$10K awarded to Resiliency for Life by MutualOne Charitable Foundation

Resiliency for LifeMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a Foundation grant of $10,000 awarded recently to Resiliency for Life (RFL), a highly successful drop-out prevention program for under-achieving and at-risk students at Framingham High School.

According to Jug Chokshi, Executive Director, RFL strategies include intense academic monitoring, advocacy with teachers and administrators, strict program rules and clear expectations, development of personal responsibility/accountability, and reconnecting RFL parents/guardians with their children’s educational experience through full participation in bi-weekly meetings and workshops. Since its founding at Framingham High School in 1999, RFL has established “a near-perfect record of remediating students’ academic deficits, reversing their declines, and guiding them toward remarkable academic achievement,” Chokshi stated.

The RFL program was expanded last year to include students at Framingham’s Cameron, Walsh and Fuller middle schools, and the high school program has been replicated at Mansfield High School in Mansfield and at Durfee High School in Fall River.

“Resiliency for Life is a tremendously valuable asset with an admirable track record of success,” said Haranas. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is proud to support and foster the goals of the program.”

MutualOne Foundation grants $5K to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry for holiday, everyday food items

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support St. Bridget’s Food Pantry, an all-volunteer effort that provides food assistance to an average of 150 Framingham households each week, and up to 250 households at holiday time.

“The volunteers at St. Bridget’s Food Pantry have been providing for those in need of assistance in our community for more than 25 years,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of MutualOne Bank and the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to help them continue to meet the needs of the many families and individuals who rely on them.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to St. Bridget’s Food Pantry are (l-r) Jean Hoskins, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Mary Kulas, director of St. Bridget’s Food Pantry; Rev. Msgr. Francis Strahan, pastor of St. Bridget Parish; and Yves Munyankindi, retail support administrator at MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne awards $20K Lamprey Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest for new Violence Prevention program

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest has been awarded the Foundation’s annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant.

The Foundation’s gift will support a new program at the recently relocated Framingham Clubhouse on Clinton Street: Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development. The project will address youth violence and provide programs that improve community safety by reducing youth violence, juvenile delinquency, and related negative behavior. The initiative, which includes collaboration with the Framingham Police Department, will include education, prevention, and enforcement programs, according to Francis X. Hurley, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest president.

The program is designed to target youth ages 10-17 and will focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

The annual Robert Lamprey Community Grant was established in 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 in our community, said Haranas.

“The presence of an active Boys & Girls Club in the heart of Framingham is a stepping stone to a positive future for many of our young people,” Haranas added. “MutualOne was pleased to award the annual Lamprey Grant to support an innovative new program designed to help make that possible, and as an additional tribute to Bob Lamprey for his time-honored devotion to helping today’s youth realize and achieve their potential.”

The annual Lamprey 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.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest’s Framingham Clubhouse was the scene for a celebration of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $20,000 Lamprey Community Grant. Pictured with Clubhouse members Derrick, Skylar, James, Jennifer, and Meadow are (l-r) Francis X. Hurley, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest; Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman and treasurer; and Mark R. Haranas, Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank president and chief executive officer.

$5K grant from MutualOne Foundation will help bring families out of poverty

Family Promise MetrowestSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support Family Promise Metrowest’s Steps to Success Program.

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. Local congregations and a network of over 2,500 trained volunteers furnish safe, temporary shelter and meals on a rotating basis while professional staff assist families in reaching goals that end the cycle of homelessness.

According to Sue Crossley, executive director of Family Promise Metrowest, the Steps to Success program offers a comprehensive approach to employment, education, and skills development that assists families in reaching their highest earning potential and accomplishing long-term sustainability.

“MutualOne is proud to be part of the community approach to helping homeless families with children achieve and sustain their independence and ensure their future success,” said Sousa.

$2.5K grant from MutualOne Foundation will fund lending library at Stapleton Elementary School

MF59581The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Stapleton Elementary School in Framingham to establish a lending library for students. The grant was announced today by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

The request for funds to establish a student library was made by Stapleton staff members Debbie Price, resource support teacher, and Michele Biasella, literacy coach, who expressed a dire need for students to continue the reading skills they learn at school when they get home.

Stapleton School has a diverse student population including English Language Learners and special education students in its 21 classrooms.

“In order to grow in reading, our students need to read outside of school and not just in the classroom. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have access to texts at their level at home,” said the request for book sets and organizational supplies to create the new lending library.

“We wholeheartedly agree with the comments by the Stapleton staff that books are an important part of education, and that the more exposure children have to quality literature, the richer their lives will be,” said Sousa. “The MutualOne Foundation is proud to fund the new Stapleton Elementary School lending library.”

 

MutualOne Foundation $5K grant targets childhood mental health issues

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Bethany Hill Place in Framingham in support of a new program designed to address child mental health issues.

According to Executive Director Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place will partner with Wayside Youth and Family Services to provide resident parents with educational workshops focused on children with social, emotional or behavioral issues, learning differences, and other mental health needs. The program is designed to help Bethany Hill Place resident parents raise their children to be healthy, productive, and engaged neighbors and citizens, said Appert.

“Breaking the trans-generational legacy of family poverty and homelessness through education plays a critical role in the future of our communities,” said Lamprey. “It is a goal we are pleased to support.”

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Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Bethany Hill Place are (left-right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Courtney C. McSparron, Bethany Hill Place program director; Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place executive director; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne awards $5K to Big Brothers Big Sisters

A $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest will support one-to-one mentoring programs in Framingham and Natick. Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee, announced the award this week.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeffrey Chin, the Foundation’s gift will allow the organization to reach even more local children facing adversity. In the past year, 119 at-risk children in the two communities were paired with adult mentors, with others still eligible and hoping to join the program.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters experience can change lives for the better,” said Sousa. “We’re pleased to invest in the future of the communities we serve by helping to meet the needs of today’s younger generation.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest are (left-right) Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Chin, Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank; and Harold Pinkham, Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Advancement.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest are (left-right) Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Chin, Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank; and Harold Pinkham, Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Advancement.

MutualOne $10K award sends youth Back to School, grants Holiday Wishes

ProjectJustBecause-logo3A recent $10,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Project Just Because will help provide local low-income families with school supplies and holiday items, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The gift will support the Project Just Because Back to School initiative, which provides children with a backpack filled with school supplies, and its Holiday Wish List program, which distributes basic cold-weather necessities and small gift items to families in need. According to Cherylann Lambert Walsh, founder and president of Project Just Because, 2,000 students received backpacks last year and 15,000 Holiday Wish List packets were distributed.

“The need is far greater than most of us realize,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to help provide support for those in the communities we serve who are facing serious life challenges.”

 

MutualOne grants $5K to teen mentoring program

site_logo_w_taglineThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support the Mazie Mentoring Program at Framingham High School. Announcement of the award was made today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The Mazie Mentoring Program, run by the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, works with youth who face steep odds against realizing their potential. It provides the support and motivation they need to succeed in school and beyond.

According to Haranas, the Foundation’s donation is earmarked for the purchase of laptop computers awarded to student mentees who reach the program’s college research milestone.

“The mentoring program has a history of success in helping youth at risk continue their education and set and achieve their personal goals,” Haranas stated. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help offset the cost of the laptops and software students in the program receive as a reward for their determination to succeed.”

$5K MutualOne grant will help elders remain in their homes

Homeowner Options For Massachusetts Elders - H.O.M.E.Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.) to help aging MetroWest residents remain in their homes.

H.O.M.E. assists those in the elder homeowner population who are experiencing difficulties and facing threats to their ability to age in place in their homes and communities. The problems addressed range from mortgage and property tax foreclosures, healthcare costs, and home adaptations and repairs to debt management and resource and income budgeting.

“The number of needy elders requesting H.O.M.E. services in increasing,” said Haranas. “We are proud to play a role in providing the counseling, economic literacy, and prevention initiatives they need to maintain their living arrangements.”