$5K grant from MutualOne Foundation will help bring families out of poverty

Family Promise MetrowestSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support Family Promise Metrowest’s Steps to Success Program.

Based in Natick, Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. Local congregations and a network of over 2,500 trained volunteers furnish safe, temporary shelter and meals on a rotating basis while professional staff assist families in reaching goals that end the cycle of homelessness.

According to Sue Crossley, executive director of Family Promise Metrowest, the Steps to Success program offers a comprehensive approach to employment, education, and skills development that assists families in reaching their highest earning potential and accomplishing long-term sustainability.

“MutualOne is proud to be part of the community approach to helping homeless families with children achieve and sustain their independence and ensure their future success,” said Sousa.

$2.5K grant from MutualOne Foundation will fund lending library at Stapleton Elementary School

MF59581The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Stapleton Elementary School in Framingham to establish a lending library for students. The grant was announced today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

The request for funds to establish a student library was made by Stapleton staff members Debbie Price, resource support teacher, and Michele Biasella, literacy coach, who expressed a dire need for students to continue the reading skills they learn at school when they get home.

Stapleton School has a diverse student population including English Language Learners and special education students in its 21 classrooms.

“In order to grow in reading, our students need to read outside of school and not just in the classroom. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have access to texts at their level at home,” said the request for book sets and organizational supplies to create the new lending library.

“We wholeheartedly agree with the comments by the Stapleton staff that books are an important part of education, and that the more exposure children have to quality literature, the richer their lives will be,” said Sousa. “The MutualOne Foundation is proud to fund the new Stapleton Elementary School lending library.”

 

MutualOne Foundation $5K grant targets childhood mental health issues

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Bethany Hill Place in Framingham in support of a new program designed to address child mental health issues.

According to Executive Director Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place will partner with Wayside Youth and Family Services to provide resident parents with educational workshops focused on children with social, emotional or behavioral issues, learning differences, and other mental health needs. The program is designed to help Bethany Hill Place resident parents raise their children to be healthy, productive, and engaged neighbors and citizens, said Appert.

“Breaking the trans-generational legacy of family poverty and homelessness through education plays a critical role in the future of our communities,” said Lamprey. “It is a goal we are pleased to support.”

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Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Bethany Hill Place are (left-right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Courtney C. McSparron, Bethany Hill Place program director; Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place executive director; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne awards $5K to Big Brothers Big Sisters

A $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest will support one-to-one mentoring programs in Framingham and Natick. Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee, announced the award this week.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeffrey Chin, the Foundation’s gift will allow the organization to reach even more local children facing adversity. In the past year, 119 at-risk children in the two communities were paired with adult mentors, with others still eligible and hoping to join the program.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters experience can change lives for the better,” said Sousa. “We’re pleased to invest in the future of the communities we serve by helping to meet the needs of today’s younger generation.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest are (left-right) Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Chin, Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank; and Harold Pinkham, Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Advancement.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest are (left-right) Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Chin, Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank; and Harold Pinkham, Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Advancement.

MutualOne $10K award sends youth Back to School, grants Holiday Wishes

ProjectJustBecause-logo3A recent $10,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Project Just Because will help provide local low-income families with school supplies and holiday items, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The gift will support the Project Just Because Back to School initiative, which provides children with a backpack filled with school supplies, and its Holiday Wish List program, which distributes basic cold-weather necessities and small gift items to families in need. According to Cherylann Lambert Walsh, founder and president of Project Just Because, 2,000 students received backpacks last year and 15,000 Holiday Wish List packets were distributed.

“The need is far greater than most of us realize,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to help provide support for those in the communities we serve who are facing serious life challenges.”

 

MutualOne grants $5K to teen mentoring program

site_logo_w_taglineThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support the Mazie Mentoring Program at Framingham High School. Announcement of the award was made today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The Mazie Mentoring Program, run by the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, works with youth who face steep odds against realizing their potential. It provides the support and motivation they need to succeed in school and beyond.

According to Haranas, the Foundation’s donation is earmarked for the purchase of laptop computers awarded to student mentees who reach the program’s college research milestone.

“The mentoring program has a history of success in helping youth at risk continue their education and set and achieve their personal goals,” Haranas stated. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help offset the cost of the laptops and software students in the program receive as a reward for their determination to succeed.”

$5K MutualOne grant will help elders remain in their homes

Homeowner Options For Massachusetts Elders - H.O.M.E.Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.) to help aging MetroWest residents remain in their homes.

H.O.M.E. assists those in the elder homeowner population who are experiencing difficulties and facing threats to their ability to age in place in their homes and communities. The problems addressed range from mortgage and property tax foreclosures, healthcare costs, and home adaptations and repairs to debt management and resource and income budgeting.

“The number of needy elders requesting H.O.M.E. services in increasing,” said Haranas. “We are proud to play a role in providing the counseling, economic literacy, and prevention initiatives they need to maintain their living arrangements.”

MutualOne Foundation awards $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a Foundation award of $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest as operating support for the Framingham Pearl Street Clubhouse. The Clubhouse has over 900 registered members and serves an average of 260 children each day, with emphasis on those from low- to medium-income circumstances.

The Foundation has consistently supported the Boys & Girls Clubs after-school and summer programs and services in Framingham over the past several years.

“We are proud to help provide a safe and supervised environment where the youth of our community can cultivate the skills, confidence, and competence to reach their full potential,” said Lamprey. “We believe it is money well spent.”

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Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest are (front left-right) Club members Savannah, Jackson, Jennifer and Aalani with (back left-right) Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.

$8,400 MutualOne Foundation grant for police ‘Safety Ambassadors’

frampoliceA recent $8,400 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation is helping the Framingham Police Department put three “Safety Ambassador” interns to work in the community this summer. Announcement of the award was made today by Steven M. Sousa, MutualOne Bank executive vice president and chief operating officer and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

According to Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson, the interns will provide the department with “insight and support to improve the efficiency of crime reporting” in the downtown area. They will also provide a variety of services to improve the downtown atmosphere, including reporting on problem areas, connecting with the homeless, and serving as an additional public safety resource at sponsored events. The program was designed with support from Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Ferguson said, with the focus on a safe and healthy downtown community.

“We are pleased to provide the Framingham Police Department with the financial support they need to put this intern program in place,” said Sousa. “It is another approach to community outreach and will help support the move toward downtown revitalization and development.”

$3,000 for Camp Arrowhead from MutualOne Foundation

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $3,000 to Parents Association of the Handicapped (PATH), the Natick Recreation and Parks Department, and Camp Arrowhead to provide camperships for families requiring financial assistance.

Located in Natick on the shore of Lake Cochituate, Camp Arrowhead serves local children and adults with a variety of special needs through a six-week summer social and physical recreation day camp and a one-week residential camp in New Hampshire.

“The Foundation is pleased to offer its support to the professionals and trained volunteers who have kept this program up and running successfully for more than 55 years for the benefit of so many families and individuals in our community,” said Haranas.

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Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Camp Arrowhead and Parents Association of the Handicapped (PATH) are (l-r) Brenna Keefe, Camp Arrowhead waterfront director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; Melissa Carter, director of Camp Arrowhead; Julia Stevens, Camp Arrowhead book club specialist; Ben Baptiste, Camp Arrowhead lifeguard; Mobolaji Omisore, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Ethan Mapel, assistant director of Camp Arrowhead.