Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our most recent Employees of the Month – Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker at our Natick office, and Mary-beth Collins, specialist in our operations department.

Doug was selected for his success in cross-selling products. Mary-beth was recognized for her knowledge of ACH processing, and her eagerness to learn new tasks.

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$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 27th season, the Golden Tones Chorus involves nearly 70 retirement-age singers and dancers who create more than 50 concerts and community events each year across the region.

“By supporting our musical outreach program, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant will enable us to present uplifting concerts for many older adults who cannot easily access entertainment,” stated Deborah Marion, director of Golden Tones chorus.

Morse Institute Library receives $3,800 from MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity campaign

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $3,800 to benefit Natick’s Morse Institute 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 Morse Institute Library and the Framingham Public Library for every new personal or business checking account opened during the promotion.

“Thanks to the generosity of MutualOne Bank, more children in Natick will have access to high-quality educational technology in the public library,” stated Morse Institute Library Director Linda Stetson. “Giving children experience with age-appropriate technology opens a world of learning, and we are proud to use our Checking for Charity gift to help build our collection of Launchpad pre-loaded educational tablets.”

Stetson went on to praise MutualOne Bank for its involvement in the community. “We are grateful to have the support of MutualOne Bank. We always appreciate working with community partners who, like us, are committed to creating strong organizations in Natick. The Bank’s ongoing support of the community is evident from the grant to the library, and the many other gifts from MutualOne Bank to organizations in Natick.”

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.”

Morse Institute Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank.
There were big smiles all around at the celebration of the Bank’s $3,800 donation to the Morse Institute Library. Pictured are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, library assistant director; Anna Litten, library community relations; and Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

Morse Institute Library receives $3,800 donation from MutualOne Bank.
There were big smiles all around at the celebration of the Bank’s $3,800 donation to the Morse Institute Library. Pictured are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, library assistant director; Anna Litten, library community relations; and Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

MutualOne Foundation grants $8,300 to SPARK Kindness

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $8,300 to SPARK Kindness, Inc., a Natick-based nonprofit devoted to creating and supporting a community culture that empowers youth and promotes kindness and respect.

With its award, MutualOne will be a Premier Corporate Sponsor for the organization’s “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series in 2016-17, which is open to the entire MetroWest community. MutualOne was the Premier Corporate Sponsor for the 2015-16 series.

SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery noted that MutualOne’s grants have enabled the series to grow and expand by funding top notch speakers and experts from around the country.

“SPARK Kindness is helping to strengthen our community by directly addressing the concerns of local families and their children,” said Lamprey. “This type of programming is invaluable, and MutualOne is pleased to help make it even more impactful going forward.”

SPARK Kindness receives $8,300 grant for speaker series SPARK Kindness leaders, board members and volunteers celebrate the MutualOne Foundation’s $8,300 grant: (center) SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery; (far left) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; and (far right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

SPARK Kindness receives $8,300 grant for speaker series
SPARK Kindness leaders, board members and volunteers celebrate the MutualOne Foundation’s $8,300 grant: (center) SPARK Kindness President Christine Fortune Guthery; (far left) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; and (far right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking.

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 Pops Concert, titled Escaping the Winter Blues.

Now celebrating its 79th season, the Heritage Chorale is a mixed chorus of nearly 100 singers from the MetroWest area. According to Janice Johnson, president of the Heritage Chorale, the funds went towards free tickets for children and seniors, as well as to hire a drummer to enhance the musical experience for the audience.

“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.

$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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