MutualOne Foundation helps update technology at Saint Bridget School

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Saint Bridget School in Framingham toward the upgrade of its current technology infrastructure, including installing wireless access points and the purchase of new licensing agreements for the school’s 17 SMART Boards.

“Over the past several years, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has helped Saint Bridget School introduce a number of technologies to enhance the education of the School’s pre-kindergarten through Grade 8 student population,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to help the School keep up with the changes necessary to take full advantage of the technology we helped put in place.”

Students and faculty at St Bridget School in Framingham celebrate the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 award to upgrade technology.

Students and faculty at Saint Bridget School in Framingham celebrate the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 award to upgrade technology.

MutualOne Foundation helps after school program

Fifty-five Framingham youngsters will continue to receive after-school help, thanks to a recent $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Announcement of the grant to Hoops and Homework, Inc. was made by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

Hoops and Homework provides free daily after-school educational and recreational activities to eligible elementary and middle school students at two Framingham low-income housing developments. Programs include improving reading and math skills, workshops on studying skills, problem solving, exercise, and academic enrichment activities.

“Helping these students prepare for a bright future can make all the difference,” said Sousa. “We are pleased to support Hoops and Homework’s vital role in making that happen.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to Hoops and Homework are: (From left to right back) Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Herb Chasan, president of Hoops and Homework, Inc.; and MutualOne Bank Concord Street, Framingham Branch Manager Yasmine Ouweijan.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to Hoops and Homework are: (From left to right back) Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Herb Chasan, president of Hoops and Homework, Inc.; and MutualOne Bank Concord Street, Framingham Branch Manager Yasmine Ouweijan.

Walking Away Homelessness

The sun was shining on the Natick Common as we laced up our sneakers in support of Family Promise Metrowest’s ‘Walk Away Homelessness’ on Sunday, April 11. Before the start of the 3.1-mile walk, our employees greeted many of the participants and had fun handing out giveaways to visitors of our booth.

The over $95,000 raised during the event will help fund the organization’s housing transitional program. Thank you to all of our employees, friends and neighbors who made the event such a success.

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MutualOne Foundation sponsors Natick Green-up Week, Creature Teachers exhibit

LCWCWith its recent awards totaling $750 to the Lake Cochituate Watershed Council, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be the primary co-sponsor of two local Earth Day events: Natick Green-up Week and the Natick Earth Day Festival’s Creature Teachers exhibit.

According to Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey, the first annual Natick Green-up Week involves volunteer clean-up along major Town roadways in preparation for the Natick Earth Day Festival that will take place on Sunday, April 26 at the Natick Common. The Foundation’s $250 award will help purchase the necessary supplies for the clean-up project. In addition, MutualOne Bank employees will be volunteering their services during the week.

A $500 Foundation award will sponsor the return of the Creature Teacher exhibit at the Natick Earth Day Festival. The popular program is a hands-on experience for children and includes snakes, turtles, groundhogs, foxes and a fisher cat, among other creatures.

MutualOne Foundation helps fund new Municipal Services Citizens Academy

A recent $6,039 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help provide the informational materials required for a new Municipal Services Citizens Academy sponsored by the Framingham Police Department.

The 12 three-hour weekly sessions will be aimed at improving police-community relations, augmenting policing strategies, and increasing the understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the police, fire, and other municipal services.

“The ultimate goal is a stable and safe community,” stated Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to do what we can to contribute to the Academy’s success.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

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 Spring and Pops Concerts.

Now celebrating its 78th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of nearly 100 singers from the MetroWest area. The Foundation grant will support the organization’s outreach to local students and seniors.

“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.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation adds to the holiday menu for those in need

St. Bridgets ParishThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded St. Bridget’s Food Pantry a grant of $3,000 to provide special holiday meals for those they serve in the community who are otherwise unable to meet their food needs. The Pantry traditionally provides holiday hams and turkeys for up to 200 people.

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.

“Everyone in our community should have the opportunity to observe major holidays equally, in a way that is most meaningful for them,” said Sousa. “If we can help make that happen, we are pleased to do so.”

MutualOne Bank supports Natick Center Associates with $1,000 donation

MutualOne Bank recently awarded $1,000 to Natick Center Associates, a nonprofit organization comprised of community members and local businesses committed to making Natick Center a vital exciting place.

The Bank’s contribution will help fund the group’s annual “Heart of the Community” dinner. This year’s fundraising event will be held at the Dolphin Seafood Restaurant on Sunday, March 22 and will honor the Morse Institute and Bacon Free Library’s for their contributions to the betterment of Natick Center.

MutualOne Bank supports Natick Center Associates

Center of the Community – (L to R): Arthur B. Fair III, president, Natick Center Associates; India Young, executive director, Natick Center Cultural District; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, MutualOne Bank and Rachel Stewart, AVP, MutualOne Bank and board member, Natick Center Associates taking part in the presentation of MutualOne Bank’s $1,000 award to Natick Center Associates.

Zelman joins MutualOne Bank as SVP, Niche Lending Markets

Andrew ZelmanAndrew E. Zelman of Southborough has joined MutualOne Bank as senior vice president, niche lending markets.

A banking professional with 23 years of industry experience, Zelman was most recently senior vice president/commercial relationship officer with Avidia Bank. In his position at MutualOne Bank, he will be responsible for developing relationships with commercial businesses that have unique lending requirements.

Zelman holds a bachelor’s degree from Framingham University.

 

 

 

Natick seniors receive $3,500 donation from MutualOne Bank

The Natick Community-Senior Center has received a $3,500 grant from MutualOne Bank as the result of the Bank’s most recent Checking for Charity campaign, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

An equal amount was donated to benefit the Callahan Senior Center in Framingham, fulfilling the Bank’s pledge to donate $10 to be shared equally by the Centers for every new personal or business checking account opened during the Checking for Charity initiative.

“We are absolutely ecstatic about the donation from MutualOne Bank,” said Susan Ramsey, director of Natick’s Council on Aging, who manages the senior program.

“MutualOne Bank is, and always has been, a great benefactor,” Ramsey added. “Their generosity will help us respond to the unmet needs many of our seniors have because of this harsh winter season, such as emergency fuel and food resources.

“The balance of the grant will allow us to sponsor programs at the Center that will be offered — many at no charge — to meet additional individual and broader needs,” she added.

MutualOne’s Steven Sousa expressed pleasure that the Checking for Charity donations to the local senior centers was well timed, enabling those organizations to provide critical emergency support to assist those in need.

Since its introduction in 2008, the MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity promotion has benefited Framingham High School, Natick High School, the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 award to The Natick Community–Senior Center are: (l-r) Jerry Pierce, president, Friends of the Natick Senior Center; Susan Ramsey, director, Council on Aging; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, and Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker, MutualOne Bank.

Celebrating MutualOne Bank’s recent $3,500 award to The Natick Community–Senior Center are: (l-r) Jerry Pierce, president, Friends of the Natick Senior Center; Susan Ramsey, director, Council on Aging; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, and Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker, MutualOne Bank.