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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 Give Thanks Today and Every Day

This week, millions of people in the United States gather around to share their thanks for the people in their lives for Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect time of year to be reminded of all we have to be thankful for. Sometimes, saying “thank you” simply doesn’t seem like enough. That’s when it’s time to get creative! From thoughtful gestures to selfless acts of kindness, check out these ways you can show your gratitude, appreciation and thanks today and year-round. 

 

Call Up a Friend

Everybody has their own struggles which can be consuming, especially when they aren’t expressed out loud. Call up a friend or loved one and simply offer to listen to whatever is happening in their lives. We don’t always have to aim to fix a problem in order to feel better—sometimes it just feels good to talk it out. Thank your loved one for sharing, and they’ll most likely feel compelled to ask you the same questions. This is a great way to deepen your relationships and gratitude for one another.

 

Speak Up

Sometimes we think about how much we appreciate somebody and we fail to actually tell them out loud. Make it a goal to vocalize the next time you’re feeling thankful for someone, no matter how big or small. If you don’t remember to tell the person in the moment, there’s always time in the future! 

 

Take Time to Reflect

Sometimes it can feel difficult to express gratitude, especially if everything seems to be going wrong in our lives. The next time you’re feeling spent, take the time to reflect on the things that are going well in your life and the people who mean the most. Write in a journal and make a list. Meditate and think about the people or things you are grateful for. 

 

Invite Someone to Your Table

We’re all human, and sharing a dinner table is an easy way to ignite conversation and remember that we’re all one in the same. Invite somebody new to sit at your table for a meal. You’d be surprised at just how connected we are, even if two people are different from what meets the eye. 

 

Help Those in Need

Consider volunteering or donating this holiday season to help those in need. We live in a world filled with amazing organizations that are aiming to make our planet and communities a better place. Find an organization that resonates with you, and call to ask about available opportunities to volunteer. Many organizations do a great job of letting prospective volunteers or donors view operations and information in advance to get a better understanding of all that they do. 

 

There are many ways you can say ‘thank you’ to the people in your life. Use these ideas both today and year round! Remember, the people in your lives will never know how much they mean to you unless you say it or show it! Next time you’re feeling down, consider reflecting and journaling to remember the things most important to you in your life.

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