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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

Now Is Time to Reevaluate Your Yearly Goals

It’s hard to believe that we’re a little more than halfway through the year. What started as New Year's Resolutions have now transformed into either achievable goals or distant dreams. The good news is that it’s never too late to hop back in the saddle and keep achieving your goals! Whether you mastered your plans and goals this year or you could use a reset, check out the ways you can get back on track or keep pushing forward to do good in the world and for yourself. 

 

Goals for Hobbies and Habits

Rome wasn’t built overnight and neither are hobbies or good habits. Set small goals to help achieve those larger goals and get you into a routine. Studies have shown that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to build a habit. That’s a huge range! It also means we haven’t even reached day 254 in the year, which will come in September. 

Be kind to yourself as you try to build new habits and commit to something small each day. For example, if you’re looking to learn a new instrument, commit to 10 minutes of practice each day. While this seems small, you will have practiced more than 60 hours after a year! By bumping that goal up to 15 minutes per day, you will have practiced more than 90 hours. This practice of starting small can apply to both habits and hobbies.

 

Philanthropy Goals

Consider how you’ve committed to giving back so far in 2021. This could include random acts of kindness, a monthly fundraising goal or a more structured volunteering commitment. Whatever goals you set at the beginning of the year to do good in the world, use this as a time to reevaluate. Maybe your goals were too lofty, and you need to scale back a bit. Or, maybe you breezed through your giving or volunteering goal and need to aim higher. 

Take this time to review and reestablish based on how you’ve been doing since the beginning of the year. Remember, there’s no shame in making adjustments to fit your lifestyle and needs! 

 

Health Goals

As we previously discussed, health comes in a variety of forms… not just the physical! However, if you need a reminder to keep moving, aim for reestablishing your health goals for the remainder of 2021. This could be as simple as increasing your water intake or adding 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine. 

Health comes in a variety of forms, including mental and even financial health. Focus on making time to take care of your mind and wellbeing. This could include setting a daily meditation goal, or making a monthly appointment with a certified therapist. Focus on saving for your next purchase, no matter how large or small the reward. 

 

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high. From helping others to helping yourself grow, goals are a great way to continue bettering the world.

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