MutualOne Foundation sponsors Natick Green-up Week, Creature Teachers exhibit

LCWCWith its recent awards totaling $750 to the Lake Cochituate Watershed Council, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be the primary co-sponsor of two local Earth Day events: Natick Green-up Week and the Natick Earth Day Festival’s Creature Teachers exhibit.

According to Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey, the first annual Natick Green-up Week involves volunteer clean-up along major Town roadways in preparation for the Natick Earth Day Festival that will take place on Sunday, April 26 at the Natick Common. The Foundation’s $250 award will help purchase the necessary supplies for the clean-up project. In addition, MutualOne Bank employees will be volunteering their services during the week.

A $500 Foundation award will sponsor the return of the Creature Teacher exhibit at the Natick Earth Day Festival. The popular program is a hands-on experience for children and includes snakes, turtles, groundhogs, foxes and a fisher cat, among other creatures.

MutualOne Foundation helps fund new Municipal Services Citizens Academy

A recent $6,039 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help provide the informational materials required for a new Municipal Services Citizens Academy sponsored by the Framingham Police Department.

The 12 three-hour weekly sessions will be aimed at improving police-community relations, augmenting policing strategies, and increasing the understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the police, fire, and other municipal services.

“The ultimate goal is a stable and safe community,” stated Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to do what we can to contribute to the Academy’s success.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

MutualOne Foundation awards $2,500 for annual Heritage Chorale pops concert

Heritage ChoraleMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Heritage Chorale to support their Spring and Pops Concerts.

Now celebrating its 78th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of nearly 100 singers from the MetroWest area. The Foundation grant will support the organization’s outreach to local students and seniors.

“The Foundation’s support offers many individuals in our community the opportunity to enjoy professional quality choral music without having to travel to Boston,” said Haranas.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation adds to the holiday menu for those in need

St. Bridgets ParishThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded St. Bridget’s Food Pantry a grant of $3,000 to provide special holiday meals for those they serve in the community who are otherwise unable to meet their food needs. The Pantry traditionally provides holiday hams and turkeys for up to 200 people.

Announcement of the grant was made today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

“Everyone in our community should have the opportunity to observe major holidays equally, in a way that is most meaningful for them,” said Sousa. “If we can help make that happen, we are pleased to do so.”

Foundation awards $3,500 to support free legal representation for low-income population

MetroWestLegalMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $3,500 to MetroWest Legal Services.

Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.

“The number of eligible clients seeking these services continues to grow,” said Haranas. “We want to do what we can to assure that those who qualify for assistance are able to receive that assistance.”

For the past six years, MutualOne Bank and its Charitable Foundation combined have been a major sponsor of the Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament, MetroWest Legal Services’ annual fundraiser, and have also provided financial support through donations for over a decade.

MutualOne will sponsor Family Promise 2015 Walkaway Homelessness Walkathon

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a Foundation award of $5,000 to Family Promise Metrowest as sponsor of the organization’s 6th Annual Walkaway Homelessness Walkathon next April.

This will be the third consecutive year MutualOne has been the event sponsor. The Bank is also a Family Promise Metrowest Community Partner.

Based in Natick, Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing.

“Many people are unaware that there are so many homeless families right in our own community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to help Family Promise Metrowest provide support and encouragement that can make all the difference in the world for these families.”

Family Promise MetroWest Executive Director Susan Crossley (far right) accepts the $5,000 donation from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, presented by Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (left) and MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager Marie Harrington.

Family Promise MetroWest Executive Director Susan Crossley (far right) accepts the $5,000 donation from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, presented by Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (left) and MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager Marie Harrington.

$10,000 award from MutualOne Foundation for Resiliency for Life at Framingham High

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $10,000 grant to support the Resiliency for Life (RFL) program for students at Framingham High School.

The program serves Framingham High School students who are at high risk of dropping out of school. The students sign up voluntarily for the structured program, which provides academic and social supports to help them reach their potential and graduate.

“Resiliency for Life has been very successful over the years in keeping youth from dropping out of school, and in turning their lives around,” said Lamprey. “We are happy to provide funding to help ensure the program’s continued success.”

Helping Framingham High School students stay on the graduation path will be aided by a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Resiliency for Life. Celebrating the award are program students, faculty and representatives of MutualOne Bank.

Helping Framingham High School students stay on the graduation path will be aided by a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Resiliency for Life. Celebrating the award are program students, faculty and representatives of MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $1,500 to The Sudbury Community Food Pantry

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $1,500 to The Sudbury Community Food Pantry.

The Pantry, operated by volunteers and supported by community members and local businesses, helps up to 75 families each week and nearly 100 families each week in November and December. It is an agency of the Greater Boston Food Bank, and a distribution site for the USDA food assistance program and the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program.

“We are always happy to help those who are helping others through difficult times,” said Lamprey. “We also want to make a difference for people around us.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $1,500 award to The Sudbury Food Pantry are: (l-r) Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Patrick J. Mullen, Pantry executive director; and Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, MutualOne Bank.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $1,500 award to The Sudbury Food Pantry are: (l-r) Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Patrick J. Mullen, Pantry executive director; and Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, MutualOne Bank.

Autism Alliance receives $2,000 grant from Charitable Foundation

Autism AllianceSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $2,000 Foundation grant to Autism Alliance of MetroWest, a family support program based in Natick.

The funds will be used toward the purchase of equipment for Sunday Open Gym, a social and recreational activity for individuals with autism and their families.

“We are pleased to support autism-friendly recreational and social opportunities for individuals in MetroWest and their families, and to help build public awareness regarding autism,” said Sousa.

MutualOne Foundation grants $5,000 to A Place To Turn ‘Eat Fresh’ program

Place to TurnMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to A Place To Turn in Natick.

A Place To Turn provides emergency food and clothing to individuals and families in the MetroWest area. The Foundation grant supporting “Eat Fresh” will allow the nonprofit to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for food pantry clients. It is the fourth consecutive year that MutualOne has helped fund the program.

“Eighty percent of the families and individuals served by A Place To Turn are from Framingham and Natick,” said Haranas. “We are happy to help give our neighbors in those towns and those in our surrounding communities the advantage of a healthy diet.”