Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest (PAC).
The Foundation grant will help provide scholarships for PAC’s educational theatre program, which serves up to 300 youth from ages 8 to 18 each year, providing a range of skills from building scenery to learning dance and drama.
“We are pleased to make the theatre program experience more available to local youngsters,” said Haranas.
“Thanks to the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, youth who have a desire to participate in the theatre and who would not otherwise have the opportunity due to financial/economic or cultural barriers, will be able to do so at the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest,” said Mary Opanasets, executive director.
“Through the PAC theater program, students are given the chance to express themselves, gain confidence, and have fun in a safe learning environment. We thank the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for this grant which will positively impact so many young people in the wider community.”
Rachel Stewart (far right, standing), administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, representatives of the Performing Arts Center, and the cast and crew of “Shrek The Musical” pose with a ceremonial check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 grant to the Center.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support Read to a Child, a nonprofit organization that runs a lunchtime reading program at the Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools in Framingham.
The program currently serves a total of 90 Framingham students in grades 1 through 4 who struggle with literacy. Volunteer mentors, who are each matched with a child, visit the student’s school each week throughout the academic year for one-on-one read aloud time.
According to CEO Olivia Mathews, the goals of Read to a Child are to instill a love for reading, improve listening and reading skills, increase vocabulary, develop an appreciation for stories, and foster self-esteem.
The Foundation’s recent grant brought to $7,000 the total amount it has awarded to the Read to a Child program in the two Framingham schools over the past three years.
LUNCHTIME READING – Yasmine Ouweijan (right), manager of MutualOne Bank’s Framingham/Concord Street office, reads to a young student as Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, watches on. The Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support the Read to a Child program at Framingham’s Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools.
The evening’s special guest speaker, Harry Gantz, co-producer and director of the film ‘American Winter,’ presenting Rahnuma Habib with the Campaign Coordinator Award.
MutualOne Bank was honored with three awards by the United Way of Tri-County at the organization’s Annual Recognition Event Breakfast. Each year a select number of volunteers, partners and supporters of the United Way’s programs are acknowledged for their outstanding commitment to the community at the event. The theme of this year’s event, held on Thursday, April 10 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, was IN FOCUS: Gaining a new perspective on our community through the lens of the United Way.
The Bank received the United Way of Tri-County Cornerstone Award, for “exemplifying the spirit of the United Way, by providing a foundation of giving and serving as a role model for others and a treatment of what can be achieved.” In addition, the Bank’s “extraordinary contributions to the community,” were recognized through the Financial Division Award. And accepting both of the awards on behalf of the Bank was Bob Lamprey, chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and MutualOne Charitable Foundation chair.
Rahnuma Habib, assistant vice president, human resources, took home her own hardware. She was presented with the Campaign Coordinator Award “for demonstrating outstanding performance in aiding participation, community involvement, and partnerships.”
Congratulations to Julie Morin, Senior Account Representative in Client Services! She is our latest Retail Employee of the Month!
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $7,225 to Marian High School to help upgrade lab computers in order to enhance the classroom and learning experience. The award will cover the purchase of five new computers and a new server.
“Marian High School will not soon forget the kindness and generosity of MutualOne in providing this community with the means for a new server and new computers,” said Sister Catherine Clifford, principal, about the most recent Foundation grant. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”