MutualOne’s First Annual Lamprey Grant awarded to Natick Service Council

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Natick Service Council has been awarded the Foundation’s first annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Grant was established in April 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, said Haranas.

The annual 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.

“We are honored and grateful to be chosen for this very generous grant,” said Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director. “The funds will go directly to an important program in our organization that is relied upon by many Natick residents and families. MutualOne truly understands the meaning of being a great corporate citizen and we are fortunate to have them here in our community.”

Natick Service Council was founded in 1962 by Natick residents, clergy, and community leaders determined to help their less-fortunate neighbors. The organization will use its Lamprey Grant to support its Case Management program, which is the gateway to all other Natick Service Council programs and services. These include its “Heart Healthy” Food Pantry; financial assistance for rent, utilities, and home heating fuel; and employment, career counseling, and training programs. The Case Management team of three currently supports 680 families, serving 1,464 residents, or four percent of Natick’s population.

“The Natick Service Council’s Case Management Team helps guide clients through a temporary crisis and back toward economic self-sufficiency and good health,” said Haranas. “Its goals match Bob Lamprey’s ideals perfectly.”

First Lamprey Community Grant Benefits Natick Service Council. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.

First Lamprey Community Grant Benefits Natick Service Council.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.

 

Cash machine now available in the Natick Community-Senior Center

MutualOne Bank has installed a cash machine in the lobby of the Natick Community-Senior Center at 117 East Central Street. The machine was installed at no expense to the Center, and is available during normal business hours to anyone visiting the Center.

“The Community-Senior Center is an integral part of the community. We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide this convenience service to our customers and other neighbors,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank.

Pictured at the new MutualOne Bank cash machine in the Natick Community-Senior Center are (l-r) Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker, MutualOne Bank; Marie Harrington, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Natick; Susan Ramsey, Natick Council on Aging director; and Judy D'Antonio, vice president, Friends of the Natick Senior Center Inc.

Pictured at the new MutualOne Bank cash machine in the Natick Community-Senior Center are (l-r) Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker, MutualOne Bank; Marie Harrington, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Natick; Susan Ramsey, Natick Council on Aging director; and Judy D’Antonio, vice president, Friends of the Natick Senior Center Inc.

 

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.

MutualOne Bank Kicks-off Green Initiative with Solar Energy Installation

Partners with Solect Energy Development to deploy 25 kW solar energy solution at Framingham headquarters

MutualOne Bank has partnered with Solect Energy Development of Hopkinton to deploy a 22 kW renewable energy solar system at its Framingham, MA, headquarters. The system is expected to offset the bank’s electricity needs by approximately 25 percent, a savings of more than $10,000 annually.

“Solect is one of our partners and banking customers, and we’ve been able to see the solid financial benefits that solar energy offers and how Solect has been able to help their customers significantly cut electricity costs,” said Steve Sousa, executive vice president at MutualOne. “As we looked to be a better corporate citizen by becoming a greener company ourselves, solar made a lot of sense.”

In addition to cost savings, MutualOne is able to take advantage of state and federal tax incentives, including SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates), which solar system owners earn based on the amount of solar energy their system generates. SRECs are ultimately purchased by electrical utility providers in Massachusetts to help them meet their state-mandated goals of a percentage of power coming from renewable energy sources.

Solect and MutualOne also partner to help other businesses finance their solar PV systems.

“MutualOne quickly realized the benefits that solar energy could bring to their business and their bottom line,” said Ken Driscoll, Founder and CEO at Solect. “Renewable solar energy will help them reduce their electricity costs for years to come, while at the same time creating a solid revenue stream.”

MutualOne Community Contributions Recognized by United Way

United Way of Tri-County Awards

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 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.

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.

Checking for Charity at MutualOne Bank supports senior centers in Framingham and Natick

CheckingCharityNewSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank’s Checking for Charity initiative will benefit both the Callahan Senior Center in Framingham and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

For every new personal or business checking account opened in 2014, the Bank will donate $10 to be shared equally by the two Centers, said Sousa.

The Checking for Charity campaign gained national attention as an “Impact” category winner in the American Bankers Association’s financial marketing awards competition when it was established in 2008.

Previous Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Framingham High School, Natick High School, the American Cancer Society, Ovations for a Cure, Buddy Dog Humane Society, and the Natick Veterans Relief Fund.

MutualOne Bank’s gift of $4,000 will buy new projector for Framingham High auditorium

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that Framingham High School has been awarded $4,000 as a result of the Bank’s most-recent Checking for Charity initiative.

The Bank announced last spring that it would donate $10 to be shared equally by Natick High School and Framingham High School for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion. Each school received a check for $4,000 in separate presentations earlier this month.

At Framingham High School, the $4,000 Checking for Charity gift will be used to purchase a new high definition projector for the auditorium, according to Principal Michael J. Welch.

“The auditorium/theater is used constantly by many different groups for the school and the entire community,” Welch said. ”Our original projector gave out over a year ago, and the current replacement was borrowed from another part of the building. The purchase of a new HD projector will be a welcome addition to this beautiful space.

“On behalf of the Framingham High School community, we would like to express our sincere gratitude,” he added.

Previous MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

The Checking for Charity promotion now underway at MutualOne Bank will benefit both Framingham’s Callahan Senior Center and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL Principal Michael Welch helps hold a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With him in the school’s auditorium, for which the gift will help purchase a new projector, are (from left) Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer; Alyse Lepkowski, Framingham High School Department Head, School Counseling; and Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Concord Street, Framingham office Branch Manager.

FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL Principal Michael Welch helps hold a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With him in the school’s auditorium, for which the gift will help purchase a new projector, are (from left) Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer; Alyse Lepkowski, Framingham High School Department Head, School Counseling; and Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Concord Street, Framingham office Branch Manager.

MutualOne Bank’s gift of $4,000 will buy iPads for Natick High music students

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that Natick High School has been awarded $4,000 as a result of the Bank’s most-recent Checking for Charity initiative.

The Bank announced last spring that it would donate $10 to be shared equally by Natick High School and Framingham High School for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion. Each school received a check for $4,000 in separate presentations earlier this month.

At Natick High School, the $4,000 Checking for Charity gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by music students, according to Principal Rose Bertucci.

“This was a great way for us to thank our new checking account customers in both Natick and Framingham, and for them to support their local high school at the same time,” said Sousa.

Previous MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

The Checking for Charity promotion now underway at MutualOne Bank will benefit both Framingham’s Callahan Senior Center and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

NATICK HIGH SCHOOL students (center, l to r) Jacob Rosen, Connor Shea, Veronica Ordway and Halle George display a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With them are (from left) Tyler Turner, music teacher; Steve Miller, Director of Fine Performing and Media Arts; Marie Harrington, MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager; Rose Bertucci, M.ED., Natick High Principal; and Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. MutualOne’s gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by the school’s music students.

NATICK HIGH SCHOOL students (center, l to r) Jacob Rosen, Connor Shea, Veronica Ordway and Halle George display a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With them are (from left) Tyler Turner, music teacher; Steve Miller, Director of Fine Performing and Media Arts; Marie Harrington, MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager; Rose Bertucci, M.ED., Natick High Principal; and Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. MutualOne’s gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by the school’s music students.