Foundation awards $2,000 to support 2014 Framingham House Tour

The recent $2,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center helped support the Center’s 13th Annual House Tour held on May 18th.

This year’s tour featured an Arts and Culture theme with local homes that “inspired, reflected, and showcased the creativity of their owners who included painters, potters, inventors, sculptors, collectors, designers and craftsmen,” according to the Center. Over 500 visitors attended. This event is the Center’s largest fundraiser and supports the organization’s educational programming, preservation efforts and community celebrations.

History Center

Displaying a ceremonial check representing the $2,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center in support of the 13th Annual House Tour are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Nancy Devine, vice president, MutualOne Bank; and Annie Murphy, executive director of the History Center.

$7,000 Foundation grant will enhance Reed Academy programs

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $7,000 to Reed Academy in Framingham for the purchase of iPads for student use in technology education and theater/creative arts programs.

Reed Academy provides educational opportunities to special needs students who, due to their severe disabilities, are not able to be educated in the Framingham and Natick public schools. The Academy provides intense therapeutic and educational services to students and their families through a five-day residential program, an extended day program, and an extended year program, as well as a summer program.

Reed Academy Special Education Administrator Mary Crawford (far left), Executive Director Edward Cohen (far right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (next to Cohen), and Reed Academy students celebrate the Foundation’s recent $7,000 award.

Reed Academy Special Education Administrator Mary Crawford (far left), Executive Director Edward Cohen (far right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (next to Cohen), and Reed Academy students celebrate the Foundation’s recent $7,000 award.

Foundation awards $7,500 to Jewish Family Service

jfsRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $7,500 to Jewish Family Service of Metrowest to support the continuation of a Patient Navigator pilot program focusing on health and wellness for seniors in Framingham, Natick and adjoining communities.

The Patient Navigator program provides trained volunteers to accompany local seniors in need of assistance to doctors’ appointments and medical procedures, providing a written summary of each appointment for the benefit of the patient and his or her family’s caregiver. The volunteers also assess the vital needs of the patients they serve and facilitate access to additional resources and services required by the patient through Jewish Family Service or from within the community.

“MutualOne’s continuing support allows Jewish Family Service to stand up for frail elders who have significant health and community challenges. Patient Navigator is a one of its kind program in Metrowest, and we are appreciative of the Foundation’s courage to support a new model for caring for our community’s frail elders,” said Marc Jacobs, CEO, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest.

“We were pleased to provide Jewish Family Service with a 2013 grant that helped make the medical escort program operational,” said Lamprey. “We are impressed with the program’s success, and happy to contribute to that success.”

Framingham Police receive $2k for National Night Out event

frampoliceA $2,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help fund the Framingham Police Department’s National Night Out on August 5 from 4pm to 7pm.

National Night Out is a community-police awareness event held annually across the country since 1984. Locally, it brings Framingham families and seniors together with Framingham police and fire personnel for an evening of free barbecue served by the Framingham Housing Authority staff, music, tours of fire engines and squad cars, ice cream, and more.

$10,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club from Charitable Foundation

BGClogoRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that, for the 11th consecutive year, the Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support out-of-school programs provided by the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest at its Pearl Street Clubhouse in Framingham.

The Pearl Street Clubhouse provides social, educational, physical and cultural programs daily for up to 250 local boys and girls ages 6 to 17, with a specific emphasis on economically disadvantaged youth.

“The Pearl Street Clubhouse is an excellent training ground for preparing the youth of our community for their future,” said Lamprey. “It is an investment we are happy to make.”

“We really appreciate the wonderful continued support by MutualOne. It is because of great partners like MutualOne we now serve over 250 kids a day at our Framingham Clubhouse,” said Fran Hurley, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

Foundation grants $6,500 to MetroWest Legal Services

MetroWestLegalRobert 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 and want to thank you for your continued support,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soulé.

Together, the Bank and its Foundation continue, for the sixth 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.

Foundation makes $15,000 installment on its $50,000 Christa McAuliffe Library pledge

FPLF logoThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has made the second of three payments toward its $50,000 pledge to the Framingham Public Library Foundation in support of the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot.

The $15,000 payment was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The Foundation awarded an initial $20,000 for the new library in 2013; the final $15,000 payment will be due in 2015.

The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility with more and improved space for patrons and the ability to offer more programs to the 700 people who visit the current library every day.

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.

MutualOne Bank announces $20K Lamprey Community Grant

Robert LampreyMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will award an annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant in honor of Robert “Bob” Lamprey, chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and Foundation chair.

The grant, which will be awarded to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused primarily on the towns of Framingham and/or Natick, must benefit a low-income or less-advantaged and/or under-served population.

“The grant in his name is a tribute to Bob for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need in our community,” said Haranas.

“It is our hope that each future Robert Lamprey Community Grant recipient will be a catalyst for positive change, as Bob has been throughout his career.”

The deadline for submitting a Robert Lamprey Community Grant request will be on October 31 of each calendar year. The grant, which is not a part of the standard Foundation award request process, requires a separate application that is available online here or by contacting Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, at rstewart@mutualone.com.

Applicants who request but do not receive a Robert Lamprey Community Grant may still apply for an award through the standard MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant process.

About Robert Lamprey
Bob Lamprey began his career in community banking more than 50 years ago.

Much of his early time was spent at Everett Co-operative Bank, where he developed core beliefs on how local banks could, and should, support the families and small businesses within their market. Certainly sound business practices and efficient internal procedures were critical to a bank’s long-term success. But, just as important was being a caring and pro-active partner with the residents in the towns served by the institution.

Bob knew that the health and vibrancy of his bank were directly related to the health and well-being of the people in the community.

In 1977, he joined Framingham Co-operative Bank (now MutualOne Bank) as executive vice president, and was promoted to president in 1988. He brought with him the same business expertise — and the same community commitment and caring — that had defined his career from the start.

During Bob’s tenure, the local economy has been rocked by two serious recessions. But even through troubling times, the Bank continued to grow while expanding services to enhance the local banking experience for its customers.

With the appointment of a new Bank president in 2008, Bob continues in his role as chairman of the board and chief financial officer.

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which he was instrumental in establishing in 1998, remains his pride and joy. It has become the centerpiece of his efforts to provide support for the work being performed by many worthy MetroWest non-profit organizations. His determination and dedication complement his activity in a variety of volunteer positions within the United Way of Tri-County over the years.

Bob has spearheaded initiatives to help the most vulnerable members of our community. His focus has been on their most critical needs, including food, medical and legal assistance, child welfare programs in partnership with our schools and faith-based organizations; and public safety measures through local police and fire departments.

Primarily through his efforts, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has surpassed $2.7 million in total grants awarded to these worthwhile endeavors.

While his success as a community banker is well documented, Bob has said that “being able to support the neediest among us has given me the greatest personal satisfaction.”

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.