Happy First State Banksgiving

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

Your nominations have identified the finalists below - outstanding local non-profit organizations that are making a difference in Macomb and Oakland counties. Please take a moment to learn about these charities, and then vote for one organization from each of the following categories: Arts/Education/Culture, Children and Families, Environment/Community Improvement, Human Supportive Services. 

Winners will be announced on Facebook on #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019 at noon. Visit our Facebook page to meet the winners

Finalist Organizations


Trinity Community Care: Trinity Community Care provides free medical and dental care to those who cannot afford it. They strive to do this in an integrated manner to create positive health outcomes. First State Banksgiving donation would allow them to continue their mission and to assist in purchasing the necessary medical and dental supplies needed.

Michigan Abolitionist Project: Michigan Abolitionist Project is growing the movement of people and organizations working to prevent and end human trafficking in Michigan. They do this through education, awareness and working to protect Michigan communities. First State Banksgiving donation will provide resources and programs aimed to reach vulnerable and at-risk youth, through workshops, printed materials and educational presentations and seminars.

Vietnam Vets Chapter 154: Vietnam Veterans of America provides free services to veterans of all wars. They also maintain the Macomb County Veterans Food Bank assisting 200-300 veterans and their family's per month with emergency food supplies. First State Banksgiving donation would provide funds to further their efforts and allow them to purchase fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats instead of the only canned goods and macaroni products.

Gilda’s Club- Lake House Location: Gilda's Club - Lake House location ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. The organization creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer. First State Banksgiving donation would assist with continued support programs at the Lake House location. Last year they served 508 individuals.

HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center: HOPE provides safe and judgment free shelter, innovative programs and public advocacy to end homelessness.  HOPE operates two shelters - a low barrier emergency shelter and a recuperative shelter.  First State Banksgiving donation would help to enhance their shelter environment including much needed improvements in their kitchen ventilation.


Friends of Chesterfield Police: The Friends of Chesterfield Police are committed to supporting and promoting the Chesterfield Police Department which includes K-9 units.  First State Banksgiving donation would allow them to purchase a new canine officer  to continue the K-9 support.

Fraser Booster Club: The Fraser First Booster Club believes in building a better community by building better parks, this includes The McKinely Barrier Free Park.  This park allows families struggling to get members with autism on the same playground as the rest of the family. First State Banksgiving donation will help with Phase 3 of the park which will bring inclusive play climbers, outdoor exercise pad and a sensory garden.

HEAL: HEAL is an organization formed to help those suffering from addiction restore hope, gain courage and achieve recovery by providing services designed to foster healthy life changes. Part of recovery is giving back. First State Banksgiving donation would help with funding to their HEALing Garden where people in recovery will assist in planting & maintaining a vegetable garden and give away the produce to people in need.

Lake St. Clair Soccer: LK St. Clair Soccer has a mission is to allow soccer players in southeast Michigan to improve their skill, partake in competitive soccer against teams in one of the best leagues nationally and to continue their love of the game while enriching the local community. First State Banksgiving donation would help them in their quest to rehabilitate a former baseball field into a useable soccer space.

Clinton Valley Challenger Baseball: The CVLL Challenger Division of Little League Baseball is a program for mentally and physically disabled youths and adults. Providing them with the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.  First State Banksgiving donation would help to support the construction of a larger field allowing them to register more special needs adults to play.


Abigayle Ministries: Abigayle Ministries is an interdenominational non-profit organization that provides a residential program for homeless women who are pregnant. The First State Banksgiving donation will allow them to continue onsite infant/child care assistance and maintain their ability to offer transportation services at no cost to their residents.

Hearts4Homes: Hearts for Homes is a charitable organization helping families of homeless children gain access to permanent housing in Macomb County. First State Banksgiving would assist in their goal to end child homelessness by assisting homeless families obtain a permanent home and creating additional permanent affordable housing for low income families.

Macomb Foster Closet: Macomb Foster Closet services approximately 150 foster children a month. Their focus is to provide foster parents with the basic necessities for the children as they transition into their new home.   Rent must be paid in one lump sum at the beginning of each year.  First State Banksgiving donation would cover the cost of their rent so they can continue their focus and help transition the children into their new foster home.

Sandcastles: SandCastles Grief Support Program provides a caring place for children, teens and their families who have experienced death.  The number of children attending is dependent on the funds raised to cover their cost. The First State Banksgiving donation would help with these cost and also develop further program sites.

Play-Place Autism and Special Needs Center: Play-Place's mission is to provide a fun-filled, judgment-free, haven of hope for families affected by autism and other special needs. First State Banksgiving donation will assist with special education field trip costs and transportation.


Drive One: Drive One provides at-risk youth with vocational training in Automotive Technology, Machining, Welding, Woodworking and Transportation Design.  The First State Banksgiving donation would assist them to have all 35 of their outgoing 2020 graduates placed before commencements in June.

Accent Pontiac: Accent Pontiac's mission is to strengthen Pontiac's youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making. The First State Banksgiving donation would have a direct and immediate impact on the Pontiac Middle School expansion project for 6th-8th grade students.

Richmond Area Historical Society: RAHGS mission is to share with others the legacy left us by our forefathers, the migrants from the East and the immigrants from Europe, who with foresight and conviction built a better future.  The First State Banksgiving donation would help expand the historic village and the programs that they present to the community.

Goodbye Toys Charity: Goodbye Toys Charity is dedicated to improving youth education and supporting children from low-income families. The First State Banksgiving donation would assist in their 2020 Summer Learning Program which includes STEM activities including art, social-emotional learning, reading and engaging in athletic and outdoor activities.

Oakland Literacy Council : The Oakland Literacy Council believes that all people have a fundamental right to literacy. They are the only organization dedicated solely to ending adult illiteracy in Oakland County. The First State Banksgiving donation would allow them to serve more students by increasing the number of tutors, online and small group learning opportunities.

October 21 - November 3, 2019

Submit your nominations


November 15, 2019

Finalists are announced


November 15 - 24, 2019

Cast your vote


December 3, 2019 - 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.

Nominations can be submitted online or in person at any First State Bank branch location. Nominations will be accepted until November 3, 2019. If you are unable to fully complete the nomination form, let the nonprofit organization know. They may wish to submit the nomination on their own behalf.