$5K MutualOne grant to Natick Visiting Nurse Association helps cut prescription costs

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation grant to the MetroWest Meds program of the Natick Visiting Nurse Association (Natick VNA), the region’s premier free-standing not-for-profit home health care agency.

MetroWest Meds assists residents of all ages in Natick VNA’s 22-town service area in accessing free drug programs offered by major pharmaceutical companies; discount pharmacy programs; and low-cost drug prescriptions available through the MetroWest Meds Pharmacy Card.

Since it was introduced in 2004, MetroWest Meds has served over 4,500 clients and has saved over $6.4 million in prescription drug costs, according to Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN. More than half of the people served by the program live in Framingham and Natick.

“MetroWest Meds helps thousands of people in our marketplace with prescribed medications they rely on,” said Haranas. “MutualOne is proud to partner with Natick VNA to keep this vital resource available to area residents.”

Natick Visiting Nurse Association receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank. Shown celebrating the MutualOne Bank Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Judith Boyko, Natick VNA CEO; and Michael Carey, learning and development coordinator at MutualOne Bank.

Natick Visiting Nurse Association receives $5,000 grant from MutualOne Bank. Shown celebrating the MutualOne Bank Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation are: (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Judith Boyko, Natick VNA CEO; and Michael Carey, learning and development coordinator at MutualOne Bank.

$20K MutualOne Lamprey Grant awarded to MetroWest Legal Services

New MWLS program will aid local veterans

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) has been awarded the Foundation’s second annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Grant honors Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board and treasurer of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The award was established in 2014 as a tribute to Lamprey for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need.

Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised individuals, to help them obtain legal, social, and economic justice.

According to Elizabeth Soule, executive director, MWLS will use the Lamprey Grant funds to implement a program to provide local veterans participating in the Framingham Veterans Treatment Court with legal advice and representation in civil matters, helping them overcome barriers to completing the Court’s service plan and giving them a fresh start in life.

“This program will address the immediate needs of a vulnerable population that did not hesitate to step up to serve our country,” said Haranas. “Helping them along the path to recovery is a way of showing that we appreciate their service and sacrifices.”

The new MWLS program is expected to be in place by March 2016, said Soule.

Lamprey Community Grant Benefits MetroWest Legal Services Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services are: (l-r) Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer; Steve Matthews, MetroWest Legal Services advocacy director; Elizabeth Soule, MetroWest Legal Services executive director; and Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer.

Lamprey Community Grant Benefits MetroWest Legal Services
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services are: (l-r) Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer; Steve Matthews, MetroWest Legal Services advocacy director; Elizabeth Soule, MetroWest Legal Services executive director; and Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer.

MutualOne Foundation awards $2,000 to MetroWest Worker Center

MetroWest Worker CenterMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $2,000 Foundation grant to the MetroWest Worker Center, to help the Framingham nonprofit develop a medical advocacy volunteer program.

According to Diego Low, executive director of the Center, the program will recruit retired medical professionals to provide support for injured immigrant workers.

“The cultural diversity of our population helps define us as a community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to support the Center’s efforts to provide help for its workers in their time of need.”

MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign earns $3,800 for Framingham Public Library

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $3,800 to benefit the Framingham Public Library. The award was made at the conclusion of the Bank’s most recent Checking for Charity initiative, which promised a $10 donation to be shared equally by the Framingham Public Library and the Morse Institute Library in Natick for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.

“The Framingham Public Library once again is the beneficiary of the tremendous community spirit of MutualOne Bank,” stated Framingham Public Library Director Mark Contois. “This gift is especially important at this time as we continue to cope with being displaced from our Main Library building due to an electrical explosion and the many challenges required to bring the building back online. We anticipate returning to the Main Library in early Summer, and will be utilizing the funds from MutualOne to assist with the many activities and programs planned to ‘re-unite’ the citizens of Framingham with their public library. Thanks to the generosity of MutualOne Bank, we will be able to successfully focus our efforts on this important task before us.”

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, the American Cancer Society, the Callahan Center in Framingham, and the Natick Community-Senior Center.

“Checking for Charity is our way of thanking our newest checking account customers for choosing MutualOne Bank,” said Sousa. “It’s also a way to reinforce our commitment to supporting people and programs in the communities we serve.”

Framingham Public Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank. Framingham Public Library staff and representatives from MutualOne Bank gathered to celebrate the Bank’s donation to the library.

Framingham Public Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank. Framingham Public Library staff and representatives from MutualOne Bank gathered to celebrate the Bank’s donation to the library.

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our most recent Employees of the Month – Yves Munyankindi, personal banker II at our Concord Street office, and Melissa Roberts, compliance specialist.

Yves was recognized for his ability to identify customer needs and suggest appropriate solutions. Melissa was selected for her initiative in exploring ways to streamline processes.

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$5K MutualOne Foundation grant to benefit Reed Academy students

ReedAcademyRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Reed Academy in Framingham, which provides therapeutic and educational services for Metrowest area special needs students.

The Foundation award will be used toward the purchase of ergonomically correct classroom furniture and the acquisition of laptops and educational programming to update the Academy’s technology program, according to Mary M. Crawford, executive director.

“Reed Academy provides extremely valuable services to its students and their families,” said Lamprey. “MutualOne is proud to be able to help enhance those services.”

MutualOne Foundation awards grant for gifts to new moms, babies

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a recent Foundation grant of $2,000 to the First Baptist Church in Framingham in support of its Happy Birthday, Baby initiative.

According to Lorna Mailhoit, program coordinator, Happy Birthday, Baby gift baskets of essential baby items are assembled by church volunteers and distributed to new mothers in need year-round through several local and state organizations, area high schools, food pantries, and medical centers.

“We’re happy to help fill these gift baskets,” said Haranas. “This project is a wonderful example of community-building.”

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our most recent Employees of the Month –Elizabeth Kuhn, senior personal banker at our Concord Street office, and Dianne Evans, human resources coordinator.

Elizabeth was recognized for her excellent service to customers, flexibility and professionalism. Dianne was selected for her exceptional organization and coordination skills.

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Elizabeth Kuhn (left) and Dianne Evans (right)

$5K grant from MutualOne Foundation helps provide seniors with access to medical care

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a recent $5,000 Foundation grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest in support of a program that helps frail elders in Framingham and Natick with their medical needs.

The Patient Navigator/Enhanced Medical Escort Program provides volunteers who facilitate and accompany elders to doctor appointments and medical procedures. Navigators also provide a summary of each appointment for family caregivers, and facilitate access to other needed resources and services.

According to Lino Covarrubias, JFS chief of operations, to date the program has enrolled 336 frail elders and provided enhanced medical escort services for more than 1,050 appointments.

“This is a valuable service for the older adults of our community,” said Lamprey. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to contribute to its continued success in meeting the medical needs of our seniors.”

$5,000 Grant Assists Jewish Family Service. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest are: (l-r) Front row: Karen Block, JFS Volunteer Recruiter; Merrill Adler, JFS Administrative Support; and Lesley Orlinsky, JFS Patient Navigator Trainer. Back row: Malka Young, JFS Director of Healthy Aging; Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; and Amanda Couglin, JFS Program Manager.

$5,000 Grant Assists Jewish Family Service.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest are: (l-r) Front row: Karen Block, JFS Volunteer Recruiter; Merrill Adler, JFS Administrative Support; and Lesley Orlinsky, JFS Patient Navigator Trainer. Back row: Malka Young, JFS Director of Healthy Aging; Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; and Amanda Couglin, JFS Program Manager.

Kennedy joins MutualOne Bank as VP, Retail Banking

Greg KennedyGregory Kennedy of Goffstown, NH has joined MutualOne Bank as vice president, retail banking. He brings with him over 16 years of industry experience, most recently with Northway Bank of Berlin, NH where he was vice president/regional market manager.

Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from LeMoyne College and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix Online. He is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Manchester, NH and teaches financial literacy at many non-profit organizations.