MutualOne Foundation awards $2,500 for annual Heritage Chorale pops concert

Heritage ChoraleMark 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.

$20K MutualOne Lamprey Grant awarded to MetroWest Legal Services

New MWLS program will aid local veterans

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) has been awarded the Foundation’s second annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Grant honors Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board and treasurer of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The award was established in 2014 as a tribute to Lamprey for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need.

Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised individuals, to help them obtain legal, social, and economic justice.

According to Elizabeth Soule, executive director, MWLS will use the Lamprey Grant funds to implement a program to provide local veterans participating in the Framingham Veterans Treatment Court with legal advice and representation in civil matters, helping them overcome barriers to completing the Court’s service plan and giving them a fresh start in life.

“This program will address the immediate needs of a vulnerable population that did not hesitate to step up to serve our country,” said Haranas. “Helping them along the path to recovery is a way of showing that we appreciate their service and sacrifices.”

The new MWLS program is expected to be in place by March 2016, said Soule.

Lamprey Community Grant Benefits MetroWest Legal Services Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services are: (l-r) Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer; Steve Matthews, MetroWest Legal Services advocacy director; Elizabeth Soule, MetroWest Legal Services executive director; and Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer.

Lamprey Community Grant Benefits MetroWest Legal Services
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services are: (l-r) Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer; Steve Matthews, MetroWest Legal Services advocacy director; Elizabeth Soule, MetroWest Legal Services executive director; and Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer.

MutualOne Foundation awards $2,000 to MetroWest Worker Center

MetroWest Worker CenterMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $2,000 Foundation grant to the MetroWest Worker Center, to help the Framingham nonprofit develop a medical advocacy volunteer program.

According to Diego Low, executive director of the Center, the program will recruit retired medical professionals to provide support for injured immigrant workers.

“The cultural diversity of our population helps define us as a community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to support the Center’s efforts to provide help for its workers in their time of need.”

$5K MutualOne Foundation grant to benefit Reed Academy students

ReedAcademyRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Reed Academy in Framingham, which provides therapeutic and educational services for Metrowest area special needs students.

The Foundation award will be used toward the purchase of ergonomically correct classroom furniture and the acquisition of laptops and educational programming to update the Academy’s technology program, according to Mary M. Crawford, executive director.

“Reed Academy provides extremely valuable services to its students and their families,” said Lamprey. “MutualOne is proud to be able to help enhance those services.”

MutualOne Foundation awards grant for gifts to new moms, babies

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a recent Foundation grant of $2,000 to the First Baptist Church in Framingham in support of its Happy Birthday, Baby initiative.

According to Lorna Mailhoit, program coordinator, Happy Birthday, Baby gift baskets of essential baby items are assembled by church volunteers and distributed to new mothers in need year-round through several local and state organizations, area high schools, food pantries, and medical centers.

“We’re happy to help fill these gift baskets,” said Haranas. “This project is a wonderful example of community-building.”

$5K grant from MutualOne Foundation helps provide seniors with access to medical care

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a recent $5,000 Foundation grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest in support of a program that helps frail elders in Framingham and Natick with their medical needs.

The Patient Navigator/Enhanced Medical Escort Program provides volunteers who facilitate and accompany elders to doctor appointments and medical procedures. Navigators also provide a summary of each appointment for family caregivers, and facilitate access to other needed resources and services.

According to Lino Covarrubias, JFS chief of operations, to date the program has enrolled 336 frail elders and provided enhanced medical escort services for more than 1,050 appointments.

“This is a valuable service for the older adults of our community,” said Lamprey. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to contribute to its continued success in meeting the medical needs of our seniors.”

$5,000 Grant Assists Jewish Family Service. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest are: (l-r) Front row: Karen Block, JFS Volunteer Recruiter; Merrill Adler, JFS Administrative Support; and Lesley Orlinsky, JFS Patient Navigator Trainer. Back row: Malka Young, JFS Director of Healthy Aging; Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; and Amanda Couglin, JFS Program Manager.

$5,000 Grant Assists Jewish Family Service.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest are: (l-r) Front row: Karen Block, JFS Volunteer Recruiter; Merrill Adler, JFS Administrative Support; and Lesley Orlinsky, JFS Patient Navigator Trainer. Back row: Malka Young, JFS Director of Healthy Aging; Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; and Amanda Couglin, JFS Program Manager.

$3,000 MutualOne Foundation grant will help enhance youth technology at Natick library

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $3,000 to Natick’s Morse Institute Library to increase the number of educational technology tools available to local youth, according to Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.

The Library hopes to grow its collection of technology-based materials for children, including educational tablets and audiobooks, in order to expand its offerings to a larger youth audience, particularly those youngsters with limited access to such resources.

“MutualOne is pleased to help the library enhance its technology offerings so that all children, regardless of their means, can have access to this vital learning experience,” said Lamprey.

$3,000 Grant Benefits Morse Institute Library Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Morse Institute Library are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, assistant director; Anna Litten, community relations coordinator; and Dale Smith, children's department supervisor from the Morse Institute Library; Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator.

$3,000 Grant Benefits Morse Institute Library
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Morse Institute Library are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, assistant director; Anna Litten, community relations coordinator; and Dale Smith, children’s department supervisor from the Morse Institute Library; Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator.

MutualOne awards $5K to benefit Natick elders with chronic diseases

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation award to the Natick Service Council’s Healthy Eating, Chronic Disease Management and Food Rescue program.

According to Greg Tutuny, executive director, NSC’s initiative is designed to improve the health status of elders through individual chronic disease management plans that include increased access to nutritious food and literacy programs.

“MutualOne is pleased to support the Natick Service Council’s efforts to improve the overall health of the elder residents they serve through this program,” said Sousa.

$5,000 Grant Benefits Natick Service Council. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator; and Lauren Mann, Director of Development & Outreach at the Natick Service Council.

$5,000 Grant Benefits Natick Service Council.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator; and Lauren Mann, Director of Development & Outreach at the Natick Service Council.

$10K MutualOne grant supports Resiliency for Life at Framingham High

Resiliency for Life (RFL), a successful drop-out prevention program at Framingham High School, has received a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Announcement of the grant was made today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

According to Jug Chokshi, Executive Director, RFL strategies include intense academic monitoring, advocacy with teachers and administrators, strict program rules and clear expectations, development of personal responsibility, and prep classes for the MCAS and SAT tests. In the last three years, every single RFL student has graduated, and graduated on time. Last year, RFL launched a middle school program at the Cameron, with the goal of serving all three Framingham middle schools within 3 years.

“This program has an excellent track record of keeping students who are at academic risk from dropping out of school and failing to graduate,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to support the goals and values of Resiliency for Life, realizing the significant positive impact this program can have on the future of our community.”

Better Bingo at Callahan Senior Center, thanks to MutualOne Foundation!

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,225 to Friends of Callahan Center in Framingham for the purchase of a new state-of-the-art Bingo system.

According to Mark Goldman, president of the Friends, the Center’s current 15-year-old Bingo equipment has malfunctioned, making it difficult for the dozens of seniors who attend the weekly games to see and hear the numbers being called. Efforts to repair the system failed due to the unavailability of replacement parts, Goldman said, and the Friends plan to purchase a new system to better meet the needs of the Bingo population.

“For many of our residents, the weekly Bingo games at the Callahan Center are a major social event,” Haranas said. “We’re happy to help the Friends replace the outdated equipment with a new, modern system that will make the occasion even more enjoyable!”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Friends of the Callahan Center are from left: Grace T. O'Donnell, Callahan Center Director of Elder Services; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Mark Goldman, President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Friends of the Callahan Center are from left: Grace T. O’Donnell, Callahan Center Director of Elder Services; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Mark Goldman, President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.