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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 Promote Inclusivity in All You Do

Diversity, equity and inclusion are important to making the world a better place, as well as promoting peace and harmony around the globe. In order to do more good in the world, it’s vital to understand the perspectives of those who differ from us. 

What makes us unique is also a beautiful thing! It’s time to embrace differences in order to work together and achieve a common goal of doing more good. Check out these ways to help promote inclusivity in all that you do. 

 

Embrace Differences

How can you embrace differences? The first step is to stop seeing differences as a bad thing. Just because somebody is different from you doesn’t necessarily mean the way they do things is wrong, or the way you do things is right. It’s just that—different!

Conversation is the easiest way to overcome any obstacles. It’s okay if you don’t share the same culture, viewpoints or lifestyle as others. The important part is learning as much as you can from those who are different from you to help promote an environment of inclusivity. Instead of scoffing at a difference or writing the person off because they have differences, take the time to get to know the person. Truly open your heart and mind to their opinions, and you’ll find that they’ll more than often do the same. 

 

Educate Yourself

Part of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all that you do is ensuring you’re educated on matters at hand. When you don’t know about issues facing others who have different backgrounds, cultures, jobs or circumstances, it’s impossible to help. Research organizations in your community that might be able to open your eyes to certain causes or issues you aren’t familiar with. 

You could also take a class on a subject you’ve been curious about. Since we’re living in a digital world, information is vast and often free online. In addition, take the time to listen to those around you. The more you know, the easier it is to put your best foot forward into the world. Be curious about differences and try to find common ground.

 

Question the Status Quo and Have Tough Conversations

Just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue to be done the same way. Conversations will not always be comfortable. However, sometimes the hardest questions produce the best outcomes. 

Try to bring diverse viewpoints into important conversations. If you aren’t the expert on the subject, bring in somebody who is and listen to their viewpoints. Although these conversations may be difficult, they’re important to understanding the full picture for the causes we support and the work that we do. 

 

Above all else, remember that we’re all human. Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do helps us develop a more informed and inclusive picture for different causes and issues at hand. Remember to lead with compassion for others, and you’re sure to put your best self out into the world, ready to be the change you want to see.

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