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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 a Cause You Love This Month

It’s hard to believe that another month has come and gone. As we enter October and inch closer to the holiday season, year-end giving and volunteering also ramps up. That makes this the perfect time to find a cause you’re truly passionate about so you can consider lending your talents. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips to discover a cause you’re truly passionate about, along with some ideas to get started! 

Involve Your Hobbies and Interests

Think about what you like to do or something that you’re passionate about. Those hobbies and interests can translate into helping an organization succeed. For example, if you love music, consider donating your talents to an organization that teaches children music who can’t afford lessons. If you’ve always been an animal lover, consider volunteering at your local shelter. The list goes on and on. 

You can also consider what you’re good at and how that could translate into volunteering. If you’re great at sewing and knitting, you could help lend those talents to an organization that needs clothes. If you’re great at excel spreadsheets, consider asking an organization about administrative activities where you could lend a hand. These are all easy ways to get started and find a cause you love. 

 

Talk with Friends and Your Community

Still stumped? Talk with a friend about organizations they support to see if you have any shared interests. Sometimes causes we’re truly passionate about come to us after learning new information. Open yourself up to conversations where you ask others what they’re passionate about in your community. Chances are, those conversations will lead to your own passion igniting to do more good. 

 

Examples of Causes to Support

Still looking for some ideas on causes to support? October is full of important dates you can use to find a cause or remember to give back. Check out these examples of causes that have recognition this month: 

 

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Unfortunately, cancer has most likely touched all of us in one way or another. October is considered breast cancer awareness month. There are various walks and fundraisers to help mark the occasion to help spread awareness and raise money to fight this terrible disease.
     
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    October is an awareness month to help educate and help combat domestic violence cases and decrease the statistics. Sadly, too many people have been victims of domestic violence. You can use this month to research organizations helping domestic violence victims or educating yourself.
     
  • World Smile Day (Oct 1)
    Did you know that smiling can help boost your endorphins? Use this day as a reminder to be the reason somebody else smiles today. Use the tips above to find a cause you love and consider volunteering.
     
  • National Be Nice Day (Oct 5)
    Being nice is one of the easiest ways to spread kindness. While this isn’t an exact cause to support, it is a way you can spread the altruistic spirit. Go out of your way to perform random acts of kindness. 
     
  • Make a Difference Day (Oct 23)
    How will you make a difference? Now that you’ve hopefully found a cause you love to support, use this day to volunteer or make a plan to make a difference. Consider setting up your yearly giving or volunteering plan. 

Now that you have ample ideas to get started, it’s time to spread the love. The first step is always the hardest, so don’t be afraid to get out there and try something new today.

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