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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 National Make a Difference Day

In a world full of millions of people, sometimes it’s hard to feel like one person can make any difference at all. However, change starts with one person, and the sentiment catches on from there. One person can inspire change for the entire world. This year, celebrate National Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 22. Check out these ideas to help get you started with making a difference in your community and the world.

 

Consider Your Passions to Do Good

Start the celebration of National Make a Difference Day by considering what you’re truly passionate about. Studies have shown that when you’re passionate about a cause, you’re much more likely to stay committed to the cause versus one you feel no connection with. 

You also don’t necessarily need to have a personal connection to the cause to be passionate about making a difference. Consider what types of causes trigger an emotional and motivational response when you think about making a difference. Follow those passions by finding an organization that aligns with your passions!

 

Commit to Random Acts of Kindness

Fill up a stranger’s gas tank. Rake leaves for a neighbor in need. Help bring in groceries or carry heavy packages for someone. Random acts of kindness are a simple way to make a huge difference in someone’s day. Use this holiday as a reminder to commit random acts of kindness on this day or even throughout the month and year! 

 

Call a Friend or Family Member

Making a difference can be as easy as lending an ear. Call up a friend or family member with the sole purpose of asking them about their life and what’s going on right now. Practice active listening and repeat back the issues or information they’re telling you for clarity, asking thoughtful questions. Not only will your loved one appreciate this, but it will also help you establish a deeper relationship with the person you call. 

 

Volunteer for an Organization

It’s time to get out there and lend a helping hand! You can make a difference by simply volunteering a few hours of your time to a nonprofit. Call up an organization in your community and ask about opportunities they have available to volunteer. Find out about fundraising events in your community that may need volunteers to help lend a hand. You’ll leave feeling a sense or purpose and knowing that you made a difference for your community. 

 

Donate or Start a Fundraiser

Whether you’re able to make a donation or you’re interested in raising funds, there are plenty of ways to help support your favorite organization! Consider starting a fundraiser with your community to help raise even more funds than simply making a donation. Spread the word about why you support an organization and you just might create a whole new fan base of supporters.

 

Remember that no act of kindness is too small to make a difference in the world. It all starts with one person, and that person can be you! No matter how you decide to celebrate National Make a Difference Day, let’s band together and make it a good one. 

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