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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

Meaningful Summer Activities for the Entire Family

Warm weather. Pool days. Ice Cream. These are just a few staples that let us know summer is on the way. Soon, schools across the country will be letting out for a few months. There are only so many days before you hear the inevitable from your kids or family during the hot summer—”I’m bored!” It’s not from a lack of you trying to keep everybody entertained. It’s just a fact of the season! 

Luckily, there are some ways you can keep everybody busy this summer with meaningful activities. Check out our examples below, then come up with your own ideas to add meaning to time off this summer. 

 

Volunteer at Your Favorite Organization

Summer is the perfect time to show your kids that giving back can be fun. Choose an organization that has a shared interest among your family and ask about volunteer opportunities. Make sure to talk about what they can expect before you arrive to volunteer at an organization of your choice and then discuss how they felt afterward. You and the family will leave feeling good about the people you’ve helped and the work you’ve done.

 

Collect Canned Goods

School lunches are a vital meal for many children across the country who may not otherwise get a meal that day. When school lets out for the summer, that means many kids who rely on school lunches are sadly left without. Ask your kids to help you start a summer food drive where they go door to door to stock pantries for those in need. Partner with a local food bank to find out what specific items they are lacking and advocate for the most needed items. Plus, mobilizing your kids to help you collect items means you get to do good and get your exercise in for the day.

 

Make Your Version of a Lemonade Stand

A lemonade stand is the ultimate beginning for an entrepreneur, and it has ties to the ultimate summer activity. Many entrepreneurs embarked on their first adventure with a lemonade stand to charge money for delicious lemonade. As a nod to your inner child, host a lemonade stand on a hot day where the proceeds are donated to your favorite organization. Set up at a local parade or outdoor event during the summer and advertise where the proceeds will go!

 

Get Active for Charity

Set a goal for good! You can come up with your own fundraiser that ties getting active to raising money for charity. Set a goal of miles you want to run, and get sponsors to match up to a certain dollar amount if you achieve your goal. Commit to jump roping a certain amount every day, and get people to donate along the way as you reach your goal. No matter what activity you decide to do, tie it to your fundraising efforts!

 

These are just a few examples of ways you can beat summer boredom and give back while having fun! Sit down with your family to find out what organizations interest them and how you want to give back this summer. Set goals at the beginning of the summer, and watch as you achieve them before school starts up again in the fall!

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