Major Crisis Relief Fund Accelerates Aid to Hundreds of Cape and Island Residents

Gary Woonteiler, Woonteiler Ink, 617-584-1032,
Judy Walden Scarafile, 508-362-4467,


Responding to Coronavirus:
Major Crisis Relief Fund Accelerates Aid to Hundreds of Cape and Island Residents

Fund now totals over $900K, but demand expected to exceed available funds
Barnstable, MA, May 5, 2020—Since March, the Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) has responded to calls from almost 900 local residents who have
struggled in the wake of the coronavirus and have requested assistance. MCRF has been
providing critical financial aid primarily to individuals and families in need of food, while requests
for rent support and other basic needs have been rising.

“Fortunately, our message is being heard, and increased fundraising has allowed us to help
those hardest hit by this unprecedented public health emergency,” said Peter Meyer, President
of the Board, Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, and President/Publisher of the Cape Cod Times.
“MCRF has raised over $900,000 since our inception in 2016, with more than half of that total
raised in the last couple of months. But we’re receiving more calls every day, the repercussions
of this crisis are ongoing, and we need to reach our goal of $1.5 million.”

According to Judy Walden Scarafile, MCRF Managing Director, “MCRF is a leading local fund
created specifically to provide humanitarian aid to individuals following a disaster. In contrast to
larger funds in Boston, we are here to help our neighbors on the Cape and Islands.”

MCRF has been collaborating with the Cape Cod Foundation and the United Way of Cape Cod
and Islands to maximize responsiveness to local individuals and organizations; it is also working
closely with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. “We are mobilizing to meet unique needs in
our communities, including our large elderly population who are particularly at risk,” said

MCRF was formed as an arm of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, a well-established 501(c)3
nonprofit organization, to provide funding to meet basic immediate and ongoing needs that are
unmet by traditional forms of public and private disaster aid.

Read More Here: MajorCrisisReliefFund.

The Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF), a nonprofit disaster response
organization, provides humanitarian aid to local individuals and families. Established in 2016 by
the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, it addresses critical, long-term needs that are unmet by
traditional forms of private and public disaster aid. Filling the existing gaps in preparing for and
responding to natural disasters, such as hurricanes and blizzards, and man-made crises such
as health epidemics and terrorism, the MCRF provides financial aid for food, housing,
transportation, and medical/mental healthcare services. For more information, visit, call 508-778-7107, email, or visit MCRF on

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