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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:

We're Seeking New Board Members!

Southeast CASA is looking for a few talented and caring volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our program of providing free advocacy services for abused and neglected children in southeastern South Dakota. We're seeking adults from communities in Clay, Union, Turner, Bon Homme and Yankton counties who want to make a difference in the lives of local children in need. Learn more about Southeast CASA at www.southeastcasa.org. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership, and are interested in exploring board service, please call the director of Southeast CASA at 605-760-4825 to find out whether this opportunity is right for you.

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 Practice a Month of Gratitude and Giving

November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers. From reaching out to those you love to keeping a journal, check out some ways that you can practice showing and giving gratitude all month long.

 

Keep a Gratitude Journal

One way to improve your mental health and clarity is to write down your thoughts. The beginning of November is the perfect time to start a gratitude journal. This could be a physical journal that is made to guide you through gratitude exercises, or it could be as simple as getting a blank journal, a piece of paper or even an online document to write your thoughts. 

The concept is simple—at the end of each day, write down something that you’re thankful for. Push yourself to think of something new each day and to look for unique experiences. This will help you see the gratitude in the world around you. 

 

Do a Random Act of Kindness Each Day

I know what you’re probably thinking—thirty random acts of kindness?! However, thirty is a small number when you break it down to one act of kindness per day. The best part about doing random acts of kindness is that they don’t have to be huge gestures. This could be as simple as holding the door open for the person behind you, even though they’re a few steps away. You could buy a stranger a cup of coffee or pay someone a compliment. The possibilities are endless, and it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Start small, and incorporate a few bigger acts throughout the month!
 

Show Gratitude for Your Family and Friends

Life is short,  remember to tell the ones you love just how much you love them—and do it often. There are  many ways you can show your friends and family that you love them. You could send a note, a text, run an errand for them or surprise them with homemade goodies. Think about something you know they would like and then shower them with love. 

 

Start a Fundraiser

Use the start of November to launch a fundraising campaign for your favorite organization and express your gratitude. Ask a new person if they’d be willing to donate each day, or use your social media channels to tell your friends and family how they can give and get involved. Set a goal for your fundraiser and think of creative ways to reach it. You could try matching up to a certain amount of donations. Or take on a task like running one mile for every certain amount of dollars raised. 

 

How will you make this month about giving thanks? There’s no need to wait all the way until Thanksgiving to celebrate! Giving back to those around you will help you lead a more fulfilled life. Use this list as a starting point and consider other creative and unique ways that you can give thanks this holiday season!

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