MutualOne Bank will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. Have a happy and safe holiday.
Our annual Employee Awards is one of our favorite events of the year, because we get to show our appreciation and honor all of our dedicated and hard working employees.
Executive Vice President, Steven M. Sousa, presented the awards during the Ceremony on April 25th. As a part of the celebration we acknowledged our new employees and our service award honorees, each of whom celebrated an anniversary of a five-year increment with the Bank.
Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.
Sandhya Jayarama – 5 years
Brien Maginnis – 5 years
Mildred Dones – 10 years
Glaiz Herdman – 10 years
Luz Acevedo – 15 years
Debra Miranda – 15 years
Michael Bilinsky – 25 years
Kevin Chandley – 30 years
Jeffrey Ryan – Commercial Loan Officer
David Flynn – Commercial Loan Officer
Wilhelmina Murray – IT Specialist
Gregory Kennedy – Vice President, Retail Banking
Jean Hoskins – Senior Personal Banker
Clara DePina – Senior Loan Servicing Representative
Boris Rashkovskiy – Accounting Assistant
Stacy Howard – Commercial Loan Assistant
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation announced today that the Foundation has awarded $6,500 to MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS).
Based in Framingham, MWLS provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.
“We feel very fortunate to count the MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to be among our most dedicated supporters,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soulé.
Together, the Bank and its Foundation continue, for the seventh year, to be the presenting sponsor of MWLS’s annual fundraiser, the Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament. The Bank and its Foundation have also provided financial support through donations over the past decade.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $1,287 to King Elementary School.
Located on Water Street in Framingham, King Elementary includes a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Opened in 2014, with four classrooms of kindergarten students, it is adding an additional grade each year until it reaches its ultimate goal of serving grades K-5.
According to Principal Kimberly A. Taylor, the MutualOne award will be used to support the school’s Core Value program, providing brochures, signs, and banners for display and distribution throughout the school year.
“We need to encourage innovation at all levels of our educational system,” said Lamprey. “King Elementary is trying to make a difference, and MutualOne is pleased to assist.”
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a grant in the amount of $5,000 to the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The purpose of the grant is to fund an educational effort among the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham. According to Scout Executive Matthew J. Budz, the group will be seeking to enhance the educational experiences and accomplishments of 110 first grade students by utilizing hands-on instruction in an outdoor setting.
“It’s encouraging to see local organizations team up to provide innovative programs,” said Haranas. “MutualOne is pleased to offer our assistance.”
Seventy Framingham youngsters will continue to receive after-school help, thanks to a recent $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Announcement of the grant to Hoops and Homework, Inc. was made by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.
Hoops and Homework provides free daily after-school educational and recreational activities to eligible students ages 5 to 15 at two Framingham low-income housing developments. According to Hoops and Homework President Herb Chasan, the funds will be used to ensure students have a safe, high quality, enriching program experience with oversight by trained and caring adults.
“Ensuring all students have the chance for a bright future can make all the difference,” said Sousa. “We are pleased to support the vital role Hoops and Homework plays in making that happen.”
MutualOne Bank took advantage of the Natick Service Council’s recent telethon to pledge $2,500 to the organization. Funds raised from the telethon will help low income Natick families with advocacy services, and basic human needs, including food, housing, home heating fuel, and after school enrichment activities.
“It’s important to reach out to help our neighbors, particularly in today’s uncertain economic environment,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank.
“We support the Natick Service Council’s goal of helping local low income and under-employed residents along the path to gainful employment, self-sufficiency and economic independence,” he added.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $3,000 grant to the Golden Tones Chorus to support that group’s plans for 10 to 15 concerts to be performed this year at senior health and housing facilities in Natick and Framingham.
Now in its 27th season, the Golden Tones Chorus involves nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who create more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.
“By supporting our musical outreach program, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant will enable us to present uplifting concerts for many older adults who cannot easily access entertainment,” stated Deborah Marion, director of Golden Tones chorus.
Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $3,800 to benefit Natick’s Morse Institute Library. The award was made at the conclusion of the Bank’s most recent Checking for Charity initiative, which promised a $10 donation to be shared equally by the Morse Institute Library and the Framingham Public Library for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.
“Thanks to the generosity of MutualOne Bank, more children in Natick will have access to high-quality educational technology in the public library,” stated Morse Institute Library Director Linda Stetson. “Giving children experience with age-appropriate technology opens a world of learning, and we are proud to use our Checking for Charity gift to help build our collection of Launchpad pre-loaded educational tablets.”
Stetson went on to praise MutualOne Bank for its involvement in the community. “We are grateful to have the support of MutualOne Bank. We always appreciate working with community partners who, like us, are committed to creating strong organizations in Natick. The Bank’s ongoing support of the community is evident from the grant to the library, and the many other gifts from MutualOne Bank to organizations in Natick.”
Since its introduction in 2008, the MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity promotion has benefited Framingham High School, Natick High School, the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, the American Cancer Society, the Callahan Center in Framingham, and the Natick Community-Senior Center.
“Checking for Charity is our way of thanking our newest checking account customers for choosing MutualOne Bank,” said Sousa. “It’s also a way to reinforce our commitment to supporting people and programs in the communities we serve.”
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation grant to the MetroWest Meds program of the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (Natick VNA), the region’s premier free-standing not-for-profit home health care agency.
MetroWest Meds assists residents of all ages in Natick VNA’s 22-town service area in accessing free drug programs offered by major pharmaceutical companies; discount pharmacy programs; and low-cost drug prescriptions available through the MetroWest Meds Pharmacy Card.
Since it was introduced in 2004, MetroWest Meds has served over 4,500 clients and has saved over $6.4 million in prescription drug costs, according to Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN. More than half of the people served by the program live in Framingham and Natick.
“MetroWest Meds helps thousands of people in our marketplace with prescribed medications they rely on,” said Haranas. “MutualOne is proud to partner with Natick VNA to keep this vital resource available to area residents.”