Robin Hood Shop breaks ground on shop ex­pan­sion

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— The Robin Hood Shop held a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on Tues­day, March 21, to cel­e­brate the ex­pan­sion of its space at 416 High Street.

The Dorch­ester Gen­eral Aux­il­iary, which op­er­ates the shop, re­cently ac­quired the ad­ja­cent prop­erty at 418 High Street and had the ex­ist­ing building de­mol­ished to al­low for the shop’s ex­pan­sion.

“The Aux­il­iary takes great pride in our ac­com­plish­ments to sup­port the Univer­sity of Mary­land

Shore Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester,” said Diane McCarthy, Pres­i­dent of the Dorch­ester Gen­eral Aux­il­iary.

This new space will make room for larger items such as fur­ni­ture to be dis­played for sale. In the past, the shop has had to turn away do­na­tions of fur­ni­ture and other large items for lack of a place to put them.

Shop man­ager Cathy Gul­lion said the whole process of ac­quir­ing the prop­erty and get­ting started on the ad­di­tion has been very ex­cit­ing.

The ground­break­ing also co­in­cided with the Robin Hood Shop’s 60th an­niver­sar y sale.

With 60 years of ser­vice to the Cam­bridge community, the shop’s pro­ceeds have ex­ceeded $1.2 mil­lion, which pro­vides for pro­grams, equip­ment, and ser vices at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester.

In 2015, the Robin Hood Shop was able to do­nate $27,000. In 2016, that num­ber grew to $44,000.

“The Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health is most grate­ful for the con­tin­ued sup­port of our hospi­tal aux­il­iaries and their gen­eros­ity,” said Ken Kozel, Pres­i­dent and CEO of UM Shore Re­gional Health. “Our or­ga­ni­za­tion is bet­ter able to achieve our ‘re­gion’s leader in pa­tient-cen­tered health­care’ vi­sion thanks, in large part, to your vol­un­teerism and your fi­nan­cial sup­port, pro­vided by the aux­il­iaries.

“I can tell you, as part of the team that is re­spon­si­ble for pur­chas­ing equip­ment, for ren­o­vat­ing our fa­cil­i­ties, for adding ser­vices to our hospi­tal sys­tem, the funds that we raise through the aux­il­iaries, that you do­nate to us, go a long way to sup­port the building, the ser­vices, and the people that care for our pa­tients in our hospi­tal sys­tem. Thank you very much for all you do.”

Since 1978, the Aux­il­iar y has also granted col­lege schol­ar­ships to those Dorch­ester County stu­dents pur­su­ing a nurs­ing de­gree. Eight, $1,000 schol­ar­ships were granted in 2016. Through­out the life of the schol­ar­ship fund, grants have totaled $129,000 given to 241 stu­dents.

Owner of the Brookview Hope Home, Shelly Hur­ley, pre­sented the Aux­il­iary with a do­na­tion for their schol­ar­ship fund.

Hur­ley said she hopes that mak­ing this do­na­tion at the ground­break­ing event will help to make the community aware that there is a schol­ar­ship grant avail­able for lo­cal stu­dents seek­ing ca­reers in nurs­ing, and en­cour­age oth­ers to do­nate as well.

An Aux­il­iary com­mit­tee, chaired by Mrs. Ru­dolph “Nell” Ae­berle, founded the Shop in 1957 as a way to raise funds for a new emer­gency depart­ment at the hospi­tal. Since the be­gin­ning, their mis­sion — to clear out clut­ter in lo­cal homes and put those items back into ser­vice for those that need them, all while rais­ing funds for the hospi­tal — has re­mained the same.

The Robin Hood Shop of­fers gen­tly used men’s, women’s, and chil­dren’s cloth­ing, fash­ion ac­ces­sories, jew­elry, a va­ri­ety of house­hold items and fur­ni­ture, as well as toys and books. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted dur­ing Shop hours, which are Mon­day through Fri­day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Satur­days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The shop is largely op­er­ated by the ef­forts of vol­un­teers, and with the ad­di­tion of their fur­ni­ture show­room, strong male vol­un­teers who can lift and move fur­ni­ture and other large items are needed more than ever. Community mem­bers interested in learn­ing more about vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties are en­cour­aged to con­tact store man­ager Cathy Gul­lion at 410-228-6339.

Aux­il­iary mem­bers and vol­un­teers of­fi­cially break ground for the Robin Hood Shop’s ex­pand­ing space.

PHOTOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE Vol­un­teers, Aux­il­iary mem­bers, Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Shore Re­gional Health, and lo­cal dig­ni­taries pose with hard hats and shov­els to cel­e­brate the ground­break­ing of the Robin Hood Shop’s new space.

Diane McCarthy, Pres­i­dent of the Dorch­ester Gen­eral Aux­il­iary, gra­ciously ac­cepts a do­na­tion to the schol­ar­ship fund, pre­sented by Shelly Hur­ley, owner of the Brookview Hope Home.

The Robin Hood Shop cel­e­brated the ground­break­ing of their new space on Tues­day, March 21.

KEN KOZEL

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