MFRAMINGHAM – Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today, January 16, the MetroWest ESL Fund has been awarded the Foundation’s annual $20,000 Robert P. Lamprey Community Grant.
The Foundation’s donation will support new computer hardware and instructor hours needed to enhance instruction for students at Framingham Adult ESL Plus to develop the computer skills needed to be part of the MetroWest workforce and economy, according to the ESL Funds’ grant application.
“There is no question that this program is of great value to those in our community who want to strengthen their chances for a brighter future,” said Haranas. “We are pleased to help the MetroWest ESL Fund infuse technology into the curriculum, and enable students to leave the program better equipped to fuel economic growth in the area. And, we are pleased to honor Bob Lamprey for his devotion to helping others.”
The annual Robert Lamprey Community Grant was established in 2014 to honor Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chair 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.
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 $20,000 grant to the MetroWest ESL Fund was among awards totaling $128,068 in the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s most recent round of funding.
Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of MutualOne Bank, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has since donated over $4.3 million to charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that improve and enrich the quality of life in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.
MutualOne Bank, which operates under an 1889 state charter, has full-service offices at 828 Concord Street and One Lincoln Street in Framingham and at 49 Main Street in Natick, a Commercial Loan Center at 160 Cochituate Road in Framingham, and a Residential Loan Center at 49 Main Street in Natick.
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PHOTO: Celebrating the MutualOne Foundation’s Lamprey grant to the MetroWest ESL Fund are (from left): Janice Batista, Framingham Adult ESL associate director; Robert Lamprey, Foundation chairman and MutualOne Bank chairman; Kevin O’Connor, Framingham Adult ESL director; Debbie Centamore, Framingham Adult ESL dean of students; and Mobolaji Omisore, MutualOne Bank AVP and senior customer relationship officer.