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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 Define Your End-of-Year Giving Strategy

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly. Wasn’t it just 2020, after all? Time flies faster than you think, which is why it’s important to think about your end-of-year giving plan now. 

Maybe you’ve been giving steadily to an organization of your choice throughout the year. Or,  maybe you wait until the month of December to make a big contribution to the organization(s) of your choice. Luckily, if you don’t have a plan, there’s still time! And it doesn’t have to involve giving thousands of dollars. Let’s dive into how you can help support organizations by building your year-end giving strategy. 

 

Find Organizations You Love to Support

Hopefully, you’ve spent the first part of the year forming relationships with causes you support and specific organizations you love. However, if you have not yet found that special cause or nonprofit, there’s still plenty of time! Pledge to figure out where you might want to give back as we close out the year. 

Once you’ve done some research and identified places where you would consider donating, reach out to talk with somebody who knows the organization. Ask if you can speak to a volunteer or a seasoned donor to get more insight into why they continue to give. This will help you decide if you’re making the right decision. 

 

Consider Volunteering 

While we often focus on “year-end” giving as a time to donate money, there are other ways for you to give back. Volunteering allows you to make a strong impact for an organization, and as year-end giving ramps up, organizations will absolutely be in need of all hands on deck to help with a variety of tasks. Contact one of your favorite organizations and see how you can lend a hand. 

As an added bonus, the fast approaching holiday season is all about being with the ones you love. Take this time to involve them in your giving efforts. Ask your friends or your family to volunteer with you so that you can, not only give back to a great cause, but also spend quality time with the ones you love. There’s no bonding quite like bonding over doing good together!

 

Donate Seasonal Items

As temps drop outside, there will be many seasonal opportunities to donate items. For example, many areas go through change in weather where hats, coats and gloves may be needed for those who can’t afford them. Take time now to go through your closet. Who said cleaning out your closet was only designated for the spring? Gather any unused winter clothing and donate to an organization nearby. Think of other seasonal items or volunteer opportunities that may be needed as we transition into fall and winter

 

How will you make a difference as we close out the year? Consider giving recurring donations, donating at the end of the year to a new organization or even volunteering your time to help an organization meet their goals. While it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle, remember that you have the power to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Plus, there’s no greater feeling than that of giving back!

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