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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

Ways to Beat Summer Boredom with the Kids

School’s out for the summer, and children everywhere are excited to spend time away from their studies. While good times and fun in the sun are surely on the agenda, there comes a time when a dreaded statement will be uttered… “I’m bored.” You could put on a movie or send the kids outside, but you have a better idea. Help your kids make the most of their summer by teaching them a lifelong lesson in generosity and giving back. Check out these ways you can do good and beat the summer boredom after they’ve done it all. Give back and make it a family affair! 

 

Make Cards for a Local Nursing Home or Hospital

This is an activity that will give arts and crafts a whole new meaning. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but those in nursing homes and hospitals experienced extreme hardship. You may not be able to visit nursing homes or hospitals just yet, depending on the area where you live. However, you can still spread joy! Ask your children to help make appreciation cards to give to these local communities. If you’re able, hand deliver the cards so that your children can get an up-close view of the people they are helping. 

 

Help Out a Neighbor

While younger children may enjoy arts and crafts, the older ones may be more able to help out with bigger tasks. Some kids may be old enough to help do yard work, like mowing or trimming bushes. Have your children help out a neighbor in need. Plus, due to the pandemic some elderly neighbors may not feel comfortable venturing out to stores for their normal errands. Consider taking your children on a trip to fulfill a list of errands for your neighbors. 

 

Think Ahead to Colder Weather

The weather might be scorching now, but it won’t stay that way year-round. Colder months are still ahead and they fly faster than you think. Since your kids have free time now, give them an indoor activity that could help out other families later. Go to your local craft store. and buy some fleece fabric to make tie-blankets to hand out to those who may need them when the temperature drops. 

Likewise, use this as a time to go through winter clothes that your children may not need and donate them. You can either donate the gently good items now, or set them aside for when colder weather comes. That way, they do the sorting work now but get to keep giving back year-round.

 

Get Busy in the Kitchen

During the summertime, many children do not have access to meals they would have ordinarily received through school assistance or aid. Find an organization or school system that helps supplement meals for those who may not be able to afford it otherwise. Invite over a family in need and double up by getting your children involved with cooking in the kitchen. Not only will this help out a family in need, but it will help your kids learn at an early age about the benefits of giving back.  

 

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back. Kids are more intuitive and creative than we often give them credit for, so ask them to come up with an activity that does good for the community and prepare to be amazed.

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