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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board has denied a request from the OCD Foundation (Our Communities Deliver) for a $5,000 donation.
The village board unanimously denied the request at the January 28 meeting.
Travis Allen, founder and chair of the board of directors for the OCD Foundation, attended the January 14 village board meeting to request the donation.
Allen also spoke during the public comments portion of the Dunn County Board meeting January 16 and asked for a donation of $25,000. The donation was not an agenda item for the county board.
The OCD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to helping the homeless, the hungry and the unemployed, Allen said at the January 14 meeting.
The foundation has signed a five-year lease with the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center for the former nursing home building on High Street in Colfax and plans to use the building as a corporate headquarters and as a call center.
The call center will take calls from people seeking help and also will make fund-raising calls to generate revenue for the foundation.
The foundation, as part of its mission, plans to build “community life centers” in Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Madison as well as in other cities around the country.
The OCD Foundation in Colfax also has a store set up in the building and plans to open a cafe and to operate a food pantry.
Keith Burcham, village trustee, said at the January 28 meeting he wished when he was a younger man that he had invested in the stock market and had “gotten in on the ground floor” with companies such as IBM or Hewlett-Packard.
Burcham said he was not in favor of the village getting in on the ground floor of the OCD Foundation.
The Colfax Village Board does not typically budget for large philanthropic donations to local organizations, although the village board has in the past approved small donations of $50 or so for the Colfax After Prom Party, for example, and has waived fees for the use of the municipal building auditorium or the fairgrounds for non-profit organizations.
The OCD Foundation planned to have a grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 31, and Allen said at the January 14 meeting he was asking for money from the village to help cover the costs of the grand opening.
According to a Facebook event posting, the grand opening was cancelled.
No reason was given for the cancellation, although a polar vortex dropped temperatures to minus 30 degrees with windchills in the minus 40 to minus 60 degree range the last week in January.