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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!

  • 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 Set Altruistic Goals for 2022

Happy holidays and year-end giving season! While the end of the year is synonymous with holidays, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year for nonprofit organizations. That’s because the giving season means many are making their final donations of the year to ensure their favorite organizations can continue to achieve their missions in the following year. 

This time of the year is the perfect reminder to consider your altruistic and giving goals for 2022. Take a look below at some ways you can plan out your 2022 giving strategy, from fundraising to volunteering and random acts of kindness!

 

Take Time to Research Organizations

Many are taking some well-deserved time off at the end of the year. That means it’s the perfect time to do your due diligence in searching for an organization you’d love to support. Think about the causes near and dear to your heart. Talk with family and friends about which causes they support and why. You may become passionate about a new organization after speaking with people who already care about the cause!

 

Set Giving Goals

Once you’ve decided the causes you’d like to support in 2022, set a goal for how much you’d like to donate or fundraise. This could be a monthly or yearly goal. And remember, the goal could change throughout the year. This is simply a starting point! Your goal could also be a total for all organizations you love, or for one specific cause. 

 

Commit to Acts of Kindness

One big reason that many people don’t start their goals is because it feels too big and too daunting. Incorporate small acts of kindness into your plan for 2022. Sometimes the smallest acts can make a huge difference! Some of your random acts of kindness could include:

  • Send handwritten notes to friends and family.
  • Donate a meal to somebody in need.
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in a drive-through.
  • Pick up trash that you see on the sidewalk.
  • Host a fundraiser, big or small.
  • Help a neighbor by clearing their sidewalk or running an errand.
  • Lend a hand after storms or other unexpected occurrences.

 

Talk with Your Family and Friends

The holidays are all about being with family and loved ones. Use this as an opportunity to talk about your goals for 2022. Who knows—you might pick up some good ideas by listening to what others are hoping to achieve in the new year! Plus, reaching your goals doesn’t have to be a solo venture. Instead, ask your loved ones to hold you accountable or to join you on your journey! 

 

While it’s important to plan your goals now, it’s also important to remember that goals can change. Don’t stress over making the perfect plan and sticking to it. Instead, write a mix of goals that will be easier to accomplish and others that you may not achieve. Having something larger to strive for will help motivate you throughout the year. Remember that no matter how big or small, any act of love and kindness makes a huge difference.

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