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Comerica-FirstDown (1)

To continue their support of local communities and businesses, Comerica Bank is pledging that for every Detroit Lions first down at Ford Field, they will give a philanthropic investment of $100 to a dedicated non-profit. Each games total will be invested toward a different non-profit for a total of eight community organizations. Learn more about the organizations selected for this year's program below.

First Down Donation Participants


September 13, 2020

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen has been serving people facing challenging circumstances since 1929, rooted in the example of St. Francis of Assisi. Today, the Soup Kitchen has evolved to include two meal program sites, a clothing and food distribution center, social and emergency assistance, Earthworks Urban Farm, Rosa Parks Youth Program, Jefferson House residential substance abuse treatment facility and On the Rise Bakery for citizens returning from incarceration. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has continued to serve, focusing on their most critical services: Providing takeaway meals from our two meal program sites on Detroit's near east side, residential programs at Jefferson House, serving men recovering from substance use disorders, and the R.O.P.E. House, where citizens returning from incarceration live in community while developing work skills at On the Rise Bakery, and social work services to help our guests find solutions to their short-term and long-term goals.

For more information:

Donation Amount: $2,500


October 4, 2020

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

For over half a century, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has dedicated itself to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of African Americans. Through dozens of permanent and visiting exhibitions, over 200 annual public events and programs, as well education and research opportunities for adults, children, and visiting scholars, The Wright inspires visitors toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity by reflecting on the triumphs and tragedies of African American history.

For more information:

Donation Amount: $1,800


November 1, 2020


Since 1965 LA SED's mission has been to promote the social, economic & educational development of the residents of Southwest Detroit, and beyond. LA SED does this through advocacy, services and programs that open doors and create opportunities for the community to better their education, employment opportunities, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide the tools necessary to empower the community to achieve the "American Dream."

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Donation Amount: $2,000


November 15, 2020


Our mission is to create and enhance educational opportunities for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students, families and educators. We are dedicated and committed to bringing resources to DPSCD and during 2019-2020, we raised over $16,500,000 resulting in our students receiving new tablets w/Internet connectivity, technical support, hydration stations, scholarships, career exploration and readiness experiences, and access to field trips and other programs. In 2009, thanks to seed funding from Detroit Public Schools (now known as Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Detroit Public Schools Foundation was organized to ensure that our students reach their full potential. The Foundation supports innovative learning opportunities, parent engagement, community partnerships and outreach and a focus on student appreciation of arts and culture. The DPSF executes fiduciary management of donations, leverages partnerships and resources and provides administrative management and fiscal and programmatic oversight.

For more information:

Donation Amount: $2,100


November 26, 2020


Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, grow strong and make positive choices in their lives.

For more information:

Donation Amount: $2,800


December 13, 2020


The Ruth Ellis Center (REC), incorporated in 1999, provides long and short-term safe space and support services including integrated health care services for runaway, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth in Detroit and the greater Southeastern Michigan. REC has a focus on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing. REC's mission is to create opportunities with LBGTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.

For more information:

Donation Amount: $2,700


December 26, 2020


HAVEN is the only agency in Oakland County that provides comprehensive services for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and their children. Our mission is to empower survivors to heal, and to engage all individuals and communities to address and prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. We provide safe-emergency shelter, individual & group counseling, court advocacy, community resources, PPO assistance and forensic exams to over 30,000 individuals each year.

For more information:

Donation Amount: $1,200


January 3, 2021

Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE is a nationally renowned civil and human rights organization. A trusted community anchor for over five decades, Focus: HOPE provides an intergenerational, holistic mix of services to disrupt racism, poverty and social injustice across southeast Michigan.

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Donation Amount: $2,100