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.”

Crossroads School receives grant from Foundation for garden program

CrossroadsMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has granted the request of Crossroads School for Children for the sum of $800 to support its School Garden Program.

Crossroads, a private, nonprofit day school located in Natick, currently provides year-round comprehensive services for 59 students with autism.

The Foundation’s grant will allow the 2015 expansion of a garden program that began this past summer, providing hands-on and multi-disciplinary learning directly applicable to educational areas such as life and vocational skill development, academic learning, and occupational therapy.

“We were happy to grant this request and to help the school develop additional learning resources for all Crossroads students,” said Haranas.

MutualOne Foundation $2,500 grant will support Natick’s Kids Connect

Kids ConnectRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Kids Connect, a Natick-based nonprofit that provides tutoring services to children in need of educational support.

“We are pleased to help Kids Connect fund tutoring for local youth whose families may be unable to afford such services and those youngsters for whom creative individualized tutoring services can be instrumental in their educational and emotional success,” said Lamprey.

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.

$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.”