$10,000 awarded to A Place To Turn in Natick

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the “Eat Fresh” initiative at A Place To Turn in Natick, according to an announcement by Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.

The Foundation grant will cover the cost of providing fresh fruits and vegetables for A Place To Turn clients for an entire year, said Lamprey.

Low income families and individuals unable to meet their basic needs of food and clothing are referred to A Place To Turn by a network of social service agencies, health care providers, schools and clergy, according to Executive Director Joanne Barry. Eighty percent of those throughout the MetroWest area served by the nonprofit are from Framingham or Natick, she added.

The MutualOne Foundation has provided more than $33,000 to help stock the food pantry in the past five years, including providing six months’ of funding for the “Eat Fresh” program in 2011.

Healthy fruits and vegetables will be on the menu for the coming year at A Place To Turn food pantry in Natick, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown here with the ceremonial grant check are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place To Turn and Donna Low, assistant director; and Susan Acton of MutualOne Bank’s board of directors and a Foundation trustee.

Healthy fruits and vegetables will be on the menu for the coming year at A Place To Turn food pantry in Natick, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown here with the ceremonial grant check are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place To Turn and Donna Low, assistant director; and Susan Acton of MutualOne Bank’s board of directors and a Foundation trustee.

Special Notice regarding data breach at Target® stores

If you made credit or debit card purchases in person at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, you may have been affected by a recently revealed data breach. Information that may have been compromised includes customer name, credit or debit card number, the expiration date, and the three or four-digit security code on cards.

We have contacted those MutualOne customers that we believe may have been subject to the breach, and are issuing new cards. If you believe your card may have been compromised and you have not heard from MutualOne, please call us at 508.820.4000, or visit any of our offices during normal banking hours.

Online purchases were reportedly not involved.

An alert on the Target website describes in detail what steps you should take to detect or avoid fraudulent use of your credit or debit card information. We urge you to review the information you will find there.

Other steps you can take include regularly reviewing activity on your account and reporting anything suspicious to your financial institution or card issuer.

Shillman House health, wellness supported by Charitable Foundation

JCHEThe Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) Shillman House in Framingham has received $3,500 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of specialized exercise classes for its residents.

The classes are focused on helping participants reduce or eliminate pain, manage chronic conditions, and reduce the risk of falls, according to JCHE President and CEO Amy Schectman. Nearly 75 percent of Shillman House residents participated in some component of the fitness program in the past year, she said.

Charitable Foundation grant helps provide free legal services in MetroWest

MetroWestLegalThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 grant to MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) will support that agency’s work in providing free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.

MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation are longtime supporters of the Framingham-based organization, sponsoring the annual MWLS Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament since 2009, and providing general financial support through direct donations over the past decade.

“We feel very fortunate to count the MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation among our most dedicated supporters,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soule´.

Charitable Foundation awards $10,000 to Natick 9-11 Memorial Fund

FlagThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be a $10,000 Platinum Sponsor of the planned Natick 9-11 Memorial, according to an announcement today by Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.

Funds raised by the Natick 9-11 Memorial Committee will be used to build a permanent memorial and reflection garden in front of the police and fire headquarters on East Central Street. The memorial will honor those who lost their lives on 9-11 and the survivors and heroes who emerged in the aftermath of the tragic World Trade Center event.

The town has been gifted with a piece of steel from Ground Zero, which will be a prominent part of the memorial. A sundial that will denote the date and time that the Twin Towers were struck will also be a part of the design.

“September 11, 2001 was a day that changed life as we knew it,” said Lamprey. “We are proud to be among the businesses and citizens of Natick and surrounding communities who are helping to make this Memorial a reality.”

$3,000 Foundation grant will help local homeless children

HFHCThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Horizons for Homeless Children’s Playspace Program, to help improve the lives of local pre-school youngsters living in shelters.

The Playspace Program provides safe places for young children in four Framingham family shelters. At these sites, trained volunteers engage in play and developmental activities that support the youngsters’ social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. They accomplish this by engaging families and delivering high quality education to ensure that the children are ready to succeed in school, despite being homeless, according to Asa Fanelli, Horizons for Homeless Children president and CEO.

“All children need a strong base, a solid starting point,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “This grant will help give the homeless youth here in our community the tools they will need to succeed in the school environment.”

Charitable Foundation grant helps area’s elder homeowners

top.ht3The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.), according to an announcement today by Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the Foundation.

The organization’s mission is to counsel elder homeowners who are dealing with insufficient income to cope with basic living and housing costs. The grant will be used to assist needy elders, especially single women, who are facing displacement threats, property foreclosure, severe credit card debt, expensive in-home care and extensive home repairs.

“H.O.M.E. is very impressed by the leadership demonstrated by MutualOne as a true community institution that is responsive to its varied populations, and especially those elders in the community who have given us so much and who are now themselves in need of our vital support,” said Executive Director Len Raymond.

Taking a shine to local business

Autobright_LogoWhen you need a great car wash, oil change or fill up, Auto Bright Car Care on Hollis Street, Framingham, is your one-stop solution. When second-generation owner Nick Kanieff needed to refinance his company’s debt, MutualOne Bank really came through for him.

A former banker turned second-generation car wash owner, Nick says he shopped the loan package to about 30 banks. “Nearly all of them turned me down,” he recalls, noting that his was a complicated deal, involving lots of “moving parts”—including an environmental cleanup of the car wash site. And this was in the middle of the financial crisis, when capital was scarce.

“MutualOne Bank really stepped up to the plate,” Nick says. “They treated it as a very important deal and gave us a lot of attention. Whenever I had a question, I could pick up the phone and talk to a decision maker right here in the community.”

Nick says it was the smoothest, most cooperative loan process he ever experienced. He says the difference was MutualOne’s emphasis on relationships. “They knew us, they knew our business and they knew that despite the challenges we faced, it was a blip on the radar screen.”

Today, business at Auto Bright is better than ever. And so is his relationship with MutualOne Bank. “I see them all the time. All the people at the bank come to Auto Bright to get their cars washed and their oil changed!”

Ready for a banking partner who takes a genuine shine to your business? Call Michael Bilinsky at 508.532.8305. Learn more about Auto Bright Car Care at www.autobrightcarcare.com.

Raising the tempo on growth

RhythmDanceCoWhen Nicole Newman Kelley decided to make the leap to her own dance studio, she called MutualOne Bank. “The team at MutualOne is wonderful,” Nicole says. “They know me, they know my business, and they have stood by me right from the start. I could not have done this without MutualOne.”

For the young dancers who flock to Rhythm Dance Company in Westborough, it’s an experience that combines fun, self-discipline, and personal growth. For Nicole, it’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

“I always knew I wanted to teach,” says Nicole, a dancer since age three. “It’s so rewarding to watch the growth in the students, whether they are dancing for recreation or are more serious about it.”

Nicole says dance helps kids build self-confidence and poise. But that’s just part of the story. “Our goal is for every student to get into the car after class and say ‘Mom, that was so much fun!’,” she explains. “They build friendships that honestly last forever.”

Nicole’s approach has struck a chord. Since starting the business just a few years ago, Rhythm Dance Company has grown to nearly 400 dancers and a staff of 10 instructors. Now that Rhythm Dance Company is on a roll, Nicole couldn’t be happier. “I get to do what I love every single day. What’s better than that?”

Ready for a banking partner that knows all the right steps?
Call Michael Bilinsky at 508.532.8305. Learn more about Rhythm Dance Company at www.RhythmDanceCo.com.