Charitable Foundation buys 2 defibrillators for Sherborn Fire Department

shersheildThe Sherborn Fire Rescue Department has received $3,200 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for the purchase of two Automatic External Defibrillators.

The units will replace outdated department equipment, and one will be used in the vehicle of the on-duty fire officer to ensure prompt response time in an emergency situation.

“Although Sherborn is a small rural community with a population of just over 4,000, the need for life-saving equipment in excellent working condition is as critical there as it is in larger communities,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.

“If you add the commuter traffic on Routes 16 and 27 through the center of town in the morning and again in late afternoon, the ‘population’ multiplies significantly.”

Charitable Foundation grants $5,000 to VNA free prescription drug program

VNAThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in support of the nonprofit’s MetroWest Meds program which helps people stay healthy by enabling them to remain compliant with their prescribed medications.

The grant was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which has supported MetroWest Meds with awards totaling $25,000 over the past five years.

According to Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko, the program has served over 3,300 clients and has saved over $4.4 million in prescription drug costs since its inception in 2004,

“Thanks to the support of generous local funders like the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, the Natick VNA helps thousands of people remain safe and healthy in their homes,” said Boyko.

$10,000 award from Foundation focuses on Framingham’s at-risk students

Resiliency for LifeRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Resiliency for Life to support that organization’s programs at Framingham High School during the 2013-14 school year.

Resiliency for Life helps provide academic and social support services to more than 70 at-risk students at the high school. The voluntary academic intervention and drop-out prevention program serves students who are at risk of academic failure, enabling them to persevere, thrive and lead productive lives.

“MutualOne has awarded over $52,000 to the Resiliency for Life program over the past five years” said Lamprey. “We continue to be impressed by its success, and we are proud of the Framingham students who took advantage of this opportunity to defy the odds.”

Resiliency for Life Executive Director Michael Daly praised MutualOne for its involvement in the program. He added that the students’ achievements might not have been possible without that steadfast support.

Call2Talk mental health helpline receives $3,000 from MutualOne Foundation

UnitedWayTriThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has donated $3,000 to support Call2Talk, a mental health helpline established recently by United Way of Tri-County.

According to United Way President & CPO Paul Mina, Call2Talk will help fill a gap in local presence following the recent departure of a Framingham-based suicide prevention organization. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that calls originating in MetroWest represent the second-highest volume in Massachusetts, said Mina.

The United Way’s 24/7 support line for people in crisis or emotional distress relies on peer-supported talk therapy. Trained volunteers and staff help callers work toward a safe place, with the goal of moving them from crisis to self-sufficiency.

“The call statistics leave no doubt that there is a definite need for such a helpline in MetroWest,” said Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “By supporting Call2Talk, we can help make sure that residents still have a local telephone support system in place.”

Call2Talk is available to any caller at 508-532-CALL.