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.

Read to a Child awarded $2,500 from MutualOne Charitable Foundation

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support Read to a Child, a nonprofit organization that runs a lunchtime reading program at the Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools in Framingham.

The program currently serves a total of 90 Framingham students in grades 1 through 4 who struggle with literacy. Volunteer mentors, who are each matched with a child, visit the student’s school each week throughout the academic year for one-on-one read aloud time.

According to CEO Olivia Mathews, the goals of Read to a Child are to instill a love for reading, improve listening and reading skills, increase vocabulary, develop an appreciation for stories, and foster self-esteem.

The Foundation’s recent grant brought to $7,000 the total amount it has awarded to the Read to a Child program in the two Framingham schools over the past three years.

LUNCHTIME READING  - Yasmine Ouweijan (right), manager of MutualOne Bank’s Framingham/Concord Street office, reads to a young student as Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, watches on. The Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support the Read to a Child program at Framingham’s Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools.

LUNCHTIME READING – Yasmine Ouweijan (right), manager of MutualOne Bank’s Framingham/Concord Street office, reads to a young student as Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, watches on. The Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to support the Read to a Child program at Framingham’s Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools.

MutualOne Community Contributions Recognized by United Way

United Way of Tri-County Awards

The evening’s special guest speaker, Harry Gantz, co-producer and director of the film ‘American Winter,’ presenting Rahnuma Habib with the Campaign Coordinator Award.

MutualOne Bank was honored with three awards by the United Way of Tri-County at the organization’s Annual Recognition Event Breakfast. Each year a select number of volunteers, partners and supporters of the United Way’s programs are acknowledged for their outstanding commitment to the community at the event. The theme of this year’s event, held on Thursday, April 10 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, was IN FOCUS: Gaining a new perspective on our community through the lens of the United Way.

The Bank received the United Way of Tri-County Cornerstone Award, for “exemplifying the spirit of the United Way, by providing a foundation of giving and serving as a role model for others and a treatment of what can be achieved.” In addition, the Bank’s “extraordinary contributions to the community,” were recognized through the Financial Division Award. And accepting both of the awards on behalf of the Bank was Bob Lamprey, chairman of the board of MutualOne Bank and MutualOne Charitable Foundation chair.

Rahnuma Habib, assistant vice president, human resources, took home her own hardware. She was presented with the Campaign Coordinator Award “for demonstrating outstanding performance in aiding participation, community involvement, and partnerships.”

Marian High School technology grant from MutualOne Foundation

MarianHighEmblemRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $7,225 to Marian High School to help upgrade lab computers in order to enhance the classroom and learning experience. The award will cover the purchase of five new computers and a new server.

“Marian High School will not soon forget the kindness and generosity of MutualOne in providing this community with the means for a new server and new computers,” said Sister Catherine Clifford, principal, about the most recent Foundation grant. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

$3,000 Foundation grant will spread the sound of Golden Tones music

Golden TonesRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $3,000 grant to the Golden Tones Chorus to support that group’s plans for 10 to 15 concerts to be performed this year at senior health and housing facilities in Natick and Framingham.

Now in its 26th year, the Golden Tones Chorus consists of nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who take part in more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.

“Our concerts have proven to be more than just a creative endeavor of self-expression, but a holistic experience of well-being for both the musicians and the listeners,” said Director Deborah Lee Marion.

Congratulations to our Service Award winners

At our recent Awards Night, several employees were recognized for their longstanding commitment and dedication to the Bank. Each year, we bestow a Service Award to employees who have reached a new five-year milestone.

This year saw Donna Finneran mark her 40th year with MutualOne. Joining Donna in commemorating their tenure with the Bank were the following honorees:

Andrea Aronne – 5 years of service
Kurt Bischoff – 5 years of service
Clarice Santos – 5 years of service
Michael Semizoglou – 5 years of service
Melissa Burnham – 10 years of service
Frank Chamberlain – 10 years of service
Mary-Ellen Giorgio – 10 years of service
Janet Welsh – 10 years of service
Rahnuma Habib – 15 years of service
Rita Robbins – 20 years of service
Carmela Canal – 25 years of service

2014 Service Award winners – Mark Haranas, MutualOne president & CEO (fifth from right) celebrates with this year’s honorees (left to right), Kurt Bischoff, Clarice Santos, Melissa Burnham, Janet Welsh, Rahnuma Habib, Donna Finneran, Andrea Aronne, Carmela Canal, Mary-Ellen Giorgio, and Michael Semizoglou. Not pictured:  Frank Chamberlain and Rita Robbins.

2014 Service Award winners – Mark Haranas, MutualOne president & CEO (fifth from right) celebrates with this year’s honorees (left to right), Kurt Bischoff, Clarice Santos, Melissa Burnham, Janet Welsh, Rahnuma Habib, Donna Finneran, Andrea Aronne, Carmela Canal, Mary-Ellen Giorgio, and Michael Semizoglou. Not pictured: Frank Chamberlain and Rita Robbins.

MutualOne Foundation awards $5,000 to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s continued generosity in supporting the Pantry’s efforts to assist those in need in Framingham,” said Mary Kulas, executive director. “Thanks to such support, the Pantry is able to provide food to anyone with proof of Framingham residency who comes to our door.”

“Hopefully, the Foundation’s grant will help those who are struggling and making decisions between paying for fuel or putting food on the table,” said Sousa.

Volunteers (back row) joined in as MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 award to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham. Front row includes (l to r) MutualOne Bank Framingham/Concord Street branch manager Yasmine Ouweijan; Framingham/Lincoln Street branch manager Donna Gogliomella; Food Pantry executive director Mary Kulas; MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart; and volunteer Alice Costa.

Volunteers (back row) joined in as MutualOne Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 award to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry in Framingham. Front row includes (l to r) MutualOne Bank Framingham/Concord Street branch manager Yasmine Ouweijan; Framingham/Lincoln Street branch manager Donna Gogliomella; Food Pantry executive director Mary Kulas; MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart; and volunteer Alice Costa.

MutualOne Foundation grant to help provide summer farm work for teens

The Natick Community Organic Farm recently received a grant of $2,500 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of a summer work program for young adults.

The Foundation funds are directed to the Farm’s Teen Work Crew (TWC) program for youngsters aged 14 to 16. The program provides teens with the opportunity to gain a wide variety of skills including carpentry, mechanics, gardening, animal husbandry, and social skills. The paid positions require a commitment of 3 to 4 weeks of time during the summer months.

“The TWC program provides teens with job training and valuable life skills, as well as what may be their first paid workplace experience,’ said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “For youngsters too young to be hired for most summer jobs, this is a unique opportunity to earn a wage while also gaining an education in agriculture and the environment.”

Natick Community Organic Farm Director Lynda Simkins (second from right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart (far right), MutualOne Bank Natick branch manager Marie Harrington, and Farm volunteer David Parnas pose with a check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to the Farm’s summer work program for teens.

Natick Community Organic Farm Director Lynda Simkins (second from right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation administrative director Rachel Stewart (far right), MutualOne Bank Natick branch manager Marie Harrington, and Farm volunteer David Parnas pose with a check representing the Foundation’s recent $2,500 award to the Farm’s summer work program for teens.

$2,500 from MutualOne Foundation to help prevent student bullying

AcceptThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to ACCEPT Educational Collaborative to help support the organization’s Safe from Bullying program.

ACCEPT, a regional, non-profit educational organization, provides services including education programs and specialized transportation for students with moderate to severe special needs.

The organization will use its grant funding from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to provide administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals quality professional development on strategies to prevent bullying. Drivers of ACCEPT vans and buses will also have sessions as part of the ongoing training they receive.