MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $10,000 grant to Project Just Because will help local children, families

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to help fund two Project Just Because initiatives.

The grant is directed to support the organization’s Back to School Program and its Holiday Wish List Program for low-income families.

According to President and Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh, the two programs provide school and holiday items while creating “an element of hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

Walsh added that for more than 11 years, Project Just Because has been “dedicated to helping as many men, women and children as we can — providing dignity and love from the heart in a caring environment.”

“The Foundation’s support will help Project Just Because keep pace with the growing need here in the MetroWest area,” said Haranas.

The $10,000 grant to Project Just Because was among awards totaling $45,000 made by the Foundation in its most recent round of funding.

PROJECT JUST BECAUSE President and Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh (center), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, and MutualOne Bank President & CEO Mark Haranas pose with a check representing the recent  $10,000 grant from the Foundation to help meet the growing needs of MetroWest children and families.

PROJECT JUST BECAUSE President and Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh (center), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, and MutualOne Bank President & CEO Mark Haranas pose with a check representing the recent $10,000 grant from the Foundation to help meet the growing needs of MetroWest children and families.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant will help preserve Natick history

A $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help the Friends of the Natick Senior Center realize its goal of restoring three historic painted stained glass windows from the fifth and sixth grade classrooms of the former Lincoln Elementary School in downtown Natick.

The School, which opened in 1949, became the Natick District Court House in 1987, and the windows were put into storage. They were rediscovered when the courthouse was about to be torn down in 2010.

One window is a scene from the 1600s depicting John Eliot and the founding of Natick. The second is a Civil War scene from the 1800s. The third is set in the early 1900s, depicting Kitty Hawk.

According to Jerry Pierce, president of the Friends of the Natick Senior Center, a panel with a theme from the 1700s is missing, and a new design in the same style will be created to fill in the gap. And, in order to bring the project into the present, another new design will be created for the 2000s.

The work is being done by Carol Krentzman of the Mosaic Art Institute of Natick, a stained glass and mosaic artist, and Dave Zaltzberg of Framingham, an expert in stained glass restoration, framing and installation.

When completed, the windows will be permanently installed at the new Natick Community-Senior Center.

“People of all ages will be able to admire their artistic beauty in a very prominent location,” said Pierce.

GLASS REPLACEMENT - Four windows at the Natick Senior Center will be replaced with both new and restored historic stained glass windows, thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas (far left) and Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far right), met with stained glass artist Carol Krentzman and Jerry Pierce, president of the Friends of the Natick Senior Center to discuss the project.

GLASS REPLACEMENT – Four windows at the Natick Senior Center will be replaced with both new and restored historic stained glass windows, thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas (far left) and Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far right), met with stained glass artist Carol Krentzman and Jerry Pierce, president of the Friends of the Natick Senior Center to discuss the project.

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MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $2,500 to Junior Achievement

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern New England.

The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

According to Haranas, the Foundation’s donation will empower 323 Framingham and Natick students in grades K through 12 with financial literacy, work force readiness, and entrepreneurship skills through experiential hands-on programs taught by trained JA volunteers.

The local schools involved in the program are Framingham High School, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, and St. Bridget School in Framingham and the Bennett- Hemenway, Brown, and Memorial schools in Natick.

The Foundation presented the award at a recent meeting with JA and school representatives held at the Bennett-Hemenway School.

“The faculty and students are incredibly grateful to MutualOne for their support of the Junior Achievement programs at Ben-Hem,” said Ian Kelly, Bennett-Hemenway School principal. “One of our primary responsibilities is ensuring that Natick’s youth leave our schools college and career ready. The financial literacy focus of Junior Achievement complements and supports this critical goal.”

“Junior Achievement of Northern New England is also truly grateful to MutualOne for their incredible commitment to our organization, and to the communities they serve,” said Emily Neill, president of Junior Achievement of Northern New England. “This generous donation will allow us to continue to impact a great number of students here at the Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School this school year.”

The $2,500 grant to Junior Achievement of Northern New England was among awards totaling $45,000 made by the Foundation in its most recent round of funding.

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PRESENTATION – MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far left) and MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas (far right) celebrate the Foundation’s recent $2,500 donation to Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern New England with Principal Ian Kelly of Natick’s Bennett-Hemenway School and Emily Neill, JA president. Addison, a Ben-Hem second-grader and a JA student, helps display the ceremonial check.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $30,000 to support TCAN expansion plans

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has pledged $30,000 over three years to a capital campaign underway by The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) to expand performance space through the renovation and restoration of the second floor of its Summer Street location.

Founded in 1997, TCAN is located in Natick’s historic 1875 Central Fire House, which the group purchased in 2002. The refurbished second floor will feature a performance hall that can be configured for film screenings, music or theater performances, cabaret style events, and a variety of other functions.

“There is no question that TCAN has added — and continues to add — to the vibrancy of the entire community,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank. “It provides great opportunities for everyone to experience, participate in, and learn about the arts, and the MutualOne Foundation is pleased to support TCAN’s plans to expand those opportunities even further.”

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ARTS & CULTURE – Restoration and renovations are underway at The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) with the help of a $30,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown celebrating the award are (from left) Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart; TCAN Board Chairman Steve Levinski; TCAN Executive Director David Lavalley; and MutualOne Bank President and CEO Mark Haranas.

 

Charter School fundraising efforts spurred by Charitable Foundation

McAuliffeWith its recent $2,500 grant, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has helped turn the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter School’s plan for a new building “into a concrete reality,” according to Kristin Harrison, the School’s executive director.

Harrison stated that the Foundation award will help the School finish its fund drive.

Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter School is one of over 165 Expeditionary Learning Schools (ELS) nationwide and one of 15 schools in Massachusetts. Expeditionary Learning emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. Its extensive development program provides teachers with instructional methods to strengthen student learning through challenging, interdisciplinary, real-world projects that engage scholars in actively applying their knowledge and skills in ways that serve both their learning and their community.

“We are pleased to help the School in its fundraising efforts, and to be a part of the continued academic success of its students,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.