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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MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $23,000 in scholarships

PrintMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $23,000 to seven local students.

Four students received MutualOne Charitable Foundation scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. They are Kelly Rivers, Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School; Glorimar Rivera, Marian High School; Terry Carson, Framingham High School; and John Whitney, Jr., Natick High School.

Each of the scholarships is named to honor a prominent past member of the MutualOne Bank family including Roland J. Bunnell II, a Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank senior vice president and member of the board of directors; Joseph M. Vincent, senior vice president and controller, and Richard H. Potter, former president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors. The fourth scholarship is newly titled to recognize Charles W. Hickson, also a former president, CEO and board chairman.

After graduation from Framingham High School in 1942, Hickson enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1942 to 1945 during World War II as an engineer on submarines. Graduating from Boston College in 1951, Hickson taught at the Gordon Street School in Framingham before beginning his career at Framingham Cooperative Bank (now known as MutualOne Bank) in 1952, and retiring in 2006 after 54 years of service to the Bank and to the community of Framingham.

In addition to the $5,000 awards, Framingham High School seniors Yeni Tejade, Ian Gonzalez, and Penelope Esterez each received a $1,000 Edwin Alexis Marin Memorial scholarship. Established to encourage Latino students to continue on to college, the award honors the memory of a promising young student originally from El Salvador who lost his life in a car accident following his sophomore year at Framingham High School.

“We are firm believers in the value of higher education, and it pleases us to support the academic goals of the future leaders of our community,” said Haranas. “It is an investment we are proud to make.”

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.”

MutualOne Foundation helps update technology at Saint Bridget School

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Saint Bridget School in Framingham toward the upgrade of its current technology infrastructure, including installing wireless access points and the purchase of new licensing agreements for the school’s 17 SMART Boards.

“Over the past several years, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has helped Saint Bridget School introduce a number of technologies to enhance the education of the School’s pre-kindergarten through Grade 8 student population,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to help the School keep up with the changes necessary to take full advantage of the technology we helped put in place.”

Students and faculty at St Bridget School in Framingham celebrate the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 award to upgrade technology.

Students and faculty at Saint Bridget School in Framingham celebrate the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 award to upgrade technology.

MutualOne Foundation helps after school program

Fifty-five Framingham youngsters will continue to receive after-school help, thanks to a recent $2,500 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 elementary and middle school students at two Framingham low-income housing developments. Programs include improving reading and math skills, workshops on studying skills, problem solving, exercise, and academic enrichment activities.

“Helping these students prepare for a bright future can make all the difference,” said Sousa. “We are pleased to support Hoops and Homework’s vital role in making that happen.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to Hoops and Homework are: (From left to right back) Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Herb Chasan, president of Hoops and Homework, Inc.; and MutualOne Bank Concord Street, Framingham Branch Manager Yasmine Ouweijan.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to Hoops and Homework are: (From left to right back) Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Herb Chasan, president of Hoops and Homework, Inc.; and MutualOne Bank Concord Street, Framingham Branch Manager Yasmine Ouweijan.

MutualOne Foundation sponsors Natick Green-up Week, Creature Teachers exhibit

LCWCWith its recent awards totaling $750 to the Lake Cochituate Watershed Council, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be the primary co-sponsor of two local Earth Day events: Natick Green-up Week and the Natick Earth Day Festival’s Creature Teachers exhibit.

According to Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey, the first annual Natick Green-up Week involves volunteer clean-up along major Town roadways in preparation for the Natick Earth Day Festival that will take place on Sunday, April 26 at the Natick Common. The Foundation’s $250 award will help purchase the necessary supplies for the clean-up project. In addition, MutualOne Bank employees will be volunteering their services during the week.

A $500 Foundation award will sponsor the return of the Creature Teacher exhibit at the Natick Earth Day Festival. The popular program is a hands-on experience for children and includes snakes, turtles, groundhogs, foxes and a fisher cat, among other creatures.

MutualOne Foundation helps fund new Municipal Services Citizens Academy

A recent $6,039 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help provide the informational materials required for a new Municipal Services Citizens Academy sponsored by the Framingham Police Department.

The 12 three-hour weekly sessions will be aimed at improving police-community relations, augmenting policing strategies, and increasing the understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the police, fire, and other municipal services.

“The ultimate goal is a stable and safe community,” stated Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to do what we can to contribute to the Academy’s success.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.