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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

Celebrate International Day of Friendship

Friends in our lives mean the world, and it’s time to show them just how special they are. Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you. This is a day centered on bringing people together from all over the world, from different cultures, religions, backgrounds and more. From opening yourself up to making new friendships to rekindling the oldest friendships, here are ways you can celebrate and spread the love. 

 

Introduce Yourself to Somebody New

All friendships start somewhere. Consider expanding your friendship horizons and inviting somebody new into your circle. Consider acquaintances you may know from activities you do weekly, like work, hobbies, fellow parents or even the gym. Just because you have interacted with them thus far and haven’t developed a friendship doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Sometimes all it takes is one person to make the first move and strike a deeper connection. Start by discussing the things you have in common. 

 

Pick Up the Phone, and Call an Old Friend

In a world moving fast with text message after text message, picking up the phone to call or FaceTime can carry more meaning. Ask a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile if you can set up a time to call them. That’s it, it’s that simple! You may just find that you can talk for hours.

 

Send Snail Mail

What once was old is new again. Snail mail, or a good old-fashioned written letter, can be more exciting to receive than a text or an email. Get crafty with it! Add stickers, drawings or use multiple colors of markers to brighten your friend’s day. Your unsuspecting recipient will enjoy the sweet surprise arriving in their mailbox. 

 

Enjoy a Meal Together

Food is at the heart of many memories. Cook a meal together where you both contribute to the final product. This will give you time to bond while slicing and dicing ingredients, along with time together while the final product is cooking and you’re enjoying the meal.

If you aren’t exactly the cooking type, consider going out for dinner or ordering in for a chance to catch up. Take this as a time to splurge on one of your shared favorites and pull out all of the stops. This will be the perfect opportunity to make time for each other and have a one on one conversation.

 

Volunteer Together

Give back all while celebrating friendship! Ask one or more of your closest friends if they’d be willing to join you in volunteering at your favorite organization. Or, consider a one-off event in your community that may need volunteers. This is also an added opportunity to meet others that you may not normally have the chance to meet otherwise. Open yourself up to hearing stories of those you are helping to better understand the world around you!

 

It’s always a wonderful time to celebrate friendship, but International Day of Friendship is the ultimate reminder to show the ones you love that you care. Make new friends from different backgrounds and cultures, celebrate those you already have and don’t be afraid to pick up the phone to call the ones you love.

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