Raised to Date: $1.4 Million
Goal: $1.5 Million
Thanks to our generous donors.

The Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) is a nonprofit disaster response organization that provides humanitarian aid to local individuals and families. Addressing critical, long-term needs that are unmet by traditional forms of private and public disaster aid, we fill existing gaps in preparing for and responding to natural disasters, such as blizzards and hurricanes, and man-made crises such as health epidemics and terrorism. Our services include financial aid for food, housing, transportation, and medical/mental healthcare.

MCRF is a program of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. 

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Read the latest news from MCRF and the Needy Fund in the Cape Cod Times

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“I am pleased to inform you that we have approved a grant of $50,000 to support the Needy Fund’s Major Crisis Relief Fund. Cape Cod 5 recognizes and commends the critical role you are taking to help our shared communities navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these funds will help support your efforts and those you serve during this difficult time.  Our goal is to channel our funds and resources to activities that have the most impact in supporting the sustainability of our communities. We feel privileged to partner with an organization such as yours that so closely aligns with our own community goals. Thank you for all you are doing as we work to persevere through these uncertain times together.”

Dorothy A. Savarese, Chair, Cape Cod 5 Foundation


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The Challenge

The Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) was established in response to the mounting concerns facing our communities in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, including devastating hurricanes and blizzards, global virus outbreaks, and the threat of terrorist-related incidents.  To meet anticipated, unmet needs, MCRF emerged as a local disaster relief fund that prepares for and responds to those of our neighbors on Cape Cod and the Islands who need financial assistance for basic services.

As we enter year three of the pandemic, we at MCRF are also poised to pivot to mobilize in response to the next disaster, whether it’s natural or man-made.

The Solution

Our Fund primarily focuses on providing assistance following a major crisis. This may be in the form of financial aid for food, housing, transportation, medical and mental health services, child care, and other services to those in greatest need. As deemed appropriate, we may also provide equipment, counseling, and assistance with insurance.


“We have the great good fortune to live in an island paradise connected by three bridges to the mainland. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, we are at the mercy of those three bridges for both rescue efforts and evacuation. None of us can afford to wait until we are in the midst of a crisis to start planning for how we recover. Our hope is that the MCRF is not only  a good insurance policy but also an ounce of prevention that we hope our area will not need any time soon. Disaster seeks the unprepared.” – Tony Shepley | President, Shepley Wood Products