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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 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

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

How to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day All Month Long

Every year, the third Monday in January is recognized as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—a day honoring the civil rights leader and activist who fought for equal rights for all. In honor of his legacy, MLK Day is the only federal holiday that is dedicated to performing acts of service in our communities. 

 Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the whole month of January and the year. Use the below reminders to help recognize his spirit and make a difference in your community. 


Find Volunteer Opportunities

Whether it’s with an organization you know and love or a brand new cause you’ve been meaning to check out, volunteers are some of the most selfless people around to help improve communities. While you may think you’re giving your time and energy without getting anything in return, that’s far from the truth. Volunteering can be some of the most fulfilling and rewarding work. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are also helping to make a difference in your community. 


Recommit to Your Service Goals

This is the perfect time to check in with your giving goals that you set at the end of last year or to develop goals for the rest of the year. Reevaluate if you are falling behind or blazing through the goals that you set. It’s helpful to recommit to what you’d like to accomplish every now and then so that you can factor in new circumstances. Remember that there are multiple ways you can give back—it doesn’t necessarily have to be monetary! Sometimes your time is the most valuable thing you can give. 


Spread the Love

Share what you are doing to commit to service in your community with your family, friends and even on social media. Sometimes when others see that you are doing acts of service in your community, it causes them to want to join in or start an initiative of their own. You could be the reason that somebody commits to doing more good for the world! Ask your family and friends if they would be willing to join you in your efforts. After all, things in life are more fun when you’re doing them with the ones you love! 


Be Inclusive

Reach out to a neighbor. Have conversations with people of different backgrounds, upbringings, faiths and other differences. Having simple conversations with those who have different backgrounds than yourself can help you better understand what issues they face, as well as vice versa. Having open and honest conversations are the beginning of healing and understanding among various groups. If you see somebody being left out in your everyday situations, make an effort to include them. 


Use this as a reminder to commit acts of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even after the holiday passes, his spirit can carry on. Explore new ways you can give back to your community, involve your family and friends and set attainable goals for yourself. This is the perfect opportunity to honor the late civil rights leader.