The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund, also known as OCEF, is a non-profit organization that is structured to meet the immediate hunger needs in and around the Ortonville Community area.
OCEF is made up of various area churches and civic organizations which help to raise funds for those in our community that are in need. The fund is then administered by a treasurer and service coordinator approved by the board of directors. OCEF provides a clearinghouse for donations from churches and community organizations and may facilitate other resources for recipients.
Access to the fund is made by contacting the service coordinator. The service coordinator will issue necessary food through either the food pantry located at St. Anne Catholic Church and/or perishable food voucher to be redeemed at a designated Ortonville food store. The treasurer will reimburse the service coordinator as required. No cash will be given to the recipients from the fund. Records will be kept by the treasurer and service coordinator.
Donations to OCEF are to be used only for food (perishable and non-perishable), paper goods, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products. Exceptions will be made for the holiday donations, which may be used for the recipients’ special needs.
The OCEF board of directors reserves the right to distribute contributions at the board’s discretion.