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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 Help the Environment in Your Everyday Life

As back-to-school comes barreling back into our lives, so does the opportunity to do good for the world. There are a variety of ways you can be conscious of helping the environment all while getting your fall shopping done (fall is right around the corner!). Plus, this is the perfect time to remind yourself of ways that you can help the environment. When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years. Check out some ideas below to help protect the one place we all call home—earth!

 

Shop Sustainable

Both clothes and school supplies are back-to-school staples. However, there are some ways that are smarter to shop than others. Use this as an opportunity to invest in recycled goods, sustainable clothes and more. Paper supplies are one of the easiest items to find that have been recycled for your back-to-school shopping. When it comes to clothes, invest in quality pieces that are made sustainably instead of “fast-fashion,” which are often cheaply made and end up as waste. In addition, you can shop second-hand to help others’ clothes avoid being thrown out.

 

Plant Trees

Find a school or community hotspot and consider planting trees. Arbor Day may be in April, but you can use the fall as a time to give back to your community. Start a new tradition where every new fall and new school year means you give new life to a tree. Think about years later when you can come back and visit, reflecting on planting your trees and how much they’ve grown! 

 

Educate Others

Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of education. Find opportunities to talk with your friends, family and peers about how you can help love the environment. Research statistics to help them understand why it’s so important. For example, did you know that there is an estimated 51.2 BILLION pieces of litter along the United States roadways?! That’s a ton of harm to our planet. Use research to help your family and friends understand why they should care.

 

Volunteer in Your Community

Teamwork makes the dream work! Gather a group of friends or neighbors to help spruce up your community. Whether it’s mending broken fences or picking up trash in your neighborhood, there are plenty of ways to give your community a facelift and also do good for the planet. This is a perfect way to get your children involved, or a group of friends. 

 

Recycle

The most obvious way to help the environment is to recycle as much of what you use as possible. Don’t forget to also reduce your amount of waste on a daily basis and to reuse where possible. Reduce, reuse and recycle are the three “r” words to remember! Recycling efforts can vary largely depending on where you live, so make sure to check with your local community on what can and cannot be recycled. Then, set up different bins in your home to collect the recyclable goods. 

 

It’s important to check in with yourself and your habits, especially when it can help the world around us. Use “back-to-school” as a time to see how you can help reduce, reuse and recycle this year, along with giving back to your community and the world. If you have children, teach them how to shop sustainably and continue to educate them. The more our children know, the more they can help us protect our planet moving forward. After all, they’re our future!

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