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
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.
Starting October 11, 2021, you can nominate your organization to receive a donation from First State Bank. Nominations can be submitted online or you can submit a nomination form in any of our branch locations. Nominations will be accepted between October 11 - 22, with finalists being announced on November 15.
Visit this page for updates, and to submit your nomination between October 11 - 22.
October 11 - 22, 2021
Submit your nominations.
November 15, 2021
Finalists are announced
November 15 - 26, 2021
Public voting period.
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 book mobile that be 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 transforming 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 family. 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.