$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 27th season, the Golden Tones Chorus involves nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who create more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.

“By supporting our musical outreach program, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant will enable us to present uplifting concerts for many older adults who cannot easily access entertainment,” stated Deborah Marion, director of Golden Tones chorus.

MutualOne Foundation grants $8,300 to SPARK Kindness

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $8,300 to SPARK Kindness, Inc., a Natick-based nonprofit devoted to creating and supporting a community culture that empowers youth and promotes kindness and respect.

With its award, MutualOne will be a Premier Corporate Sponsor for the organization’s “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series in 2016-17, which is open to the entire MetroWest community. MutualOne was the Premier Corporate Sponsor for the 2015-16 series.

SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery noted that MutualOne’s grants have enabled the series to grow and expand by funding top notch speakers and experts from around the country.

“SPARK Kindness is helping to strengthen our community by directly addressing the concerns of local families and their children,” said Lamprey. “This type of programming is invaluable, and MutualOne is pleased to help make it even more impactful going forward.”

SPARK Kindness receives $8,300 grant for speaker series SPARK Kindness leaders, board members and volunteers celebrate the MutualOne Foundation’s $8,300 grant: (center) SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery; (far left) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; and (far right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

SPARK Kindness receives $8,300 grant for speaker series
SPARK Kindness leaders, board members and volunteers celebrate the MutualOne Foundation’s $8,300 grant: (center) SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery; (far left) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; and (far right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

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.