Second $10,000 award from MutualOne to The Center for the Arts in Natick

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.

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.

Youth at Wayside Campus helped by $3,500 grant from MutualOne Foundation

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.

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.

Foundation awards $2,000 to support 2014 Framingham House Tour

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.

History Center

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.

$7,000 Foundation grant will enhance Reed Academy programs

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.

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.

Foundation awards $7,500 to Jewish Family Service

jfsRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $7,500 to Jewish Family Service of Metrowest to support the continuation of a Patient Navigator pilot program focusing on health and wellness for seniors in Framingham, Natick and adjoining communities.

The Patient Navigator program provides trained volunteers to accompany local seniors in need of assistance to doctors’ appointments and medical procedures, providing a written summary of each appointment for the benefit of the patient and his or her family’s caregiver. The volunteers also assess the vital needs of the patients they serve and facilitate access to additional resources and services required by the patient through Jewish Family Service or from within the community.

“MutualOne’s continuing support allows Jewish Family Service to stand up for frail elders who have significant health and community challenges. Patient Navigator is a one of its kind program in Metrowest, and we are appreciative of the Foundation’s courage to support a new model for caring for our community’s frail elders,” said Marc Jacobs, CEO, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest.

“We were pleased to provide Jewish Family Service with a 2013 grant that helped make the medical escort program operational,” said Lamprey. “We are impressed with the program’s success, and happy to contribute to that success.”

Framingham Police receive $2k for National Night Out event

frampoliceA $2,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help fund the Framingham Police Department’s National Night Out on August 5 from 4pm to 7pm.

National Night Out is a community-police awareness event held annually across the country since 1984. Locally, it brings Framingham families and seniors together with Framingham police and fire personnel for an evening of free barbecue served by the Framingham Housing Authority staff, music, tours of fire engines and squad cars, ice cream, and more.

$10,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club from Charitable Foundation

BGClogoRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that, for the 11th consecutive year, the Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support out-of-school programs provided by the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest at its Pearl Street Clubhouse in Framingham.

The Pearl Street Clubhouse provides social, educational, physical and cultural programs daily for up to 250 local boys and girls ages 6 to 17, with a specific emphasis on economically disadvantaged youth.

“The Pearl Street Clubhouse is an excellent training ground for preparing the youth of our community for their future,” said Lamprey. “It is an investment we are happy to make.”

“We really appreciate the wonderful continued support by MutualOne. It is because of great partners like MutualOne we now serve over 250 kids a day at our Framingham Clubhouse,” said Fran Hurley, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

Foundation grants $6,500 to MetroWest Legal Services

MetroWestLegalRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation announced today that the Foundation has awarded $6,500 to MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS).

Based in Framingham, MWLS provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.

“We feel very fortunate to count the MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to be among our most dedicated supporters and want to thank you for your continued support,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soulé.

Together, the Bank and its Foundation continue, for the sixth year, to be the presenting sponsor of MWLS’s annual fundraiser, the Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament. The Bank and its Foundation have also provided financial support through donations over the past decade.

Foundation makes $15,000 installment on its $50,000 Christa McAuliffe Library pledge

FPLF logoThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has made the second of three payments toward its $50,000 pledge to the Framingham Public Library Foundation in support of the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot.

The $15,000 payment was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The Foundation awarded an initial $20,000 for the new library in 2013; the final $15,000 payment will be due in 2015.

The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility with more and improved space for patrons and the ability to offer more programs to the 700 people who visit the current library every day.

Charitable Foundation grants $2,500 to Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest (PAC).

The Foundation grant will help provide scholarships for PAC’s educational theatre program, which serves up to 300 youth from ages 8 to 18 each year, providing a range of skills from building scenery to learning dance and drama.

“We are pleased to make the theatre program experience more available to local youngsters,” said Haranas.

“Thanks to the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, youth who have a desire to participate in the theatre and who would not otherwise have the opportunity due to financial/economic or cultural barriers, will be able to do so at the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest,” said Mary Opanasets, executive director.

“Through the PAC theater program, students are given the chance to express themselves, gain confidence, and have fun in a safe learning environment. We thank the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for this grant which will positively impact so many young people in the wider community.”

Rachel Stewart (far right, standing), administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, representatives of the Performing Arts Center, and the cast and crew of “Shrek The Musical” pose with a ceremonial check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 grant to the Center.

Rachel Stewart (far right, standing), administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, representatives of the Performing Arts Center, and the cast and crew of “Shrek The Musical” pose with a ceremonial check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 grant to the Center.