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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

Building an Altruistic Plan for 2023

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the season of giving! People far and wide go above and beyond during the holiday season to give back to those in need, and it is greatly appreciated by nonprofit organizations around the world. While you may have made a plan for the holiday season, now is also the perfect time to make your altruistic plans for 2023. Studies have shown that small, actionable steps can help you achieve a larger goal.
 

Reflect on your past

First, let’s celebrate all you’ve achieved! No matter how big or small your altruistic contributions were for 2022, give yourself a pat on the back. Even if you’re just getting started by reading this article, you’re on the right track. If you contributed to various organizations, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What charitable activity made me feel most fulfilled? A specific volunteer opportunity? A fundraising event?
  • Which contribution of mine has impacted the most people? What positive impact did I have?
  • What cause am I most passionate about that I’ve already helped?
  • What is a cause I would like to explore, and I haven’t dipped my toe in yet?

Think through your responses for each question, and write down your answers! This will help guide you on your altruistic journey for 2023. 

 

Do the research

Now that you’ve considered what worked well last year and what causes you care about, it’s time to do the research. Call up organizations in your community to get more information about how their funds are used and what volunteer opportunities exist. Many organizations will invite you to come to their location to speak to current donors and volunteers about their experiences. This will give you first-hand experience to decide if you’d like to spend more time with the organization.

 

Set a specific goal

What would you like to achieve in 2023? Maybe it’s a certain number of volunteer hours. Maybe you’d like to raise a certain dollar amount. Or, maybe it’s as simple as finding an organization you’d like to commit to long-term. Whatever your altruistic goals, write them down. Don’t be afraid to dream big!

 

Start small

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are altruistic tendencies. Consider a larger giving goal or number of hours you’d like to spend giving back. Then, break that big goal into smaller goals that you’ll work toward. Break down your yearly goals by months and maybe even weeks. Set tentative dates for when you’d like to achieve altruistic milestones.

 

Make a plan to reevaluate

Plans change. Causes you are passionate about may change. Life happens. Set a calendar reminder every few months for the next year to check in on your altruism goals. It’s okay to change the plan, and sometimes it’s necessary! Setting a reminder to check in now will help keep you on track throughout the year.

 

Giving back should be fun and worthwhile. The best way to get the most out of giving back is to set your giving goals with intention and to choose organizations you’re passionate about. The new year is right around the corner, and with a solid altruism plan, you’re sure to have the most successful giving year yet! 

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