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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

5 Spring Cleaning Ideas for a Happier, Healthier You

Okay, so cleaning may not be at the top of your “fun” list. However, spring cleaning can be the perfect opportunity to get inspired. In fact, spring cleaning can help boost happiness, promote health and wellness, and provide a multitude of benefits. We’re not just talking about the traditional spring cleaning here, we’re talking about much more. Check out these five spring cleaning tips to help promote a happy and healthy lifestyle as the seasons change! 

 

1. Clean Out Your Home and Closet

We’ll start with the obvious spring cleaning activity. It’s time to give your spring cleaning a new meaning! Cleaning out your closet may not seem like fun, but you’ll also create space for some fun new finds. Plus, you can donate your gently used items to those who need them most. You can do the same with household items. There are plenty of people in need, and you may be looking to create new space in your home. 

 

2. Clean Up the Community

Unfortunately, litter is bogging down our planet no matter where you live. Use this as a time to clean up the community you know and love. Walk your neighborhood or visit a local park with a pair of gloves and a trash bag. Invite your neighbors or family to help take part in a community cleanup day in order to make your efforts go further in less time!

 

3. Clean for Someone Who Can’t

Volunteer your time at a local nursing home where you can interact with the residents and lend a helping hand. Or, volunteer to do chores for a neighbor who may be struggling. Making yourself happier isn’t always about focusing on yourself. Sometimes, it’s about what you do for others! Performing kind acts for others has been shown to release feel-good endorphins. 

 

4. Clean Up Your Budget

There’s no time like tax season to reconsider your budget and finances. Figure out what you’re spending currently, where the money is going and where you would be willing to cut and would like to splurge. Consider if you’d like to include extras such as charitable giving in your budget. 

 

5. Clean Up Your Plate (In More Ways Than One!)

No, we’re not suggesting you eat everything on your plate! Instead, use this as an opportunity to reevaluate what’s on your plate and where you could “eat clean.” As a rule of thumb, try to fill up at least half of your plate with veggies. If you’re looking to make healthy changes, look at where you could substitute healthier options.

Speaking a little less literally, you can also clean up your plate of tasks. Consider what’s most important to you, and make sure to schedule time to do what you love. Overscheduling may seem like you’re pleasing everybody at the same time, but it ends up in burn out. Practice saying ‘no’ when you feel like you need to reset and recharge to put your best foot forward.

 

Spring is a time of renewal, and cleaning doesn’t have to simply mean scrubbing the floors! Try these cleaning activities to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle. Even if you focus on one of these tasks, remember that you’re taking a positive step toward building healthy habits. 

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