Robin Hood Shop breaks ground on shop expansion
— 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.