$5,000 MutualOne Foundation award for Amazing Things branding/web project

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation grant to the Amazing Things Arts Center (ATAC) in Framingham.

The grant will help fund a branding/website project that is part of the organization’s long-term strategy for sustainability and growth, according to Joe Fredette, chair of the ATAC board of directors.

“Amazing Things offers residents from throughout MetroWest a unique chance to experience the local cultural climate,” said Sousa. “Its success also plays an important role in Framingham’s goal for revitalizing the downtown area, which is another reason we are pleased to help support the project.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 award to the Amazing Things Art Center (ATAC) in Framingham are: (front row l-r) Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank branch manager, Lincoln Street-Framingham; Tracie Lomberto, ATAC office manager; Alice DiPace, ATAC office staff; and Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; (rear l-r) David Hornfischer, ATAC  board member and treasurer; and Philip Knudsen, ATAC executive director.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 award to the Amazing Things Art Center (ATAC) in Framingham are: (front row l-r) Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank branch manager, Lincoln Street-Framingham; Tracie Lomberto, ATAC office manager; Alice DiPace, ATAC office staff; and Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; (rear l-r) David Hornfischer, ATAC board member and treasurer; and Philip Knudsen, ATAC executive director.

MutualOne Foundation awards $5,000 to Access Framingham

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Framingham Public Access Corporation (Access Framingham).

The grant will support the construction and implementation of a training/presentation room as part of the organization’s new Community Media Center in Framingham Centre.

The new room will allow Access Framingham to optimize its space usage by providing a separate location for training and for the taping of smaller presentations, said William McColgan, executive director.

“Access Framingham is a vital part of our community, and reaches all segments of our population,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help the organization serve even more community members through training and informational programming.”

Access Framingham’s grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is exhibited by (l to r): Bill Rabkin, president of the Access Framingham board of directors; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Bill McColgan, Access Framingham executive director.

Access Framingham’s grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is exhibited by (l to r): Bill Rabkin, president of the Access Framingham board of directors; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Bill McColgan, Access Framingham executive director.

Foundation supports Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table program, will benefit Natick Food Pantry

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a recent $2,500 Foundation grant to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) Garden to Table program.

The funds will be used for improvements to Mass Hort’s cold frame greenhouse structure at its Dover garden, where up to 4,000 pounds of organic vegetables are grown each year for the Natick Service Council’s Food Pantry, which serves over 5,300 Natick residents.

“The Garden to Table program goes a long way in helping to meet the needs of our neighbors who are economically disadvantaged or who may be facing a temporary crisis,” said Haranas. “The Foundation is happy to help make the necessary greenhouse repairs at the garden, to ensure the program’s continued success.”

Greenhouse repairs for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table project benefiting the Natick Service Council Food Pantry are being made possible thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Celebrating the award are (l to r) Yasmine Ouweijan, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Concord Street-Framingham; Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Foundation administrative director; Lisa Kamer, Garden to Table program manager; and Katherine Macdonald, president, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Greenhouse repairs for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table project benefiting the Natick Service Council’s Food Pantry are being made possible thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Celebrating the award are (l to r) Yasmine Ouweijan, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Concord Street-Framingham; Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Foundation administrative director; Lisa Kamer, Garden to Table program manager; and Katherine Macdonald, president, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Charitable Foundation awards $2,000 to Natick Neighbor Brigade

NeighborBrigadeSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a recent Foundation award of $2,000 to the Natick chapter of Neighbor Brigade.

Neighbor Brigade establishes and mobilizes community-based networks of volunteers that provide free and immediate non-medical support services to residents facing a sudden crisis such as a cancer diagnosis, major surgery, accident, or other tragedy.

The Natick chapter, which is one of 35 chapters in eastern Massachusetts, currently numbers 300 volunteers.

“Neighbor Brigade is a wonderful example of people helping people,” said Sousa. “Knowing that hundreds of people in your town are ready and willing to spring into action to help in a time of crisis should provide a certain peace of mind for all residents.”

$2,500 MutualOne Foundation award to help homeless children in local shelters

HorizonsRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Horizons for Homeless Children’s Playspace Program, which serves homeless children living in four Framingham family shelters.

At these shelters, trained Playspace volunteers engage in play and developmental activities that support the children’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development.

According to Dianne Luby, Horizons for Homeless Children president and CEO, Playspaces provide early learning and play programming to ensure that young homeless children living in family shelters have access to the opportunity for the normal, developmental play that every child needs to learn and grow.

“The Foundation grant will help provide homeless children living in shelters in our community the chance to succeed in the school environment,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to be a part of making that happen.”

Genesis Counseling Services awarded $2,500 by Charitable Foundation

Genesis Counseling ServicesMark 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 support the Project Parenting program offered by Genesis Counseling Services.

Founded in 1995, Genesis Counseling Services is a Framingham-based nonprofit organization that provides outpatient substance abuse treatment for men, women, families and adolescents.

According to Lisa Robideau, Genesis president and clinical director, the Project Parenting program will focus on enhancing family bonding and developing parenting skills, including skills that are considered critical for alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

“Educational programs are designed to prevent the problem before it becomes a problem and treatment is required,” Robideau said.

“Alcohol and drug abuse among students is becoming more and more of an issue,” said Haranas. “We are happy to support a program to help individuals and families work toward abuse prevention.”

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s award will help provide parenting skills education to low-income MetroWest families.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $2,500 to Free Medical Program

MW Free MedicalMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a Foundation grant of $2,500 to the MetroWest Free Medical Program (MWFMP). The award will support the volunteer organization’s emergency preparedness program, including training and the purchase of medical supplies and equipment.

According to Kim Prendergast, executive director, the grant will help MWFMP address the increasingly acute needs of low-income uninsured and under-insured individuals who seek care from the program.

“The Free Medical Program is a lifeline for the less fortunate in our community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to offer our support for this critical program.”

 

Four promoted at MutualOne Bank

MutualOne BankMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotions of Clarice Santos of Framingham, Julie Morin of Hudson, Melissa Roberts of Brockton, and Cheryl Suarez of Holliston.

Clarice Santos
Santos was promoted to manager of client services, responsible for managing the client services department and electronic banking activities.

She joined MutualOne Bank in 2008 as a teller at the Concord Street branch in Framingham. In 2009, she joined the client services department as a senior account representative and had served as assistant manager since 2013. Previously, she was an administrative assistant in the law offices of Richard J. DeAngelis.

Santos is a graduate of Framingham High School and Framingham State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is an active volunteer, and recently returned from a volunteer mission at a refugee shelter in South Africa.

Julie Morin
Morin is now assistant manager of client services following her promotion from senior account representative in the department, a position she held since 2012.

She joined MutualOne Bank in 2007 as a teller at the Concord Street branch, and was promoted to customer service representative in 2009. Previously, she was a teller at Gouverneur Savings and Loan.

Morin is a graduate of Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Regis College in Weston.

Melissa Roberts
Roberts was promoted to compliance specialist from her previous position as operations specialist, which she held since joining MutualOne Bank in 2011.

She began her career in 2001 as a teller with S-Bank. She moved up to operations clerk, a position she held at S-Bank for the following nine years.

Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in travel and tourism/hospitality administration at Lasell College in Newton.

Cheryl Suarez
Also announced was the promotion of Cheryl Suarez to the position of operations manager, effective December 2014. Presently assistant branch manager at the Concord Street branch in Framingham, Suarez joined MutualOne in 2012 as a teller, with past experience as a store supervisor with TD Bank. She subsequently served as a customer service representative before being named assistant branch manager in May 2013.

Her background also includes over 15 years of management experience with Bank Boston/Fleet and five years as a special education aide for the Newfound Area School District. She is a past president and volunteer coordinator of the Parent Teacher Community Organization for Bridgewater (NH)-Hebron Village School.

$5,000 for Programs For People from MutualOne Charitable Foundation

Programs for PeopleRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $5,000 grant to Programs For People, a Framingham-based nonprofit agency serving MetroWest residents recovering from mental illness.

Now in its 40th year, Programs For People is the only area resource that provides psychiatric day services and employment services all under one roof. The goal of all treatments is to understand mental illness in order to prevent relapse, allowing individuals to live as productive a life as possible.

“The Foundation is pleased to help this self-supporting organization celebrate its 40th year,” said Lamprey. “The critical services it provides impacts many individuals and families in need in our community.”

Hammering out a great partnership

ExceptionalAutoAccidents happen. And when they do, the pros at Exceptional Auto Body in Framingham can perform magic, making any mangled car like new again. But when owner Robert Lopez wanted to move his business to its current Blandin Avenue location a decade ago, he needed some financing magic.

“It used to be a junkyard that the town had taken over due to back taxes, so there were definitely some issues, including site cleanup,” Lopez recalls, noting that he had his doubts whether any bank would finance it. Until he called Larry Erickson at MutualOne Bank (then Framingham Co-operative Bank).

“I had a small business with no history. But Larry took a liking to my plan and backed me up on it,” Lopez says, noting that the Bank financed the site cleanup under the federal Brownfields Program, as well as construction of his facility. “If it wasn’t for Larry and the Bank, I wouldn’t be here today. They made it happen.”

Since then, Mutual One has supported Exceptional Auto Body’s growth, through equipment financing, vehicle loans and a commercial line of credit. “It’s been a great experience. They make the process so easy and personable,” Lopez says. “They have always been there for me, even through tough times.”

Lopez admits that he now gets calls from other banks frequently. “I just tell them I’m in bed with MutualOne Bank and I’m very happy. I would never leave.”

Ready for a banking partner totally fixed on your business success? Call Michael Bilinsky at 508.532.8305 or Steven J. Sousa at 508.532.8308 today. Learn more about Exceptional Auto Body at ExceptionalAutoBody.com.