Our Foundation awards $10K to new behavioral health partnership program

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Advocates in support of Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest (BHPMW), a new partnership formed by Advocates, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, and Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.

According to Diane E. Gould, president and CEO of Advocates, BHPMW will serve as a single point of entry into the full continuum of behavioral health and social services operated by the three Framingham-based nonprofit agencies.

“This new program, with its single point of entry, will make it easier for individuals and families in the MetroWest area to access the behavioral health and social services offered by the three agencies, and to coordinate their specific care needs,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to be able to help initiate this new program, and to support the goal of improved health outcomes for those in need of the services provided by these three agencies.”

Advocates check presentation

Celebrating MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $10,000 grant to support a new behavioral health access program are Jeff Handler, SMOC Division Director of Behavioral Health Services; Anne Pelletier Parker, Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest Executive Director and Advocates Senior Vice President; Andrea Saltzman, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network Vice President of Community Services and Jean Hoskins, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office.

MutualOne Bank’s trip to the “State Fair”

Our employees enjoyed seeing familiar faces at the “State Fair” fundraising and social event to benefit Ben-Hem Elementary School. The carnival games and live auction were a blast and a lot of attendees made a good run at winning Mr. and Mrs. Ben-Hem with their state fair attire. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table, we hope you enjoyed the cards and other giveaways.

MutualOne Foundation grants $10K for ACCEPT Learning Center play area

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $10,000 to ACCEPT Education Collaborative, a nonprofit educational organization that serves students with disabilities from a number of MetroWest school districts including Natick and Framingham.

The grant will provide for a universally accessible poured rubber surface to create an outdoor play environment at the new ACCEPT Learning Center to be located at 4 Tech Circle in Natick. The play space will provide safe access for wheelchairs and children with physical challenges.

“We support the ACCEPT goal of allowing students to maximize opportunities and minimize disabilities at the new Learning Center,” said Sousa. “The new outdoor play space will be accessible to children of all abilities, and the Foundation is pleased to help make that happen.”

ACCEPT Education Collaborative check presentation

Celebrating MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $10,000 grant to ACCEPT Education Collaborative are Executive Director Marcia Berkowitz and Mobolaji Omisore, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office.

Golden Tones awarded $3K grant from MutualOne Foundation

Golden Tones Chorus logo, linking to the Golden Tones Chorus websiteRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $3,000 Foundation grant to the Golden Tones chorus. Now in its 28th season, Golden Tones chorus provides engaging musical entertainment at senior citizen facilities, schools, faith communities, and public events throughout the MetroWest area.

“The entertainers and audiences alike are enlivened by these performances,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help bring this enriching entertainment to as many audiences as possible.”

MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign earns $4,200 for Natick Historical Society

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $4,200 to benefit the Natick Historical Society. 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 Natick Historical Society and the Framingham History Center for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.

“I would like to extend my warmest thanks to MutualOne Bank for their support of our operations this year,” stated Executive Director Aaron M. Dougherty. “This donation helps us to welcome Natick 3rd Grade classrooms for their annual field trip to our museum, organize public programming that explores our past and present, and assist guests in researching their community, homes, and family. MutualOne’s Checking for Charity campaign will enable us to continue carrying out our mission in 2017, making sure that Natick residents are reminded of what a special place Natick really is.”

Shown holding the ceremonial check for MutualOne Bank’s donation to the Natick Historical Society are (l/r) Aaron M. Dougherty, executive director of Natick Historical Society and Mobolaji Omisore, MutualOne Bank’s Natick branch manager.

MutualOne Foundation to sponsor SPARK Kindness ‘Resiliency’ program

Spark Kindness logo, linking to spark kindness websiteThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a $9,500 grant to SPARK Kindness in Natick as the Premier Corporate Sponsor of the nonprofit’s 2017-18 “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series. The program is designed to empower and assist community members by supporting their social and emotional needs and fostering resilience and connection.

This is the third consecutive year the Foundation has provided funding to help ensure the ongoing success of the program.

“The increasing popularity of the speaker series presented by SPARK Kindness indicates how extremely beneficial the program is for families from a broad range of MetroWest communities,” said Robert P. Lamprey, who chairs the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to support such an impactful program.”

MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign earns $4,200 for Framingham History Center

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $4,200 to benefit the Framingham History Center. 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 History Center and the Natick Historical Society for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.

“MutualOne Bank’s support of the Framingham History Center over the years has been so important to our continued efforts to preserve and share our town’s rich history” said Executive Director Annie Murphy. “This grant will underwrite our interactive tours for over 700 Framingham 3rd graders in May. We are so thankful to be able to continue this important tradition of introducing young students to their local history and the wider community.”

Shown holding the ceremonial check for MutualOne Bank’s donation to the Framingham History Center are (l/r) Nancy Devine, Framingham History Center vice president and MutualOne Bank vice president; Laura Stagliola, Framingham History Center Museum assistant/ education coordinator; Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham branch manager; and Annie Murphy executive director at Framingham History Center.

MutualOne Foundation awards $5,000 grant to upgrade computers at Callahan Center

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to upgrade and add equipment in the Callahan Center’s Computer Literacy Center through a grant to The Friends of Callahan.

“The Computer Literacy Center has been instrumental in assisting people acquire the skills to stay connected with family and friends,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to help them continue to meet the needs of the local community.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to The Friends of Callahan are: (l-r) Yves Munyankindi, retail support administrator at MutualOne Bank; Ralph Dunlea, Computer Center coordinator; Director of Elder Services Grace O’Donnell; Larry Griffin, Friends of Callahan Board Member and COA Board member; and Mark Goldman, President of Friends of Callahan.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation helps Police buy back guns

The Town of Framingham’s first-ever Gun Buy Back program on October 29 went much better than expected. In just five hours, 174 firearms were turned in. The department quickly exhausted the $8,000 in gift cards it had on hand to exchange for the weapons, resulting in a gift card IOU balance of $12,050 before the day was over.

According to Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to help police cover the cost of the Gun Buy Back IOUs.

“The Gun Buy Back event was a positive step in the right direction, and may have prevented any number of future risks to those in our community,” said Haranas. “We are grateful to those who came forward to remove unwanted firearms from their homes, and we’re happy to help police cover the cost of the success of the program.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundations donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Gun Buy Back Program are: (l-r) MutualOne Bank President and CEO Mark Haranas; Acting Police Chief Steven Trask; and Yves Munyankindi, retail support administrator at MutualOne Bank.