With its recent gift of $1,000 to the A Cappella Singers, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be the primary sponsor of that group’s Spring Concert at the Fisk Memorial Church in Natick next May.
One of the few women’s choruses in New England, the A Cappella Singers have been bringing all types of vocal music to audiences in MetroWest since 1963.
The Sherborn Fire Rescue Department has received $3,200 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for the purchase of two Automatic External Defibrillators.
The units will replace outdated department equipment, and one will be used in the vehicle of the on-duty fire officer to ensure prompt response time in an emergency situation.
“Although Sherborn is a small rural community with a population of just over 4,000, the need for life-saving equipment in excellent working condition is as critical there as it is in larger communities,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
“If you add the commuter traffic on Routes 16 and 27 through the center of town in the morning and again in late afternoon, the ‘population’ multiplies significantly.”
With its recent grant of $5,000 to Family Promise Metrowest, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be the primary sponsor of that organization’s 5th Annual Walkaway Homelessness Walkathon in Natick on April 12.
According to Carole Brodrick, Family Promise Metrowest community development coordinator, previous Walkathons were held in February at the Natick Mall. This year’s event will be moved to the Natick Common, in order to bring more visibility to the issue of family homelessness in the Natick community.
The Walkathon will support the goal of moving homeless families from the Family Promise Metrowest shelter program into transitional housing. The program’s first graduate family moved into transitional housing last fall, and the organization hopes to move more families out of shelter and into their own apartments over the next year, said Brodrick.
“Many people are unaware of the plight of so many families who are homeless, right here in our own community,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to do what we can to help Family Promise Metrowest provide support and hope for these families.”
Family Promise MetroWest Network Coordinator Judy Mongiardo (far left) and Community Development Coordinator Carole Brodrick (far right) visited MutualOne Bank in Natick to accept the recent $5,000 donation from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, presented by Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (center, left) and Natick Branch Manager Donna Gogliomella.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in support of the nonprofit’s MetroWest Meds program which helps people stay healthy by enabling them to remain compliant with their prescribed medications.
The grant was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which has supported MetroWest Meds with awards totaling $25,000 over the past five years.
According to Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko, the program has served over 3,300 clients and has saved over $4.4 million in prescription drug costs since its inception in 2004,
“Thanks to the support of generous local funders like the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, the Natick VNA helps thousands of people remain safe and healthy in their homes,” said Boyko.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Resiliency for Life to support that organization’s programs at Framingham High School during the 2013-14 school year.
Resiliency for Life helps provide academic and social support services to more than 70 at-risk students at the high school. The voluntary academic intervention and drop-out prevention program serves students who are at risk of academic failure, enabling them to persevere, thrive and lead productive lives.
“MutualOne has awarded over $52,000 to the Resiliency for Life program over the past five years” said Lamprey. “We continue to be impressed by its success, and we are proud of the Framingham students who took advantage of this opportunity to defy the odds.”
Resiliency for Life Executive Director Michael Daly praised MutualOne for its involvement in the program. He added that the students’ achievements might not have been possible without that steadfast support.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has donated $3,000 to support Call2Talk, a mental health helpline established recently by United Way of Tri-County.
According to United Way President & CPO Paul Mina, Call2Talk will help fill a gap in local presence following the recent departure of a Framingham-based suicide prevention organization. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that calls originating in MetroWest represent the second-highest volume in Massachusetts, said Mina.
The United Way’s 24/7 support line for people in crisis or emotional distress relies on peer-supported talk therapy. Trained volunteers and staff help callers work toward a safe place, with the goal of moving them from crisis to self-sufficiency.
“The call statistics leave no doubt that there is a definite need for such a helpline in MetroWest,” said Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “By supporting Call2Talk, we can help make sure that residents still have a local telephone support system in place.”
Call2Talk is available to any caller at 508-532-CALL.
A $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will enable the Natick Service Council’s food pantry to better address the need for improved nutritional and heart health among economically disadvantaged residents.
The award will be used to increase the amount of heart-healthy foods distributed to food pantry clients, according to Greg Tutuny, executive director of the Natick Service Council. The donation brings to $8,500 the total amount granted to the food pantry by the MutualOne Charitable Foundation over the past three years.
Heart Healthy Gift — (From left) Natick Service Council Executive Director Greg Tutuny and MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, Trustee Susan Acton, and Trustee Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, with a check representing the Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the Natick Service Council Food Pantry.
MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 grant to United Way of Tri-County’s Feed a Family campaign helped the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham provide holiday meals and groceries to hundreds of local residents.
In an average month in Framingham, United Way provides groceries for a total of 1,807 individuals, according to President & CPO Paul Mina. The 2010 US Census reports 9.1% of Framingham’s population living at or below the poverty line.
The annual Feed a Family campaign allows the United Way to do a little more for local residents during the November and December holiday season, said Mina.
CELEBRATING the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the United Way of Tri-County to help feed local families are (l to r): Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Paul Mina, United Way president and CPO; Susan Action, Foundation trustee; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the “Eat Fresh” initiative at A Place To Turn in Natick, according to an announcement by Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.
The Foundation grant will cover the cost of providing fresh fruits and vegetables for A Place To Turn clients for an entire year, said Lamprey.
Low income families and individuals unable to meet their basic needs of food and clothing are referred to A Place To Turn by a network of social service agencies, health care providers, schools and clergy, according to Executive Director Joanne Barry. Eighty percent of those throughout the MetroWest area served by the nonprofit are from Framingham or Natick, she added.
The MutualOne Foundation has provided more than $33,000 to help stock the food pantry in the past five years, including providing six months’ of funding for the “Eat Fresh” program in 2011.
Healthy fruits and vegetables will be on the menu for the coming year at A Place To Turn food pantry in Natick, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown here with the ceremonial grant check are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place To Turn and Donna Low, assistant director; and Susan Acton of MutualOne Bank’s board of directors and a Foundation trustee.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,000 to Strengthening Youth in a United Way (SYUW), an initiative endorsed by the Framingham Public Schools.
The SYUW project is designed to explore innovative strategies to foster healthy male behaviors, promote healthy relationships, and empower adolescent boys to plan for a successful future.