MutualOne Foundation awards $1,000 to support 4th annual ‘Walk to Break the Silence’

PrintMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant in support of the 4th annual “Walk to Break the Silence” scheduled on the common in Downtown Framingham in October.

The walk-a-thon event, which will be sponsored in part by MutualOne Bank, will raise funds for Voices Against Violence, an organization providing free and confidential information, referrals, counseling, advocacy, support services and shelter to survivors/victims of sexual and domestic violence in the MetroWest area.

The pre-Walk rally will include special guests U.S. Representative Katherine Clark and Honorary Chair Gerry Leone, former Massachusetts attorney general. Walk participants will include community residents, former Voices Against Violence clients, students from Framingham State University and Framingham High School, members of the Framingham Police Department, and local and state officials.

MutualOne Foundation grants over $9,000 to SPARK Kindness

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $9,125 to SPARK Kindness, a Natick-based nonprofit devoted to creating and supporting a community culture that empowers youth and promotes kindness and respect.

With its award, MutualOne will be the premier corporate sponsor for the third season of the organization’s “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series hosted at Natick High School and open to the entire MetroWest community.

The Foundation award will help build upon and strengthen the program by the addition of outstanding speakers and experts from beyond the local community. Planned topics include Internet safety/digital citizenship, mental wellness, inclusive education, bullying prevention, and substance abuse prevention.

“SPARK Kindness is helping to strengthen our community by directly addressing the concerns of local families and their children,” said Lamprey. “This type of programming is invaluable, and MutualOne is pleased to help make it even more impactful going forward.”

Rachel Stewart (center), administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation, celebrating the Foundation’s grant to SPARK Kindness along with children from the program.

Rachel Stewart (center), administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation, celebrating the Foundation’s grant to SPARK Kindness along with children from the program.

Taking part in the Charitable Foundation’s ceremonial check presentation to SPARK Kindness are (l to r): SPARK Kindness program parents Anna Zawadzka and Michele Moratta; SPARK Kindness Board Member & Clerk, Becky Moss; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; SPARK Kindness Board Member, Holly McKean; Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness; Lori Davis, director and board Member, SPARK Kindness; Karen Fossett, vice president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Taking part in the Charitable Foundation’s ceremonial check presentation to SPARK Kindness are (l to r): SPARK Kindness program parents Anna Zawadzka and Michele Moratta; SPARK Kindness Board Member & Clerk, Becky Moss; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; SPARK Kindness Board Member, Holly McKean; Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness; Lori Davis, director and board Member, SPARK Kindness; Karen Fossett, vice president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Rachel Stewart (left), administrative director of the Charitable Foundation, delivering the ceremonial check to Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Rachel Stewart (left), administrative director of the Charitable Foundation, delivering the ceremonial check to Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Framingham Girl Scouts’ Fundraiser

If you passed by our Concord Street office recently you may have noticed our parking lot buzzing with all kinds of activity – as we served as host for the Framingham Girls Scouts’ latest fundraiser. We were happy to see a steady stream of visitors stop by for a quick car wash and tasty treat in support of the Scouts. Congratulations on a great event, girls!

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Annual Employee Awards Night

It is one of our favorite events of the year – the night when we recognize and thank our employees for all of their hard work and dedication at our annual Employee Awards.

Executive Vice President, Steven M. Sousa, presented the awards during the April 29 ceremony, where we acknowledged our new employees and along our service award honorees, each of who celebrated an anniversary of a five-year increment with the Bank.

MutualOne Bank's Employee Award Night

Celebratory Smile: (left to right): Julia Arroyo; Donna Sahely; Neveen Bakhet; Christina Garbarino; Marie Harrington; Diane Evans, President & CEO, Mark Haranas; Rachel Stewart; Yasmine Ouweijan; Steven M. Sousa.

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.

Service Awards:
Peter J. Hall- 5 years
Christina M. Garbarino- 10 years
Steven M. Sousa- 10 years
Rachel A. Stewart- 15 years
Yasmine S. Ouweijan- 15 years
Neveen S. Bakhet- 15 years
Carmen M. Martin- 15 years
Julia Arroyo- 15 years
Donna M. Sahely- 20 years
Marie Harrington- 25 years
Dianne B. Evans- 45 years

New Employees:
David Burr – Credit Analyst
Joanne Pizzigno – Assistant Vice President, Loan Servicing
Dominique Tock – Personal Banker
Amy Stapinski – Personal Banker
Gilana Telles -Personal Banker
Jordan Concannon – Service Representative
Timothy Ellerbe – IT Specialist
Andrew Zelman – Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
Raymond Bradford – Personal Banker
Andrew Wilson – Credit Analyst
Yves Munyankindi – Personal Banker
Sarah Binney – Personal Banker
Mathew Cepero – Business Banking Specialist

MutualOne Foundation grant supports initiatives to enhance Natick Center

NCCDSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee, announced that the Foundation has awarded $9,971 to Natick Center Associates to promote the Natick Center Cultural District.

The Foundation award will support a comprehensive marketing program by Natick Center Associates to launch the new Natick Center Cultural District (NCCD) logo and brand identity designed to enhance the cultural, economic, and social vibrancy of the downtown area.

“Blending the allure of a traditional New England town center and the vitality of today’s art, culture and business environment is a definite investment in the Town’s future,” said Sousa. “We’re pleased to have a role in the revitalization process.”

Walking Away Homelessness

The sun was shining on the Natick Common as we laced up our sneakers in support of Family Promise Metrowest’s ‘Walk Away Homelessness’ on Sunday, April 11. Before the start of the 3.1-mile walk, our employees greeted many of the participants and had fun handing out giveaways to visitors of our booth.

The over $95,000 raised during the event will help fund the organization’s housing transitional program. Thank you to all of our employees, friends and neighbors who made the event such a success.

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MutualOne Bank supports Natick Center Associates with $1,000 donation

MutualOne Bank recently awarded $1,000 to Natick Center Associates, a nonprofit organization comprised of community members and local businesses committed to making Natick Center a vital exciting place.

The Bank’s contribution will help fund the group’s annual “Heart of the Community” dinner. This year’s fundraising event will be held at the Dolphin Seafood Restaurant on Sunday, March 22 and will honor the Morse Institute and Bacon Free Library’s for their contributions to the betterment of Natick Center.

MutualOne Bank supports Natick Center Associates

Center of the Community – (L to R): Arthur B. Fair III, president, Natick Center Associates; India Young, executive director, Natick Center Cultural District; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, MutualOne Bank and Rachel Stewart, AVP, MutualOne Bank and board member, Natick Center Associates taking part in the presentation of MutualOne Bank’s $1,000 award to Natick Center Associates.

Zelman joins MutualOne Bank as SVP, Niche Lending Markets

Andrew ZelmanAndrew E. Zelman of Southborough has joined MutualOne Bank as senior vice president, niche lending markets.

A banking professional with 23 years of industry experience, Zelman was most recently senior vice president/commercial relationship officer with Avidia Bank. In his position at MutualOne Bank, he will be responsible for developing relationships with commercial businesses that have unique lending requirements.

Zelman holds a bachelor’s degree from Framingham University.

 

 

 

David Yee elected Vice President at MutualOne Bank

David_YeeThe Board of Directors of MutualOne Bank has elected David Yee of Needham to the position of vice president, according to Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank.

Yee will serve as the Bank’s BSA officer and security officer. He has over 30 years experience in financial institution auditing, operations and compliance. He joined MutualOne in 2013 from Merchantile Bank & Trust Company (now Commerce Bank) where he was compliance officer and deposit operations manager.

Yee attended Northeastern University in Boston.

 

 

 

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.