First State Banksgiving seeks to honor the charitable organizations who work so hard on a day-to-day basis to make change in our communities. First State Bank will be awarding $30,000 this Banksgiving:
One Grand Gift Winner will receive a $10,000 donation
Four Gift Winners will each receive a $5,000 donation
Macomb Foster Closet
The Macomb Foster Closet provides much-needed clothing and other essential items free to children in foster care. Not receiving these funds will result in not being able to purchase items for children in foster care that are not donated to the organization through other means. In addition, they have recently expanded their physical location to better serve foster families that receive services which have resulted in higher operating costs including higher rent and utilities.
Kids on the Go (Arts/Education/Culture)
Kids on the Go is a free summer camp for special needs kids, which focuses on their IEP (special education) goals. They have many needs, but right now they are focusing on their Teens to Work Program, where teens with special needs learn the skills that they will need to be successful workers as adults.
Neighborhood House (Human Supportive Services)
Neighborhood House, a nonprofit human services agency, was founded by communities of faith in 1968. Touching over 3,000 individuals each year, Neighborhood House uses an approach built on compassion and inclusion for all neighbors experiencing hardships. Neighborhood House works from a holistic program called Strive to Thrive with the community and other social service providers to help their neighbors move toward a balanced budget and overall wellness. Their vision is a commYOUnity of neighbors helping neighbors thrive. The First State Banksgiving donation will provide grants to neighbors, living under the poverty level, with past due rent, and vulnerable to eviction. As of January 2021, Neighborhood House has processed 100 shelter grants benefitting 143 adults and 105 children allowing them to stay in their homes. The amount of each request averages $922.
Boys & Girls Clubs of SE MI (Children & Families)
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of SE MI is to ensure that our youth are career, start-up, and homeowner-ready. The funds will be used to ensure that the new Club in Eastpointe will be able to provide a world-class experience for the youth and families of Eastpointe.
SCOTS (Senior Center of the Shores (Environment/Community Improvement)
The SCOTS Board objective is to share information on health, education, and social services through planning with the Senior Center Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator. They also provide an outlet for leadership, creativity, and services for older adults. In addition, they solicit, collect, and raise funds to be used to support the Senior Center and its activities. The SCOTS Board continues to support the older adult population through expanding programs and improving the exterior atmosphere. The funds will be used for the enhancement of our outdoor patio to include a garden area with raised beds. This will allow for less weeds, a friendlier esthetic look, keep out critters, reduce soil contamination, offers early planting, great for beginners and reduces debilitating back and joint pain. In addition to the raised beds, we would like to further develop the area by adding brick pavers, shaded areas, and benches. To begin our venture included in our request would be rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, trowel, watering can, hose, and digging fork. Also, to provide a shed to store our equipment. Volunteers through the SCOTS Board and recruitments will oversee the projects' purchasing and development.
November 30, 2021 - Giving Tuesday
Banksgiving winners are announced at noon. See our Facebook page for details!
Criteria for nomination:
Must be a 501(c) non-profit organization.
Must be located in Macomb or Oakland County or proceeds can be directed specifically to Macomb or Oakland County causes.
Must be in good standing and compliance with the laws and regulations of the State of Michigan and be able to supply supporting documentation upon request.
LK St. Clair Soccer
Goodbye Toys Charity (Arts/Education/Culture)
Michigan Abolitionist Project (Human Supportive Services)
Sandcastles (Children & Families)
HEAL (Environment/Community Improvement)
Hearts for Homes
Hearts for Homes (H4H) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization helping families of homeless children gain access to permanent housing in Macomb County, Michigan. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted low- and very low-income families with lost or reduced wages. This has resulted in many families becoming delinquent in rent payments which has put many families at risk of homelessness. Grant funds would be used to provide limited rent payment assistance to keep families in their homes, as well as help Hearts for Homes provide rent/security deposit assistance to help other homeless families get into their own homes.
Single Family Living (Arts/Education/Culture)
Single Family Living is working diligently to help as many children from single families as possible. Currently, we service these areas: Macomb, Wayne, Oakland Counties, and Port Huron. These funds will be applied to a program called 'Reading Heroes' for children K-6 fighting illiteracy. This money will specifically be used for a bookmobile that is used to travel to underprivileged areas without libraries in their neighborhoods.
Macomb Food Program (Human Supportive Services)
Feeding the hungry since 1975, the Macomb Food Program provides immediate relief to those
in need of food through a network of more than 50 pantries and hunger relief organizations.
The Macomb Food Program supplies food at no cost to ensure pantry shelves are stocked and operates as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. All funds will be used to purchase food to supplement the donated goods provided to our pantries.
Assistance League of Southeast Michigan (Children & Families)
Assistance League volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs. The funds will be used for their Operation School Bell program. This program provides new school clothing and necessities to promote self-esteem and school attendance. Each student receives a new warm coat, hat, gloves, uniform pants, tops, underwear, socks, hygiene kit, and book, which they carry home in a new duffel bag.
TCB Youth Mentoring (Environment/Community Improvement)
T.C.B. Youth Mentoring is an after-school work program designed to teach teens the importance of financial planning, money management, and personal responsibility. The goal of our program is to ensure that the teens involved are unaffected by the financial hardships that being born into a life of poverty might offer them. The teens are taught the value of hard work and the importance of becoming a financial contributor to their families. We strive to teach our students the importance of family, community, and social awareness. The funds will be used to rehabilitate a neglected portion of Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens. Through the improvements to the baseball diamond, we hope to offer after-school tee-ball, baseball, softball, and kickball for the children of Mount Clemens and neighboring cities. With the updated and safe field, we hope to offer no-cost sports camps, clinics, and leagues to the impoverished youth in the area. Our goal is to make it possible for youth to develop positive character traits through participation in team sports and give them a place to go after school that will provide structure and fun. We believe that the improvements to the city park will reinstate a sense of pride in the neighborhoods and surrounding communities.