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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 Find a Cause You're Passionate About

The hardest part about starting a new venture is simply that—getting started. You have a passion for doing good in the world and want to give back, but you also want to make sure you connect with the cause. Where to begin!? Use these tips to find a cause you’re passionate about supporting, which will help you build a long-standing relationship. 

 

Consider Your Interests

Sometimes, a passion for a certain cause simply happens upon you because you have a direct connection to the cause. Other times, you need to think more closely about what you’re truly passionate about changing. There are organizations out there that support all types of passions. For example, organizations and those they are helping could include:

  • Helping fight homelessness
  • Helping support the environment
  • Providing educational resources for those in need
  • Supporting animal shelters and pets 
  • Providing food or necessities 
  • Mentoring or camps for our youth
  • Organizations to benefit your specific community

Consider what most strikes a chord with your passions and start there. The more you learn, the more you just might find yourself inspired to make a difference.

 

Talk to Your Peers

Sometimes the best form of marketing is word of mouth from those you trust most. Have a conversation with your family and friends about which organizations they support and why. If the people most important to you are supporting organizations most important to them, you just might find that you also care about those groups! Sometimes all it takes is starting the dialogue.

 

Volunteer Far and Wide

Sometimes the best way to find out if you are interested in a cause is to dive right in. Pick three organizations you’d like to learn more about and sign up to volunteer. This will also give you a chance to interact with the staff and other supporters of the organization to learn what you can. Most of all, it’ll give you a front-row seat to the change the organization is making.

 

Ask a Current Supporter

What makes a current supporter love the organization you’re considering supporting? Ask them! When you volunteer for the first time at an organization, use it as an opportunity to seek out a seasoned supporter and ask them what they love about the nonprofit! If you’d like to get a head start, you can also call up an organization and ask to speak to one of their volunteers to ask any questions you may have. 

 

Do Your Research

There is a ton of information online, including websites, social media and reviews for nonprofit organizations. See what others are saying! Once you’ve found an organization you’re considering, check out their online presence to see what you learn. It’s always important to fact check what you find, but online is a great place to start researching. 

 

Taking the first step to volunteer or get involved with an organization is hard, but these steps can help you dive in! Ask questions to the organization, do your research online, talk to your family and friends and make the decision that ultimately works for you. Remember that the more passionate you are about the organization, the more inspired you’ll be to make a difference in the world!

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