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.

Are you involved with a charity or are you passionate about a project? This giving season, we’d like your help identifying the local non-profit organizations that are making a difference in Macomb and Oakland counties. 

2020 Bankgiving Finalists


Single Family Living
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.
IF SELECTED: These funds will be applied to program called 'Reading Heroes' for children K-6 fighting illiteracy. This money will specifically be used for a book mobile that be used to travel to underprivileged areas without libraries in their neighborhoods.

Bridges Employment Services
Bridges Employment Services & Training is a non-profit agency that eliminates the barrier between individuals with disabilities and our community through soft skill training and pre-employment services. 
IF SELECTED: Funds will be used to support the pre-employment programs.  We purchase supplies that are needed for visuals, purchase appropriate work clothing, and offer extended trainings to our job coaches that work directly with each client. 

Macomb Robotics Collaboration 
Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center, Inc. is a Michigan nonprofit corporation. Its purpose is to primarily serve the students, teachers and school districts of Macomb County by providing free or low-cost education on robotics and in general fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  It may expand later to have classes, programs and activities for adults who wish to obtain more knowledge in the fields of robotics or in STEM. 
IF SELECTED: Funds will help bring programming to students in Macomb County utilizing a virtual learning environment.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) helps people in our region explore, experience, and share their creativity through art classes, exhibitions, outreach programs, community projects, and the annual Art & Apples Festival®.  Every year, PCCA offers 300 classes for all ages and levels of experience including: drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and summer camps.  
IF SELECTED: Funds will be applied to Paint Creek Center for the Arts' Covid-19 relief.



Abigayle Ministries
Abigayle Ministries is a Christian interdenominational non-profit organization in Southeast Michigan. The ministry assists adult pregnant women and their children by introducing them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping them to be self-sufficient through its residential housing program.
IF SELECTED: Funds would be used to support pregnant women deliver healthy babies safely, and help them on a path to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Macomb Food Program
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.
IF SELECTED: All funds will be used to purchase food to supplement the donated goods provided to our pantries.

The WAVE Project
The WAVE Project shares love by providing mobile showers to people in need.
IF SELECTED: The funds will be used to secure a part time employee who is available to transport our mobile service trailer and run a shower service for the homeless on Monday through Fridays. 

The Butterfly Collective
The Butterfly Collective strives to provide support to survivors as they seek to rebuild their lives in a safe environment, and to educate our community about the hardships faced by victims of domestic violence.
IF SELECTED: We will continue to have challenges in transportation of donations. We get lots of people who want to donate, but we have to pass because we do not have a truck to transport the items. 



Sparkle Network
A non-profit community of charity, business, comedy and more. Creating awareness and a voice to those who deserve it by uniting charity, comedy, and communities.
IF SELECTED: The funds will be divided among the following programs/projects:  Alzheimer/Dementia Family Fund--mini grants to help families get respite care/medical in home when first officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's/dementia; Dream, Believe & Do Scholarship: scholarships for high school seniors who have completed 40+ hours community service & complete essay; Prom Closet Project:  free prom dresses & accessories for high school juniors/seniors.  Masks for MI will be back up and functioning if the need is there again like it was in the Spring of 2020 or similar project.

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.
IF SELECTED: 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.

Assistance League of Southeast Michigan
Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.
IF SELECTED: 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.   

Southern Macomb Warthogs Chapter #44
This club supports the local Community/First Responders: Police/Fire/EMS their Families/Community Members in which they work during traumatic events. 
IF SELECTED: Funds will be used for Wish With A Warthog: This chapter provides a Christmas Shopping event for the less fortunate including a Holiday meal.


Clinton Valley Challenger Little League
CVLL Challenger Baseball is not just about baseball… it’s a community beyond the backstop fence! It is a community of parents, players, family, friends, and volunteers supporting our special needs children and adults. CVLL Challenger Baseball brings families together with events such as Opening Day, Fall Ball, Trick or Treat day, Challenger Baseball Tournaments in Michigan, and other states. These events are so important to our Challenger families so that they can interact with other families and share their stories. CVLL Challenger Baseball is cheers, hugs, and smiles!
IF SELECTED: Funds will be used to build a new larger field for our Senior League players.  Since 2014, the CVLL Challenger program has grown by leaps and bounds. We need a field with longer base paths and deeper outfield for their safety.  The new field will also allow more playing time for our Senior players.

Kids-At-Play Project
Children of all abilities need  to play together,  and an all-inclusive playground means no child would be denied access to playground equipment due to their special needs.  The lack of access to all-inclusive playground equipment for special needs children, denies them the ability to play with their peers and siblings. An all-inclusive playground will eliminate that barrier, offering a fun universally accessible park for all to enjoy together.  
IF SELECTED: KAP will complete phase 2 build in 2021 with Rhapsody Outside Musical Instruments and Table Tennis so all children are able to play together.  

TCB Youth Mentoring
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 in their family. We strive to teach our students the importance of family, community, and social awareness.
IF SELECTED: 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. 

Six Rivers Land Conservancy 
Six Rivers Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit land conservation organization working to sustain the quality and character of the natural resources around us. We recognize and understand the value of an inviting landscape and a strong and vibrant natural resource base in our communities; it makes them vital and healthy places to live and attracts people and institutions that create prosperity.
IF SELECTED: Funds would be used for general operations.

October 19 - November 1, 2020

Submit your nominations. 


November 16, 2020

Finalists are announced


November 16 - 25, 2020

Public voting period.


December 1, 2020 - Giving Tuesday

Banksgiving winners are announced at noon. See our Facebook page for details!

Criteria for nomination:

  1. Must be a 501(c) non-profit organization.

  2. Must be located in Macomb or Oakland County or proceeds can be directed specifically to Macomb or Oakland County causes.

  3. 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.

Voting opens November 16, 2020 and runs through November 25, 2020. You may vote for one organization per category. One vote per person.

LK St. Clair Soccer 


Goodbye Toys Charity (Arts/Education/Culture) 

Michigan Abolitionist Project (Human Supportive Services)

Sandcastles (Children & Families)

HEAL (Environment/Community Improvement)