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MCRF Collaborating with Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, Cape Cod Foundation, Other Groups

Barnstable, MA, March 18, 2020—While communities throughout Massachusetts are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, at-risk residents and organizations on Cape Cod and the Islands are wondering where they can turn for local assistance. A relatively new but well-established charity called the Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) www.majorcrisisrelieffund.org, whose mission is to provide funding in the wake of a disaster, is stepping forward to provide financial aid.

“It is imperative that we address the needs of those most vulnerable on the Cape and the Islands, including our elderly neighbors,” said Peter Meyer, President of the Board, Cape Cod Times Needy Fund; and President/Publisher of the Cape Cod Times. “Many people are anxious and don’t know how to seek relief during this crisis. We need to spread the word that the Major Crisis Relief Fund is the best-positioned local resource set up to help provide financial relief during this unprecedented public health emergency.” Meyer said that while only a few Cape residents have thus far been identified as contracting the virus, “We must address the most pressing immediate needs in our community and also bolster our capacity to possibly provide extended services before the situation gets worse.

To do this, we are reaching out to donors to help us make a difference.” In 2016, with original funding provided by the Davenport Family, MCRF was formed as an arm of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, as a local disaster relief organization to provide funding to meet basic immediate and ongoing needs that are unmet by traditional forms of public and private disaster aid. According to MCRF To learn more about donating to support this effort, visit http://www.majorcrisisrelieffund.org/donate/, call 508-778-7107, or email mcrf@needyfund.org