Bethany Hill School in Framingham will introduce an exercise and nutrition program for youth and adult residents with a $2,500 grant received from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
The program will offer a variety of exercise programs, such as yoga and zumba, along with proper nutrition classes and evening workshops on healthy eating and proper meal preparation.
“Fitness and self-care are important in order for our adult residents to be able to lead healthy and productive lives,” said Executive Director Trish Appert. “It is also critical that the behaviors they are modeling for their children are healthy, so this second generation has habits that will diminish the occurrence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
“Bethany Hill School provides affordable housing and educational opportunities to a vulnerable population,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to help with the introduction of a health and fitness program for the residents of the School.”
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced that the Foundation recently donated $1,400 to VFW Post 929 in Framingham to cover the cost of training a young puppy as a future assistance dog for a veteran with disabilities.
The pup will undergo two years of specialized obedience and skills training by inmates at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) in Framingham.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation’s three-year Mentoring Program for at-risk Framingham teens.
The MutualOne Foundation grant will help defray the Mentoring Program’s 2013 costs for laptop computers and software given to program mentees who have achieved basic goals toward the pursuit of a college education.
This is the sixth consecutive year that MutualOne has supported the Mentoring Program.
“We strongly support the goal of encouraging at-risk students to graduate from high school and to think seriously about college or other post-secondary education,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
“Our Board appreciates the Bank’s past and current support, for without MutualOne Charitable Foundation we would not be able to absorb the annual cost of the computers,” said Executive Director Lowell I. Mazie. “We sincerely appreciate this.”
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $1,500 to the RCS Learning Center in Natick, to support the school’s “Let’s Get to Work Vocational Program.”
The Center is a private nonprofit day school for children ages 3-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.
According to Executive Director Denise Rizzo, the Vocational Program provides students ages 14 and older the opportunity to explore and develop vocational competencies, independence, and job-related skills to facilitate a successful transition to meaningful post-secondary employment.
“The vision of RCS is that every child has unique skills, and we are dedicated to help each child with autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities develop those skills and reach their potential,” said Rizzo.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Kids Connect in Natick.
Opened in 2000, Kids Connect now tutors over 60 at-risk Natick youth from all grades in subjects including math, chemistry, physics, Spanish, French, language arts, organization skills and SAT preparation. The program provides services for those unable to afford other resources, as well as for students who benefit from creative, individualized, one-to-one tutoring, according to Executive Director Debra Sayre.
“This grant will allow us to continue providing tutoring regardless of the student’s ability to pay and also allow us to actively seek out those youngsters who are quietly failing because they do not know that we are available to help them,” said Sayre.
TUTOR TIME – Tutors continue their work with a local student as MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far left), Kids Connect Executive Director Debra Sayre, and MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas pose in the background with the Foundation’s ceremonial $2,500 award check to Natick’s Kids Connect tutoring program.