MutualOne Foundation grant to help provide summer farm work for teens

The Natick Community Organic Farm recently received a grant of $2,500 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of a summer work program for young adults.

The Foundation funds are directed to the Farm’s Teen Work Crew (TWC) program for youngsters aged 14 to 16. The program provides teens with the opportunity to gain a wide variety of skills including carpentry, mechanics, gardening, animal husbandry, and social skills. The paid positions require a commitment of 3 to 4 weeks of time during the summer months.

“The TWC program provides teens with job training and valuable life skills, as well as what may be their first paid workplace experience,’ said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “For youngsters too young to be hired for most summer jobs, this is a unique opportunity to earn a wage while also gaining an education in agriculture and the environment.”

Natick Community Organic Farm Director Lynda Simkins (second from right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart (far right), MutualOne Bank Natick branch manager Marie Harrington, and Farm volunteer David Parnas pose with a check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to the Farm’s summer work program for teens.

Natick Community Organic Farm Director Lynda Simkins (second from right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart (far right), MutualOne Bank Natick branch manager Marie Harrington, and Farm volunteer David Parnas pose with a check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to the Farm’s summer work program for teens.

Marian High School technology grant from MutualOne Foundation

MarianHighEmblemRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $7,225 to Marian High School to help upgrade lab computers in order to enhance the classroom and learning experience. The award will cover the purchase of five new computers and a new server.

“Marian High School will not soon forget the kindness and generosity of MutualOne in providing this community with the means for a new server and new computers,” said Sister Catherine Clifford, principal, about the most recent Foundation grant. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

MutualOne Foundation awards $5,000 to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s continued generosity in supporting the Pantry’s efforts to assist those in need in Framingham,” said Mary Kulas, executive director. “Thanks to such support, the Pantry is able to provide food to anyone with proof of Framingham residency who comes to our door.”

“Hopefully, the Foundation’s grant will help those who are struggling and making decisions between paying for fuel or putting food on the table,” said Sousa.

Volunteers (back row) joined in as MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 award to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham. Front row includes (l to r) MutualOne Bank Framingham/Concord Street branch manager Yasmine Ouweijan; Framingham/Lincoln Street branch manager Donna Gogliomella; Food Pantry executive director Mary Kulas; MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart; and volunteer Alice Costa.

Volunteers (back row) joined in as MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 award to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham. Front row includes (l to r) MutualOne Bank Framingham/Concord Street branch manager Yasmine Ouweijan; Framingham/Lincoln Street branch manager Donna Gogliomella; Food Pantry executive director Mary Kulas; MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart; and volunteer Alice Costa.

$3,000 Foundation grant will spread the sound of Golden Tones music

Golden TonesRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $3,000 grant to the Golden Tones Chorus to support that group’s plans for 10 to 15 concerts to be performed this year at senior health and housing facilities in Natick and Framingham.

Now in its 26th year, the Golden Tones Chorus consists of nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who take part in more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.

“Our concerts have proven to be more than just a creative endeavor of self-expression, but a holistic experience of well-being for both the musicians and the listeners,” said Director Deborah Lee Marion.

$2,500 from MutualOne Foundation to help prevent student bullying

AcceptThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to ACCEPT Educational Collaborative to help support the organization’s Safe from Bullying program.

ACCEPT, a regional, non-profit educational organization, provides services including education programs and specialized transportation for students with moderate to severe special needs.

The organization will use its grant funding from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to provide administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals quality professional development on strategies to prevent bullying. Drivers of ACCEPT vans and buses will also have sessions as part of the ongoing training they receive.

MutualOne Bank announces $20K Lamprey Community Grant

Robert LampreyMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will award an annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant in honor of Robert “Bob” Lamprey, chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and Foundation chair.

The grant, which will be awarded to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused primarily on the towns of Framingham and/or Natick, must benefit a low-income or less-advantaged and/or under-served population.

“The grant in his name is a tribute to Bob for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need in our community,” said Haranas.

“It is our hope that each future Robert Lamprey Community Grant recipient will be a catalyst for positive change, as Bob has been throughout his career.”

The deadline for submitting a Robert Lamprey Community Grant request will be on October 31 of each calendar year. The grant, which is not a part of the standard Foundation award request process, requires a separate application that is available online here or by contacting Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, at rstewart@mutualone.com.

Applicants who request but do not receive a Robert Lamprey Community Grant may still apply for an award through the standard MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant process.

About Robert Lamprey
Bob Lamprey began his career in community banking more than 50 years ago.

Much of his early time was spent at Everett Co-operative Bank, where he developed core beliefs on how local banks could, and should, support the families and small businesses within their market. Certainly sound business practices and efficient internal procedures were critical to a bank’s long-term success. But, just as important was being a caring and pro-active partner with the residents in the towns served by the institution.

Bob knew that the health and vibrancy of his bank were directly related to the health and well-being of the people in the community.

In 1977, he joined Framingham Co-operative Bank (now MutualOne Bank) as executive vice president, and was promoted to president in 1988. He brought with him the same business expertise — and the same community commitment and caring — that had defined his career from the start.

During Bob’s tenure, the local economy has been rocked by two serious recessions. But even through troubling times, the Bank continued to grow while expanding services to enhance the local banking experience for its customers.

With the appointment of a new Bank president in 2008, Bob continues in his role as chairman of the board and chief financial officer.

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which he was instrumental in establishing in 1998, remains his pride and joy. It has become the centerpiece of his efforts to provide support for the work being performed by many worthy MetroWest non-profit organizations. His determination and dedication complement his activity in a variety of volunteer positions within the United Way of Tri-County over the years.

Bob has spearheaded initiatives to help the most vulnerable members of our community. His focus has been on their most critical needs, including food, medical and legal assistance, child welfare programs in partnership with our schools and faith-based organizations; and public safety measures through local police and fire departments.

Primarily through his efforts, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has surpassed $2.7 million in total grants awarded to these worthwhile endeavors.

While his success as a community banker is well documented, Bob has said that “being able to support the neediest among us has given me the greatest personal satisfaction.”

MutualOne Charitable Foundation will sponsor 2014 Walkaway Homelessness Walkathon

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.

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.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation is Natick ‘Heart of the Community’ sponsor

NatickCenterAssociatesRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $1,000 to Natick Center Associates to help sponsor that group’s annual “Heart of the Community” fundraising dinner.

This year’s dinner will be held on March 30 at the Dolphin Seafood Restaurant and will honor two local nonprofits, the Natick Service Council and A Place To Turn, for their contributions to the betterment of Natick Center.

Charitable Foundation buys 2 defibrillators for Sherborn Fire Department

shersheildThe 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.”