Charitable Foundation grants $5,000 to VNA free prescription drug program

VNAThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in support of the nonprofit’s MetroWest Meds program which helps people stay healthy by enabling them to remain compliant with their prescribed medications.

The grant was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which has supported MetroWest Meds with awards totaling $25,000 over the past five years.

According to Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko, the program has served over 3,300 clients and has saved over $4.4 million in prescription drug costs since its inception in 2004,

“Thanks to the support of generous local funders like the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, the Natick VNA helps thousands of people remain safe and healthy in their homes,” said Boyko.

$10,000 award from Foundation focuses on Framingham’s at-risk students

Resiliency for LifeRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Resiliency for Life to support that organization’s programs at Framingham High School during the 2013-14 school year.

Resiliency for Life helps provide academic and social support services to more than 70 at-risk students at the high school. The voluntary academic intervention and drop-out prevention program serves students who are at risk of academic failure, enabling them to persevere, thrive and lead productive lives.

“MutualOne has awarded over $52,000 to the Resiliency for Life program over the past five years” said Lamprey. “We continue to be impressed by its success, and we are proud of the Framingham students who took advantage of this opportunity to defy the odds.”

Resiliency for Life Executive Director Michael Daly praised MutualOne for its involvement in the program. He added that the students’ achievements might not have been possible without that steadfast support.

Call2Talk mental health helpline receives $3,000 from MutualOne Foundation

UnitedWayTriThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has donated $3,000 to support Call2Talk, a mental health helpline established recently by United Way of Tri-County.

According to United Way President & CPO Paul Mina, Call2Talk will help fill a gap in local presence following the recent departure of a Framingham-based suicide prevention organization. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that calls originating in MetroWest represent the second-highest volume in Massachusetts, said Mina.

The United Way’s 24/7 support line for people in crisis or emotional distress relies on peer-supported talk therapy. Trained volunteers and staff help callers work toward a safe place, with the goal of moving them from crisis to self-sufficiency.

“The call statistics leave no doubt that there is a definite need for such a helpline in MetroWest,” said Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “By supporting Call2Talk, we can help make sure that residents still have a local telephone support system in place.”

Call2Talk is available to any caller at 508-532-CALL.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant helps provide heart-healthy food in Natick

A $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will enable the Natick Service Council’s food pantry to better address the need for improved nutritional and heart health among economically disadvantaged residents.

The award will be used to increase the amount of heart-healthy foods distributed to food pantry clients, according to Greg Tutuny, executive director of the Natick Service Council. The donation brings to $8,500 the total amount granted to the food pantry by the MutualOne Charitable Foundation over the past three years.

Heart Healthy Gift — (From left) Natick Service Council Executive Director Greg Tutuny and MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, Trustee Susan Acton, and Trustee Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, with a check representing the Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the Natick Service Council Food Pantry.

Heart Healthy Gift — (From left) Natick Service Council Executive Director Greg Tutuny and MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, Trustee Susan Acton, and Trustee Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, with a check representing the Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the Natick Service Council Food Pantry.

MutualOne helps feed local families during the holidays

MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 grant to United Way of Tri-County’s Feed a Family campaign helped the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham provide holiday meals and groceries to hundreds of local residents.

In an average month in Framingham, United Way provides groceries for a total of 1,807 individuals, according to President & CPO Paul Mina. The 2010 US Census reports 9.1% of Framingham’s population living at or below the poverty line.

The annual Feed a Family campaign allows the United Way to do a little more for local residents during the November and December holiday season, said Mina.

CELEBRATING the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the United Way of Tri-County to help feed local families are (l to r): Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Paul Mina, United Way president and CPO; Susan Action, Foundation trustee; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.

CELEBRATING the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the United Way of Tri-County to help feed local families are (l to r): Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Paul Mina, United Way president and CPO; Susan Action, Foundation trustee; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.

$10,000 awarded to A Place To Turn in Natick

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the “Eat Fresh” initiative at A Place To Turn in Natick, according to an announcement by Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.

The Foundation grant will cover the cost of providing fresh fruits and vegetables for A Place To Turn clients for an entire year, said Lamprey.

Low income families and individuals unable to meet their basic needs of food and clothing are referred to A Place To Turn by a network of social service agencies, health care providers, schools and clergy, according to Executive Director Joanne Barry. Eighty percent of those throughout the MetroWest area served by the nonprofit are from Framingham or Natick, she added.

The MutualOne Foundation has provided more than $33,000 to help stock the food pantry in the past five years, including providing six months’ of funding for the “Eat Fresh” program in 2011.

Healthy fruits and vegetables will be on the menu for the coming year at A Place To Turn food pantry in Natick, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown here with the ceremonial grant check are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place To Turn and Donna Low, assistant director; and Susan Acton of MutualOne Bank’s board of directors and a Foundation trustee.

Healthy fruits and vegetables will be on the menu for the coming year at A Place To Turn food pantry in Natick, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown here with the ceremonial grant check are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place To Turn and Donna Low, assistant director; and Susan Acton of MutualOne Bank’s board of directors and a Foundation trustee.

Shillman House health, wellness supported by Charitable Foundation

JCHEThe 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.

Charitable Foundation grant helps provide free legal services in MetroWest

MetroWestLegalThe 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´.

Charitable Foundation awards $10,000 to Natick 9-11 Memorial Fund

FlagThe 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.”