MutualOne awards $2,500 to Free Medical Program

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to the MetroWest Free Medical Program, to expand health education and patient follow-up activities for uninsured and under-insured individuals in local communities.

The Free Medical Program serves as an entry point to the health care system for those in MetroWest who are uninsured or insufficiently insured by providing general medical and specialty care to meet their immediate health care needs.

It also engages with community partners to connect patients with social services, health insurance enrollment, and other resources. The grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will support the program’s expansion for health education and patient follow-up, to improve health care services to individuals with chronic disease. This is the second consecutive year the Foundation has donated $2,500 in support of the program.

“The Free Medical Program provided general medical and specialty care at no cost to thousands of medically underserved individuals last year alone,” stated Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “The services it provides are vital to the well-being of many residents of the communities we serve.”

$2,220 grant to Natick non-profit tutoring service

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,220 to Kids Connect, a Natick non-profit tutoring organization serving struggling students in grades one to 12 who are unable to afford the one-to-one tutoring help they need. The program, which also serves youth who will benefit from individualized services in order to succeed, tutors close to 60 students each week.

The Foundation’s grant will help Kids Connect upgrade computers in order to fully utilize the Internet and other learning programs. It will also subsidize the purchase of several white boards used during math tutoring.

“Supporting the youth of our community has always been a primary focus of our charitable endeavors,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, and a member of the board of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “Helping them improve their grades is the first step on the path to their future success.”

MutualOne helps teens with $10,000 grant to Resiliency for Life

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $10,000 to Resiliency for Life, to help provide academic and social support services to at-risk students at Framingham High School.

A voluntary drop-out prevention program that works to help struggling teens develop academic and social skills and confidence, Resiliency for Life works to redirect students who are at risk of failing and dropping out of school and guide them toward more productive lives. The Foundation’s recent grant brings the amount awarded to Resiliency for Life to $72,500 over the past five years.

“It is rewarding to realize that, with our support, more than 350 students have benefited from this program over the past few years,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a member of the Foundation board.

“Many of these students were the first generation in their families to go to college, and that is an accomplishment everyone in the community can be proud of,” Haranas added.

$5,000 grant to Natick Service Council supports job training

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $5,000 to the Natick Service Council in support of training and employment services provided by the Joan H. Brack Career Development Center.

The Brack Center works with local businesses, labor, education, workforce and community-based organizations to prepare local youth and adults for a wide range of job opportunities.

“It’s important to reach out to help our neighbors, particularly in today’s uncertain economic environment,“ said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.

“We support the Natick Service Council’s goal of helping local low income and under-employed residents along the path to gainful employment, self-sufficiency and economic independence,” he added.

Over the past two years, the Foundation has also supported the Natick Service Council‘s Food Pantry and its “Corporate Sponsor of the Month” program with grants totaling $3,500.

Calendar of commercial success

In this age of instant digital communication and short attention spans, there’s one advertising medium that still offers exposure 365 days a year: the calendar on the kitchen wall. “On display every day” is the watchword of Town Planner of MetroWest, publisher of an advertising-supported calendar that reaches homes in seven local communities.

“For businesses trying to reach the local market, the marketing options are limited,” says owner Janet Sheehan Drummey. “The Town Planner Calendar helps businesses reach local customers, without wasting money buying exposure outside their target market.”

Even with today’s technology, Janet says the Town Planner Calendar is relevant and useful to families.

“Surveys show that 85% of families hang the calendar and use it,” she says, noting that it includes a wealth of local information – from school schedules and town events to emergency phone numbers and recycling information. “Families rely on the Calendar to organize their busy lives.”

Janet continues, “Our advertisers are remarkably loyal to the local community. While most market through other media as well, they see the Town Planner as an important vehicle to reach consumers and grow their clientele because it is local, targeted, and cost-effective. It provides the visibility they need to remind local consumers frequently of their goods and services.”

When it comes to managing her business banking, Janet has relied on MutualOne Bank since she started her business 20 years ago.

“My business is community-focused and so is MutualOne Bank,” Janet says. “When I go to the Bank, I know the people and they know me. I really appreciate that community feeling from my business bank.”

Janet sees continued growth for the Town Planner of MetroWest as more local businesses recognize the value of geographically-targeted advertising in tight economic times. And MutualOne Bank will be there to help.

Is business growth on your calendar? Call Michael Bilinsky today at (508) 532-8305. You can reach Janet at (508) 879-7655.