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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 International Day of Peace

Peace is something we all strive to achieve, especially in our everyday lives. International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21 every year, is the perfect opportunity to promote peace in the world around us. While you may not hold the keys to tackle international peace on your own, there are plenty of ways to participate in the day that can help promote peace and unity. Find out more about the holiday below, along with ways you can celebrate this year. 

 

Background on the Holiday

The United Nations General Assembly established International Day of Peace in 1981. Since then, the day has moved on to mean a cease-fire and day of nonviolence. It has also come to be a time where people can educate themselves and others on international peace and a day to create public awareness.
 

How You Can Participate in International Day of Peace

Participating in International Day of Peace comes in many ways, both large and small. Check out some ideas to get you started below.
 

  • Let Go of Grudges
    Take this time to evaluate the relationships in your life. While it’s important to set boundaries and every situation is unique, use this day as an opportunity to let go of a silly grudge or disagreement in your life. That could mean simply moving on and choosing to forget about the experience since it doesn’t serve you, or it could mean making amends with a friend or loved one. Use this as an opportunity to evaluate the relationships in your life.
     
  • Educate Yourself and Others
    Part of International Day of Peace is education. World peace may not exist because of differences in how we think, act or believe. Take the time to educate yourself on another culture or way of life that you may not understand or want to learn more about. Research organizations working toward peace and find out how you can lend your time and talents to their cause.
     
  • Do a Random Act of Kindness
    If we all did a simple random act of kindness each day, the world would be a whole lot brighter. Take this day as an opportunity to do something nice for a stranger or loved one. This could be as simple as buying somebody a cup of coffee or as large as spending the entire day devoted to helping a neighbor in need. Random acts of kindness, both large and small, go a long way in promoting unity.
     
  • Give Globally
    Since this is about international peace, consider donating or volunteering with an organization that helps provide relief internationally. Look at the issues and causes globally and determine what you’re most passionate about. Then, step up to help!
     
  • Volunteer Locally
    While you may think of International Day of Peace as helping others around the world, remember that it can start in your community. After all, you’re part of this earth! Start locally and see how you can make a difference. Volunteer at an organization that promotes positivity or discover a new cause locally that can further promote peace year-round.

While September 21 is a day to recognize International Day of Peace, don’t forget that you can extend these ways to celebrate throughout the year. Set a small recurring goal for yourself throughout the year. Before you know it, these acts of kindness will spread and make a huge difference in the world we call home.

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