$5,000 from MutualOne to help elderly ‘age in place’

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Homeowner Options for Mass Elders (H.O.M.E.), a non-profit organization that protects the equity of low- and moderate-income citizens so they can ‘age in place.’

“The elderly poverty rate in Massachusetts is great, with many seniors struggling to meet their basic living expenses,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, and a member of the Charitable Foundation board. “We are pleased to support H.O.M.E. in their efforts to help this population resolve the serious and growing threats to maintaining tenure in their homes.”

The Foundation has made a similar grant to H.O.M.E. each year since 2009, bringing its total contribution to $20,000 since that time.

$5,000 donation helps Sherborn purchase defibrillators

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $5,000 to the Sherborn Police Department for the purchase of five automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to be used in medical emergencies.

The grant will allow the department to replace outdated existing units, and enable police and fire/rescue personnel to unify their first responder efforts and equipment.

“Having the ability to respond in medical emergencies is critical to saving the life of a person suffering sudden cardiac arrest,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to help the Sherborn Police Department acquire the life-saving equipment they need to respond effectively in emergency situations.”

This is the Foundation’s second major award to the Sherborn Police Department, which received a 2010 grant for the purchase of a portable electronic message board.

Bank’s $6,000 gift will help local veterans

In Appreciation — Paul Carew, Natick’s director of veterans services (left), presented certificates of appreciation to MutualOne Bank and to the Bank’s Rachel Stewart, business development officer, and Steven Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer, following the Bank’s donation to the Natick Veterans Relief Fund.

MutualOne Bank has donated $6,000 to the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, a special fund recently established by Paul Carew, director of veterans services, to serve local veterans in need.

The Bank’s donation was raised during its signature Checking for Charity promotion. According to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer, the Bank donates $10 to a designated charitable cause for each new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion period.

Carew credited MutualOne’s donation with enabling him to grow the Veterans Relief Fund to nearly $12,000 in a short time. “The Bank helped us get off to a real good start; we’re extremely grateful,” he said.

The Natick Veterans Relief Fund is designed to supplement the number of resources available to veterans through the local Department of Veterans Services. While a number of established programs are available through the department, many of them involve a long process or restricted criteria. The Relief Fund is a source of immediate financial assistance to veterans in need, said Carew.