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.

Charitable Foundation awards $2,000 to Natick Neighbor Brigade

NeighborBrigadeSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a recent Foundation award of $2,000 to the Natick chapter of Neighbor Brigade.

Neighbor Brigade establishes and mobilizes community-based networks of volunteers that provide free and immediate non-medical support services to residents facing a sudden crisis such as a cancer diagnosis, major surgery, accident, or other tragedy.

The Natick chapter, which is one of 35 chapters in eastern Massachusetts, currently numbers 300 volunteers.

“Neighbor Brigade is a wonderful example of people helping people,” said Sousa. “Knowing that hundreds of people in your town are ready and willing to spring into action to help in a time of crisis should provide a certain peace of mind for all residents.”

$2,500 MutualOne Foundation award to help homeless children in local shelters

HorizonsRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Horizons for Homeless Children’s Playspace Program, which serves homeless children living in four Framingham family shelters.

At these shelters, trained Playspace volunteers engage in play and developmental activities that support the children’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development.

According to Dianne Luby, Horizons for Homeless Children president and CEO, Playspaces provide early learning and play programming to ensure that young homeless children living in family shelters have access to the opportunity for the normal, developmental play that every child needs to learn and grow.

“The Foundation grant will help provide homeless children living in shelters in our community the chance to succeed in the school environment,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to be a part of making that happen.”

Genesis Counseling Services awarded $2,500 by Charitable Foundation

Genesis Counseling ServicesMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to support the Project Parenting program offered by Genesis Counseling Services.

Founded in 1995, Genesis Counseling Services is a Framingham-based nonprofit organization that provides outpatient substance abuse treatment for men, women, families and adolescents.

According to Lisa Robideau, Genesis president and clinical director, the Project Parenting program will focus on enhancing family bonding and developing parenting skills, including skills that are considered critical for alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

“Educational programs are designed to prevent the problem before it becomes a problem and treatment is required,” Robideau said.

“Alcohol and drug abuse among students is becoming more and more of an issue,” said Haranas. “We are happy to support a program to help individuals and families work toward abuse prevention.”

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s award will help provide parenting skills education to low-income MetroWest families.

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.”

 

$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.