$5,000 MutualOne Foundation grant supports outdoor learning program collaborative

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.”

Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank Shown celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Standing: Matthew Budz, Scout Executive / CEO; Mike Biancucci, District Executive; Andrew Milne, District Executive; Stephen Lavoie, District Executive; Rick Riopelle, Director of Support Services; and John Fortini, Registrar. Seated: Mary Tucker, Account Specialist; Carlene Covino, Administration; and Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager.

Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank
Shown celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Standing: Matthew Budz, Scout Executive / CEO; Mike Biancucci, District Executive; Andrew Milne, District Executive; Stephen Lavoie, District Executive; Rick Riopelle, Director of Support Services; and John Fortini, Registrar. Seated: Mary Tucker, Account Specialist; Carlene Covino, Administration; and Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager.

MutualOne Foundation $3,500 grant helps after school program

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.”

$3,500 Grant Benefits Hoops and Homework Program Staff and students at Hoops and Homework of Framingham gather to celebrate MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent donation to the after-school program.

$3,500 Grant Benefits Hoops and Homework Program
Staff and students at Hoops and Homework of Framingham gather to celebrate MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent donation to the after-school program.

MutualOne Bank pledges $2,500 to Natick Service Council

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.

Natick Service Council telethon includes $2,500 pledge from MutualOne Bank MutualOne Bank pledged $2,500 to the Natick Service Council during that organization’s recent telethon. Pictured with “Mo”, the Bank’s mascot, are (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking and Natick Service Council Board Member Andrew Meyer.

Natick Service Council telethon includes $2,500 pledge from MutualOne Bank
MutualOne Bank pledged $2,500 to the Natick Service Council during that organization’s recent telethon. Pictured with “Mo”, the Bank’s mascot, are (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking and Natick Service Council Board Member Andrew Meyer.

$3,000 Foundation grant will spread the sound of Golden Tones music

Golden TonesRobert 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.

Morse Institute Library receives $3,800 from MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign

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.”

Morse Institute Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank.
There were big smiles all around at the celebration of the Bank’s $3,800 donation to the Morse Institute Library. Pictured are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, library assistant director; Anna Litten, library community relations; and Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

Morse Institute Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank.
There were big smiles all around at the celebration of the Bank’s $3,800 donation to the Morse Institute Library. Pictured are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, library assistant director; Anna Litten, library community relations; and Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

$5K MutualOne grant to Natick Visiting Nurse Association helps cut prescription costs

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.”

Natick Visiting Nurse Association receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank. Shown celebrating the MutualOne Bank Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Judith Boyko, Natick VNA CEO; and Michael Carey, learning and development coordinator at MutualOne Bank.

Natick Visiting Nurse Association receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank. Shown celebrating the MutualOne Bank Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Judith Boyko, Natick VNA CEO; and Michael Carey, learning and development coordinator at MutualOne Bank.

$20K MutualOne Lamprey Grant awarded to MetroWest Legal Services

New MWLS program will aid local veterans

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) has been awarded the Foundation’s second annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Grant honors Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board and treasurer of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The award was established in 2014 as a tribute to Lamprey for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need.

Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised individuals, to help them obtain legal, social, and economic justice.

According to Elizabeth Soule, executive director, MWLS will use the Lamprey Grant funds to implement a program to provide local veterans participating in the Framingham Veterans Treatment Court with legal advice and representation in civil matters, helping them overcome barriers to completing the Court’s service plan and giving them a fresh start in life.

“This program will address the immediate needs of a vulnerable population that did not hesitate to step up to serve our country,” said Haranas. “Helping them along the path to recovery is a way of showing that we appreciate their service and sacrifices.”

The new MWLS program is expected to be in place by March 2016, said Soule.

Lamprey Community Grant Benefits MetroWest Legal Services Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services are: (l-r) Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer; Steve Matthews, MetroWest Legal Services advocacy director; Elizabeth Soule, MetroWest Legal Services executive director; and Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer.

Lamprey Community Grant Benefits MetroWest Legal Services
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services are: (l-r) Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer; Steve Matthews, MetroWest Legal Services advocacy director; Elizabeth Soule, MetroWest Legal Services executive director; and Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer.

MutualOne Foundation awards $2,000 to MetroWest Worker Center

MetroWest Worker CenterMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $2,000 Foundation grant to the MetroWest Worker Center, to help the Framingham nonprofit develop a medical advocacy volunteer program.

According to Diego Low, executive director of the Center, the program will recruit retired medical professionals to provide support for injured immigrant workers.

“The cultural diversity of our population helps define us as a community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to support the Center’s efforts to provide help for its workers in their time of need.”

MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign earns $3,800 for Framingham Public Library

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $3,800 to benefit the Framingham Public 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 Framingham Public Library and the Morse Institute Library in Natick for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.

“The Framingham Public Library once again is the beneficiary of the tremendous community spirit of MutualOne Bank,” stated Framingham Public Library Director Mark Contois. “This gift is especially important at this time as we continue to cope with being displaced from our Main Library building due to an electrical explosion and the many challenges required to bring the building back online. We anticipate returning to the Main Library in early Summer, and will be utilizing the funds from MutualOne to assist with the many activities and programs planned to ‘re-unite’ the citizens of Framingham with their public library. Thanks to the generosity of MutualOne Bank, we will be able to successfully focus our efforts on this important task before us.”

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.”

Framingham Public Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank. Framingham Public Library staff and representatives from MutualOne Bank gathered to celebrate the Bank’s donation to the library.

Framingham Public Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank. Framingham Public Library staff and representatives from MutualOne Bank gathered to celebrate the Bank’s donation to the library.

$5K MutualOne Foundation grant to benefit Reed Academy students

ReedAcademyRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Reed Academy in Framingham, which provides therapeutic and educational services for Metrowest area special needs students.

The Foundation award will be used toward the purchase of ergonomically correct classroom furniture and the acquisition of laptops and educational programming to update the Academy’s technology program, according to Mary M. Crawford, executive director.

“Reed Academy provides extremely valuable services to its students and their families,” said Lamprey. “MutualOne is proud to be able to help enhance those services.”