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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

Why Back to School Matters at Every Age

While kids may not be ready to admit it, back to school is looming and right around the corner. If you’re a work-from-home parent with kids home for the summer, you’re more than willing to admit that the school year is less than a month away. 

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life. It’s time to hit the books without the pop quizzes! Check out these ways you can recognize back-to-school timing at any age.

 

Join a Book Club

Open your mind by joining a book club. Often, books are chosen that you might not read by your own but end up to be some of your favorites. In order to live a truly altruistic lifestyle, it’s important to open your mind to new experiences. Consider starting a book club at work, with your friends or even searching online for an existing book club in your area. 

 

Learn a New Hobby

Learning doesn’t have to be all books and late-night study sessions. Instead, learning can involve hands-on education. Use this time as a reminder to pick up a hobby you’ve always wanted to try and devote some time to learn. For example, you could pick up an instrument, crochet, play a sport or whatever you’ve wanted to try! Who knows, maybe your dream is as big as getting certified to scuba dive or as small as doing a crossword puzzle every day. Do whatever feels right for you!

 

Use New Learnings for Good

You never know what others are going through until you listen to their stories. Talking with community members or reading up on important causes in the world is the perfect way to learn more and do good in the world. Open your eyes to a problem where you can help be the solution. Take the time to learn about your community and where you can lend a hand.

 

Ramp Up Philanthropy Efforts 

Take this opportunity to learn more about organizations in your community or that interest you. Interview an executive director for an organization you’ve always wanted to get to know on a more personal level or ask volunteers why they like giving back to a certain cause. This can help you make more informed decisions in the future regarding how you spend your time and give back to your community. 

 

Work on Self Improvement

Nobody is perfect and life is always a work in progress. Use “back to school” as a reminder that you can continue to learn, grow and improve. What does self improvement look like to you? This could be meditation, taking some alone time every day, exercising or even committing to giving back each week, both big or small. Small actions lead to big change, so use this as a reminder to get started. 

 

How will you go “back to school” this year? Remember that learning is something that doesn’t need to end after your school days. Now is the perfect reminder that the world is big, and there is always more to learn and do in order to be the best version of ourselves.

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