December 23, 2015
Framingham, MA

FRAMINGHAM, MA  - Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) has been awarded the Foundation’s second annual $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant. The Grant honors Robert “Bob” Lamprey, the present chairman of the board and treasurer of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The award was established in 2014 as a tribute to Lamprey for his longstanding commitment, concern and caring for those in need. 

Based in Framingham, MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal advocacy in civil cases to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised individuals, to help them obtain legal, social, and economic justice.

According to Elizabeth Soule, executive director, MWLS will use the Lamprey Grant funds to implement a program to provide local veterans participating in the Framingham Veterans Treatment Court with legal advice and representation in civil matters, helping them overcome barriers to completing the Court’s service plan and giving them a fresh start in life.

“This program will address the immediate needs of a vulnerable population that did not hesitate to step up to serve our country,” said Haranas. “Helping them along the path to recovery is a way of showing that we appreciate their service and sacrifices.”

The new MWLS program is expected to be in place by March 2016, said Soule.

The $20,000 Robert Lamprey Community Grant to MetroWest Legal Services was made in addition to other awards totaling $82,000 in the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s most recent round of funding.

Since it was established in 1998, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has donated over $3.2 million to charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that improve and enhance the quality of life in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.

About MutualOne Bank

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.

MutualOne Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Share Insurance Fund (SIF). All deposits are insured in full.