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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 Make the Most of Quality Time to Improve Your Life

Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. Altruism is all about doing the most you can for others and leaving the world a better place than we found it. But that’s not all—quality time is also a win for you. While you’re giving quality time to those you love or those in need, you’re also receiving quality time to fill up your cup in return.

However, life gets busy and other tasks or work are often prioritized. So how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

 

Put Away Your Phone

The next time you’re with a friend, family member or even a stranger, consider putting away your phone. It’s one of the biggest distractors in our lives, because it’s always with us and always on. Consider dinner with a “no-phone policy” where everybody has to leave their phones on silent and in a basket or a different room. At the conclusion of dinner, allow your guests to retrieve their phones. Or, simply flip your phone upside down on the table for the duration of a conversation. Without the distractions, this opens up the door for more quality conversation where everybody is paying attention to what is being said. 

 

Practice Active Listening 

There’s listening and then there is active listening. Passive listening is when you’re hearing the words but not necessarily paying attention enough to comprehend and respond. Active listening involves absorbing the information with no distractions and truly comprehending and responding to the content. Without active listening, quality time is simply time. Make sure you’re engaged in the conversation to maximize your time together.

 

Do Activities Together

Teach your loved ones about what you like to do and have them do the same. Having a shared interest in a hobby can be an easy way to spend quality time together. Don’t be afraid to try something new in order to spend time with those you love. For example, maybe you aren’t sure about camping, but your loved one loves the outdoors. Compromise by giving it a try but bringing some items so you don’t have to totally “rough it.” There are tons of ways to compromise and open your eyes to a fun hobby you can do with your loved ones in the future. Also, consider volunteering with your loved ones. This is the perfect way to get some quality time while giving back to your community. 

 

Mark Your Calendar

We’re all guilty of saying “We should meet up sometime!” and then never following through. When you actually make a plan and put it on the calendar, you’re much less likely to cancel. Find space on a weekly or monthly basis to check in with those you love, even if only for a short while. This will not only improve your relationships with those you’re chatting with, but will also boost your mood. 

 

Remember that quality time isn’t necessarily about quantity. Instead, it’s about making the most of the time you have available. When you have the time, make sure you’re actively listening. Put away your phone or other distractions, and you’ll be surprised at the meaningful connections you can make. Don’t be afraid to try new things and get those you love to do the same!

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