In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media.
FRAMINGHAM – Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee has announced a $7,500 grant to Bethany Hill Place to support its English Language for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.
According to Executive Director Trish Appert, the residents of Bethany Hill Place are among the community’s poorest and most marginalized.
The primary focus of the ESOL program is to help them improve their English language skills so they can achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Through their participation in classes, residents will demonstrate increased English language proficiency and be better equipped – and empowered – to move forward in their lives.
“Mastery of the English language is imperative when entering and succeeding in the workforce,” said Sousa. “English-proficient parents can also better support their children’s education, helping them develop literacy skills and language development, as well as being better equipped to talk with their children’s teachers.”
The $7,500 grant to Bethany Hill Place was among awards totaling $61,500 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 $5.2 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.