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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 Lead with Kindness in All that You Do

The world is a polarizing place now more than ever. With a global pandemic, various political views, different values and cultures all around the world, agreeing with everybody’s opinions is nearly impossible. The great thing about the world we live in is that there are so many unique perspectives and ways of life, and no two people are the same. It’s time to embrace our differences and lead with kindness as we go out into the world. Check out these ideas to ensure you’re always putting kindness first. 

 

Open Your Mind to Differing Views

The reflex when you hear differing points of view may be to try to argue them or express your point of view. Instead, open your ears to listen and try to put yourself in that person’s shoes. When you meet the opinions of others with kindness and respect, they’ll be much more likely to do the same when it’s your turn to express your opinions and viewpoints.

 

Stand Up for Those in Need

It comes back to the saying, “If you see something, say something,” which has come to also be applicable to bullying or instances of wrongdoing. There will come a time when you will be a bystander to somebody who needs those around to speak up. Use your voice for those who may not be able. Step in when you can to help those around you and lead with kindness. 

 

Volunteer in Your Free Time

Volunteering is the perfect way to spread kindness. It comes back to doing good in the world, while expecting nothing in return. In actuality, you’ll get so much out of volunteering. Doing good can release endorphins and overall has shown that it makes people happy, all while making a difference. Find an organization that you would like to support and spend a free afternoon lending your talents to help make the world a better place. This is the ultimate way to lead with kindness! 

 

Do Something Nice for a Stranger

It’s true that a little kindness goes a long way. Something that is sure to boost mood is when the kindness is unexpected. Take the time to talk with a stranger the next time you’re in a public place. Give a compliment. Pay for a meal in a drive-thru line for somebody behind you. Stand just a little bit longer to hold the door open for somebody. It doesn’t have to be a huge act of kindness. Remember, a little goes a long way!

 

Give Back

If you’re able to give financially, it’s a great option to support the future of your favorite organizations. Make sure to ask about how your funds will be used to ensure you’re giving back to the certain programs or aspects of the organization you care about. While monetary contributions are great, there are plenty of other ways to give back that don’t cost you anything.

You may have various household items that are worthy of being donated to organizations in need. Many nonprofits will have a wishlist of items they need that are relevant to their cause. This could range from canned goods to warm clothes or even household items like toilet paper or paper towels. Find an organization’s wish list and see what you already have that you could donate.

 

How will you lead with kindness? There are so many ways you can put your best foot forward in the world. Wake up each and every day asking yourself how you can spread kindness in the world. Before you know it, kindness will be all around you. Together, we can make a difference!

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