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.

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.

Golden Tones awarded $3K grant from MutualOne Foundation

Robert 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 Foundation to sponsor SPARK Kindness ‘Resiliency’ program

The 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.

$10K awarded to Resiliency for Life by MutualOne Charitable Foundation

Resiliency for LifeMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a Foundation grant of $10,000 awarded recently to Resiliency for Life (RFL), a highly successful drop-out prevention program for under-achieving and at-risk students at Framingham High School.

According to Jug Chokshi, Executive Director, RFL strategies include intense academic monitoring, advocacy with teachers and administrators, strict program rules and clear expectations, development of personal responsibility/accountability, and reconnecting RFL parents/guardians with their children’s educational experience through full participation in bi-weekly meetings and workshops. Since its founding at Framingham High School in 1999, RFL has established “a near-perfect record of remediating students’ academic deficits, reversing their declines, and guiding them toward remarkable academic achievement,” Chokshi stated.

The RFL program was expanded last year to include students at Framingham’s Cameron, Walsh and Fuller middle schools, and the high school program has been replicated at Mansfield High School in Mansfield and at Durfee High School in Fall River.

“Resiliency for Life is a tremendously valuable asset with an admirable track record of success,” said Haranas. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is proud to support and foster the goals of the program.”

MutualOne Foundation grants $5K to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry for holiday, everyday food items

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support St. Bridget’s Food Pantry, an all-volunteer effort that provides food assistance to an average of 150 Framingham households each week, and up to 250 households at holiday time.

“The volunteers at St. Bridget’s Food Pantry have been providing for those in need of assistance in our community for more than 25 years,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to help them continue to meet the needs of the many families and individuals who rely on them.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry are (l-r) Jean Hoskins, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Mary Kulas, director of St. Bridget’s Food Pantry; Rev. Msgr. Francis Strahan, pastor of St. Bridget Parish; and Yves Munyankindi, retail support administrator at MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne awards $20K Lamprey Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest for new Violence Prevention program

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest has been awarded the Foundation’s annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Foundation’s gift will support a new program at the recently relocated Framingham Clubhouse on Clinton Street: Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development. The project will address youth violence and provide programs that improve community safety by reducing youth violence, juvenile delinquency, and related negative behavior. The initiative, which includes collaboration with the Framingham Police Department, will include education, prevention, and enforcement programs, according to Francis X. Hurley, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest president.

The program is designed to target youth ages 10-17 and will focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

The annual Robert Lamprey Community Grant was established in 2014 to honor Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, for his longstanding commitment, concern, and caring for those in need in our community, said Haranas.

“The presence of an active Boys & Girls Club in the heart of Framingham is a stepping stone to a positive future for many of our young people,” Haranas added. “MutualOne was pleased to award the annual Lamprey Grant to support an innovative new program designed to help make that possible, and as an additional tribute to Bob Lamprey for his time-honored devotion to helping today’s youth realize and achieve their potential.”

The annual Lamprey Grant is restricted to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused primarily on the towns of Framingham and/or Natick, and must benefit a low-income or less-advantaged and/or under-served population.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest’s Framingham Clubhouse was the scene for a celebration of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant. Pictured with Clubhouse members Derrick, Skylar, James, Jennifer, and Meadow are (l-r) Francis X. Hurley, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest; Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer; and Mark R. Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.