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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 Set Altruistic Intentions for 2023

A new year brings about an energetic buzz. We make plans to do better, to be better and to transform our lives with resolutions and goals. It’s important to recognize where we are in our current journey of life and to practice self love, but it’s also healthy to have goals in place for the coming year. 

 

Develop short- and long-term goals.

The new year is all about resolutions. When inspected further, resolutions are simply goals. Start by developing your big, overarching goals that you’d like to achieve throughout the year. This could be a total amount of money donated or raised for an organization. It could be an amount of volunteer hours you’d like to log. Then, break down how you’ll get to those goals. Small steps will help you achieve the big goals this year.

 

Write down your intentions.

Journaling every day can help you not only keep track of those goals, but also help you reflect during 2023. Track all of the altruistic things you completed during the year. Mark down your challenges and struggles. Reflect on what you’re thankful for each day. At the end of the year, you’ll be astonished at everything you’ve accomplished. Three-hundred-sixty-five days is a long time, and you may not realize the magnitude of your altruism until you see how each day adds up! 

 

Learn how to meditate.

To help reset your mind and intentions throughout the year, learn how to meditate. Even a small amount of meditation can have huge health benefits and help you stay on track with your goals. Consider downloading a guided meditation app to get started on your journey.

 

Give back by donating.

If you’re able to give back to organizations this year, consider developing a giving plan. Setting up recurring donations is a great way to easily set your plans into motion with minimal effort after setting up the donation—think of it as a Netflix subscription but for good! In addition,  you can even develop your own fundraiser to help involve family and friends with an organization or cause that you love.

 

Volunteer your time.

One of the best ways to help make a difference that doesn’t cost a dime is volunteering your time! Do research to identify a cause or organization that you share a common interest with and consider lending a hand. You can call the organization to set up a time to learn more before you decide if the organization is a good fit for you. Plus, there are often many different types of volunteer opportunities, so ask about various options to find the area you care most about. 

 

Consider unconventional altruism.

Giving back through volunteering and donations are both tried-and-true ways to do good in the world. There are also ways you can give back that are a little more unconventional. It’s time to think outside the box! Is there somebody you know who could use a helping hand? Are there random acts of kindness you’d like to perform? Maybe you’re excited about starting your own organization this year to fill a gap in the nonprofit world. Take the time to think outside of the normal altruistic activities to come up with something that works for you. 

 

With a new year comes new opportunities to give back and do more good. Remember that there’s never a bad time to start giving back. Even if you fall off track, there’s always time to get back in the saddle. Together, we can make 2023 an unforgettable year of giving back.

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