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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

Scary-Good Ways to Give Back

It’s the spookiest time of year. In a few short weeks, Halloween will be here! That means haunted houses, trick or treating and tons of haunts and thrills. While Halloween has traditional activities set in stone, there is an opportunity to make this year’s frightening holiday into one of joy. Check out these ways you can take a classic holiday and turn it into an altruistic opportunity.  

 

Donate Candy and Costumes

Millions of children will dress up this year and go door to door trick or treating. Next year, many of those same children won’t be able to fit into their costumes from the previous year. Children grow quickly. Consider donating your gently used costumes to a secondhand store or an organization that will give away the costumes to children in need. 

Likewise, it can help the environment to shop secondhand for your own Halloween costumes. Reusing clothes can often help avoid the landfill and slow production of new items. 

In addition to costumes, there are some who won’t be able to afford candy for their children or to give to the neighborhood this year. If you’re able, consider donating candy to local organizations or even a neighbor you know who may be in need. 

 

Try Reverse Trick or Treating

Instead of going door to door asking for candy, consider giving back items that are needed at a local organization. Some communities offer the idea of “reverse trick or treating” where you can go from person to person to give them things they are collecting for a local organization or people in need. If this doesn’t yet exist in your community, consider being the first to introduce the idea. 

 

Host a Fundraiser

Charge a fee to get into a costume party and donate the proceeds to charity. Ask the community to donate items for a raffle and sell raffle tickets for charity. There’s always a great idea for a fundraiser just waiting to be discovered. Get with your family and friends to think up something that’s both fun and for a great cause!

A fall festival is a great idea to raise money for an organization of your choice. Get local food vendors involved, come up with games and prizes and involve some fun decorations. You can charge a fee to get into the carnival and donate those proceeds to a local organization or multiple charities. 

 

While Halloween is normally reserved for scary-good fun, that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved to benefit a scary-good cause. Talk with members of your local community to come up with an idea that will best suit your needs. Use this as an opportunity to come up with a new Halloween tradition that you’ll love to add to your list of holiday traditions.

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