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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 Financial Awareness Day by Planning for Your Future

When you think of doing good for the world and for yourself, you probably think of all the ways you can give back. However, there are a variety of ways you can contribute to doing good in the world and also for yourself. August 14 is recognized as Financial Awareness Day. You can celebrate by planning your own future, teaching others to plan for theirs or giving back to your community. Check out our ideas to celebrate below! 

 

Determine Your Goals

Where do you see yourself in one year? Five years? Ten years? Nobody knows what the future holds, but it’s important to plan for the future and think about your finances. Consider life-changing events like going to school, buying a car, moving into a new house or planning for retirement. Maybe you want to travel the world. Whatever your goals, think about just how much you may need to save to make those goals happen. 

 

Save a Little to Save a Lot

When you set a large goal, it seems daunting. However, when you break up that goal into smaller, more attainable and manageable steps, it becomes an easier task to wrap your mind around. Think about this—if we asked you to save $1825 this year, that sounds like a big number. However, if we told you to save just $5 per day a year, that’s the same number! Take whatever your goal was that you determined and break it into smaller, achievable steps. 

 

Research Investment Options

To help your financial future go further, consider ways to invest. That may involve consulting an expert or reading up on the tons of free content that’s available on the internet. An investment can be as simple as opening a savings account to receive some interest for leaving your money in the account. Or, it could be more complex such as investing in stocks and bonds. Everybody has a different comfort level with investing, so determine where you stand and how you’d like to invest your hard earned dollars. 

 

Consider Your Giving Goals

While becoming financially responsible and independent, you may want to consider how you can give back to others. If you’re feeling generous and would like to build this into your plan, make sure to research organizations you love and determine how your money will be used. Think about how much you would be comfortable giving back each month, or throughout the entire year and set a goal! 

 

Help Raise Financial Awareness

This is the perfect opportunity to not only reevaluate your financial fitness, but to also help others who may need a refresher. Consider checking in with your family and friends to build a financial plan together. Or, volunteer with an organization that provides financial assistance or training to those in need. You can participate in recognizing Financial Awareness Day without spending any money at all! 

 

Use this holiday as a reminder to put yourself and your financial future first. Plus, Financial Awareness Day is the perfect opportunity to reset your focus, and consider giving back to those in need. Starting small today can lead to a big future for your finances and the opportunity to help as many people as possible.

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