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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

10 Ways to Keep the Holidays Stress-Free, Merry and Bright

Consider for a moment that your life is like a car, and you’re running from place to place. When the gas tank runs out, there’s no way to move forward. Your personal life and how you treat others is very much like this gas tank. You’re the best version of yourself when your tank is full. Around the holidays, it’s important now more than ever to focus on having a stress-free season where you can truly be present and enjoy the time spent with family, friends and loved ones. Check out these 10 ways to remind yourself to keep your tank full this holiday season and how to give back to others along the way.

 

1. Make a List, Check it Twice

The holidays often come with an overwhelming list of things to do and places to go. Santa had it right when he was making a list and checking it twice! One common practice to remove stress is to write down your plans and obligations in order of importance. What can you eliminate? What is most important to you? Write it down and start to rule some things out!
 

2. Spread Holiday Cheer

Sometimes to put a smile on your own face, it’s helpful to put a smile on the faces of others! Consider volunteering this holiday season. Not only has volunteering been proven to boost the moods of volunteers, but you’re also directly impacting and helping others in the best way! It’s a win-win to fill up your cup with love and joy.
 

3. Give What You Can

The holidays are a season of giving. If you’re able, consider giving, whatever that may be! From food donations to your local food bank, to a monetary contribution to your favorite organization, there’s no wrong way to give back.
 

4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the presents and to think about the things you should be doing but don’t have time to get done. Remind yourself not to sweat the small stuff for your own mental health. Will what you’re worrying about matter in a month? Chances are, it won’t! Remind yourself to give yourself grace.
 

5. Take Time For Yourself

Meditate. Read a book. Go on a walk. With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to remember that you need to focus on self care so that you don’t stretch yourself too thin. Self care is different for everybody, so do what makes the most sense for you.
 

6. Take Time Off (REALLY)

Resetting and recharging are so important to overall happiness. Use this as a time to truly unplug. Spend time with your family and friends. Put your electronics away. Chances are, after a short break, you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world, doing the most good you can do. 

 

7. Set a Budget

Buying gifts for those you love can be stressful when you’re working from a budget. Think of alternative gifts that don’t cost a lot but that come from your heart. This could be an act of service for the recipient or something homemade.
 

8. Indulge and Balance

The holidays are synonymous with indulging in the foods we love the most. Go for it! Find a way to work in some healthy balance, but don’t deprive yourself completely of the things you love. Completely depriving yourself may make you feel worse than if you had actually indulged in moderation. 

 

9. Have Fun

Don’t get so wrapped up in the stressful parts of the holiday season that you forget to have fun! Start a snowball fight or go ice skating. Spend time with the ones you love. Whatever you find to be fun, get out there and do it!
 

10. Exercise

Exercise doesn’t have to mean an hour on the treadmill. Pick up trash around your neighborhood. Take a 30 minute leisurely walk. Whatever you do, exercise can help boost endorphins, so it’ll help boost your mood! 

 

When you have a full cup or a full tank, so to speak, you’re able to give your best self to the world. Remember to take care of yourself this holiday season and give back when you can. The spirit of the holiday is all about spending time with the ones you love and giving back where you can! Help spread holiday cheer this year for yourself and others by following these ten steps!

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