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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

Take Time to Check in with Your Goals Before Year-End

Thanksgiving is here in the United States! It’s time to pass the side dishes and say your thanks for family, friends and those that you love. But Thanksgiving also means more than simply good food and good company. It also means that we’re just a little over a month away from the end of the year. 

No matter what holidays you celebrate, that means plenty more good times to be had before we ring in 2022. It also means it’s time to check in with your 2021 goals! From giving to volunteering to kicking a habit you hoped to leave behind, check out these tips to check in with yourself and finish out 2021 strong! 

 

Revisit Your Goals

If you put pen to paper with your altruistic goals early in the year, open up your notebook or find where you wrote down those goals. It’s time to check in on how you’re doing. Give yourself a grade based on the outcome. If you haven’t quite stuck to your goals, have no fear! There’s still plenty of time to achieve goals in 2021. Think about revising the goals you did write down so that you can set achievable goals throughout the end of the year! Remember that it’s never too late to get started.

 

Set Small Goals

Even if you haven’t met your goals for the year, there’s still time left! Start small and watch what you can achieve. Whether you decide to volunteer a few hours per week or set a giving goal each week through the end of the year, you’ll be surprised as those small goals add up to big achievements. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your altruistic efforts certainly will take time to build. Find an accountability partner to ensure you both stick to it. 

 

Host a Fa-La-La-La-Fundraiser! 

It’s time to put the “fun” in fundraiser. The end of the year is full of gatherings and parties to celebrate the holidays and another year passing. Take an already merry gathering and add another element to spread holiday cheer—a fundraiser! This can be as simple as adding a good-will donation location at your party, or as elaborate as a contest where each participant pays to enter and the money is donated (think ugly sweaters or gingerbread houses!). The sky’s the limit, and remember to have fun!

 

Check in with Your Friends

Like most things in life, doing good in the world is more fun with friends. This season of giving is also a time to spend with the ones you love. Ask a friend or family member if they’ll commit to some good acts throughout the end of the year. You’ll find that it’s easier to complete when you’re also spending time with those that you love. Plus, you can then continue your quest to do good into the new year. 

 

Although 2021 is coming to a close, there’s never a wrong time to check in on your goals or even to begin. Start small and set achievable steps to reach those goals. And remember, this is the season of giving and spending time with those that you love. Bring your family and friends along for the ride!

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