Robin Hood Shop to ex­pand store

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — The Robin Hood Shop, a mem­ber of the down­town Cam­bridge busi­ness com­mu­nity for nearly 60 years, has re­cently an­nounced plans for an ex­pan­sion.

Op­er­ated by the Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary for the ben­e­fit of pro­grams, equip­ment, ser­vices, and pa­tient care at Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester, the Shop is lo­cated at 416 High Street.

The Aux­il­iary re­cently ac­quired the ad­ja­cent prop­erty, 418 High Street, and had the ex­ist­ing struc­ture de­mol­ished to make room for an ad­di­tion to Robin Hood’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Cathy Gul­lion, shop man­ager, con­struc­tion will be­gin in spring 2017 on the ex­pan­sion, which will en­able the thrift shop to of­fer fur­ni­ture.

“Ex­pand­ing the Robin Hood Shop has been a dream of the Aux­il­iary and the shop’s staff and vol­un­teers for more than a decade,” said Gul­lion. “Re­cently, ev­ery­thing fell into place to make that dream a re­al­ity and we could not be more ex­cited for the changes to come in 2017.”

The Robin Hood Shop of­fers gen­tly used men, women, and chil­dren’s cloth­ing, fash­ion ac­ces­sories, jew­elry, a va­ri­ety of house­hold items, toys, and books. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted dur­ing reg­u­lar shop hours, which are Mon­day through Fri­day from 9 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. and Satur­day from 10 a.m. un­til 2 p.m. The shop is staffed with a man­ager and as­sis­tant man­ager who work along­side more than a dozen Aux­il­iary vol­un­teers.

“Our vol­un­teers are ex­tremely ded­i­cated to the shop and its role in sup­port­ing lo­cal health care ser­vices pro­vided by Shore Re­gional Health,” Gul­lion said. “We are al­ways look­ing for ad­di­tional vol­un­teers, even if some­one can only give a cou­ple of hours of his or her time each week – we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery mo­ment that a vol­un­teer can de­vote to sup­port­ing the shop and the Aux­il­iary.”

Com­mu­nity mem­bers in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties can con­tact Gul­lion at 410-228-6339.

As part of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Sys­tem (UMMS), Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health is the prin­ci­pal provider of com­pre­hen­sive health care ser­vices for more than 170,000 res­i­dents of Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties on Mary­land’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Re­gional Health’s team of more than 2,500 em­ploy­ees, med­i­cal staff, board mem­bers and vol­un­teers works with var­i­ous com­mu­nity part­ners to ful­fill the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion of Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The now open space at 418 High Street, ready for con­struc­tion to be­gin for the ex­pan­sion of the Robin Hood Shop.

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