Framingham Police receive $2k for National Night Out event

frampoliceA $2,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help fund the Framingham Police Department’s National Night Out on August 5 from 4pm to 7pm.

National Night Out is a community-police awareness event held annually across the country since 1984. Locally, it brings Framingham families and seniors together with Framingham police and fire personnel for an evening of free barbecue served by the Framingham Housing Authority staff, music, tours of fire engines and squad cars, ice cream, and more.

$10,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club from Charitable Foundation

BGClogoRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that, for the 11th consecutive year, the Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support out-of-school programs provided by the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest at its Pearl Street Clubhouse in Framingham.

The Pearl Street Clubhouse provides social, educational, physical and cultural programs daily for up to 250 local boys and girls ages 6 to 17, with a specific emphasis on economically disadvantaged youth.

“The Pearl Street Clubhouse is an excellent training ground for preparing the youth of our community for their future,” said Lamprey. “It is an investment we are happy to make.”

“We really appreciate the wonderful continued support by MutualOne. It is because of great partners like MutualOne we now serve over 250 kids a day at our Framingham Clubhouse,” said Fran Hurley, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

Foundation grants $6,500 to MetroWest Legal Services

MetroWestLegalRobert 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 and want to thank you for your continued support,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soulé.

Together, the Bank and its Foundation continue, for the sixth 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.

Foundation makes $15,000 installment on its $50,000 Christa McAuliffe Library pledge

FPLF logoThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has made the second of three payments toward its $50,000 pledge to the Framingham Public Library Foundation in support of the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot.

The $15,000 payment was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The Foundation awarded an initial $20,000 for the new library in 2013; the final $15,000 payment will be due in 2015.

The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility with more and improved space for patrons and the ability to offer more programs to the 700 people who visit the current library every day.

Charitable Foundation grants $2,500 to Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

Mark 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 the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest (PAC).

The Foundation grant will help provide scholarships for PAC’s educational theatre program, which serves up to 300 youth from ages 8 to 18 each year, providing a range of skills from building scenery to learning dance and drama.

“We are pleased to make the theatre program experience more available to local youngsters,” said Haranas.

“Thanks to the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, youth who have a desire to participate in the theatre and who would not otherwise have the opportunity due to financial/economic or cultural barriers, will be able to do so at the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest,” said Mary Opanasets, executive director.

“Through the PAC theater program, students are given the chance to express themselves, gain confidence, and have fun in a safe learning environment. We thank the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for this grant which will positively impact so many young people in the wider community.”

Rachel Stewart (far right, standing), administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, representatives of the Performing Arts Center, and the cast and crew of “Shrek The Musical” pose with a ceremonial check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 grant to the Center.

Rachel Stewart (far right, standing), administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, representatives of the Performing Arts Center, and the cast and crew of “Shrek The Musical” pose with a ceremonial check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 grant to the Center.

Read to a Child awarded $2,500 from MutualOne Charitable Foundation

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support Read to a Child, a nonprofit organization that runs a lunchtime reading program at the Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools in Framingham.

The program currently serves a total of 90 Framingham students in grades 1 through 4 who struggle with literacy. Volunteer mentors, who are each matched with a child, visit the student’s school each week throughout the academic year for one-on-one read aloud time.

According to CEO Olivia Mathews, the goals of Read to a Child are to instill a love for reading, improve listening and reading skills, increase vocabulary, develop an appreciation for stories, and foster self-esteem.

The Foundation’s recent grant brought to $7,000 the total amount it has awarded to the Read to a Child program in the two Framingham schools over the past three years.

LUNCHTIME READING  - Yasmine Ouweijan (right), manager of MutualOne Bank’s Framingham/Concord Street office, reads to a young student as Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, watches on. The Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support the Read to a Child program at Framingham’s Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools.

LUNCHTIME READING – Yasmine Ouweijan (right), manager of MutualOne Bank’s Framingham/Concord Street office, reads to a young student as Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, watches on. The Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support the Read to a Child program at Framingham’s Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools.

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!”

$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.

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.

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.