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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

8 Winter Opportunities to Give Back

Wintertime can make it difficult to want to leave the warmth of your home. That also means there may be a decline in the opportunities we seek out to give back! However, there are plenty of ways you can continue to volunteer your time and efforts to make the world a better place—even from the comfort of your home or inside the warmth of an organization! Check out these eight opportunities to give back during the winter.

 

1. Help shovel snow.

Unfortunately, with winter comes inclement weather. Use this as an opportunity to shovel snow for somebody in your community who may need a helping hand. Or, scrape off the ice from your neighbor or friend’s car to help give them a head start on their morning. 

 

2. Donate warm clothes and blankets.

Who says you have to wait for spring cleaning to dust off the clothes in your closet? Winter is the one time of year where warm clothes are desperately wanted for those in need. See if you have any hats, mittens or winter coats you can part with to donate. Blankets are also a great option for donations! 

 

3. Volunteer at a local shelter.

Local shelters are especially busy during the winter months due to the cold temperatures. Visit a local homeless shelter or animal shelter to see if you can provide assistance during these especially busy and difficult times. 

 

4. Sign up for indoor desk work.

Even though it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean you need to give up volunteering until spring! Find an organization that has indoor volunteer opportunities. Even seasonal organizations may have opportunities in the off-season. All you have to do is ask!

 

5. Look into virtual volunteer opportunities.

With the Covid-19 pandemic came many new ways of doing things—including volunteering! Many organizations don’t even need to come into their headquarters to help contribute. Ask your favorite organization if they have any virtual volunteer opportunities. For example, you may be able to help with administrative tasks or even mentoring virtually!

 

6. Call up an old friend or lend an ear to a stranger.

This may not seem like “giving back” at first thought, but it can be an incredibly easy way to offer something everybody needs—an ear to listen. You can also volunteer for various hotlines to help talk to somebody who is lonely or having a hard time. 

 

7. Buy somebody a warm cup of coffee or meal.

Sometimes all it takes is a small, kind act to completely change somebody’s day or week for the better. Buy a warm meal or cup of coffee for a friend or a complete stranger! You never know just how much this small gesture can mean.

 

8. Plan your year of altruism.

January is the perfect time to plan out how you’ll give back and make a difference this year. Use this time to get your ducks in a row and to consider how you’ll give back to your community in the coming year. Make 2023 your year of giving. 

 

These are just a few ideas to get you started with giving back in the wintertime. Don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box. Consider how you can give back both virtually and in new ways. You never know what you’ll come up with when you put your mind to it!

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