$3,000 Foundation grant will spread the sound of Golden Tones music

Golden TonesRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $3,000 grant to the Golden Tones Chorus to support that group’s plans for 10 to 15 concerts to be performed this year at senior health and housing facilities in Natick and Framingham.

Now in its 26th year, the Golden Tones Chorus consists of nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who take part in more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.

“Our concerts have proven to be more than just a creative endeavor of self-expression, but a holistic experience of well-being for both the musicians and the listeners,” said Director Deborah Lee Marion.

Congratulations to our Service Award winners

At our recent Awards Night, several employees were recognized for their longstanding commitment and dedication to the Bank. Each year, we bestow a Service Award to employees who have reached a new five-year milestone.

This year saw Donna Finneran mark her 40th year with MutualOne. Joining Donna in commemorating their tenure with the Bank were the following honorees:

Andrea Aronne – 5 years of service
Kurt Bischoff – 5 years of service
Clarice Santos – 5 years of service
Michael Semizoglou – 5 years of service
Melissa Burnham – 10 years of service
Frank Chamberlain – 10 years of service
Mary-Ellen Giorgio – 10 years of service
Janet Welsh – 10 years of service
Rahnuma Habib – 15 years of service
Rita Robbins – 20 years of service
Carmela Canal – 25 years of service

2014 Service Award winners – Mark Haranas, MutualOne president & CEO (fifth from right) celebrates with this year’s honorees (left to right), Kurt Bischoff, Clarice Santos, Melissa Burnham, Janet Welsh, Rahnuma Habib, Donna Finneran, Andrea Aronne, Carmela Canal, Mary-Ellen Giorgio, and Michael Semizoglou. Not pictured:  Frank Chamberlain and Rita Robbins.

2014 Service Award winners – Mark Haranas, MutualOne president & CEO (fifth from right) celebrates with this year’s honorees (left to right), Kurt Bischoff, Clarice Santos, Melissa Burnham, Janet Welsh, Rahnuma Habib, Donna Finneran, Andrea Aronne, Carmela Canal, Mary-Ellen Giorgio, and Michael Semizoglou. Not pictured: Frank Chamberlain and Rita Robbins.

MutualOne Foundation awards $5,000 to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s continued generosity in supporting the Pantry’s efforts to assist those in need in Framingham,” said Mary Kulas, executive director. “Thanks to such support, the Pantry is able to provide food to anyone with proof of Framingham residency who comes to our door.”

“Hopefully, the Foundation’s grant will help those who are struggling and making decisions between paying for fuel or putting food on the table,” said Sousa.

Volunteers (back row) joined in as MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 award to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham. Front row includes (l to r) MutualOne Bank Framingham/Concord Street branch manager Yasmine Ouweijan; Framingham/Lincoln Street branch manager Donna Gogliomella; Food Pantry executive director Mary Kulas; MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart; and volunteer Alice Costa.

Volunteers (back row) joined in as MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 award to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham. Front row includes (l to r) MutualOne Bank Framingham/Concord Street branch manager Yasmine Ouweijan; Framingham/Lincoln Street branch manager Donna Gogliomella; Food Pantry executive director Mary Kulas; MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart; and volunteer Alice Costa.

MutualOne Foundation grant to help provide summer farm work for teens

The Natick Community Organic Farm recently received a grant of $2,500 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of a summer work program for young adults.

The Foundation funds are directed to the Farm’s Teen Work Crew (TWC) program for youngsters aged 14 to 16. The program provides teens with the opportunity to gain a wide variety of skills including carpentry, mechanics, gardening, animal husbandry, and social skills. The paid positions require a commitment of 3 to 4 weeks of time during the summer months.

“The TWC program provides teens with job training and valuable life skills, as well as what may be their first paid workplace experience,’ said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “For youngsters too young to be hired for most summer jobs, this is a unique opportunity to earn a wage while also gaining an education in agriculture and the environment.”

Natick Community Organic Farm Director Lynda Simkins (second from right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart (far right), MutualOne Bank Natick branch manager Marie Harrington, and Farm volunteer David Parnas pose with a check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to the Farm’s summer work program for teens.

Natick Community Organic Farm Director Lynda Simkins (second from right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart (far right), MutualOne Bank Natick branch manager Marie Harrington, and Farm volunteer David Parnas pose with a check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to the Farm’s summer work program for teens.

$2,500 from MutualOne Foundation to help prevent student bullying

AcceptThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to ACCEPT Educational Collaborative to help support the organization’s Safe from Bullying program.

ACCEPT, a regional, non-profit educational organization, provides services including education programs and specialized transportation for students with moderate to severe special needs.

The organization will use its grant funding from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to provide administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals quality professional development on strategies to prevent bullying. Drivers of ACCEPT vans and buses will also have sessions as part of the ongoing training they receive.

MutualOne Bank announces $20K Lamprey Community Grant

Robert LampreyMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will award an annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant in honor of Robert “Bob” Lamprey, chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and Foundation chair.

The grant, which will be awarded to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused primarily on the towns of Framingham and/or Natick, must benefit a low-income or less-advantaged and/or under-served population.

“The grant in his name is a tribute to Bob for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need in our community,” said Haranas.

“It is our hope that each future Robert Lamprey Community Grant recipient will be a catalyst for positive change, as Bob has been throughout his career.”

The deadline for submitting a Robert Lamprey Community Grant request will be on October 31 of each calendar year. The grant, which is not a part of the standard Foundation award request process, requires a separate application that is available online here or by contacting Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, at rstewart@mutualone.com.

Applicants who request but do not receive a Robert Lamprey Community Grant may still apply for an award through the standard MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant process.

About Robert Lamprey
Bob Lamprey began his career in community banking more than 50 years ago.

Much of his early time was spent at Everett Co-operative Bank, where he developed core beliefs on how local banks could, and should, support the families and small businesses within their market. Certainly sound business practices and efficient internal procedures were critical to a bank’s long-term success. But, just as important was being a caring and pro-active partner with the residents in the towns served by the institution.

Bob knew that the health and vibrancy of his bank were directly related to the health and well-being of the people in the community.

In 1977, he joined Framingham Co-operative Bank (now MutualOne Bank) as executive vice president, and was promoted to president in 1988. He brought with him the same business expertise — and the same community commitment and caring — that had defined his career from the start.

During Bob’s tenure, the local economy has been rocked by two serious recessions. But even through troubling times, the Bank continued to grow while expanding services to enhance the local banking experience for its customers.

With the appointment of a new Bank president in 2008, Bob continues in his role as chairman of the board and chief financial officer.

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which he was instrumental in establishing in 1998, remains his pride and joy. It has become the centerpiece of his efforts to provide support for the work being performed by many worthy MetroWest non-profit organizations. His determination and dedication complement his activity in a variety of volunteer positions within the United Way of Tri-County over the years.

Bob has spearheaded initiatives to help the most vulnerable members of our community. His focus has been on their most critical needs, including food, medical and legal assistance, child welfare programs in partnership with our schools and faith-based organizations; and public safety measures through local police and fire departments.

Primarily through his efforts, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has surpassed $2.7 million in total grants awarded to these worthwhile endeavors.

While his success as a community banker is well documented, Bob has said that “being able to support the neediest among us has given me the greatest personal satisfaction.”

Foundation grant sponsors seniors, students at Heritage Chorale pops concert

Heritage ChoraleThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $2,500 gift to the Heritage Chorale senior and student outreach program allowed 79 local senior citizens and a number of students to attend this year’s Pops Concert at Nevins Hall in Framingham.

Now celebrating its 77th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of more than 100 singers from the MetroWest region.

“We value our partnership in this effort to make it possible for area senior adults and students who would not otherwise be able to attend our concerts to enjoy a special event such as our Pops Concert,” said Heritage Chorale’s Robert H. Diefenbacher, vice president, development.

“Your continued support for this important effort has been truly valuable,” Diefenbacher said in a letter to Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.