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Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced the Foundation’s $10,000 grant to Greater Framingham Community Church.
The Foundation’s award will support a variety of community programs at the Church’s new Academic Learning Resource Center on the second floor of its 44 Franklin Street location in Framingham. It will enable the Church to strengthen community partnerships and its ongoing mentoring and children’s programming, adult health education, vocational training, leadership classes, and other educational programs.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation will award $50,000 over three years to help build the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library in Framingham’s Nobscot neighborhood.
The Charitable Foundation awarded an initial $20,000 to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, to be followed by $15,000 grants in each of the next two years.
“With almost 135,000 patron visits a year, the present McAuliffe branch is the second busiest of over 100 branch libraries in Massachusetts,” said Lamprey. “That statistic alone goes to show how important it is to Framingham’s residents, from the youngest child to our senior citizens.
“The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is happy to help the branch better serve the needs of our local residents.”
The new branch library will provide a larger children’s room; tutoring and study rooms; quiet reading areas; meeting and programming space; 15 PCs with Internet access; Wi-Fi; ADA-compliant entrance, aisles, restrooms, and parking; and onsite parking for 55 vehicles.
Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank’s Checking for Charity initiative will benefit both Framingham High School and Natick High School.
For every new personal or business checking account opened during 2013, the Bank will donate $10 to be shared equally by the two schools, said Sousa.
The Checking for Charity campaign gained national attention as an “Impact” category winner in the American Bankers Association’s financial marketing awards competition when it was established in 2008. Previous Checking for Charity beneficiaries include the American Cancer Society, Ovations for a Cure, Buddy Dog Humane Society, and the Natick Veterans Relief Fund.
The “Friends” of Natick Senior Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps raise funds to support the Senior Center, recently discovered a new friend: the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation’s $5,000 award to the “Friends” will help that group support the Council on Aging in funding Senior Center programs, activities, and equipment not provided for by the department’s municipal allocation.
The “Friends” traditionally raise funds through an annual appeal and membership dues, and special events such as bake sales, raffles, fashion shows, trips, suppers, yard sales, and craft sales, as well as through gifts, bequests, and memorials.
The grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation was the first of its kind for the 35-year-old organization, according to “Friends” President Jerry Pierce.
“It is a privilege to speak for the ‘Friends’ to say that the receipt of this generous gift from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is the first in the history of our organization,” said Pierce. ”As such, it will be long remembered and looked upon by over 6,000 senior citizens in Natick.
“For me, personally, it is very gratifying and rewarding to have our organization recognized for its many good deeds for the enhancement of the lives of our seniors,” he continued. “I am humbled.”
Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.
“We feel very fortunate to count MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation among our most dedicated supporters,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soule.
For the past five years, the Bank and its Foundation have been a major sponsor of the Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament, which is MetroWest Legal Services’ annual fundraiser, and have also provided financial support through donations over the past decade, according to Haranas.