Better Bingo at Callahan Senior Center, thanks to MutualOne Foundation!

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,225 to Friends of Callahan Center in Framingham for the purchase of a new state-of-the-art Bingo system.

According to Mark Goldman, president of the Friends, the Center’s current 15-year-old Bingo equipment has malfunctioned, making it difficult for the dozens of seniors who attend the weekly games to see and hear the numbers being called. Efforts to repair the system failed due to the unavailability of replacement parts, Goldman said, and the Friends plan to purchase a new system to better meet the needs of the Bingo population.

“For many of our residents, the weekly Bingo games at the Callahan Center are a major social event,” Haranas said. “We’re happy to help the Friends replace the outdated equipment with a new, modern system that will make the occasion even more enjoyable!”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Friends of the Callahan Center are from left: Grace T. O'Donnell, Callahan Center Director of Elder Services; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Mark Goldman, President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Friends of the Callahan Center are from left: Grace T. O’Donnell, Callahan Center Director of Elder Services; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Mark Goldman, President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.

Make the move to MutualOne!

Mo MovingAt MutualOne Bank, we firmly believe that our employees drive the success of the company.

We provide an organizational environment that maximizes morale by emphasizing teamwork, internal collaboration and growth potential for all employees.

We have several opportunities available for those looking to join the MutualOne Bank team. Click on the links below for details or to apply.

Loan Servicing Supervisor
Outside Mortgage Originator
Commercial Loan Assistant
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MutualOne Bank is an equal employment opportunity employer who actively pursues diversity in the workforce. It is our policy not to discriminate against employees and applicants in regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetics, gender identity or any other category protected by law.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package – including health, dental & vision plans; retirement and pension plans, and tuition reimbursement – based on eligibility to meet the diverse needs of all employees and their family members. Click here to visit our Career Center.

MutualOne Foundation awards funds for Programs For People

Programs for PeopleMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has granted a $4,626 request from Programs For People in Framingham for the purchase of equipment and supplies to enhance the organization’s ability to provide the best possible services to adults who are recovering from serious mental illness.

The majority of the items are needed for the organization’s employment services, according to Iris Carroll, MPH, Programs For People director. Additional purchases will be made for “The Lunch Box,” the program’s onsite pre-vocational food service program for clients preparing to eventually work in the community.

“As a self-supporting organization, Programs For People relies on the community as a whole in order to continue its work,” said Haranas. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help by providing for the purchase of items that will bring added value to the program.”

Protect Your Data During Cyber Security Awareness Month

PadlockAmericans live in a mobile society, relying on smartphones, tablets and computers to gather news, make purchases, interact with friends and family, and connect with financial institutions. Increasingly, cybercriminals compromise the networks that support these devices. This often results in identity theft, which can also yield financial losses and safety for consumers. In fact, a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found that computer hackers have stolen the personal information of approximately 40 million U.S. residents.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and MutualOne Bank are offering tips to help consumers avoid having their online financial information disrupted or stolen:

When sending sensitive information via the Internet, make sure “https:” appears in the address bar. This  means the information you are transmitting is encrypted.

Ensure the wireless network you use is password-protected, and choose a strong password and update it frequently for your work and home wireless networks. Likewise, always use a passcode on your mobile phone or tablet to stop an unauthorized user from accessing your device.

Don’t enter sensitive information into your phone when others can see what you’re entering.

Set the privacy settings on frequented social network sites. Cybercriminals often learn about people and their families and friends via social media in an attempt to spoof or phish you and your network.

Remain cautious of someone who isn’t who they say they are or if the name and area don’t match what appears on caller ID. This is often how spoofing occurs.

Never respond to text messages, emails or phone calls from companies alleging to be your bank, government officials or business representatives that request your banking ID, account numbers, user name or password.

Similarly, don’t click on links sent to you from unknown sources via text message because they are likely malware.

Beware of “get rich quick” schemes; never voluntarily give out your bank account information or security credentials.

You can learn more about Cyber Security Awareness Month by visiting the Stay Safe Online website.

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our most recent Employees of the Month – Donna Sahely, a member of our Operations team and Nicholas Panu, Senior Personal Banker in our Concord Street Office.

Donna was selected because of her ongoing contributions as we successfully rolled out new software to enhance service to our customers. Nicholas received recognition because his track record of going the extra mile to help customers (with many sending their compliments to his supervisors).

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Danforth Art’s Drop Into Art program earns $3,000 grant from MutualOne

DanforthRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $3,000 to Danforth Art Museum\School in Framingham to support the Drop Into Art program offering free admission for children and their accompanying adults to exhibitions, gallery experiences, and hands-on art-making on the first Sunday of each month, from 2-4 pm, October – May.

“We are always pleased to support educational and cultural opportunities in our community,” said Lamprey. “Drop Into Art is a prime example of opening the door to new and enlightening experiences for many of our residents.”

MutualOne Foundation grants $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest to support the organization’s mentoring programs in Framingham and Natick, communities where MutualOne Bank has a major presence.

Big Brothers Big Sisters supports at-risk children and youth aged 6 to 18 through individualized mentoring programs that are professionally developed and supported. According to Jeffrey Chin, CEO, there are presently over 75 mentor/mentee pairs active in Framingham and 10 in Natick

“A one-to-one Big Brother or Big Sister relationship can have a profound positive impact on a child facing adversity,“ said Lamprey. “Our Foundation is pleased to play a role in making this life-changing promise available to young people in our community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest CEO Jeffrey Chin (standing, second from right) joined program members and others who gathered recently to celebrate the $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of the organization’s mentoring activities in Framingham and Natick.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest CEO Jeffrey Chin (standing, second from right) joined program members and others who gathered recently to celebrate the $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of the organization’s mentoring activities in Framingham and Natick.

MutualOne Foundation will sponsor 2016 World Music Series at Amazing Things

With its recent Charitable Foundation award of $5,000, MutualOne Bank will be the sole sponsor of the 2016 World Music Series at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. Announcement of the award was made today by
Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and COO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

According to Amazing Things Executive Director Ellen Sturgis, the funding will increase the frequency of, and attendance at, shows featuring high quality music from around the globe. Plans for the six-session World Music Series will expand past cultural offerings with the addition of performances featuring Indian, Celtic, and Klezmer music, and more, all reflecting the diversity of the MetroWest area.

“We live in a truly diverse cultural area,” said Sousa. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help Amazing Things reach out to a broader audience with its World Music Series in 2016.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Amazing Things Arts Center are from left Donna Gogliormella, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Alice DiPace, Amazing Things IT Coordinator; Ellen Sturgis, Amazing Things Executive Director; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Joe Fredette, Amazing Things Board Chair.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Amazing Things Arts Center are from left Donna Gogliormella, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Alice DiPace, Amazing Things IT Coordinator; Ellen Sturgis, Amazing Things Executive Director; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Joe Fredette, Amazing Things Board Chair.