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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 Help Boost Your Mood During the Winter Months

The winter months can tend to be cold and dark, which can make it difficult to keep a positive spirit. Even further—every year more than 12 million American adults suffer from Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder (SAD). This type of disorder typically occurs during the winter months when there is less sunlight and can consist of fatigue, depression and other symptoms. Whether you’re suffering from SAD or simply feeling down with the winter blues, there are ways you can boost your mood during the colder months. Check out these ideas below to warm your heart and soul. 

 

Soak Up the Sun

Part of SAD can relate to a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is found in sunlight, meaning you could use some more rays of sunshine. Unfortunately, this may not always be possible to find when the temps are freezing, and you’re cooped up inside all day. Luckily, there are other ways to boost your vitamin D levels. Some foods are high in vitamin D, like fish, seafood, cheese and egg yolks. 

If you’re really looking to boost your vitamin D levels and want to get the same feeling you get from sunlight, invest in a heat lamp to stay warm and toasty during the winter months. Basically, if you can’t get the sunlight organically, make the sunlight come to you!

 

Do Something Good for Someone Else

Doing good for others can also be a great mood booster for you AND the person you’re helping. Not only are you doing something nice for others, but you’ll also feel great knowing that you’re making a difference in your community and the world. Volunteer or get out in your community to lend a helping hand.

 

Move It, Move It!

Exercise is one of the best ways to release those good feelings, also known as endorphins! While it may be difficult to get moving at first, it always feels good once you’re done. The first step is getting dressed for a workout. Maybe you only have 10 minutes for today, but 10 minutes of a workout is better than no workout! 

 

Get Outdoors When Possible

The weather may not always make outdoor life possible during the winter but sometimes it is! Make a snowman. Start a snowball fight. Get bundled up and go for a walk. Going outside for fun can help you get sunlight and also physical activity. It’s a win-win!

 

Switch Up Your Routine

See friends, if possible. Head out of town for a change of scenery. Work from a different location for the day. There are tons of ways you can change up your routine, and sometimes it’s the kick you need for a boost of serotonin. If you’re looking to brainstorm more ideas, call up a friend and look to tackle the task together.

 

Have no fear, because spring is around the corner, and warmer months are ahead. In the meantime, take as many steps as you can to boost your mood and help others along the way. 

 

*This article is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a doctor for specific plans related to your mental health.

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