Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Resiliency for Life to support that organization’s programs at Framingham High School during the 2013-14 school year.
Resiliency for Life helps provide academic and social support services to more than 70 at-risk students at the high school. The voluntary academic intervention and drop-out prevention program serves students who are at risk of academic failure, enabling them to persevere, thrive and lead productive lives.
“MutualOne has awarded over $52,000 to the Resiliency for Life program over the past five years” said Lamprey. “We continue to be impressed by its success, and we are proud of the Framingham students who took advantage of this opportunity to defy the odds.”
Resiliency for Life Executive Director Michael Daly praised MutualOne for its involvement in the program. He added that the students’ achievements might not have been possible without that steadfast support.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has donated $3,000 to support Call2Talk, a mental health helpline established recently by United Way of Tri-County.
According to United Way President & CPO Paul Mina, Call2Talk will help fill a gap in local presence following the recent departure of a Framingham-based suicide prevention organization. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that calls originating in MetroWest represent the second-highest volume in Massachusetts, said Mina.
The United Way’s 24/7 support line for people in crisis or emotional distress relies on peer-supported talk therapy. Trained volunteers and staff help callers work toward a safe place, with the goal of moving them from crisis to self-sufficiency.
“The call statistics leave no doubt that there is a definite need for such a helpline in MetroWest,” said Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “By supporting Call2Talk, we can help make sure that residents still have a local telephone support system in place.”
Call2Talk is available to any caller at 508-532-CALL.
Target is warning all customers about a phishing scam related to the November 27 to December 15 data breach at its stores.
Individuals may be contacted via email, phone or text by an individual claiming to be from Target. Messages ask recipients to share financial or otherwise identifying information. THESE ARE A SCAM!
In response, Target has set up a special section on its corporate website with all the official communications shared by the company surrounding the data breach. If you have received any email messages concerning the breach we urge you to visit the site and check the authenticity of any emails received against official messages from the company.
These scams may ask the recipient to verify certain information or may even claim to offer protection against a potential security issue. Please do not provide this type of information or click on any links associated with this or any other unsolicited messages.
Remember, no legitimate business will ever contact you directly and ask for your personal or private information. Please do not share your personal or private information with another party unless you initiate the communication.
If you have any questions please call us directly at 508.820.400 or visit any of our offices during normal banking hours.
A $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will enable the Natick Service Council’s food pantry to better address the need for improved nutritional and heart health among economically disadvantaged residents.
The award will be used to increase the amount of heart-healthy foods distributed to food pantry clients, according to Greg Tutuny, executive director of the Natick Service Council. The donation brings to $8,500 the total amount granted to the food pantry by the MutualOne Charitable Foundation over the past three years.
Heart Healthy Gift — (From left) Natick Service Council Executive Director Greg Tutuny and MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s Administrative Director Rachel Stewart, Trustee Susan Acton, and Trustee Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, with a check representing the Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the Natick Service Council Food Pantry.
MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $5,000 grant to United Way of Tri-County’s Feed a Family campaign helped the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham provide holiday meals and groceries to hundreds of local residents.
In an average month in Framingham, United Way provides groceries for a total of 1,807 individuals, according to President & CPO Paul Mina. The 2010 US Census reports 9.1% of Framingham’s population living at or below the poverty line.
The annual Feed a Family campaign allows the United Way to do a little more for local residents during the November and December holiday season, said Mina.
CELEBRATING the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to the United Way of Tri-County to help feed local families are (l to r): Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Paul Mina, United Way president and CPO; Susan Action, Foundation trustee; and Mark Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the “Eat Fresh” initiative at A Place To Turn in Natick, according to an announcement by Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.
The Foundation grant will cover the cost of providing fresh fruits and vegetables for A Place To Turn clients for an entire year, said Lamprey.
Low income families and individuals unable to meet their basic needs of food and clothing are referred to A Place To Turn by a network of social service agencies, health care providers, schools and clergy, according to Executive Director Joanne Barry. Eighty percent of those throughout the MetroWest area served by the nonprofit are from Framingham or Natick, she added.
The MutualOne Foundation has provided more than $33,000 to help stock the food pantry in the past five years, including providing six months’ of funding for the “Eat Fresh” program in 2011.
Healthy fruits and vegetables will be on the menu for the coming year at A Place To Turn food pantry in Natick, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Shown here with the ceremonial grant check are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Joanne Barry, executive director of A Place To Turn and Donna Low, assistant director; and Susan Acton of MutualOne Bank’s board of directors and a Foundation trustee.
If you made credit or debit card purchases in person at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, you may have been affected by a recently revealed data breach. Information that may have been compromised includes customer name, credit or debit card number, the expiration date, and the three or four-digit security code on cards.
We have contacted those MutualOne customers that we believe may have been subject to the breach, and are issuing new cards. If you believe your card may have been compromised and you have not heard from MutualOne, please call us at 508.820.4000, or visit any of our offices during normal banking hours.
Online purchases were reportedly not involved.
An alert on the Target website describes in detail what steps you should take to detect or avoid fraudulent use of your credit or debit card information. We urge you to review the information you will find there.
Other steps you can take include regularly reviewing activity on your account and reporting anything suspicious to your financial institution or card issuer.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,000 to Strengthening Youth in a United Way (SYUW), an initiative endorsed by the Framingham Public Schools.
The SYUW project is designed to explore innovative strategies to foster healthy male behaviors, promote healthy relationships, and empower adolescent boys to plan for a successful future.
The Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) Shillman House in Framingham has received $3,500 from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of specialized exercise classes for its residents.
The classes are focused on helping participants reduce or eliminate pain, manage chronic conditions, and reduce the risk of falls, according to JCHE President and CEO Amy Schectman. Nearly 75 percent of Shillman House residents participated in some component of the fitness program in the past year, she said.
The MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent $3,500 grant to MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) will support that agency’s work in providing free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, homeless and other disenfranchised individuals.
MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation are longtime supporters of the Framingham-based organization, sponsoring the annual MWLS Nancy King Memorial Golf Tournament since 2009, and providing general financial support through direct donations over the past decade.
“We feel very fortunate to count the MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation among our most dedicated supporters,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Soule´.