A recent $10,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Project Just Because will help provide local low-income families with school supplies and holiday items, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.
The gift will support the Project Just Because Back to School initiative, which provides children with a backpack filled with school supplies, and its Holiday Wish List program, which distributes basic cold-weather necessities and small gift items to families in need. According to Cherylann Lambert Walsh, founder and president of Project Just Because, 2,000 students received backpacks last year and 15,000 Holiday Wish List packets were distributed.
“The need is far greater than most of us realize,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to help provide support for those in the communities we serve who are facing serious life challenges.”
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.) to help aging MetroWest residents remain in their homes.
H.O.M.E. assists those in the elder homeowner population who are experiencing difficulties and facing threats to their ability to age in place in their homes and communities. The problems addressed range from mortgage and property tax foreclosures, healthcare costs, and home adaptations and repairs to debt management and resource and income budgeting.
“The number of needy elders requesting H.O.M.E. services in increasing,” said Haranas. “We are proud to play a role in providing the counseling, economic literacy, and prevention initiatives they need to maintain their living arrangements.”
A recent $8,400 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is helping the Framingham Police Department put three “Safety Ambassador” interns to work in the community this summer. Announcement of the award was made today by Steven M. Sousa, MutualOne Bank executive vice president and chief operating officer and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.
According to Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson, the interns will provide the department with “insight and support to improve the efficiency of crime reporting” in the downtown area. They will also provide a variety of services to improve the downtown atmosphere, including reporting on problem areas, connecting with the homeless, and serving as an additional public safety resource at sponsored events. The program was designed with support from Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Ferguson said, with the focus on a safe and healthy downtown community.
“We are pleased to provide the Framingham Police Department with the financial support they need to put this intern program in place,” said Sousa. “It is another approach to community outreach and will help support the move toward downtown revitalization and development.”
Youngsters living at the Framingham Housing Authority’s Musterfield Place family residences will have more to do this summer, thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation award will help fund the salaries of a summer staff for the on-site recreation and outdoor play camp program that was started by the Housing Authority five years ago.
According to Stephen G. Keane, executive director of the Framingham Housing Authority, last year’s program for the Musterfield community was supported by a grant from the Attorney General’s office. There is no open grant opportunity from the state this year, he said.
“The program provides supervised outdoor recreation opportunity for youngsters who might otherwise be glued to a computer or television screen all day,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “The Musterfield recreation program is a viable and valuable alternative to screen time. We’re pleased to help guarantee that it will be available to the residents and their families again this year.”
Thank you to our neighbors for selecting MutualOne Bank as one of their favorite businesses in WickedLocal’s annual reader poll. We are pleased to have been selected as the #1 Community Bank in Framingham, as well as to receive the Silver award for regional favorite, and honorable mention in Natick.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Framingham Cultural Council (FCC), a nonprofit organization supporting local activities and programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
Partnering with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, FCC provides annual grants to individuals, schools, and cultural organizations with the goal of improving the quality of life for all residents and contributing to the economic vitality of the community. FCC supports a broad range of activities, including music, dance, theater, history, storytelling, visual arts, and school field trips.
“Our donation to the Framingham Cultural Council will help augment the funds it receives from the state and the support from others in our community who realize the value of the program,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “The more we all invest in our community, the greater the return will be.”
Chairman Robert P. Lamprey of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has announced a $2,500 grant to Read to a Child in support of a lunchtime reading program for students in grades 1 through 4 at the Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools in Framingham.
The program currently provides one-on-one weekly reading time for 104 high-risk children who are paired with volunteer mentors from community corporate partners. Read to a Child’s mission is to increase literacy skills and improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes.
“The Foundation award to Read to a Child will help ensure the sustainability of this valuable literacy program,” said Lamprey. “We are convinced that the children it serves will have a better chance of success in life, starting at a very early age.”
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.
(Left to Right) Luz Acevedo, Sandhya Jayarama, Michael Bilinsky, President & CEO Mark Haranas, Mildred Dones, Debra Miranda, Glaiz Herdman, Kevin Chandley.
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.”
King Elementary School celebrates $1,287 grant.
Students and staff at King Elementary School acknowledge MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant. Standing (l-r) are Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Concord Street, Framingham Branch Manager; Linda Renault, School Nurse; Kim Taylor, Principal; and Lydia Jones, School Counselor.