Charitable Foundation grant supports ‘Kids Ready to Read’ program at Bacon Free Library

A recent $5,885 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Bacon Free Library in South Natick will support the “Natick Kids Ready to Read, Bacon Free Library Ready for Readers” project.

The award will be used for the acquisition of early literacy and reading readiness materials consistent with the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative. It will also be used to purchase books and other learning materials to revitalize and enhance the Library’s children’s collections.

“We extend a huge thank you to the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for helping the Library empower its youngest patrons — along with their parents and grandparents — so that when the children start school, they are truly ready to read and excited about reading,” said John A. Brisbin, Bacon Free Library director.

“More than one-third of all American children entering school are not ready to learn to read,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the Mutual One Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to help boost the reading readiness rate of youngsters in our community by helping the Bacon Free Library put the Ready to Read program in place.”

Reading Readiness - John A. Brisbin (left), Bacon Free Library director, displays materials from the ‘Kids Ready to Read' program at the Library being supported by a grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Making the ceremonial check presentation were MutualOne Bank President and CEO Mark R. Haranas, who is also a Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, the Foundation’s administrative director.

Reading Readiness – John A. Brisbin (left), Bacon Free Library director, displays materials from the ‘Kids Ready to Read’ program at the Library being supported by a grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Making the ceremonial check presentation were MutualOne Bank President and CEO Mark R. Haranas, who is also a Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, the Foundation’s administrative director.

Chapman joins MutualOne as VP, Commercial Lender

Garth ChapmanGarth Chapman of Framingham has joined MutualOne Bank as vice president, commercial lender. He brings with him a decade of commercial lending experience, most recently with Sovereign Bank in Worcester, where he was vice president, commercial credit officer.

Previously, Chapman served in credit and lending positions at TD Bank offices in Framingham, Worcester and Burlington. He began his business banking career as an underwriter and credit analyst with the former Fleet National Bank in Framingham.

Chapman holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bentley College.

Charitable Foundation awards $7,200 for JFS Patient Navigation program

jfsThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $7,200 to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest to support continuation of a Patient Navigation pilot program focusing on health and wellness for seniors in Framingham, Natick, and adjoining communities.

The program provides trained volunteer Patient Navigators to accompany local seniors in need of assistance to doctors’ appointments and medical procedures, providing a written summary of each appointment for the benefit of the patient and his or her family caregiver. The volunteers also assess the vital needs of the patients they serve and facilitate access to additional resources and services required by the patient through JFS or from within the community.

“This program has the potential of helping even more senior citizens achieve and sustain their health and independence,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “Those are goals worthy of supporting here in our community.”

Brian Ledwith promoted to SVP, Commercial Lender

Brian LedwithMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotion of Brian Ledwith of Franklin to senior vice president, commercial lender. In this position, he will also oversee the Bank’s commercial loan support staff.

Ledwith joined the former Framingham Co-operative Bank in 2007 as vice president and member of the commercial lending team. At this time, he has over 23 years of experience in commercial and real estate investment lending.

Previously, he had served as vice president/senior retail lending officer and commercial lending officer at Benjamin Franklin Bank in Franklin, and as vice president, senior loan officer with Medway Co-operative Bank in Medway.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and graduated with honors from the America’s Community Bankers’ National School of Banking.

Ledwith has been active in coaching local youth athletics, including hockey, baseball and soccer. He is a past board member of the Franklin Educational Foundation, and past chairman of program development for the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.

Charitable Foundation helps restore Edgell Memorial Library windows

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $10,000 grant to the Framingham History Center will help complete Phase II of the window restoration project at the Edgell Memorial Library in Framingham Centre.

Built in 1872 as the town’s Civil War Memorial, the Edgell Memorial Library is one of Framingham’s most historic structures. One of only a few remaining Victorian Gothic structures in the area, the building is included in the local Framingham Centre Historic District and the National Register of Historic Places.

During the first phase of the restoration project, which began in 2009, a total of 21 of the building’s windows were restored. Phase II addresses the remaining 43 windows in need of repair.

“It’s important to preserve Framingham’s history for the benefit of future generations,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We’re happy to do our part to make sure that goal becomes a reality.”

“We are so pleased that MutualOne Charitable Foundation has chosen to support our efforts to finish the restoration of the windows at the Edgell Memorial Library — Framingham’s Civil War memorial and first free-standing library,” said Annie Murphy, executive director of the Framingham History Center.

“This funding will help us complete the final phase of securing the envelope of this community treasure, which needs to happen before we can move inside and begin work on the beautiful interior space. We truly appreciate MutualOne’s understanding of how important local heritage and ‘pride of place’ is to our community,” Murphy added.

The History Center hopes to complete both the exterior work and future interior restorations by 2015 – the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Preserving history — Annie Murphy (left), executive director of the Framingham History Center, shown with a ceremonial check representing the recent $10,000 gift from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented by (l to r) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and Foundation trustee; and Nancy Devine, MutualOne Bank vice president and newly appointed clerk of the Framingham History Center.

Preserving history — Annie Murphy (left), executive director of the Framingham History Center, shown with a ceremonial check representing the recent $10,000 gift from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented by (l to r) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and Foundation trustee; and Nancy Devine, MutualOne Bank vice president and newly appointed clerk of the Framingham History Center.

Charitable Foundation awards $5,000 to Open Spirit cancer support group

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has granted $5,000 to Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony, a multi-faith, non-sectarian center under the auspices of the Edwards Church in Framingham, to help establish a free bi-weekly psychosocial cancer support group.

The new group, which will complement Open Spirit programs currently underway, is designed to help Framingham and Natick area residents living with cancer – especially the socio-economically disadvantaged – reduce distress and increase coping skills.

“Cancer can be devastating, not only to the individual, but to an entire family,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We’re happy to contribute to a program designed to help those involved lessen the stress and deal more effectively with a difficult situation.”

“We are so grateful for the trust and support of MutualOne and we are excited to build relationships with area medical professionals as we develop this cancer support group,” said Dr. Deborah Clark, pastor of Edwards Church.

Cancer Support — Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, joins Dr. Deborah Clark, pastor of Edwards Church, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, in celebrating the recent $5,000 grant awarded by the Foundation in support of the Open Spirit cancer support group. Also pictured is Jeannie, Open Spirit’s trained ministry/comfort dog.

Cancer Support — Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, joins Dr. Deborah Clark, pastor of Edwards Church, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, in celebrating the recent $5,000 grant awarded by the Foundation in support of the Open Spirit cancer support group. Also pictured is Jeannie, Open Spirit’s trained ministry/comfort dog.

Wear this hat and you could win big!

MoHatThroughout the summer, members of our “Mo Patrol” will be attending local events – if they spot you wearing the hat pictured here, we will give you a $10 Dunkin Donuts® gift card.

Plus, you will be entered to win $250!

Getting a hat is easy!
You can get your hat (and ticket to prizes from MutualOne) by visiting any of our offices, while supplies last.

Visit our Facebook Page for a list of events the Mo Patrol will be attending this summer!

No purchase necessary to enter. Hats available while supplies last. Employees of MutualOne Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible. One winner will be selected on September 7, 2013 for the $250 cash prize, and notified by email and/or phone.