MutualOne Foundation awards $5,000 to Access Framingham

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Framingham Public Access Corporation (Access Framingham).

The grant will support the construction and implementation of a training/presentation room as part of the organization’s new Community Media Center in Framingham Centre.

The new room will allow Access Framingham to optimize its space usage by providing a separate location for training and for the taping of smaller presentations, said William McColgan, executive director.

“Access Framingham is a vital part of our community, and reaches all segments of our population,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help the organization serve even more community members through training and informational programming.”

Access Framingham’s grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is exhibited by (l to r): Bill Rabkin, president of the Access Framingham board of directors; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Bill McColgan, Access Framingham executive director.

Access Framingham’s grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is exhibited by (l to r): Bill Rabkin, president of the Access Framingham board of directors; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Bill McColgan, Access Framingham executive director.

Foundation supports Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table program, will benefit Natick Food Pantry

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a recent $2,500 Foundation grant to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) Garden to Table program.

The funds will be used for improvements to Mass Hort’s cold frame greenhouse structure at its Dover garden, where up to 4,000 pounds of organic vegetables are grown each year for the Natick Service Council’s Food Pantry, which serves over 5,300 Natick residents.

“The Garden to Table program goes a long way in helping to meet the needs of our neighbors who are economically disadvantaged or who may be facing a temporary crisis,” said Haranas. “The Foundation is happy to help make the necessary greenhouse repairs at the garden, to ensure the program’s continued success.”

Greenhouse repairs for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table project benefiting the Natick Service Council Food Pantry are being made possible thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Celebrating the award are (l to r) Yasmine Ouweijan, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Concord Street-Framingham; Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Foundation administrative director; Lisa Kamer, Garden to Table program manager; and Katherine Macdonald, president, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Greenhouse repairs for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table project benefiting the Natick Service Council’s Food Pantry are being made possible thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Celebrating the award are (l to r) Yasmine Ouweijan, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Concord Street-Framingham; Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Foundation administrative director; Lisa Kamer, Garden to Table program manager; and Katherine Macdonald, president, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $2,500 to Free Medical Program

MW Free MedicalMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a Foundation grant of $2,500 to the MetroWest Free Medical Program (MWFMP). The award will support the volunteer organization’s emergency preparedness program, including training and the purchase of medical supplies and equipment.

According to Kim Prendergast, executive director, the grant will help MWFMP address the increasingly acute needs of low-income uninsured and under-insured individuals who seek care from the program.

“The Free Medical Program is a lifeline for the less fortunate in our community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to offer our support for this critical program.”

 

Four promoted at MutualOne Bank

MutualOne BankMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotions of Clarice Santos of Framingham, Julie Morin of Hudson, Melissa Roberts of Brockton, and Cheryl Suarez of Holliston.

Clarice Santos
Santos was promoted to manager of client services, responsible for managing the client services department and electronic banking activities.

She joined MutualOne Bank in 2008 as a teller at the Concord Street branch in Framingham. In 2009, she joined the client services department as a senior account representative and had served as assistant manager since 2013. Previously, she was an administrative assistant in the law offices of Richard J. DeAngelis.

Santos is a graduate of Framingham High School and Framingham State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is an active volunteer, and recently returned from a volunteer mission at a refugee shelter in South Africa.

Julie Morin
Morin is now assistant manager of client services following her promotion from senior account representative in the department, a position she held since 2012.

She joined MutualOne Bank in 2007 as a teller at the Concord Street branch, and was promoted to customer service representative in 2009. Previously, she was a teller at Gouverneur Savings and Loan.

Morin is a graduate of Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Regis College in Weston.

Melissa Roberts
Roberts was promoted to compliance specialist from her previous position as operations specialist, which she held since joining MutualOne Bank in 2011.

She began her career in 2001 as a teller with S-Bank. She moved up to operations clerk, a position she held at S-Bank for the following nine years.

Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in travel and tourism/hospitality administration at Lasell College in Newton.

Cheryl Suarez
Also announced was the promotion of Cheryl Suarez to the position of operations manager, effective December 2014. Presently assistant branch manager at the Concord Street branch in Framingham, Suarez joined MutualOne in 2012 as a teller, with past experience as a store supervisor with TD Bank. She subsequently served as a customer service representative before being named assistant branch manager in May 2013.

Her background also includes over 15 years of management experience with Bank Boston/Fleet and five years as a special education aide for the Newfound Area School District. She is a past president and volunteer coordinator of the Parent Teacher Community Organization for Bridgewater (NH)-Hebron Village School.

$5,000 for Programs For People from MutualOne Charitable Foundation

Programs for PeopleRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $5,000 grant to Programs For People, a Framingham-based nonprofit agency serving MetroWest residents recovering from mental illness.

Now in its 40th year, Programs For People is the only area resource that provides psychiatric day services and employment services all under one roof. The goal of all treatments is to understand mental illness in order to prevent relapse, allowing individuals to live as productive a life as possible.

“The Foundation is pleased to help this self-supporting organization celebrate its 40th year,” said Lamprey. “The critical services it provides impacts many individuals and families in need in our community.”

MutualOne Foundation supports literacy program at Framingham’s Barbieri school

With its recent $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) will help up to 400 students in grades 1-3 at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham develop literacy skills while learning compassion and respect for people, animals and the environment.

The school-based program aimed at underserved populations will provide books for the children to use in the classroom and to take home to build a personal library. It will also provide teacher instructional materials and parent guides in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be acknowledged on a book plate that each student personalizes and places in their books. The book plate contains a promise: “I pledge to be kind to people, animals, and the environment.”

Based in Holliston, OO-USA has provided literacy programs used in schools in all 50 states and has reached more than 1.2 million children and distributed more than 2.4 million books at no cost to schools or families.

Students helped celebrate the $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant to Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) to support the development of literacy skills for students in grades 1-3 at the Barbieri Elementary School. With the students are, from left, Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Judith Golden, president of OO-USA; Dr. Susan J. McGilvray-Rivet, Barbieri principal;  teacher Sarah Pogson; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Jennifer Faber, assistant principal.

Students helped celebrate the $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant to Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) to support the development of literacy skills for students in grades 1-3 at the Barbieri Elementary School. With the students are, from left, Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Judith Golden, president of OO-USA; Dr. Susan J. McGilvray-Rivet, Barbieri principal; teacher Sarah Pogson; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Jennifer Faber, assistant principal.

MutualOne Foundation purchases 10 iPads for Ashland High School

AEFIRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $4,790 to the Ashland Education Foundation, Inc. (AEFI) for the purchase of 10 iPad Airs to give students at Ashland High School access to mobile learning technology.

“Before this campaign, students at Ashland High School were the only ones in the town’s public school system without access to mobile technology,” said Lamprey. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation was happy to help close the gap.”

“The AEFI is grateful for the continued support from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Their donations to our educational community through the AEFI have helped us make significant impact directly in the classroom and to the daily lives of our students and teachers,” said Dr. Leslie Marci, AEFI president.

Foundation supports renovation project at Greater Framingham Community Church

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Greater Framingham Community Church in support of renovations currently underway including roofing, exterior repairs, and major accessibility upgrades.

“We are thankful for this donation which will help us create the Academic Learning Resource Center to serve the greater Framingham communities in preparing youth to succeed in education,” stated Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor.

A $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant supporting renovations underway at Greater Framingham Community Church is celebrated by the Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor; Rachel Stewart (left), the Foundation’s administrative director; and Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street branch in Framingham.

A $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant supporting renovations underway at Greater Framingham Community Church is celebrated by the Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor; Rachel Stewart (left), the Foundation’s administrative director; and Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street branch in Framingham.

Second $10,000 award from MutualOne to The Center for the Arts in Natick

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has made the second $10,000 installment of a three-year $30,000 pledge to The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN).

The commitment to TCAN’s capital campaign supports the expansion of performance space through the renovation and restoration of the second floor of its Summer Street location.

The refurbished second floor will feature a performance hall that can be configured for film screenings, music or theater performances, cabaret style events, and a variety of other functions.

“MutualOne is pleased to invest in an initiative that will enhance the vibrancy of Natick’s downtown area and happy to support TCAN’s commitment to the arts,” said Lamprey.

Steven M. Sousa (left), executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, met recently with David Lavalley, executive director of The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), to present the second installment of the Foundation’s three-year $30,000 TCAN pledge.

Steven M. Sousa (left), executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, met recently with David Lavalley, executive director of The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), to present the second installment of the Foundation’s three-year $30,000 TCAN pledge.

Youth at Wayside Campus helped by $3,500 grant from MutualOne Foundation

A recent $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will enhance the quality of recreational and therapeutic treatment for adolescents at the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s Wayside Campus in Framingham.

According to Marisa Rowe, Wayside director of development & marketing, the award will be used to purchase sports and recreational equipment for the Wayside Campus gymnasium, to cover youth fees for Town recreational activities, and to purchase a yoga program specifically designed for children with behavioral and emotional problems.

“The Wayside campus serves more than 600 youth each year, with the goal of successfully transitioning them back to a community setting with their peers and families,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to support the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in its efforts to make that happen.”

“We are so grateful to receive this grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation that will provide funding for recreational opportunities for at-risk teens,” said Eric L. Masi, Ed.D, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network president & CEO. “The grant will give Wayside youth the chance to participate in town sports leagues and will allow us to develop a therapeutic yoga program and to purchase athletic equipment for children with special needs.”

A $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to enhance recreational and therapeutic treatment for youth at the Wayside Campus of the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is celebrated by (l to r): Jacob Hanson, assistant program director (holding a specially designed mat used in the yoga program); Marisa Rowe, director of development and marketing; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; and Bretton Torkelson, Wayside Campus clinician.

A $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to enhance recreational and therapeutic treatment for youth at the Wayside Campus of the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is celebrated by (l to r): Jacob Hanson, assistant program director (holding a specially designed mat used in the yoga program); Marisa Rowe, director of development and marketing; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; and Bretton Torkelson, Wayside Campus clinician.