there are other ways you can get involved.
     
  • Write Thank You Cards: There are everyday heroes working to get blood donations and ensure everybody who needs blood can get it. Take a minute to write some thank you cards for your local clinic. This is a great way to involve your kids or the whole family. Consider reaching out to partner with a classroom or a summer camp to gather thank you cards for those who work to gather blood donations every day, as well as those who are saving lives by giving blood.
     
  • Help Spread Awareness: Use World Blood Donor Day as an opportunity to educate those around you on the importance of donating blood. Consider organizing a blood drive at your work or with your community to help spread awareness. Call up a friend and ask them if they’ve considered donating blood or if they’ll go with you. The more people who know about the importance of donating blood, the more likely the supply will continue to thrive. 

 

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness. The need to help donate blood will always be there, so consider making a commitment to donate more times throughout the year and set reminders. Together, we can make sure those who really need blood donations can get the help they need and save lives.

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