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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

Alternative Spring Break Ideas for You and the Kids

Spring break is typically a time to sit back and relax in the middle of the school year before finishing out the year strong. With an extended period of time off, many families elect to take a trip during that time or simply kick back at home and soak in the days sleeping in. 

While these are both great ideas to reset, there are ways you can also incorporate giving back into your spring break. The best part? You don’t have to compromise on your current plans! Check out these ways that you can work in alternative spring break options for you and your family.


Volunteer While You Travel

Taking a trip can also be based around an organization or a community in need where you’d love to lend your time. Plan part of your trip for fun and the other half for volunteer opportunities. Make sure to check in with local organizations before you go to plan out where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing. This also helps teach your kids that doing good can also be fun, and that sometimes hard work comes before play. You’re still traveling, but you’re also making a difference! 


Have a Staycation Benefiting the Community

In order to do good for the world, you don’t have to travel far and wide! If you’re at home for spring break, look for opportunities to give back in your own backyard (figuratively, you can go further than that!). 

A simple task could be picking up litter in your community to help keep the space you call home clean. You can also find a local organization that benefits your community and ask about opportunities to give back. Whether your littles see you volunteering or making a donation, the good deeds will stick with them as they continue to grow. 


Craft for Good

Teach your children that hobbies can be turned into a force for good! Teach them to crochet and make hats and mittens for those in need. Write letters and draw pictures for our troops or the local nursing home. Put together hygiene kits for people in need and drop off those kits at a local organization that can help distribute them. No matter the craft you’re doing, think of a way that you can translate it into helping others. 


Spring break is a time for rest and relaxation, but it has the potential to be so much more. Ask your kids about causes they’re passionate about and try to line those passions up with a local organization. Starting your kids or family early is sure to leave a lasting impression and may create a habit of giving for years to come. This spring break is just the start!