Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Natick Service Council has been awarded the Foundation’s first annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.
The Grant was established in April 2014 to honor Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need, said Haranas.
The annual grant is restricted to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused primarily on the towns of Framingham and/or Natick, and must benefit a low-income or less-advantaged and/or under-served population.
“We are honored and grateful to be chosen for this very generous grant,” said Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director. “The funds will go directly to an important program in our organization that is relied upon by many Natick residents and families. MutualOne truly understands the meaning of being a great corporate citizen and we are fortunate to have them here in our community.”
Natick Service Council was founded in 1962 by Natick residents, clergy, and community leaders determined to help their less-fortunate neighbors. The organization will use its Lamprey Grant to support its Case Management program, which is the gateway to all other Natick Service Council programs and services. These include its “Heart Healthy” Food Pantry; financial assistance for rent, utilities, and home heating fuel; and employment, career counseling, and training programs. The Case Management team of three currently supports 680 families, serving 1,464 residents, or four percent of Natick’s population.
“The Natick Service Council’s Case Management Team helps guide clients through a temporary crisis and back toward economic self-sufficiency and good health,” said Haranas. “Its goals match Bob Lamprey’s ideals perfectly.”