MutualOne awards $20K Lamprey Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest for new Violence Prevention program

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest has been awarded the Foundation’s annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Foundation’s gift will support a new program at the recently relocated Framingham Clubhouse on Clinton Street: Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development. The project will address youth violence and provide programs that improve community safety by reducing youth violence, juvenile delinquency, and related negative behavior. The initiative, which includes collaboration with the Framingham Police Department, will include education, prevention, and enforcement programs, according to Francis X. Hurley, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest president.

The program is designed to target youth ages 10-17 and will focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

The annual Robert Lamprey Community Grant was established in 2014 to honor Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, for his longstanding commitment, concern, and caring for those in need in our community, said Haranas.

“The presence of an active Boys & Girls Club in the heart of Framingham is a stepping stone to a positive future for many of our young people,” Haranas added. “MutualOne was pleased to award the annual Lamprey Grant to support an innovative new program designed to help make that possible, and as an additional tribute to Bob Lamprey for his time-honored devotion to helping today’s youth realize and achieve their potential.”

The annual Lamprey Grant is restricted to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused primarily on the towns of Framingham and/or Natick, and must benefit a low-income or less-advantaged and/or under-served population.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest’s Framingham Clubhouse was the scene for a celebration of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant. Pictured with Clubhouse members Derrick, Skylar, James, Jennifer, and Meadow are (l-r) Francis X. Hurley, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest; Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer; and Mark R. Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.

MutualOne Foundation grants $5K to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry for holiday, everyday food items

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support St. Bridget’s Food Pantry, an all-volunteer effort that provides food assistance to an average of 150 Framingham households each week, and up to 250 households at holiday time.

“The volunteers at St. Bridget’s Food Pantry have been providing for those in need of assistance in our community for more than 25 years,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to help them continue to meet the needs of the many families and individuals who rely on them.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry are (l-r) Jean Hoskins, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Mary Kulas, director of St. Bridget’s Food Pantry; Rev. Msgr. Francis Strahan, pastor of St. Bridget Parish; and Yves Munyankindi, retail support administrator at MutualOne Bank.

$5K grant from MutualOne Foundation will help bring families out of poverty

Family Promise MetrowestSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support Family Promise Metrowest’s Steps to Success Program.

Based in Natick, Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. Local congregations and a network of over 2,500 trained volunteers furnish safe, temporary shelter and meals on a rotating basis while professional staff assist families in reaching goals that end the cycle of homelessness.

According to Sue Crossley, executive director of Family Promise Metrowest, the Steps to Success program offers a comprehensive approach to employment, education, and skills development that assists families in reaching their highest earning potential and accomplishing long-term sustainability.

“MutualOne is proud to be part of the community approach to helping homeless families with children achieve and sustain their independence and ensure their future success,” said Sousa.

$10K awarded to Resiliency for Life by MutualOne Charitable Foundation

Resiliency for LifeMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a Foundation grant of $10,000 awarded recently to Resiliency for Life (RFL), a highly successful drop-out prevention program for under-achieving and at-risk students at Framingham High School.

According to Jug Chokshi, Executive Director, RFL strategies include intense academic monitoring, advocacy with teachers and administrators, strict program rules and clear expectations, development of personal responsibility/accountability, and reconnecting RFL parents/guardians with their children’s educational experience through full participation in bi-weekly meetings and workshops. Since its founding at Framingham High School in 1999, RFL has established “a near-perfect record of remediating students’ academic deficits, reversing their declines, and guiding them toward remarkable academic achievement,” Chokshi stated.

The RFL program was expanded last year to include students at Framingham’s Cameron, Walsh and Fuller middle schools, and the high school program has been replicated at Mansfield High School in Mansfield and at Durfee High School in Fall River.

“Resiliency for Life is a tremendously valuable asset with an admirable track record of success,” said Haranas. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is proud to support and foster the goals of the program.”

$2.5K grant from MutualOne Foundation will fund lending library at Stapleton Elementary School

MF59581The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Stapleton Elementary School in Framingham to establish a lending library for students. The grant was announced today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

The request for funds to establish a student library was made by Stapleton staff members Debbie Price, resource support teacher, and Michele Biasella, literacy coach, who expressed a dire need for students to continue the reading skills they learn at school when they get home.

Stapleton School has a diverse student population including English Language Learners and special education students in its 21 classrooms.

“In order to grow in reading, our students need to read outside of school and not just in the classroom. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have access to texts at their level at home,” said the request for book sets and organizational supplies to create the new lending library.

“We wholeheartedly agree with the comments by the Stapleton staff that books are an important part of education, and that the more exposure children have to quality literature, the richer their lives will be,” said Sousa. “The MutualOne Foundation is proud to fund the new Stapleton Elementary School lending library.”


Ugly Sweaters & Toys for Tots

Our team was looking good as they sported their ugly sweaters, and counted up the toys collected for Toys for Tots. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution!

Choosing a Banking Relationship with Great Care

Carlyle House

Dennis Morgan, Administrator of Carlyle House

It’s long been said that quality healthcare is about “delivering just the right services at the right time in the right place.” It’s something that Dennis Morgan, a successful entrepreneur and Administrator of Carlyle House, a 55-bed skilled nursing facility in Framingham, knows very well. But Morgan also believes that this same standard of care applies not just to healthcare companies, but also to business banking relationships.

“I’ve had several careers and spent the last 20 years in healthcare, so I’ve been around a lot. The one thing I’ve learned is that a good bank is critical to your success. Our most recent expansion is proof. We wanted to expand Carlyle House and needed a bank that understood our industry, what we were trying to accomplish, and was willing to take a chance on us.”

Fortunately, Dennis didn’t have to go far to find that bank. “We knew we could count on MutualOne. We’ve been banking with them for more than 20 years and they have always had the willingness and desire to understand our needs.”

Over the years, MutualOne has also been there to accommodate Morgan’s other plans for growth and expansion. “In addition to Carlyle House, I own a rehabilitation facility and a hospice business. As we started to grow and gain more contracts, I worried that MutualOne would be too small to handle our needs, but they’ve been so nimble and willing to adapt to our changing needs. You just don’t find the expertise, accessibility, and support they provide at bigger or even smaller banks.”

Looking for a business bank that can provide exceptional care to your business? Call David Flynn at 508.532.8351 today. To learn more about Carlyle House, visit

Employees of the month

Congratulations to Donna Gogliormella, Senior Personal Banker, and Marie Harrington, Senior Operations Specialist, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Donna was recognized for her willingness to accept additional responsibilities, while continuing to provide great customer service. Marie was selected for her smooth transition to operations and the ability to learn additional functions.


Donna Gogliormella (left) and Marie Harrington

MutualOne Bank partners with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

On Friday, November 18th the MutualOne Bank Activities Committee partnered with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation to help sell 50/50 raffle tickets at TD Garden. Our volunteers rooted on the Celtics while raising funds to help support children in need throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Chima Eugene, personal banker, and Katrin (Kathy) Yousefi, loan servicing representative, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Chima was selected for her excellence interacting with customers and understanding their needs. Kathy was recognized for expanding her responsibilities, while improving the turnaround time to deliver critical customer information.

Chima Eugene and Katrin (Kathy) Yousefi

Chima Eugene (left) and Katrin (Kathy) Yousefi