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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

How to Find Reputable Organizations to Help Give Back

The world is a crazy and unpredictable place, especially as of late. Although there is much to be sad about in the world, there is also hope coming from many places. With a global pandemic, natural disasters and other issues happening in the world, many organizations have stepped up to help lend a hand. If this is your first time giving to a certain cause or organization, you want to make sure that your donation is going directly to the matters that mean the most! Check out these tips to ensure you can find reputable organizations that are helping give back to so many great causes around the world. 

 

Do Your Research

The first step to knowing and trusting an organization is to look at their track record and do some research. Luckily, this is relatively easy given the amount of information available in the world today. In the past, this step would have been much more difficult. Luckily for you, these research steps won’t take up much of your time, and you’ll be on your way to supporting your favorite organizations and causes in no time!

 

  • Look at the Organization’s Web Presence
    First impressions are everything, which is why you should start at the root of the organization—their online presence. Take a look at the quality of the website, as well as their social media presence. If the organization hasn’t posted anything new in years or their website looks like it has been around since the dawn of the internet, you’ll want to ensure the organization is still going strong.
     
  • Find the Nonprofit’s 501(c)3 Status
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a list of charities and nonprofit organizations you can search through to find the organization you’re looking to support. 
     
  • Read Reviews
    Just like going to a restaurant or doing business with a new company, we’re living in the 21st century. Reviews exist in places like Google or Facebook from past donors or volunteers. You may also find testimonials on their website. 

 

Talk with Donors or Volunteers

The best place to learn about an organization is from others who have already come to love the nonprofit. Ask if you can speak to a volunteer from the organization or even a donor. Most organizations will be happy to set up time with people who already know and love them in hopes that you’ll also see how much they care and become a lifelong supporter. 

 

Find Out How Your Money Will Be Used

Often, you’ll be able to designate your contribution to a specific area of an organization. Maybe there’s a specific program you want to ensure your donation helps support, or even sponsor, a specific individual (depending on the type of organization). 

If the organization does not offer any sort of separate programs or areas of opportunity to specify where your donations are being applied, check out their annual report. Often, an annual report will give you a great idea of how much money was raised in the previous year, where those donations went, areas of focus for the coming year and so much more. 

 

Although there are a ton of heavy issues going on in the world today, nonprofit organizations are a bright spot in the world, helping to provide relief and aid to a variety of important causes. Get to know the organizations around you before making a contribution to ensure that your donations will go far and support the causes you care about. Luckily, we’re living in a world full of information, and there are so many wonderful organizations out there in the world ready to give back! 

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