Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a recent $2,500 Foundation grant to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) Garden to Table program.
The funds will be used for improvements to Mass Hort’s cold frame greenhouse structure at its Dover garden, where up to 4,000 pounds of organic vegetables are grown each year for the Natick Service Council’s Food Pantry, which serves over 5,300 Natick residents.
“The Garden to Table program goes a long way in helping to meet the needs of our neighbors who are economically disadvantaged or who may be facing a temporary crisis,” said Haranas. “The Foundation is happy to help make the necessary greenhouse repairs at the garden, to ensure the program’s continued success.”
Greenhouse repairs for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table project benefiting the Natick Service Council’s Food Pantry are being made possible thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Celebrating the award are (l to r) Yasmine Ouweijan, branch manager, MutualOne Bank Concord Street-Framingham; Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Foundation administrative director; Lisa Kamer, Garden to Table program manager; and Katherine Macdonald, president, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a Foundation grant of $2,500 to the MetroWest Free Medical Program (MWFMP). The award will support the volunteer organization’s emergency preparedness program, including training and the purchase of medical supplies and equipment.
According to Kim Prendergast, executive director, the grant will help MWFMP address the increasingly acute needs of low-income uninsured and under-insured individuals who seek care from the program.
“The Free Medical Program is a lifeline for the less fortunate in our community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to offer our support for this critical program.”
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $5,000 grant to Programs For People, a Framingham-based nonprofit agency serving MetroWest residents recovering from mental illness.
Now in its 40th year, Programs For People is the only area resource that provides psychiatric day services and employment services all under one roof. The goal of all treatments is to understand mental illness in order to prevent relapse, allowing individuals to live as productive a life as possible.
“The Foundation is pleased to help this self-supporting organization celebrate its 40th year,” said Lamprey. “The critical services it provides impacts many individuals and families in need in our community.”
With its recent $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) will help up to 400 students in grades 1-3 at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham develop literacy skills while learning compassion and respect for people, animals and the environment.
The school-based program aimed at underserved populations will provide books for the children to use in the classroom and to take home to build a personal library. It will also provide teacher instructional materials and parent guides in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be acknowledged on a book plate that each student personalizes and places in their books. The book plate contains a promise: “I pledge to be kind to people, animals, and the environment.”
Based in Holliston, OO-USA has provided literacy programs used in schools in all 50 states and has reached more than 1.2 million children and distributed more than 2.4 million books at no cost to schools or families.
Students helped celebrate the $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant to Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) to support the development of literacy skills for students in grades 1-3 at the Barbieri Elementary School. With the students are, from left, Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Judith Golden, president of OO-USA; Dr. Susan J. McGilvray-Rivet, Barbieri principal; teacher Sarah Pogson; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Jennifer Faber, assistant principal.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $4,790 to the Ashland Education Foundation, Inc. (AEFI) for the purchase of 10 iPad Airs to give students at Ashland High School access to mobile learning technology.
“Before this campaign, students at Ashland High School were the only ones in the town’s public school system without access to mobile technology,” said Lamprey. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation was happy to help close the gap.”
“The AEFI is grateful for the continued support from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Their donations to our educational community through the AEFI have helped us make significant impact directly in the classroom and to the daily lives of our students and teachers,” said Dr. Leslie Marci, AEFI president.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Greater Framingham Community Church in support of renovations currently underway including roofing, exterior repairs, and major accessibility upgrades.
“We are thankful for this donation which will help us create the Academic Learning Resource Center to serve the greater Framingham communities in preparing youth to succeed in education,” stated Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor.
A $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant supporting renovations underway at Greater Framingham Community Church is celebrated by the Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor; Rachel Stewart (left), the Foundation’s administrative director; and Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street branch in Framingham.
Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has made the second $10,000 installment of a three-year $30,000 pledge to The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN).
The commitment to TCAN’s capital campaign supports the expansion of performance space through the renovation and restoration of the second floor of its Summer Street location.
The refurbished second floor will feature a performance hall that can be configured for film screenings, music or theater performances, cabaret style events, and a variety of other functions.
“MutualOne is pleased to invest in an initiative that will enhance the vibrancy of Natick’s downtown area and happy to support TCAN’s commitment to the arts,” said Lamprey.
Steven M. Sousa (left), executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, met recently with David Lavalley, executive director of The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), to present the second installment of the Foundation’s three-year $30,000 TCAN pledge.
A recent $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will enhance the quality of recreational and therapeutic treatment for adolescents at the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s Wayside Campus in Framingham.
According to Marisa Rowe, Wayside director of development & marketing, the award will be used to purchase sports and recreational equipment for the Wayside Campus gymnasium, to cover youth fees for Town recreational activities, and to purchase a yoga program specifically designed for children with behavioral and emotional problems.
“The Wayside campus serves more than 600 youth each year, with the goal of successfully transitioning them back to a community setting with their peers and families,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to support the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in its efforts to make that happen.”
“We are so grateful to receive this grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation that will provide funding for recreational opportunities for at-risk teens,” said Eric L. Masi, Ed.D, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network president & CEO. “The grant will give Wayside youth the chance to participate in town sports leagues and will allow us to develop a therapeutic yoga program and to purchase athletic equipment for children with special needs.”
A $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to enhance recreational and therapeutic treatment for youth at the Wayside Campus of the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is celebrated by (l to r): Jacob Hanson, assistant program director (holding a specially designed mat used in the yoga program); Marisa Rowe, director of development and marketing; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; and Bretton Torkelson, Wayside Campus clinician.
The recent $2,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center helped support the Center’s 13th Annual House Tour held on May 18th.
This year’s tour featured an Arts and Culture theme with local homes that “inspired, reflected, and showcased the creativity of their owners who included painters, potters, inventors, sculptors, collectors, designers and craftsmen,” according to the Center. Over 500 visitors attended. This event is the Center’s largest fundraiser and supports the organization’s educational programming, preservation efforts and community celebrations.
Displaying a ceremonial check representing the $2,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center in support of the 13th Annual House Tour are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Nancy Devine, vice president, MutualOne Bank; and Annie Murphy, executive director of the History Center.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $7,000 to Reed Academy in Framingham for the purchase of iPads for student use in technology education and theater/creative arts programs.
Reed Academy provides educational opportunities to special needs students who, due to their severe disabilities, are not able to be educated in the Framingham and Natick public schools. The Academy provides intense therapeutic and educational services to students and their families through a five-day residential program, an extended day program, and an extended year program, as well as a summer program.
Reed Academy Special Education Administrator Mary Crawford (far left), Executive Director Edward Cohen (far right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (next to Cohen), and Reed Academy students celebrate the Foundation’s recent $7,000 award.