MutualOne Foundation awards grant for gifts to new moms, babies

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a recent Foundation grant of $2,000 to the First Baptist Church in Framingham in support of its Happy Birthday, Baby initiative.

According to Lorna Mailhoit, program coordinator, Happy Birthday, Baby gift baskets of essential baby items are assembled by church volunteers and distributed to new mothers in need year-round through several local and state organizations, area high schools, food pantries, and medical centers.

“We’re happy to help fill these gift baskets,” said Haranas. “This project is a wonderful example of community-building.”

$5K grant from MutualOne Foundation helps provide seniors with access to medical care

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a recent $5,000 Foundation grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest in support of a program that helps frail elders in Framingham and Natick with their medical needs.

The Patient Navigator/Enhanced Medical Escort Program provides volunteers who facilitate and accompany elders to doctor appointments and medical procedures. Navigators also provide a summary of each appointment for family caregivers, and facilitate access to other needed resources and services.

According to Lino Covarrubias, JFS chief of operations, to date the program has enrolled 336 frail elders and provided enhanced medical escort services for more than 1,050 appointments.

“This is a valuable service for the older adults of our community,” said Lamprey. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to contribute to its continued success in meeting the medical needs of our seniors.”

$5,000 Grant Assists Jewish Family Service. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest are: (l-r) Front row: Karen Block, JFS Volunteer Recruiter; Merrill Adler, JFS Administrative Support; and Lesley Orlinsky, JFS Patient Navigator Trainer. Back row: Malka Young, JFS Director of Healthy Aging; Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; and Amanda Couglin, JFS Program Manager.

$5,000 Grant Assists Jewish Family Service.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest are: (l-r) Front row: Karen Block, JFS Volunteer Recruiter; Merrill Adler, JFS Administrative Support; and Lesley Orlinsky, JFS Patient Navigator Trainer. Back row: Malka Young, JFS Director of Healthy Aging; Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; and Amanda Couglin, JFS Program Manager.

$3,000 MutualOne Foundation grant will help enhance youth technology at Natick library

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $3,000 to Natick’s Morse Institute Library to increase the number of educational technology tools available to local youth, according to Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey.

The Library hopes to grow its collection of technology-based materials for children, including educational tablets and audiobooks, in order to expand its offerings to a larger youth audience, particularly those youngsters with limited access to such resources.

“MutualOne is pleased to help the library enhance its technology offerings so that all children, regardless of their means, can have access to this vital learning experience,” said Lamprey.

$3,000 Grant Benefits Morse Institute Library Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Morse Institute Library are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, assistant director; Anna Litten, community relations coordinator; and Dale Smith, children's department supervisor from the Morse Institute Library; Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator.

$3,000 Grant Benefits Morse Institute Library
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Morse Institute Library are: (l-r) Jane Finlay, assistant director; Anna Litten, community relations coordinator; and Dale Smith, children’s department supervisor from the Morse Institute Library; Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator.

MutualOne awards $5K to benefit Natick elders with chronic diseases

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 Foundation award to the Natick Service Council’s Healthy Eating, Chronic Disease Management and Food Rescue program.

According to Greg Tutuny, executive director, NSC’s initiative is designed to improve the health status of elders through individual chronic disease management plans that include increased access to nutritious food and literacy programs.

“MutualOne is pleased to support the Natick Service Council’s efforts to improve the overall health of the elder residents they serve through this program,” said Sousa.

$5,000 Grant Benefits Natick Service Council. Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator; and Lauren Mann, Director of Development & Outreach at the Natick Service Council.

$5,000 Grant Benefits Natick Service Council.
Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 Grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Marie Harrington, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank’s learning and development coordinator; and Lauren Mann, Director of Development & Outreach at the Natick Service Council.

$10K MutualOne grant supports Resiliency for Life at Framingham High

Resiliency for Life (RFL), a successful drop-out prevention program at Framingham High School, has received a $10,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. 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.

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, and prep classes for the MCAS and SAT tests. In the last three years, every single RFL student has graduated, and graduated on time. Last year, RFL launched a middle school program at the Cameron, with the goal of serving all three Framingham middle schools within 3 years.

“This program has an excellent track record of keeping students who are at academic risk from dropping out of school and failing to graduate,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to support the goals and values of Resiliency for Life, realizing the significant positive impact this program can have on the future of our community.”

Better Bingo at Callahan Senior Center, thanks to MutualOne Foundation!

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,225 to Friends of Callahan Center in Framingham for the purchase of a new state-of-the-art Bingo system.

According to Mark Goldman, president of the Friends, the Center’s current 15-year-old Bingo equipment has malfunctioned, making it difficult for the dozens of seniors who attend the weekly games to see and hear the numbers being called. Efforts to repair the system failed due to the unavailability of replacement parts, Goldman said, and the Friends plan to purchase a new system to better meet the needs of the Bingo population.

“For many of our residents, the weekly Bingo games at the Callahan Center are a major social event,” Haranas said. “We’re happy to help the Friends replace the outdated equipment with a new, modern system that will make the occasion even more enjoyable!”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Friends of the Callahan Center are from left: Grace T. O'Donnell, Callahan Center Director of Elder Services; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Mark Goldman, President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Friends of the Callahan Center are from left: Grace T. O’Donnell, Callahan Center Director of Elder Services; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street, Framingham office; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Mark Goldman, President of the Friends of the Callahan Center.

MutualOne Foundation awards funds for Programs For People

Programs for PeopleMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has granted a $4,626 request from Programs For People in Framingham for the purchase of equipment and supplies to enhance the organization’s ability to provide the best possible services to adults who are recovering from serious mental illness.

The majority of the items are needed for the organization’s employment services, according to Iris Carroll, MPH, Programs For People director. Additional purchases will be made for “The Lunch Box,” the program’s onsite pre-vocational food service program for clients preparing to eventually work in the community.

“As a self-supporting organization, Programs For People relies on the community as a whole in order to continue its work,” said Haranas. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help by providing for the purchase of items that will bring added value to the program.”

Danforth Art’s Drop Into Art program earns $3,000 grant from MutualOne

DanforthRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $3,000 to Danforth Art Museum\School in Framingham to support the Drop Into Art program offering free admission for children and their accompanying adults to exhibitions, gallery experiences, and hands-on art-making on the first Sunday of each month, from 2-4 pm, October – May.

“We are always pleased to support educational and cultural opportunities in our community,” said Lamprey. “Drop Into Art is a prime example of opening the door to new and enlightening experiences for many of our residents.”

MutualOne Foundation grants $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest to support the organization’s mentoring programs in Framingham and Natick, communities where MutualOne Bank has a major presence.

Big Brothers Big Sisters supports at-risk children and youth aged 6 to 18 through individualized mentoring programs that are professionally developed and supported. According to Jeffrey Chin, CEO, there are presently over 75 mentor/mentee pairs active in Framingham and 10 in Natick

“A one-to-one Big Brother or Big Sister relationship can have a profound positive impact on a child facing adversity,“ said Lamprey. “Our Foundation is pleased to play a role in making this life-changing promise available to young people in our community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest CEO Jeffrey Chin (standing, second from right) joined program members and others who gathered recently to celebrate the $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of the organization’s mentoring activities in Framingham and Natick.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest CEO Jeffrey Chin (standing, second from right) joined program members and others who gathered recently to celebrate the $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation in support of the organization’s mentoring activities in Framingham and Natick.

MutualOne Foundation will sponsor 2016 World Music Series at Amazing Things

With its recent Charitable Foundation award of $5,000, MutualOne Bank will be the sole sponsor of the 2016 World Music Series at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. Announcement of the award was made today by
Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and COO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.

According to Amazing Things Executive Director Ellen Sturgis, the funding will increase the frequency of, and attendance at, shows featuring high quality music from around the globe. Plans for the six-session World Music Series will expand past cultural offerings with the addition of performances featuring Indian, Celtic, and Klezmer music, and more, all reflecting the diversity of the MetroWest area.

“We live in a truly diverse cultural area,” said Sousa. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help Amazing Things reach out to a broader audience with its World Music Series in 2016.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Amazing Things Arts Center are from left Donna Gogliormella, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Alice DiPace, Amazing Things IT Coordinator; Ellen Sturgis, Amazing Things Executive Director; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Joe Fredette, Amazing Things Board Chair.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s grant to Amazing Things Arts Center are from left Donna Gogliormella, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Alice DiPace, Amazing Things IT Coordinator; Ellen Sturgis, Amazing Things Executive Director; Rachel Stewart, Foundation administrative director; and Joe Fredette, Amazing Things Board Chair.