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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

10 Ways to Give Back at Work

The workplace is a space to get stuff done. However, it doesn’t have to be all about making money. In fact, the workplace can be a great place to give back. Wondering how to get started? Check out these 10 ways you can give back around the office, both to your coworkers and to the local community.
 

  1. Organize a volunteer day. It doesn’t always have to be about work, work, work. See if you can get a volunteer day or half-day approved to partner with a local organization. You have the power to make a difference, and your coworkers can help!
     
  2. Gather food for a local food bank. Organize a canned food drive and deliver it to a local food bank. Find a place to set up around the office for your coworkers to bring in donation items.
     
  3. Partner with an organization to have a giving tree. Especially around the holidays, there are organizations that need supplies or gifts for those in need. Partner with a local organization and create a giving tree that coworkers can select items to help meet those needs.
     
  4. Help your coworker with an assignment. Giving back doesn’t always have to be a huge act. Sometimes, it’s as simple as lending a hand to a coworker in need. If you have the time and you see someone struggling with their workload, offer to lend a hand!
     
  5. Lend a hand to a coworker outside of work. Everybody needs a helping hand now and then. If you see an opportunity to help out a coworker outside of the workplace, take it! This could be as simple as offering a ride if their car is in the shop, or helping move a large item if they’re moving. Make it a goal to offer help when a coworker is in need. Chances are, you’ll make a friend, and they’ll return the favor.
     
  6. Ask to start a volunteer program. Many companies have a volunteer program where their employees can take a day off each quarter or a certain number of days each year to give back without using their PTO. If your company doesn’t have a program, approach your leadership to see if you can get one started.
     
  7. Develop a matching gifts program. Many companies are able to offer a matching gifts program. This means when an employee donates to a specific organization, the company will match the donation up to a certain amount. If your company does not have a matching gifts program, see if you can get one implemented.
     
  8. Perform random acts of kindness. Bring a coworker a cup of coffee. Pick up a conference room that looks out of order. Pick up the lunch tab next time you’re out. Random acts of kindness can make a huge difference, no matter how small the act!
     
  9. Fundraise for your favorite organization. Start a fundraiser and involve your coworkers! Remember that some companies may have policies against fundraising in the workplace, so you’ll want to ensure you have the fundraising activities approved before you begin.
     
  10. Educate your coworkers on a cause you love. Giving back starts by igniting a passion for an organization or cause. Take the time to educate your coworkers on a specific cause you love. Tell them how much it means to you. You may just create another lifelong supporter!

 

The workplace is a place of business, but it also can be a place to do good deeds. Use this as an opportunity to spread kindness in the world. You spend so much of your time in your workplace, so together, let’s make it a better one!

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