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CASA Volunteer Joanne Tieman

Southeast CASA mourns the death of our dear friend and CASA volunteer, Joanne Tieman. Joanne was a CASA volunteer in Clay County and served from 2015 to 2020. She was a dedicated CASA volunteer and took on some very challenging cases, making a difference in the lives of the children she helped. Donations have been received at Southeast CASA in memory of Joanne's work as a CASA volunteer.


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!

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First Dakota National Bank
    First Dakota National Bank
  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

How to Give Back This GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving in the U.S. has passed, but there’s still a whole lot to be grateful for. With the biggest shopping days of the year behind us, it’s now time to celebrate one of the biggest days of the year for generosity—GivingTuesday! In the words of GivingTuesday.org, “GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.”

In 2020, GivingTuesday raised an estimated $2.47 billion dollars in just 24 hours. We’re talking BILLIONS of dollars at stake here! Many foundations or individuals use this day to match funds, which makes the day such a lucrative fundraising event. What are you waiting for? Today is the day! It’s not too late to get involved. Check out these five ways to give back this GivingTuesday. 

 

Donate

The easiest way to participate in GivingTuesday is to give! Check out GivingTuesday.org to find local organizations and charities where you can make a donation. As mentioned above, many organizations participate in matching gifts during these 24 hours, so your donation will go further! 

 

Raise Awareness

Life is busy, and during the pandemic especially it’s hard to keep track of days. Use this as an opportunity to call up your friends to remind them about GivingTuesday! Ask them if they’d be willing to donate to an organization you love, or simply encourage them to participate. People are more likely to give when they have somebody they love directly asking them to participate. Use this as your opportunity to remind them about this wonderful day! 

 

Start a Fundraiser

Donating is just the start of how you can give back. Come up with a quick way to organize a fundraiser. Even social media platforms such as Facebook are offering fundraisers that you can set up in a manner of minutes to give back and then promote to your followers. 

Even if you don’t have time to start a fundraiser on GivingTuesday, as they say—it’s the thought that counts. A fundraiser done today or tomorrow or the next week still helps benefit your favorite organizations. 

 

Volunteer Your Time

Organizations need help of all kinds on GivingTuesday and the days following, so it’s not too late to volunteer for this year. Reach out to an organization you love to ask if they need help sending thank yous, calling donors and so much more related to GivingTuesday activities. Even if you can’t volunteer your time today, there are plenty of ways to stay involved throughout the end of the year.

 

Now is the time to take part in the biggest giving day of the year! Celebrate GivingTuesday whether that be through giving your time, your gifts, talents or monetary contributions. Every gift, both big and small, helps make a difference. 

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