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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

Use December to Celebrate Human Rights Day All Month Long

December is here, and it’s the perfect time to recognize human rights all over the world and how you can help. December 10 is recognized as Human Rights Day, and the entire month of December is Universal Human Rights Month. Together, let’s explore some of the most frequently asked questions around human rights, including what human rights are, the history of the holiday and how you can recognize the cause all month long. 

 

What Are Human Rights?

Human rights are exactly what the name suggests. They are rights that are believed to belong to every single human being, no matter their age, background, race, religion or any other identifying factor. 

 

What’s the History of Human Rights Day?

Human Rights Day was established on December 10,1948. That’s more than 70 years ago! The day commemorates the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is a document that established rights for all humans. An interesting fact about this document—according to UN.org, it is the most translated document in the world! Now, every year on December 10 is recognized as Human Rights Day.

 

What is This Year’s Theme? 

Every year, Human Rights Day has a theme. This year, the theme is “EQUALITY —- Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights.” The theme is focused on finding solutions to deep-rooted forms of discrimination. According to UN.org, this includes discrimination against women and girls, indigenous peoples, people of African descent, LGBTI people, migrants and people with disabilities, among others.

 

Why Should I Celebrate?

When we focus on ensuring human rights for every single person, the world also improves. Helping to champion human rights can lead to decreased poverty, increased equality, decreased conflict and so much more. 

 

How Can I Participate in Universal Human Rights Month and Human Rights Day?

Now that you know more, you can take the next steps and get involved! Some of the ways to get involved during this month and day include:

  • Find an organization and give back
  • Raise awareness and educate your loved ones
  • Talk about Human Rights Day and Universal Human Rights Month with friends
  • Volunteer at an organization helping promote this cause

 

How will you help spread the word or give back during Universal Human Rights Month? From volunteering to helping advocate and spread awareness, there are so many ways to get involved. Take the time to educate yourself and those around you. Doing so can help lead to some pretty big changes, like helping to fight poverty and more! 

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