MutualOne Foundation helps fund new Municipal Services Citizens Academy

A recent $6,039 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help provide the informational materials required for a new Municipal Services Citizens Academy sponsored by the Framingham Police Department.

The 12 three-hour weekly sessions will be aimed at improving police-community relations, augmenting policing strategies, and increasing the understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the police, fire, and other municipal services.

“The ultimate goal is a stable and safe community,” stated Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee. “We are pleased to do what we can to contribute to the Academy’s success.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s donation to the Framingham Police Department’s Municipal Services Citizens Academy are: (l-r) Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; Town Manager Robert Halpin; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street Manager, MutualOne Bank; Chief Ken Ferguson; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and CEO.

MutualOne Foundation awards $2,500 for annual Heritage Chorale pops concert

Heritage ChoraleMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced that the Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Heritage Chorale to support their Spring and Pops Concerts.

Now celebrating its 78th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of nearly 100 singers from the MetroWest area. The Foundation grant will support the organization’s outreach to local students and seniors.

“The Foundation’s support offers many individuals in our community the opportunity to enjoy professional quality choral music without having to travel to Boston,” said Haranas.

MutualOne Charitable Foundation adds to the holiday menu for those in need

St. Bridgets ParishThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded St. Bridget’s Food Pantry a grant of $3,000 to provide special holiday meals for those they serve in the community who are otherwise unable to meet their food needs. The Pantry traditionally provides holiday hams and turkeys for up to 200 people.

Announcement of the grant was made today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

“Everyone in our community should have the opportunity to observe major holidays equally, in a way that is most meaningful for them,” said Sousa. “If we can help make that happen, we are pleased to do so.”

MutualOne Bank supports Natick Center Associates with $1,000 donation

MutualOne Bank recently awarded $1,000 to Natick Center Associates, a nonprofit organization comprised of community members and local businesses committed to making Natick Center a vital exciting place.

The Bank’s contribution will help fund the group’s annual “Heart of the Community” dinner. This year’s fundraising event will be held at the Dolphin Seafood Restaurant on Sunday, March 22 and will honor the Morse Institute and Bacon Free Library’s for their contributions to the betterment of Natick Center.

MutualOne Bank supports Natick Center Associates

Center of the Community – (L to R): Arthur B. Fair III, president, Natick Center Associates; India Young, executive director, Natick Center Cultural District; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, MutualOne Bank and Rachel Stewart, AVP, MutualOne Bank and board member, Natick Center Associates taking part in the presentation of MutualOne Bank’s $1,000 award to Natick Center Associates.

Zelman joins MutualOne Bank as SVP, Niche Lending Markets

Andrew ZelmanAndrew E. Zelman of Southborough has joined MutualOne Bank as senior vice president, niche lending markets.

A banking professional with 23 years of industry experience, Zelman was most recently senior vice president/commercial relationship officer with Avidia Bank. In his position at MutualOne Bank, he will be responsible for developing relationships with commercial businesses that have unique lending requirements.

Zelman holds a bachelor’s degree from Framingham University.

 

 

 

Natick seniors receive $3,500 donation from MutualOne Bank

The Natick Community-Senior Center has received a $3,500 grant from MutualOne Bank as the result of the Bank’s most recent Checking for Charity campaign, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

An equal amount was donated to benefit the Callahan Senior Center in Framingham, fulfilling the Bank’s pledge to donate $10 to be shared equally by the Centers for every new personal or business checking account opened during the Checking for Charity initiative.

“We are absolutely ecstatic about the donation from MutualOne Bank,” said Susan Ramsey, director of Natick’s Council on Aging, who manages the senior program.

“MutualOne Bank is, and always has been, a great benefactor,” Ramsey added. “Their generosity will help us respond to the unmet needs many of our seniors have because of this harsh winter season, such as emergency fuel and food resources.

“The balance of the grant will allow us to sponsor programs at the Center that will be offered — many at no charge — to meet additional individual and broader needs,” she added.

MutualOne’s Steven Sousa expressed pleasure that the Checking for Charity donations to the local senior centers was well timed, enabling those organizations to provide critical emergency support to assist those in need.

Since its introduction in 2008, the MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity promotion has benefitted Framingham High School, Natick High School, the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 award to The Natick Community–Senior Center are: (l-r) Jerry Pierce, president, Friends of the Natick Senior Center; Susan Ramsey, director, Council on Aging; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, and Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker, MutualOne Bank.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 award to The Natick Community–Senior Center are: (l-r) Jerry Pierce, president, Friends of the Natick Senior Center; Susan Ramsey, director, Council on Aging; Marie Harrington, Natick branch manager, and Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker, MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign earns $3,500 for Callahan Center

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $3,500 to benefit the Callahan Senior Center in Framingham. 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 senior centers in Framingham and Natick for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.

The Callahan Senior Center will use its Checking for Charity gift to purchase new lobby furniture, according to Grace O’Donnell, director of elder services. Expected to arrive in mid-April, the new “comfort height” love seat and four individual chairs will provide easier and more-adaptable seating options for seniors.

“We are all very grateful for MutualOne’s donation to the Friends of the Callahan Senior Center for making this possible,” said O’Donnell. “In my experience, MutualOne Bank lives up to the meaning of the word ‘mutual’: ‘to give and receive in equal measure.’

O’Donnell went on to praise MutualOne Bank for its generosity to the communities in which they do business, and for the Bank’s closeness with its customers. “Mark Goldman, the president of the Friends of Callahan Senior Center, remarked recently that no matter how long it has been between his visits to the branch, he is greeted by name by the staff the next time he visits, and asked how he has been since they last saw him.

“We all feel very positively about MutualOne Bank,” she added.

Since its introduction in 2008, the MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity promotion has benefitted Framingham High School, Natick High School, the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society.

“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.”

Friends Of Callahan

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 award to The Callahan Senior Center are: (l-r) Mark Goldman, president, Friends of Callahan; James Duane, director, Town of Framingham Parks & Recreation; Donna Gogliormella, Lincoln Street branch manager, MutualOne Bank; Clint Knight, chairman, Council on Aging; Yasmine Ouweijan, Concord Street branch manager, MutualOne Bank; Grace O’Donnell, MS, director of Elder Services.

Foundation awards $3,500 to support free legal representation for low-income population

MetroWestLegalMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $3,500 to MetroWest Legal Services.

Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.

“The number of eligible clients seeking these services continues to grow,” said Haranas. “We want to do what we can to assure that those who qualify for assistance are able to receive that assistance.”

For the past six years, MutualOne Bank and its Charitable Foundation combined have been a major sponsor of the Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament, MetroWest Legal Services’ annual fundraiser, and have also provided financial support through donations for over a decade.

David Yee elected Vice President at MutualOne Bank

David_YeeThe Board of Directors of MutualOne Bank has elected David Yee of Needham to the position of vice president, according to Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank.

Yee will serve as the Bank’s BSA officer and security officer. He has over 30 years experience in financial institution auditing, operations and compliance. He joined MutualOne in 2013 from Merchantile Bank & Trust Company (now Commerce Bank) where he was compliance officer and deposit operations manager.

Yee attended Northeastern University in Boston.

 

 

 

MutualOne will sponsor Family Promise 2015 Walkaway Homelessness Walkathon

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a Foundation award of $5,000 to Family Promise Metrowest as sponsor of the organization’s 6th Annual Walkaway Homelessness Walkathon next April.

This will be the third consecutive year MutualOne has been the event sponsor. The Bank is also a Family Promise Metrowest Community Partner.

Based in Natick, Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing.

“Many people are unaware that there are so many homeless families right in our own community,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to help Family Promise Metrowest provide support and encouragement that can make all the difference in the world for these families.”

Family Promise MetroWest Executive Director Susan Crossley (far right) accepts the $5,000 donation from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, presented by Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (left) and MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager Marie Harrington.

Family Promise MetroWest Executive Director Susan Crossley (far right) accepts the $5,000 donation from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, presented by Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (left) and MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager Marie Harrington.