MutualOne Foundation grants $5,000 to A Place To Turn ‘Eat Fresh’ program

Place to TurnMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to A Place To Turn in Natick.

A Place To Turn provides emergency food and clothing to individuals and families in the MetroWest area. The Foundation grant supporting “Eat Fresh” will allow the nonprofit to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for food pantry clients. It is the fourth consecutive year that MutualOne has helped fund the program.

“Eighty percent of the families and individuals served by A Place To Turn are from Framingham and Natick,” said Haranas. “We are happy to help give our neighbors in those towns and those in our surrounding communities the advantage of a healthy diet.”

Now hiring: Personal Banker

MutualOne BankExperience & Education Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent sales & service experience

• Proven customer service skills

Job Requirements:

• Good interpersonal, communication, sales & computer skills

• Understanding of financial products and services

Specific Job Functions:

• Provides a complete range of customer service including opening new accounts, explaining available bank products and services, and gathering customer information to process new and existing accounts

• Responsible to provide electronic banking support to customers

• Proactively prospects for new business & participates in sales of bank product

• Actively advises customers on a variety of additional product offering including IRAs, business services, consumer lending services and safe deposit services

• Maintains knowledge of branch policies and procedures with respect to approving checks and overrides

• Handles customer problems and complaints; counsels customers with special needs or requests

• Participates in activities for generating new business such as special events

• Processes mortgage, consumer loan and other payments

• Actively involved in sales, service and product training meetings. Attends seminars regarding banking industry activities

• Handles a comprehensive array of service representative transactions

• May be trained to provide comprehensive commercial services support as a Certified Business Banker (CBB)

• May be trained to accept mortgage loan applications as a licensed originator

• Completes required annual Bank Secrecy Act training which includes emphasis on Currency Transaction Reporting (CTR) completion, how to identify suspicious activity, how to Know Your Customer, and how to perform an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) check

• Bank Secrecy Act responsibilities include accurately completing Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs), adhering to the Customer Identification Program (CIP) Policy, reporting suspicious activity to the BSA Officer, and performing Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) checks

The above is a description of the ordinary duties of the position. It is expected that from time to time other duties, both related and unrelated to the above, may be assigned and therefore, required.

For more information, please call (508) 820-4000. Send your resume and your Application for Employment to:

Human Resources Department
MutualOne Bank
160 Cochituate Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Fax to: 508-532-8379 or email to: hr@mutualone.com.

We want our Bank to be diverse, where employees and customers feel comfortable.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Crossroads School receives grant from Foundation for garden program

CrossroadsMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has granted the request of Crossroads School for Children for the sum of $800 to support its School Garden Program.

Crossroads, a private, nonprofit day school located in Natick, currently provides year-round comprehensive services for 59 students with autism.

The Foundation’s grant will allow the 2015 expansion of a garden program that began this past summer, providing hands-on and multi-disciplinary learning directly applicable to educational areas such as life and vocational skill development, academic learning, and occupational therapy.

“We were happy to grant this request and to help the school develop additional learning resources for all Crossroads students,” said Haranas.

Autism Alliance receives $2,000 grant from Charitable Foundation

Autism AllianceSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $2,000 Foundation grant to Autism Alliance of MetroWest, a family support program based in Natick.

The funds will be used toward the purchase of equipment for Sunday Open Gym, a social and recreational activity for individuals with autism and their families.

“We are pleased to support autism-friendly recreational and social opportunities for individuals in MetroWest and their families, and to help build public awareness regarding autism,” said Sousa.

MutualOne Foundation $2,500 grant will support Natick’s Kids Connect

Kids ConnectRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Kids Connect, a Natick-based nonprofit that provides tutoring services to children in need of educational support.

“We are pleased to help Kids Connect fund tutoring for local youth whose families may be unable to afford such services and those youngsters for whom creative individualized tutoring services can be instrumental in their educational and emotional success,” said Lamprey.

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.

$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.”

$5,000 MutualOne Foundation grant for sensory playground at Brandon School

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Brandon Residential Treatment Center in support of a specialized sensory playground planned at its Natick campus.

The Brandon Residential Treatment Center works with 200 youth at locations in Natick, Framingham, and Ashland each year, providing care, supervision, support, and special education services.

Designed for youth who have sensory integration issues stemming from trauma and mental health conditions, the sensory playground is an extension of Brandon’s “Come to Your Senses” initiative.

According to Rebecca Ferri, development officer, program emphasis on sensory integration for treatment of trauma and mental health issues is very innovative. The playground project will be a pillar of the sensory program at Brandon, she added.

“The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to contribute to a program focused on providing at-risk youth with the skills they need to succeed alongside their peers as productive members of the community,’ said Lamprey.

“It means so much to Brandon that Natick’s MutualOne Foundation is so invested in the care and support of children served here,” said Rachel Berry, MSW, Brandon’s chief operations officer. “Many of our boys struggle significantly with healthy coping skills, success in school and the community, and sensory processing issues as a result of mental health diagnoses and learning disabilities.

“The new, state of the art, sensory playground will be an integral new tool for our many students to better manage their senses, emotions, and behaviors. Brandon thanks MutualOne for their integral partnership on this project, and for helping Brandon boys feel supported by their community.”

Brandon student Jayden, 9, said “I like all of it. Everything is mine. I’m so glad it’s in my yard.” Ten-year-old Leon said that “the rock wall and swings” are his favorites in the new playground.

PLAYGROUND FRIENDS - Observing the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 grant in support of the new sensory playground at the Brandon Residential Treatment Center’s Natick campus are: (l to r) Rachel Berry, MSW, Brandon’s chief operations officer; Marie Harrington, branch manager, MutualOne Bank–Natick; and Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director. Young Brandon students helped hold the celebratory check marking the occasion.

PLAYGROUND FRIENDS – Observing the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 grant in support of the new sensory playground at the Brandon Residential Treatment Center’s Natick campus are: (l to r) Rachel Berry, MSW, Brandon’s chief operations officer; Marie Harrington, branch manager, MutualOne Bank–Natick; and Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director. Young Brandon students helped hold the celebratory check marking the occasion.

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.”

Habib, Sambuchi, Gilroy elected to new officer positions at MutualOne Bank

MutualOnePeopleThe Board of Directors of MutualOne Bank has elected three employees to new officer positions, according to an announcement today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO.

Rahnuma Habib of Ashland and Kimberly Sambuchi of Framingham were elected vice presidents. George Gilroy of Natick was elected assistant vice president and also promoted to technology officer.

Habib
Habib, who will oversee human resources and training, joined the Bank in 1998 as a teller. She became first human resources coordinator, and then HR manager, the following year. She was elected assistant vice president in 2012.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in Bangladesh in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Phoenix University in 2009. She received a master’s degree in management and human resources management in 2013 from Phoenix University. She has also attended Human Resources Law seminars through Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center.

Habib was the 2013 recipient of the Campaign Coordinator Award from the United Way of Tri-County. She is a member of the Massachusetts Banker’s Association HR Committee, the MetroWest HRMA, and the MetroWest HRMA executive board. She is a volunteer at Distressed Children International, an international nonprofit organization working to protect child rights.

Sambuchi
Kimberly Sambuchi, a Framingham resident, will oversee operations, electronic banking and client services. She has been with MutualOne Bank since joining as a teller in 2002, and served in positions of increased responsibility including customer service representative, retail banking analyst, and eBanking Manager. She was elected an assistant vice president in 2012.

Sambuchi is a graduate of Framingham High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University and a master’s in business administration from Framingham State University. She also completed studies at the Mass Bankers Association New England School for Financial Studies.

Gilroy
Natick resident George Gilroy, previously IT support specialist, is now technology officer and assistant vice president.

He joined MutualOne Bank in 2012 with previous technology experience as a systems engineer with John Hancock Financial Services; and as Windows administrator with both MODIS IT and IBM. He began his career as network administrator with John Hancock Financial Services following graduation from Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham.