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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 Celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month

April is National Keep America Beautiful Month, commemorating the national organization which seeks to inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Keep America Beautiful aims to end littering, improve recycling and beautify communities, but these efforts stretch far beyond just one organization.

Keep America Beautiful Month is about coming together to give back to our beautiful country. This month, you can try some of these activities to support your community.

 

Reduce waste.

The first step you can take in keeping America beautiful is reducing the waste you and those in your household produce. Before throwing out items, check to see if you can repurpose or reuse them in a new and creative way. Cut down on the number of disposable items in your house—for example, plastic cutlery and water bottles—and switch instead to reusable products. You can even use this as a teaching opportunity for children to show them how to reduce their environmental footprint.

 

Recycle items.

Along with reducing your waste output comes recycling goods. April also celebrates Earth Day, and you can join in by making sure our Earth stays beautiful for many generations to come. Many items can be recycled that you may not be aware of, including metals, paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, batteries, light bulbs and even electronics. Recycling is just a small step you can make to have a big impact in your community and the world.

 

Clean up litter.

While a small amount of litter may not seem like a big deal at first, it quickly adds up to a huge environmental impact in the United States. This month, help keep America beautiful by being conscious of your own littering habits, and even helping to clean up litter around you. Adopt a highway, street or park and work to clean up any trash in the area. Additionally, use this time to teach children and younger generations the negative impact littering has and why it’s important to avoid it.

 

Plant a garden.

If you want to take things a step further, use this time to research and plant a garden, either in your own home, yard or neighborhood. Gardens are great for the environment and help support the local economy. Their bright colors and delicious smells also make the surrounding area even more beautiful. April is also the month to celebrate Arbor Day, so you can even celebrate by planting a tree to bring fresh air and a warm, inviting glow to the community.

 

Beautify the community.

Finally, you can work to keep America beautiful this month by helping to beautify areas in your surrounding neighborhood. Whether that’s painting a fence, cleaning up debris, or planting some flowers along a path, whatever contribution you make will help keep the community vibrant. If you’re able, consider donating to a local or national organization that works to promote good recycling and repurposing habits in the area. Whatever your contribution, you can be sure it’s going to a good cause.

 

This April, celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month by working in your community to get up and clean up. There are lots of ways to beautify our world, and together we can keep it that way for generations to come.

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