In 2004, a group of people on the Outer Banks raised money for leukemia research in honor of a local child battling the disease. This family became financially distressed during their crisis and they lost their home. The original group of fundraisers founded the Relief Foundation to prevent other local families from facing a similar situation.

Since that time, the Outer Banks Relief Foundation has provided over $1,960,000 to 1018 Outer Banks families in need. Financial assistance is given in the form of mortgage or rent payments, utility bill payments and payment of other critical household bills in amounts generally ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Some examples of what our clients are facing include cancer, serious blood or nerve disorders, spinal injuries, and multiple sclerosis. We work closely with the other charitable and helping organizations here on the Outer Bank and with regional, state and national organizations to coordinate and maximize support.

2020 Board of Directors

Amy Montgomery – President
Scott Brown – Vice President
Tess Judge – Treasurer
Susan Clissold – Secretary
Laura Fitzpatrick
Marc Hellman
Teresa Osborne
Jeff Schwartzenberg
Kathy Seawell
Monica Thibodeau
Millie Ward
Jane Webster

Emeritus Directors

Diane Bognich

Amy Dougherty

Tilman Gray

Luanne Hege

Ben Hoffmier

Mike Kelly

Ken Pearl

John Woolard


Patty McKenna, Executive Director
Lee Whitley, Case Manager 
Jenny Williams, Financial Manager