Youngsters living at the Framingham Housing Authority’s Musterfield Place family residences will have more to do this summer, thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation award will help fund the salaries of a summer staff for the on-site recreation and outdoor play camp program that was started by the Housing Authority five years ago.
According to Stephen G. Keane, executive director of the Framingham Housing Authority, last year’s program for the Musterfield community was supported by a grant from the Attorney General’s office. There is no open grant opportunity from the state this year, he said.
“The program provides supervised outdoor recreation opportunity for youngsters who might otherwise be glued to a computer or television screen all day,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “The Musterfield recreation program is a viable and valuable alternative to screen time. We’re pleased to help guarantee that it will be available to the residents and their families again this year.”
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Framingham Cultural Council (FCC), a nonprofit organization supporting local activities and programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
Partnering with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, FCC provides annual grants to individuals, schools, and cultural organizations with the goal of improving the quality of life for all residents and contributing to the economic vitality of the community. FCC supports a broad range of activities, including music, dance, theater, history, storytelling, visual arts, and school field trips.
“Our donation to the Framingham Cultural Council will help augment the funds it receives from the state and the support from others in our community who realize the value of the program,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “The more we all invest in our community, the greater the return will be.”
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $1,000 Foundation grant to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to support camperships providing financial assistance for Framingham and Natick families.
“Camp programs offer quality summer learning and enrichment opportunities for the young people in our community,” said Haranas. “These advantages should be available to all, regardless of their financial situation, and we’re happy to help make that possible.”
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation announced today that the Foundation has awarded $6,500 to MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS).
Based in Framingham, MWLS provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.
“We feel very fortunate to count the MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to be among our most dedicated supporters,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soulé.
Together, the Bank and its Foundation continue, for the seventh year, to be the presenting sponsor of MWLS’s annual fundraiser, the Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament. The Bank and its Foundation have also provided financial support through donations over the past decade.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $1,287 to King Elementary School.
Located on Water Street in Framingham, King Elementary includes a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Opened in 2014, with four classrooms of kindergarten students, it is adding an additional grade each year until it reaches its ultimate goal of serving grades K-5.
According to Principal Kimberly A. Taylor, the MutualOne award will be used to support the school’s Core Value program, providing brochures, signs, and banners for display and distribution throughout the school year.
“We need to encourage innovation at all levels of our educational system,” said Lamprey. “King Elementary is trying to make a difference, and MutualOne is pleased to assist.”
King Elementary School celebrates $1,287 grant.
Students and staff at King Elementary School acknowledge MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant. Standing (l-r) are Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Concord Street, Framingham Branch Manager; Linda Renault, School Nurse; Kim Taylor, Principal; and Lydia Jones, School Counselor.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a grant in the amount of $5,000 to the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The purpose of the grant is to fund an educational effort among the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham. According to Scout Executive Matthew J. Budz, the group will be seeking to enhance the educational experiences and accomplishments of 110 first grade students by utilizing hands-on instruction in an outdoor setting.
“It’s encouraging to see local organizations team up to provide innovative programs,” said Haranas. “MutualOne is pleased to offer our assistance.”
Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank
Shown celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Standing: Matthew Budz, Scout Executive / CEO; Mike Biancucci, District Executive; Andrew Milne, District Executive; Stephen Lavoie, District Executive; Rick Riopelle, Director of Support Services; and John Fortini, Registrar. Seated: Mary Tucker, Account Specialist; Carlene Covino, Administration; and Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager.
Seventy Framingham youngsters will continue to receive after-school help, thanks to a recent $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Announcement of the grant to Hoops and Homework, Inc. was made by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.
Hoops and Homework provides free daily after-school educational and recreational activities to eligible students ages 5 to 15 at two Framingham low-income housing developments. According to Hoops and Homework President Herb Chasan, the funds will be used to ensure students have a safe, high quality, enriching program experience with oversight by trained and caring adults.
“Ensuring all students have the chance for a bright future can make all the difference,” said Sousa. “We are pleased to support the vital role Hoops and Homework plays in making that happen.”
$3,500 Grant Benefits Hoops and Homework Program
Staff and students at Hoops and Homework of Framingham gather to celebrate MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent donation to the after-school program.
Robert 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 27th season, the Golden Tones Chorus involves nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who create more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.
“By supporting our musical outreach program, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant will enable us to present uplifting concerts for many older adults who cannot easily access entertainment,” stated Deborah Marion, director of Golden Tones chorus.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $8,300 to SPARK Kindness, Inc., a Natick-based nonprofit devoted to creating and supporting a community culture that empowers youth and promotes kindness and respect.
With its award, MutualOne will be a Premier Corporate Sponsor for the organization’s “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series in 2016-17, which is open to the entire MetroWest community. MutualOne was the Premier Corporate Sponsor for the 2015-16 series.
SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery noted that MutualOne’s grants have enabled the series to grow and expand by funding top notch speakers and experts from around the country.
“SPARK Kindness is helping to strengthen our community by directly addressing the concerns of local families and their children,” said Lamprey. “This type of programming is invaluable, and MutualOne is pleased to help make it even more impactful going forward.”
SPARK Kindness receives $8,300 grant for speaker series
SPARK Kindness leaders, board members and volunteers celebrate the MutualOne Foundation’s $8,300 grant: (center) SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery; (far left) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; and (far right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.
Mark 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 Pops Concert, titled Escaping the Winter Blues.
Now celebrating its 79th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of nearly 100 singers from the MetroWest area. According to Janice Johnson, president of the Heritage Chorale, the funds went towards free tickets for children and seniors, as well as to hire a drummer to enhance the musical experience for the audience.
“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.