Checking for Charity at MutualOne Bank supports senior centers in Framingham and Natick

CheckingCharityNewSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank’s Checking for Charity initiative will benefit both the Callahan Senior Center in Framingham and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

For every new personal or business checking account opened in 2014, the Bank will donate $10 to be shared equally by the two Centers, said Sousa.

The Checking for Charity campaign gained national attention as an “Impact” category winner in the American Bankers Association’s financial marketing awards competition when it was established in 2008.

Previous Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Framingham High School, Natick High School, the American Cancer Society, Ovations for a Cure, Buddy Dog Humane Society, and the Natick Veterans Relief Fund.

MutualOne Bank awarded SBA Preferred Lender status

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has been granted Preferred Lender status by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

To achieve this standing under the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, lenders must have a successful, high-volume SBA performance history, including proficiency in processing and servicing SBA-guaranteed loans, which can range in size up to $5 million. SBA loans can be used to establish a new business or to assist in the acquisition, operation, or expansion of an existing business.

Local advantage
According to Michael Semizoglou, vice president, commercial lending, MutualOne Bank’s experience with SBA loan programs provides a number of distinct advantages for local start-ups and small businesses.

“We are well versed in SBA loan programs, policies and procedures, and being a Preferred Lender allows us to provide expedited loan decisions through immediate consideration and quick responses from the SBA,” he explained.

MutualOne Bank’s SBA loan portfolio includes businesses of all sizes and description, from a variety of industries, says Semizoglou.

“SBA loans are particularly advantageous for businesses that may not qualify under the Bank’s normal lending criteria,” added Semizoglou.

“In many instances, an SBA loan is the perfect answer for the small business community,” he said.

MutualOne Bank Executive Vice President and Senior Lender Larry Erickson (far right) and Vice President/Commercial Lending Michael Semizoglou (second from right) accept a plaque from Robert H. Nelson, Massachusetts District Director, and Anne Rice Hunt, Deputy District Director, of the Small Business Administration (SBA) signifying the Bank’s status as an SBA Preferred Lender.

MutualOne Bank Executive Vice President and Senior Lender Larry Erickson (far right) and Vice President/Commercial Lending Michael Semizoglou (second from right) accept a plaque from Robert H. Nelson, Massachusetts District Director, and Anne Rice Hunt, Deputy District Director, of the Small Business Administration (SBA) signifying the Bank’s status as an SBA Preferred Lender.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation is Natick ‘Heart of the Community’ sponsor

NatickCenterAssociatesRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $1,000 to Natick Center Associates to help sponsor that group’s annual “Heart of the Community” fundraising dinner.

This year’s dinner will be held on March 30 at the Dolphin Seafood Restaurant and will honor two local nonprofits, the Natick Service Council and A Place To Turn, for their contributions to the betterment of Natick Center.

MutualOne Bank’s gift of $4,000 will buy new projector for Framingham High auditorium

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that Framingham High School has been awarded $4,000 as a result of the Bank’s most-recent Checking for Charity initiative.

The Bank announced last spring that it would donate $10 to be shared equally by Natick High School and Framingham High School for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion. Each school received a check for $4,000 in separate presentations earlier this month.

At Framingham High School, the $4,000 Checking for Charity gift will be used to purchase a new high definition projector for the auditorium, according to Principal Michael J. Welch.

“The auditorium/theater is used constantly by many different groups for the school and the entire community,” Welch said. ”Our original projector gave out over a year ago, and the current replacement was borrowed from another part of the building. The purchase of a new HD projector will be a welcome addition to this beautiful space.

“On behalf of the Framingham High School community, we would like to express our sincere gratitude,” he added.

Previous MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

The Checking for Charity promotion now underway at MutualOne Bank will benefit both Framingham’s Callahan Senior Center and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL Principal Michael Welch helps hold a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With him in the school’s auditorium, for which the gift will help purchase a new projector, are (from left) Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer; Alyse Lepkowski, Framingham High School Department Head, School Counseling; and Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Concord Street, Framingham office Branch Manager.

FRAMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL Principal Michael Welch helps hold a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With him in the school’s auditorium, for which the gift will help purchase a new projector, are (from left) Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer; Alyse Lepkowski, Framingham High School Department Head, School Counseling; and Yasmine Ouweijan, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Concord Street, Framingham office Branch Manager.

MutualOne Bank’s gift of $4,000 will buy iPads for Natick High music students

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that Natick High School has been awarded $4,000 as a result of the Bank’s most-recent Checking for Charity initiative.

The Bank announced last spring that it would donate $10 to be shared equally by Natick High School and Framingham High School for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion. Each school received a check for $4,000 in separate presentations earlier this month.

At Natick High School, the $4,000 Checking for Charity gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by music students, according to Principal Rose Bertucci.

“This was a great way for us to thank our new checking account customers in both Natick and Framingham, and for them to support their local high school at the same time,” said Sousa.

Previous MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity beneficiaries include Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

The Checking for Charity promotion now underway at MutualOne Bank will benefit both Framingham’s Callahan Senior Center and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

NATICK HIGH SCHOOL students (center, l to r) Jacob Rosen, Connor Shea, Veronica Ordway and Halle George display a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With them are (from left) Tyler Turner, music teacher; Steve Miller, Director of Fine Performing and Media Arts; Marie Harrington, MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager; Rose Bertucci, M.ED., Natick High Principal; and Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. MutualOne’s gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by the school’s music students.

NATICK HIGH SCHOOL students (center, l to r) Jacob Rosen, Connor Shea, Veronica Ordway and Halle George display a check representing the recent $4,000 gift to the school from MutualOne Bank as part of its Checking for Charity promotion. With them are (from left) Tyler Turner, music teacher; Steve Miller, Director of Fine Performing and Media Arts; Marie Harrington, MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager; Rose Bertucci, M.ED., Natick High Principal; and Rachel Stewart, MutualOne Bank Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. MutualOne’s gift will be used to purchase iPads for classroom use by the school’s music students.

Sousa promoted at MutualOne Bank

Steve_Sousa_CREMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotion of Steven J. Sousa to commercial relationship executive, a newly created position designed to service and support commercial banking relationships both in the field and internally through the Bank’s branch network.

Sousa joined MutualOne Bank as a senior teller in 2009, and advanced through positions including personal banker and certified business banker before being appointed to his current position.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and has completed financial services workshops and seminars provided by the Massachusetts Bankers Association.

Sousa is a Dedham resident.

Charitable Foundation buys 2 defibrillators for Sherborn Fire Department

shersheildThe Sherborn Fire Rescue Department has received $3,200 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation for the purchase of two Automatic External Defibrillators.

The units will replace outdated department equipment, and one will be used in the vehicle of the on-duty fire officer to ensure prompt response time in an emergency situation.

“Although Sherborn is a small rural community with a population of just over 4,000, the need for life-saving equipment in excellent working condition is as critical there as it is in larger communities,” said Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation.

“If you add the commuter traffic on Routes 16 and 27 through the center of town in the morning and again in late afternoon, the ‘population’ multiplies significantly.”

Charitable Foundation grants $5,000 to VNA free prescription drug program

VNAThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in support of the nonprofit’s MetroWest Meds program which helps people stay healthy by enabling them to remain compliant with their prescribed medications.

The grant was announced today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, which has supported MetroWest Meds with awards totaling $25,000 over the past five years.

According to Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko, the program has served over 3,300 clients and has saved over $4.4 million in prescription drug costs since its inception in 2004,

“Thanks to the support of generous local funders like the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, the Natick VNA helps thousands of people remain safe and healthy in their homes,” said Boyko.

$10,000 award from Foundation focuses on Framingham’s at-risk students

Resiliency for LifeRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Resiliency for Life to support that organization’s programs at Framingham High School during the 2013-14 school year.

Resiliency for Life helps provide academic and social support services to more than 70 at-risk students at the high school. The voluntary academic intervention and drop-out prevention program serves students who are at risk of academic failure, enabling them to persevere, thrive and lead productive lives.

“MutualOne has awarded over $52,000 to the Resiliency for Life program over the past five years” said Lamprey. “We continue to be impressed by its success, and we are proud of the Framingham students who took advantage of this opportunity to defy the odds.”

Resiliency for Life Executive Director Michael Daly praised MutualOne for its involvement in the program. He added that the students’ achievements might not have been possible without that steadfast support.