The Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) Shillman House in Framingham has received $3,500 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of specialized exercise classes for its residents.
The classes are focused on helping participants reduce or eliminate pain, manage chronic conditions, and reduce the risk of falls, according to JCHE President and CEO Amy Schectman. Nearly 75 percent of Shillman House residents participated in some component of the fitness program in the past year, she said.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 grant to MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) will support that agency’s work in providing free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.
MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation are longtime supporters of the Framingham-based organization, sponsoring the annual MWLS Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament since 2009, and providing general financial support through direct donations over the past decade.
“We feel very fortunate to count the MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation among our most dedicated supporters,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soule´.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be a $10,000 Platinum Sponsor of the planned Natick 9-11 Memorial, according to an announcement today by Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.
Funds raised by the Natick 9-11 Memorial Committee will be used to build a permanent memorial and reflection garden in front of the police and fire headquarters on East Central Street. The memorial will honor those who lost their lives on 9-11 and the survivors and heroes who emerged in the aftermath of the tragic World Trade Center event.
The town has been gifted with a piece of steel from Ground Zero, which will be a prominent part of the memorial. A sundial that will denote the date and time that the Twin Towers were struck will also be a part of the design.
“September 11, 2001 was a day that changed life as we knew it,” said Lamprey. “We are proud to be among the businesses and citizens of Natick and surrounding communities who are helping to make this Memorial a reality.”
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Horizons for Homeless Children’s Playspace Program, to help improve the lives of local pre-school youngsters living in shelters.
The Playspace Program provides safe places for young children in four Framingham family shelters. At these sites, trained volunteers engage in play and developmental activities that support the youngsters’ social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. They accomplish this by engaging families and delivering high quality education to ensure that the children are ready to succeed in school, despite being homeless, according to Asa Fanelli, Horizons for Homeless Children president and CEO.
“All children need a strong base, a solid starting point,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “This grant will help give the homeless youth here in our community the tools they will need to succeed in the school environment.”
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.), according to an announcement today by Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the Foundation.
The organization’s mission is to counsel elder homeowners who are dealing with insufficient income to cope with basic living and housing costs. The grant will be used to assist needy elders, especially single women, who are facing displacement threats, property foreclosure, severe credit card debt, expensive in-home care and extensive home repairs.
“H.O.M.E. is very impressed by the leadership demonstrated by MutualOne as a true community institution that is responsive to its varied populations, and especially those elders in the community who have given us so much and who are now themselves in need of our vital support,” said Executive Director Len Raymond.
Bethany Hill School in Framingham will introduce an exercise and nutrition program for youth and adult residents with a $2,500 grant received from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
The program will offer a variety of exercise programs, such as yoga and zumba, along with proper nutrition classes and evening workshops on healthy eating and proper meal preparation.
“Fitness and self-care are important in order for our adult residents to be able to lead healthy and productive lives,” said Executive Director Trish Appert. “It is also critical that the behaviors they are modeling for their children are healthy, so this second generation has habits that will diminish the occurrence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
“Bethany Hill School provides affordable housing and educational opportunities to a vulnerable population,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to help with the introduction of a health and fitness program for the residents of the School.”
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation’s three-year Mentoring Program for at-risk Framingham teens.
The MutualOne Foundation grant will help defray the Mentoring Program’s 2013 costs for laptop computers and software given to program mentees who have achieved basic goals toward the pursuit of a college education.
This is the sixth consecutive year that MutualOne has supported the Mentoring Program.
“We strongly support the goal of encouraging at-risk students to graduate from high school and to think seriously about college or other post-secondary education,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.
“Our Board appreciates the Bank’s past and current support, for without MutualOne Charitable Foundation we would not be able to absorb the annual cost of the computers,” said Executive Director Lowell I. Mazie. “We sincerely appreciate this.”
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $1,500 to the RCS Learning Center in Natick, to support the school’s “Let’s Get to Work Vocational Program.”
The Center is a private nonprofit day school for children ages 3-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.
According to Executive Director Denise Rizzo, the Vocational Program provides students ages 14 and older the opportunity to explore and develop vocational competencies, independence, and job-related skills to facilitate a successful transition to meaningful post-secondary employment.
“The vision of RCS is that every child has unique skills, and we are dedicated to help each child with autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities develop those skills and reach their potential,” said Rizzo.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Kids Connect in Natick.
Opened in 2000, Kids Connect now tutors over 60 at-risk Natick youth from all grades in subjects including math, chemistry, physics, Spanish, French, language arts, organization skills and SAT preparation. The program provides services for those unable to afford other resources, as well as for students who benefit from creative, individualized, one-to-one tutoring, according to Executive Director Debra Sayre.
“This grant will allow us to continue providing tutoring regardless of the student’s ability to pay and also allow us to actively seek out those youngsters who are quietly failing because they do not know that we are available to help them,” said Sayre.
TUTOR TIME – Tutors continue their work with a local student as MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far left), Kids Connect Executive Director Debra Sayre, and MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas pose in the background with the Foundation’s ceremonial $2,500 award check to Natick’s Kids Connect tutoring program.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to help fund two Project Just Because initiatives.
The grant is directed to support the organization’s Back to School Program and its Holiday Wish List Program for low-income families.
According to President and Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh, the two programs provide school and holiday items while creating “an element of hope for a brighter tomorrow.”
Walsh added that for more than 11 years, Project Just Because has been “dedicated to helping as many men, women and children as we can — providing dignity and love from the heart in a caring environment.”
“The Foundation’s support will help Project Just Because keep pace with the growing need here in the MetroWest area,” said Haranas.
The $10,000 grant to Project Just Because was among awards totaling $45,000 made by the Foundation in its most recent round of funding.
PROJECT JUST BECAUSE President and Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh (center), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, and MutualOne Bank President & CEO Mark Haranas pose with a check representing the recent $10,000 grant from the Foundation to help meet the growing needs of MetroWest children and families.