About Us

Thank you for visiting our website and learning about the Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF). We look forward to working together to help our Cape and Islands prepare for and respond to disasters.

The Major Crisis Relief Fund was established in 2016 by the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to fill existing service gaps in private and public funding for crises, particularly in terms of long-term recovery assistance.  While the Needy Fund provides urgent financial assistance throughout the year to individuals and families residing on the Cape and Islands who are experiencing temporary financial hardship, it could not meet a dramatic increase in unmet needs following a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy.  Therefore, the MCRF was created to provide humanitarian aid on the Cape and Islands during major crises.

We are grateful to our local leadership team, including the dedicated MCRF Advisory Committee comprised of local emergency response professionals and the Needy Fund Board of Directors. With their help, we will apply a disciplined process for providing aid in much the same way we do with the Needy Fund to be certain that funds are used efficiently. Our commitment is to be accountable to donors and responsive to local residents most severely affected by disaster.

Please join us in this critical initiative to keep our precious Cape and Islands strong.  We ask for your help in sustaining the Major Crisis Relief Fund by donating or volunteering. And if you think you are eligible for disaster aid, please contact us.

Again, thank you for helping us meet critical humanitarian needs across the Cape and Islands when disaster strikes.

All the best,

Judy & Peter

Cape Cod Times Needy Fund Board of Directors

  • Steve Abbott
  • Matt Bresette
  • Dyanne Cooney
  • Joel G. Crowell
  • Gerry Desautels
  • Sam Faulkner
  • Stan Hodkinson
  • Mary Pat Messmer
  • Peter Meyer
  • Judy Walden Scarafile
  • Betsey Sethares
  • Timothy T. Telman
  • Sarah A. Turano-Flores
  • Anne Van Vleck
Judy Walden Scarafile
Judy Walden Scarafile
Managing Director
Peter Meyer
Peter Meyer
President, Board of Directors, Cape Cod Needy Fund; President and Publisher, Cape Cod Times

Leadership Team

Judy Walden Scarafile
Retired Cape Cod Baseball League President, Managing Director
George Baker
Mashpee Retired Fire Chief, Director of Operations
Joel Crowell
President, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Director of Finances
Gary Woonteiler
President, Woonteiler Ink, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Richard Weir
Retired Fundraiser & Bank Executive, Director of Fundraising
Joseph Gordon
Emergency Management Director, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, Director of Volunteer Services

MCRF Advisory Committee

Rev. Mark AnschutzRetired Episcopal Clergy
Glenn Beasley
Past Executive Director, Cape and Islands Chapter, American Red Cross
Tom Cahir
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
DeWitt Davenport
President, The Davenport Companies
Hillary Greene
Executive Director, American Red Cross Massachusetts
Mary Pat Messmer
Retired Chief Executive Officer, Cape Cod Child Development
Peter Meyer
President and Publisher, Cape Cod Media Group, President, Cape Cod Needy Fund
Wendy Northcross
Chief Executive Officer, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Sean O’Brien
Deputy Director / Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment (BCDHE)
Kristin O'MalleyPresident and CEO of the Cape Cod Foundation
Charles Robinson
Vice Chairman and Retired President, Roger & Gray Insurance
Betsey Sethares
Executive Director, Cape Cod Times Needy Fund
Sarah A. Turano-Flores
Attorney, Nutter