FRAMINGHAM – A 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, president and founder of Project Just Because, approximately 2,000 students received backpacks last year and over 15,000 Holiday Wish List packets were distributed.
“The number of our neighbors struggling to survive paycheck to paycheck is far greater than most of us realize,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to help provide support for those in the communities we serve when they are facing serious life challenges.”
The grant to Project Just Because was among awards totaling $38,000 in the 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 $4.5 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.